I wasn’t planning to buy a second bike this year but 30km each way on a city bike was making less sense as I dropped a few kg and felt more sporty. Old bloke sporty that is. I set out to find what, for me, was the best value for money and I’m pretty sure I found it with the Felt Z95 which is an entry level endurance road bike.
I bought the bike from wiggle.co.uk and even with the Swiss import duties it was a great deal at CHF 534 or about 350 of your British pounds. Delivery took a few days during which time I picked up a bike mounting stand as I knew it would come only part assembled. As I intend doing all the maintenance myself buying online wasn’t an issue for me. I also picked up a specialist bike tool-set just in case – wiggle provide a basic set i.e. a couple of tools that would enable you to build the bike.
Two boxes arrived, one containing the wheels and the other with the rest. Wiggle also added a sampler pack of sports drinks and power-bars and some basic instructions. If you didn’t know anything about bikes I would say the instructions are inadequate but you can also go to their website for more detailed images and videos.
Packing. Lots of it. This bike was not going to arrive in anything less than perfect condition. Having removed the loose packing and fitted the seat temporarily into the frame this was then used to clamp the bike to the stand.
All that was needed was to fit the handlebars on the stem, fit the rear derailleur, and pop on the wheels and pedals. The bike came with some basic flat pedals which I changed to a pair of Shimano light action spd pedals. Building the bike took about 20 mins. I’m not sure why the derailleur isn’t fitted at the warehouse – they have to fit it to test the shifting so must take it off again for shipping. Fitting the derailleur would give a novice a bit of food for thought but the online pictures make it a lot easier.
I was (still am) very impressed with the look and finish of this bike. Weight comes in at just under 9kg as in the picture i.e. without any accessories.
|Number of gears||18|
|Frame||Felt road Endurance custom butted 6061 alloy, hydroform TIG welded construction, threaded BB|
|Fork||Felt road Endurance UHC Performance carbon fibre. 100% carbon fibre, Control Taper 1.125 - 1.5 steerer|
|Steerer||1 1/8" Ahead|
|Bottle Cage Mounts||Double|
|Front Derailleur Mount||Band On|
|Dropouts||Replaceable alloy rear dropout and derailleur hanger|
|Wheel Size||700c (622)|
|Wheelset||Alex R500 rims on Felt’s alloy hubs|
|Brake Levers/Gear Shifters||Shimano Sora|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Sora|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Sora|
|Chainset||FSA Tempo, compact|
|Chainring Size||50 Tooth, 34 Tooth|
|Chain||Sunrace 9 speed|
|Bottom Bracket||FSA Square Tapered|
|Cassette Range||12-32 Tooth|
|Handlebars||Felt 6061 alloy, 75mm reach, 120mm drop, 31.8mm|
|Bar Tape/Grips||Felt Gel with Felt logo's|
|Stem||Felt VA 2D forged alloy, 31.8mm|
|Seat Post||Felt SL, 27.2mm x 330mm|
|Tires||Felt All Weather, 700x25c|
|Pedals||Supplied with basic flat pedals|
|Warranty||3 year frame warranty, 12 month parts warranty|
First test ride was around my 20k lap and the difference was startling. Climbing the hills was so much easier, steering so quick, and the stiff feel of the bike was complimented by it’s comfort. I’m pretty sure I could go all day on this bike so planning to do just that. As for wiggle – they took my measurements and set the bike up perfectly (which I guess means selecting the right handlebar stem). The bike fits like a glove and I’m so impressed for future indulgences I’ll probably stick with the brand, at least for road bikes.
There had been some comments around the brakes being sub-standard. I found these Tektro rim brakes to be superb – easily as good as the BMC disk brakes although I haven’t been out in the wet on the Felt (and won’t be if I can help it).
For a detailed review check this out on BikeRadar as it says it all. I agree 100% with it but the list price of £650 means I got a real bargain. Kerching.