Felt Z5 Road Bike

DESCRIPTION

With a UHC Performance carbon fiber frame and fork, plus a comfortable mix of performance componentry including a Shimano 105 drivetrain, Felt hubs and Mavic rims, the Z5 is an incredibly versatile all-around performer. Stiff enough to accelerate instantly, compliant enough to take the edge off during longer rides.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 09, 2012]
Skysurferau
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Great bike at this price point; and I have a great LBS

Weakness:

Havent found one yet - it just keeps getting better

Having been riding mountain bikes for 20 years I decided I wanted a road bike again; my current mountian bike is a Felt Q820, great bike so I have some brand loyalty. I have not been disapionted; the Z5 with 105 group set is more than up to the demands of a serious recreational rider, I come back from rides looking forward to the next one. A great LBS completes the package; I'm happy ;)

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Tested an S-Works costing almost 4 x the price of the Z5 nice bike BUT.

[Apr 25, 2012]
Q

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Looks/Rides Well, Geometry.

Weakness:

Customer service - Felt offers NO replacements forks, period! When they reply to a service related emails, "Please contact the nearest dealer," is all you get. No replacement fork.

Full-carbon fork is very low end. The steerer tube is made from two pieces which appear to be bonded together. Which seems fine, until you “possibly” crack the forks carbon steerer tube during a stem swap due to poor steerer tube workmanship. The mechanic says it’s “possibly” cracked because there is no way to know for sure. He can’t tell, Felt can't tell, no one can, AND, Felt HAS NO REPLACEMENT FORK!!! Can you believe it? What's that about??? Drop $2K on a bike and after “possibly/accidentally” damaging the carbon forks steerer tube, they have no replacement. Plus, like the previous post, the alignment was all over the place. Felt, that’s no way to run a business!

[Feb 28, 2012]
Ele

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

carbon ride, weight, geometry

Weakness:

companies quality control, paint quality/peeling issues. frames alignment not up to industry standards.

Ordered one and the frames rear triangle alignment appeared to be off – visually, the rear wheel appears to be about 1.5mm towards the left in relation to the BB's shell which translates to the rear wheel not centered in-between the chainstays. Returned the bike to the LBS, they verified the issue but said there was nothing they could do because Felt considers such to be within their acceptable 'frame alignment' tolerances. Apparently, Felt allows up to 3mm of misalignment when building carbon frames. Very ridiculous!!! Don't recommend them and certainly won't buy their brand unless they improve their quality control and customer relations. You may consider checking you carbon frames alignment folks.

[Feb 10, 2012]
Joe
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Carbon frame,105 group,carbon seat post. Fit and finish, price!

Weakness:

tires are week , but easy fix!

Best bike in this price range IMO. LIght, stiff, and compliant! changing the wheels and tires was a good upgrade! No regrets with this bike. Best for the wanna be racer or aggressive recreational rider.

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cannondale caad 9000

[Sep 08, 2011]
Todd
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Carbon Frame is very forgiving
105 gruppo shifts fantastic!

Weakness:

learning the differences between my old 3-ring to the compact 2-ring isn't really a weakness - just a learning curve. Definitely helps me understand chainring/cassette ratios!

As my first road bike, this is a fantastic setup! I was focused on getting a full 105 gruppo and the carbon frame has been amazing at soaking up the bumps. I've been really impressed at how a lightweight bike in this class can respond so well - whether it's climbing or flying downhill, I'm very impressed at the handling and responsiveness!

[Aug 26, 2011]
Jeff
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

UHC Carbon frame, 105 group. Light weight, excellent for beginner riders and experienced riders.

Weakness:

The saddle isn't the best but not bad.

Just picked up this bike and after all the road bikes I test road this one was the winner for the price point. The full carbon frame and the full Shimano 105 component group is awesome. Hitting the bumps feels like nothing with the full carbon and the shifting, braking, etc are excellent with the newest 105 group.

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