This bicycle was produced by hand in Waterloo, WI, using the same molds and techniques as the Madone 6.9 SSL of the same year. The bicycle uses Trek's proprietary OCLV 110 carbon fiber material for very light weight and impressive torsional strength. An aggressive geometry provides nimble handling and lightning-fast pedaling response, especially during uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Up front, a 1-1/8" Cane Creek external-cup headset holds the lightweight Bontrager Race X Lite OCLV 110 carbon fiber fork. The Madone's cables are all externally routed, allowing easy servicing in the field.
The Livestrong Madone bicycles feature real gold leaf panels on the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Lance Armstrong's signature appears across the top tube under the clearcoat. Yellow highlights and custom graphics adorn the bike and many of the components.
Shimano's 10-speed 7800 Dura Ace components are found throughout the bike, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs, both multi-pivot brake calipers, and the 12-25T cassette. Long service life and precise operation can be expected for years to come from Shimano's best pro-level components. A Bontrager crankset with carbon fiber arms, 53/39T chainrings and matching custom graphics is an impressive centerpiece to the Livestrong Madone. Bontrager Race X Lite alloy wheels also feature custom yellow spokes and carbon fiber hubs, and are wrapped with 700x23mm Bontrager tires. A Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Bontrager saddle, Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and OCLV carbon fiber handlebar also boast custom yellow graphics.
The VR5 is built for more than just an hour on the bike path. Centuries, "double metrics" and challenge rides are what this bike is built for.
Felt's VR geometry allows a wide range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable for multi-hour rides with a tall head tube and a long wheelbase. By using their proprietary UHC Performance carbon fiber, Felt combined that geometry with an outstanding chassis, allowing the bike to soak up fatiguing vibration over rough pavement. A ControlTaper tapered head tube and BB386 bottom bracket improves overall frame rigidity, along with 12mm thru-axles for reduced wheel flex in turns. This all combines to make the VR5 very efficient when tackling steep ascents, especially out-of-the-saddle charges.
Felt selected Shimano's recently redesigned 105 components, making the VR5 a precise performer when shifting and braking. An 11-30T cassette and an FSA Gossamer Pro 50/34T alloy crankset brings a huge gearing range for roller-coaster hills. Tubeless-ready alloy Devox Road RLS1.9 wheels are wrapped with 700x28c Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, making for easy acceleration and a confident feel in fast turns and descents. Speaking of descents, the VR5 is equipped with Shimano's latest hydraulic disc brakes, making stopping much more controlled in all conditions, rain or shine. A Prologo Kappa Space saddle sits atop a UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost, while an alloy Devox stem and Devox Ergonomic road handlebar completes this century-ready machine.