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.
If you're looking for a bike that has that magic combination of comfort, durability and lightness -and still offers lots of value-for-dollar- the VR5 should be on your list.
The Felt VR5 was built from the ground up as a bike for more than just long days in the saddle. It was built for day-long adventures. When the road surface gets broken (or disappears entirely), the VR5 is up to the challenge. Felt's UHC Performance carbon fiber is built around a stable platform, giving the VR5 a confident feel on rough and choppy pavement. The long wheelbase provides a stable feel on fast descents that might be less than perfect. The tall head tube allows the VR5 to fit a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- comfortably with minimal fit changes and component swaps. A press-fit BB386 bottom bracket is built to give the VR5 flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke, especially on steep inclines. The head tube is tapered from 1-1/8"-to-1-1/2", improving steering precision in high-speed descents. 12mm front and rear thru-axles not only improve torsional strength, but also make wheel installation and disc brake alignment a breeze. Internal cable routing and flat-mount brake caliper mounts adds a clean look to the VR5 as well. An inexpensive upgrade kit is available for rear rack installation.
Shimano's 11-speed 105 derailleurs are an excellent choice for the VR5 -including the long-cage version of the rear derailleur- giving quick shifting operation even under hard pedaling loads. The crankset isn't a Shimano unit, but an alloy FSA Gossamer Pro ABS Adventue crankset with a 48/32T chainring combination. When paired with a 12-32T Shimano cassette, the VR5 can challenge even the most intimidating grades. The 11-speed Shimano RS505 hydraulic-ready dual-control levers boast adjustable reach and excellent lever feedback under braking. Shimano also provides the RS505 hydraulic brake calipers ensuring positive stopping power in all conditions, wet or dry.
Wheels and tires can make all the difference on multi-surface rides, and Felt has selected a balanced component list when it comes to the VR5's rolling stock. The tubeless-ready alloy VR19 wheels feature a 19mm-wide inner width and a robust 28-spoke build; perfect for wide rubber and unpleasant roads. A 23mm rim depth add a dash of aerodynamics for when the headwinds come calling. 700x28c Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ tires are slightly treaded, giving the VR5 additional bite on hardpan surfaces. A Felt VR UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost is topped with a Prologo Kappa Space saddle, while an alloy Felt VR stem and alloy Superlite road handlebar complete this excellent machine.
Any road bike meant for day-long adventures has gone through some serious changes in the last couple of years. This is Felt's version, and it's designed to fit women better, too.
The Felt VR5W takes the old ZW series from Felt and pushes the envelope for smoother riding and better performance. The frame is not only light, but offers an upright fit for a more comfortable posture. The UHC carbon fiber layup is designed differently for each size, ensuring small riders aren't beaten up by a stiff bike, or tall riders complaining about a rubbery feel. The bottom bracket of the VR5W anchors the crankset in a BB386 press-fit unit, ensuring flex-free power delivery. The bike's tapered steerer tube adds a precise feel to handling and braking, especially in high-speed turns and descents. 12mm thru-axle hubs not only keeps disc brake alignment excellent, but also improve the VR5W's torsional frame stiffness. Flat-mount brake caliper mounts and internal cable routing give the VR5W a sleek, clean look. There's even a third bottle mount on the tube tube for an accessory box. If you want to add a rear rack to the VR5W, Felt offers an adapter set (sold separately) for clean installation.
The drivetrain of the VR5W was chosen for all manner of challenging inclines and terrible surfaces. Shimano's 105 derailleurs are operated with 11-speed Shimano RS505 adjustable-reach levers, ensuring precise shifting and long service life. An 11-32T Shimano cassette is matched with an FSA Gossamer Pro 48/32T crankset for tackling seriously steep roads and inclines. Helping to keep speed reigned in is the job of a set of Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc brakes that boast self-adjusting pads and excellent lever feedback. Disc brakes boast excellent stopping power in all conditions, wet or dry. Alloy Felt tubeless-ready wheels are shod with 700x28c Schwalbe Durano RaceGuard tires for easy acceleration and a smooth ride on broken pavement and hardpan. A Prologo Kappa saddle sits atop a UHC carbon fiber seatpost, while a shallow-drop alloy road handlebar completes the cockpit of this epic-ready machine.
This is a used bicycle that has been overhauled by our experienced technicians. The wheels and tires are different than the manufacturer's original specifications.
"I need a road bike... But for triathlons!"
This enthusiastically-delivered sentence has been uttered for years, nay decades, to bike shop staff. Many of our customers request this style of bike in the hopes that the industry has filled the demand for a Swiss Army knife of high-performance road machines. Something aero, but not too heavy. Something comfortable for an IronMan distance, but won't look out of place at a group ride. A bike that does everything well. And isn't heart-stoppingly expensive, either.
Felt has been doing this kind of bike for years.
Meet the Aero Road -or AR- series. The AR3 is their best mechanical-shift bike, and is equipped with Shimano's stalwart 11-speed Ultegra components. The frameset of the AR3 boasts aero shaping and details that make it an excellent multi-mission machine. Deep tube cross-sections allow the AR3 to slice through the air like a hot cinder through jell-o, while internal cable routing keeps the bike looking sleek. The rear Ultegra direct-mount brake caliper is hidden under the bottom bracket out of the air stream, too. By leaving the rear seat stays empty, that element of the frame is designed to be more compliant for reduced rider fatigue, especially over rough pavement. Even the seat post is a blade-style shape, and is reversible for a better fit with tri-bars. Cool, huh? The head tube/steerer tube is still tapered for precise handling, but is a 1-1/8" to 1-1/4" size to keep the bike's aero profile smooth up front. Alloy Bontrager RXL wheels and 700x25c Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite tires make for excellent rolling stock for training and racing.
Road riding presents all manner of challenges from unending hills (especially if you live here in Dane County) to rough pavement. The VR30W helps meet these challenges as well as fit brilliantly!
A lightweight road bike helps every rider from first-timers to veterans, and Felt has built up the VR30W around a featherweight FLite aluminum frame and UHC Advanced carbon fiber fork. The frame is not only light, but also boasts excellent torsional strength to help eliminate power-robbing flex. The VR30W's elegant tube shaping is produced with hydroforming the aluminum, allowing less material to be used while enhancing overall strength. A ControlTaper head tube improves handling, especially in high-speed turns and descents. The FSA Omega crankset is mounted in a BB386 bottom bracket, ensuring flex-free pedaling response. Making wheel installation a snap are 12mm thru-axles front and rear. Disc brake alignment will always be quick and simple with thru-axles. Internal cable routing gives the VR30W a clean, sleek look, too. Felt's own UHC Advanced carbon fiber not only reduced the fork's weight, it also soaks up fatiguing vibration. The overall fit of the VR30W is comfortably upright, making easier work of rough pavement and long hours in the saddle.
Shimano's new 11-speed 105 derailleurs are operated with a pair of Shimano RS505 dual-control levers, making gear changes quick and effortless. The levers have an adjustable reach, allowing riders with small hands to brake and shift with comfort and confidence. The 105 rear derailleur features a tucked-in Shadow-style design that allows quicker shifts, even under had pedaling loads. The 105 front derailleur has a cutout in the trailing edge of the cage, allowing the use of wider tires with a shorter chainstay length. Hilly routes and rides still intimidating? An alloy FSA Omega 50/34T compact crankset and 11-34T Shimano cassette brings a huge gearing range to the party. Tubeless-ready alloy Devox 1.9 rims are wrapped with 700x28c Vittoria Rubino Pro G+ tires, giving the VR30W an extra dash of comfort as well as boatloads of grip. Hydraulic Shimano 105 disc brake calipers bring a new level of precision to braking, as well as excellent stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine. A Prologo Kappa DEA2 saddle is mounted to a UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost, while an adjustable alloy Devox stem and alloy Devox Road Endurance handlebar complete this century challenger.