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.
|Frame||Felt Variable Road UHC Performance carbon fiber, MMC with InsideOut construction, flat mount disc brake standard, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, internal mechanical or electronic cable routing|
|Fork||Felt Variable Road UHC Advanced carbon fiber monocoque construction, size specific ControlTaper carbon fiber steerer tube, integrated crown race, crown, and blades, flat mount disc standard|
|Headset||FSA integrated sealed cartridge bearing with Felt VariableHeight Cone Spacers (20mm PC, 4.5mm aluminum), Felt top cap, 43 - 47cm: IS-21, 1.125-inch --- 51 - 61cm: No.42, 1.125 - 1.5-inch|
Front: 12 x 100mm thru axle
Rear: 12 x 142mm thru axle
|Rims/Wheels||Felt Variable Road VR19, tubeless ready, 19mm inner width, 23mm depth|
|Hubs||Felt Variable Road RSL3, sealed cartridge bearing, Center Lock, 28H|
|Spokes||2.0mm stainless steel|
|Tires||Vittoria Rubino Pro G+, folding, 700 x 28c|
|Crankset||FSA Gossamer Pro ABS Adventure BB386 EVO|
|Bottom Bracket||FSA BB386 with 30mm bearings|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105 braze-on|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105 11-speed long cage|
|Cassette/Rear Cogs||Shimano 11-speed, 11-32T|
|Shifters||Shimano RS505 11-speed with Felt Elite sealed derailleur cable and housing|
|Handlebars||Felt VR OS SuperLite Road VariableShape, short 65mm reach, 125mm drop, 35mm|
|Tape/Grips||Felt VelvetGel tape with 3M reflective base with reflective Felt Bubble-Tech F-Wing bar end plugs|
|Stem||Felt VR OS SuperLite, 6° rise, 35mm|
|Brake Levers||Shimano RS505, hydraulic|
|Brakes||Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc with 160mm rotor; Shimano RS505 hydraulic disc with 140mm rotor|
|Saddle||Prologo Kappa Space PAS|
|Seat Post||Felt VR UHC Performance carbon fiber, 27.2mm x 330mm length|
|Accessories & Extras||chain plate protector|
* Subject to change without notice.