I got a hot tip last week that La Bicicletta
, a local pro shop and purveyor of fine bicycles and clothing, was doing a demo day of the latest Felt road bikes at their regular summer Tuesday night laps of Stanley Park here in Vancouver. I've had my eye on the Felt model lineup for some time now, and I jumped at the chance to try a Felt Z endurance frame. I was really curious to see how it would stack up to the 12 year old Trek 5200
I built up last year.
Besides being stoked about Felt bikes, I really wanted to try a 54 cm frame. My Trek is 56 cm as was recommended by lots of online bike fit calculators, but even with a 100 mm stem I feel pretty stretched out. When I recently rented a road bike in Taiwan
, I was forced to ride some pretty small frames, and I discovered that they weren't as cramped as I expected. I have a slightly shorter than normal inseam for my height, so that may be a factor.
As luck would have it, La Bicicletta had a 2016 Felt Z4 Disc
in 54 cm available, and they let me borrow it for 4 days! Great way to start summer. As a bonus, I get to try out road disc brakes for the first time. Here's how it came equipped:
2016 Felt Z4 Disc Specs
SRAM Rival 22 with hydraulic disc brakes
Compact crank and 11 speed 11-32t cassette
UHC Performance carbon fiber frame and fork
BB30 & carbon dropouts
Prologo Scratch 2 T2.0 saddle
Fulcrum Racing Sport DB wheels
Vittoria Rubino Pro 700x25c tires
So what does it weigh in the real world, fresh from the bike shop and ready to ride? Time to get out my scales:
Front 4280 g + Rear 4630 g = Total 8.91 kg (19.6 lbs)
A bit of a porker, probably due to the level of the components and the disc system. For comparison, at last weighing my FrankenTrek was down to 7.68 kg (16.9 lbs) with Pacenti SL23 alloy wheels and SRAM Force 20 groupset. The list weight is 8.52 kg (18.78 lbs) but I assume that's without bottle cages and pedals. The "lower spec" list weight on the Trek Z5 with Shimano 105 groupset, rim brakes, and house brand alloy wheels is 8.30 kg... so there's that.
Took a few photos on the ride from the shop to home, to change and go for a proper ride. Bike looks really good in black on black, with a few red highlights. The carbon weave is very visible through the matte finish, and Felt has been very restrained in their application of decals, which I appreciate a lot. I don't need to be a rolling billboard for every component the bike came with.
I'm not usually a fan of the look of bikes with sloped top tubes, but I think this frame looks REALLY good.
Disc brakes on a road bike? Now I've seen everything. Carbon dropouts and a massive 11-32t cassette.
Beefy BB30 bottom bracket gets the power down. The flawless carbon weave and smooth lines really pop in the sunshine.