Friday, July 26, 2013
Brand New 2014 Felt Z100, Z95, Z85, Z5 and Z4s Released
From Felt.com: The 2014 Z Series is specifically designed to deliver top-tier handling with all-day capability.
Felt Z frames use a slightly taller head tube for greater flexibility in stem and bar position, as well as overall rider compartment. They feature sloping top tubes for increased stand over clearance, and benefit from improved vertical compliance from an enhanced cockpit layout. The Felt Z uses a slightly longer wheelbase for confident handling at any speed. Design goals of the Z were simple: make a race ready bike without limiting rider position or all day capability.
Starting off the group is the Z100. It offers excellent road performance for the more recreational rider who can see the quality in a lightweight, responsive 6061 superlight aluminum frame. The Z1 Frameset is stiff enough for optimal pedaling efficiency, yet smooth and compliant for long days in the saddle. The Z1 UHC Ultimate+Nano carbon fiber frame is built with Felt's Dynamic Monocoque Construction and forms the perfect chassis for the Z100.
Shimano handles the components with their Claris STI (Claris clamp-on derailleur and Sora cage rear derailleur) and proprietary Felt Road Crankset. With a 50/34T Chainwheel and an 11-32T cassette, you will have no trouble finding the right gear in most circumstances.
For a bit more money you can upgrade some components with the Z95. This will get you a Shimano Sora STI Drivetrain, and an FSA Tempo Compact 50/34T Crank
One level higher you will find the Z85, whose Superlite custom-butted 6061 aluminum tube frame is lightweight, dependable, and quick. A UHC Performance carbon fiber fork and Shimano 105 drivetrain, including compact cranks for a wide range of gearing completes the Z85 performance package. Here you will find an upgrade from the Felt All Weather Tires of the first two models, to the Mavic Akison 700 x 25c tires on Mavic CXP-22 rims.
Next is the 2014 Z5. A comfortable mix of performance componentry including a SRAM drivetrain,
Felt hubs and Mavic rims, the Z5 is incredibly versatile and an all-around performer. Instant acceleration, all-day compliance - the 4 is ready for your next epic cycling journey. SRAM Rival DoubleTap shifters make shifting a breeze, especially when connected to the SRAM Apex Front and SRAM Rival (with WiFli) Rear Derailleur. Keep your rear end happy on a comfy Prologo Kappa T2.0 Saddle.
Last is the 2014 Z4. Tour de France-worthy technology made affordable - the sophisticated Modular Monocoque COnstruction process used to build the Z5 frame, made with UHC Performance carbon fiber, produces a smooth-handling, lightweight road bike that can sprint, climb and hammer the flats with equal aplomb. Add a smart, hand-picked selection of performance parts and the Z5 is a contender.
Shimano 105 STI Drivetrain, FSA Omega BB30 Crankset, 50/34T Chainwheel all driven by a Shimano 10-speed chain.
Whether you choose a Z model built from carbon fiber lay ups, or one of the lightweight aluminum models, you'll get the same proven handling and confidence inspiring performance. The proven Felt Z Series will inspire and deliver you to new heights.