With a UHC Performance carbon fiber frame and fork, plus a comfortable mix of performance componentry including a Shimano 105 drivetrain, Felt hubs and Mavic rims, the Z5 is an incredibly versatile all-around performer. Stiff enough to accelerate instantly, compliant enough to take the edge off during longer rides.
Strengths: Great bike at this price point; and I have a great LBS
Weaknesses: Havent found one yet - it just keeps getting better
Having been riding mountain bikes for 20 years I decided I wanted a road bike again; my current mountian bike is a Felt Q820, great bike so I have some brand loyalty. I have not been disapionted; the Z5 with 105 group set is more than up to the demands of a serious recreational rider, I come back from rides looking forward to the next one. A great LBS completes the package; I'm happy ;)
Similar Products Used: Tested an S-Works costing almost 4 x the price of the Z5 nice bike BUT.
Bike Setup: Standard
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2012
Strengths: Looks/Rides Well, Geometry.
Weaknesses: Customer service - Felt offers NO replacements forks, period! When they reply to a service related emails, "Please contact the nearest dealer," is all you get. No replacement fork.
Full-carbon fork is very low end. The steerer tube is made from two pieces which appear to be bonded together. Which seems fine, until you “possibly” crack the forks carbon steerer tube during a stem swap due to poor steerer tube workmanship. The mechanic says it’s “possibly” cracked because there is no way to know for sure. He can’t tell, Felt can't tell, no one can, AND, Felt HAS NO REPLACEMENT FORK!!! Can you believe it? What's that about??? Drop $2K on a bike and after “possibly/accidentally” damaging the carbon forks steerer tube, they have no replacement. Plus, like the previous post, the alignment was all over the place. Felt, that’s no way to run a business!
Date Reviewed: February 28, 2012
Strengths: carbon ride, weight, geometry
Weaknesses: companies quality control, paint quality/peeling issues. frames alignment not up to industry standards.
Ordered one and the frames rear triangle alignment appeared to be off – visually, the rear wheel appears to be about 1.5mm towards the left in relation to the BB's shell which translates to the rear wheel not centered in-between the chainstays. Returned the bike to the LBS, they verified the issue but said there was nothing they could do because Felt considers such to be within their acceptable 'frame alignment' tolerances. Apparently, Felt allows up to 3mm of misalignment when building carbon frames. Very ridiculous!!! Don't recommend them and certainly won't buy their brand unless they improve their quality control and customer relations. You may consider checking you carbon frames alignment folks.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2012
Strengths: Carbon frame,105 group,carbon seat post. Fit and finish, price!
Weaknesses: tires are week , but easy fix!
Best bike in this price range IMO. LIght, stiff, and compliant! changing the wheels and tires was a good upgrade! No regrets with this bike. Best for the wanna be racer or aggressive recreational rider.
Bike Setup: rol volant wheels ,conti. 4000 tires, 3t ergo bar.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2011
Strengths: Carbon Frame is very forgiving
105 gruppo shifts fantastic!
Weaknesses: learning the differences between my old 3-ring to the compact 2-ring isn't really a weakness - just a learning curve. Definitely helps me understand chainring/cassette ratios!
As my first road bike, this is a fantastic setup! I was focused on getting a full 105 gruppo and the carbon frame has been amazing at soaking up the bumps. I've been really impressed at how a lightweight bike in this class can respond so well - whether it's climbing or flying downhill, I'm very impressed at the handling and responsiveness!
The Trek & Felt have the 105 11 speed drivetrain. The Giant has Ultegra...pretty similar ride and cost between them. Dilemma: I currently use the Trek shop for all things MTB (2 expensive bikes in the past 6 mos. (Purchase--theft--Ins.check--repurchase) but they're not overwhelming me with love... ... Read More »
I'm currently riding a Parlee Z5 SL and I love it, smooth, sublime ride but still stiff and responsive. The best of both worlds. I have a hankering for something different and am considering adding a Moots Vamoots to the stable. Everything I've read seems to describe it as having a very similar r ... Read More »
I am new into Road Biking and I am trying to decide between a 2012 Z5 for $1000 and a 2013 Z85 for $900. Both new, and on close out sales.
They have identical components, but I understand there was a major frame redesign. Is there any benefit in buying the [FONT=Verdana]Z5 over the Z85?
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I'm just about ready to hit the 'buy' button on a 2013 Z5 from an online retailer here in the UK.
There are no Felt dealers local to me, so I am going to have to take a bit of a chance with regards to sizing.
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]I'm 188cm 6'2'' tall with an inside leg of 88cm 34'' and ... Read More »
Just bought a Felt Z5 to replace my 1999 Trek 320. I guess I am in the club. After test riding 8 different bikes it was this or a specialized Robieax the z5 was $450 cheaper so not much of a choice. I love my new bike and the ride is better than my old steel frame. Never could stand aluminum frame ... Read More »