I saw the new look of the 2014 AR1 earlier today as well and I love it. It looks tons better in my opinion. Thank you for the info SD. I am pretty much sold at this point. I just need a fit session and to find a way to test some version of the new AR. Do any of you know of anyone interested in buying a pretty much brand new 2013 Specialized Roubaix SL4 Pro frameset (red)?
As far as the build goes, I am actually thinking AR1, Sram Force 22 (close enough on weight and saves cash) and Ritchey bars, a specialized phenom saddle (sorry), and using the rest on wheels. I like aero without over the top depth. I also like the breaking and durability of alloy wheels. The ride quality is fine for me once they are paired with 25mm tires. Thinking Zipp 101s, Zipp 30s, Fulram Racing Quattros or something like that for my every day wheel. I might snag a nice set of Boyds or Reynolds carbon for dualthon/triathlons, etc. down the road as well.
This bike appears to be some very nice work on Felt's part. I think it's my favorite thing I have seen you guys produce since I started cycling. (I started on road with a Felt F85 a few years back). I compared it to the Propel, Venge, new Cervelo S2 and S3, and new BMC TMR02. For my money, I couldn't come up with a better value when you consider everything you are getting in the new AR1. Congrats again on the great work. Please keep it coming SD.