Godzuki26's Wife goes aero - Felt AR FRD 48cm

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If my wife hates the bike I am riding it. I will use the 3T Aeronova handlebar with a 120mm Ax Lightness Rigid stem. My other lever is almost done.

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With the flash on my iPhone. I am not liking the "F" decal. Should I take it off and reclear coat it? All I know for certain is I am using black bar tape for this. I entertained the idea of purple Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm tape but that will be too much.

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What about the two silver bolts on front brake - make them purple and take off the decal from the brake?


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+1, would be a good compromise, the 'f' decal is a little too much. And thank goodness you're going for black bar tape, purple would have been a bit naff.

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Personally am not too enamoured by the F and the SRAM decals: they look like a different type of purple and look more matte than the painted ones on the carbon. Would also vote for the F to go
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This bar tape could possibly look good.

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godzuki26 wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:10 am
My wife is a tiny 105 lbs. Yes these 85mm wheels will road sail her into hazards if the wind picks up. I know she will hate these wheels. I personally don't like them as well because they are heavy as hell and do not meet weight weenie standards......but they look cool = my wife is a FRED :up: 55 tooth chainring and oversized pulleys. You guys get me yet ?:D
Maybe these ......

https://www.carbonbikewheels.com.au/pro ... -wheelset/

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@JLS - thanks for the bartape suggestion. I like it. I already got some black bartape I want to use first.

The SRAM logos look matte because I took the photo in a dark garage with the flash from my iPhone. Under daylight, the gloss clear coat makes the logo look shiny. Looks like the F logo needs to go for now. I will post some under the sunlight photos soon.

I will not be using the Hutchinson Atom Xlight tires. I need aero tires. With the Michelin Power Competiton in 25C, the wife can save 10 watts. With the 23C, she can save 7.5 Watts. Lol

I will stagger the tires and run the 23 up front and the 25 in the back. The weights on these tires are not bad at all. I did read that the sidewalks are prone to cuts easily.

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I haven't read the whole thread but a lot of people seem to think AR1 and AR FRD are the same thing. They are not. Hence the extra weight.

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Differences are UHC Ultimate vs UHC Advanced Carbon, both use Textreme but the FRD uses a a higher grade Textreme vs the AR1, the FRD has a full carbon shell for the bottom bracket vs the aluminum bottom bracket for the AR1.

Not sure what this all translates to with stiffness or ride comfort but all I know is this 48cm FRD weighs more than a 56cm AR1. :noidea:
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godzuki26 wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:08 pm
Differences are UHC Ultimate vs UHC Advanced Carbon, both use Textreme but the FRD uses a a higher grade Textreme vs the AR1, the FRD has a full carbon shell for the bottom bracket vs the aluminum bottom bracket for the AR1.

Not sure what this all translates to with stiffness or ride comfort but all I know is this 48cm FRD weighs more than a 56cm AR1. :noidea:
Sorry I assumed this frame is AR1. I don't recall the AR FRD ever having red logos. AR1 had red logos.. But I guess I'm wrong? (ok just checked again. I recalled wrong)

For reference, I've owned F1 and F FRD and there was definitely a good chunk of weight difference between the frames (~80g i think? it's been a while sorry) favoring the FRD.

So yeah either this frame is on the +% spectrum of weight or Felt AR frames aren't very accurate on claimed weights. My F1 and F FRD were spot on.

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This is a very entertaining thread! Love the look of your "wife's" bike.
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@gurk700 - I think I got the pig of the batch with this 48cm. I was expecting a sub 900 gram frame with the paint stripped off. This weight made me lose immediate interest in the F FRD.
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godzuki26 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:48 am
@gurk700 - I think I got the pig of the batch with this 48cm. I was expecting a sub 900 gram frame with the paint stripped off. This weight made me lose immediate interest in the F FRD.
It is very surprising man. Sorry it didn't go as planned. FWIW Felt makes some nice bikes and in my experience they ride beautifully (and look badass) BUT if you're chasing a weight weenie project I can totally understand the frustration! :doh:

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Been busy doing other stuff and have walked away from this project. I ended up getting the Recon Cassette. It is a combo between blue and purple. From different angles, the blue and purple alternate between being dominant. There is gold on this which I was afraid of.

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