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

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godzuki26 wrote:@Nefarious86 - ok I cannot find that purple cassette on the web. Appears to have beeen a limited edition. I wish I never saw this. Now it will take me another 4 months to find this purple cassette.
https://fairwheelbikes.com/recon-alumin ... -cassette/

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This is quite the build, though I think purple cable housing will be going too far.

What I am really waiting for is the post from Godzuki describing his attempt to explain to his furious wife who is on the ground (again) about how it is important to be careful in crosswinds.
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Upon closer examination of the "purple" cassette, it has blue teeth and fades into a purple color which I think looks amazing. What I do not like is the core of the cassette is gold. It is also gold from the inside out. Any sign of gold on this build will throw off my entire black and purple theme. Recon's black cassettes also have a gold inner core which will not work. I think for now I will keep the silver cassette and black chain. If I go with a black cassette (wish I had stocked up on Ceradure cassettes when I had the chance) I would need to use a silver chain.

@Mr.Gib - the purple housing may be too much now that I have used purple SRAM decals and an F decal on the Tririg. However, I searched the internet for months to find this purple housing from an obscure overseas distributor. So, I must use them and I must be the first person ever to post purple aluminum segmented cable housing. Not as cool as Prendrefeu's custom anodized iLink housing in pink as seen on the famous "Stoked" bike. If I need to I will remove the SRAM and F logos and reclear coat them so that the purple housing will look better. I went with more of a plum/lavender purple for the lever and brake decals to try something a little different. If you compare the decals Kevosinn painted for me on the frame, top tube, head tube, saddle, and barstem it is a much darker purple with sparkles in it.

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
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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
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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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