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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [SuperDave] [ In reply to ]
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SuperDave,

Any special tool that is available to ease adjustment of the rear drive side brake pad on the B14? A standard 90 degree Allen wrench won't fit and taking the chain ring off is more hassle than I want to go through when putting my race wheels on. I tried using the search but most threads dealt with alternate brake options to replace the stock brake.
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [SuperDave] [ In reply to ]
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SuperDave wrote:

Black/Carbon cages.
Rims look nice and clean w/o decals.
Cut the extensions down another 2 inches and then the cable housing about 6 inches shorter, add an inline adjuster for the rear brake to ease wheel-swaps.
Loop the front brake housing behind the stem, not in front of the fork and below the stem.

Tell me about your choice to ditch the Metron shifters.

-SD

Awesome! I'm about 3 hours away from my "LBS," so once I get some free time from school I'll be getting all of that taken care of.

I decided to ditch the Metron shifters because I felt the levers would be in the way as far as hand positioning. I also feel like I have more control with the standard DA shifters being able to shift with my thumb and pointer while maintaining a tight grip. With the metron shifters you loose that grip you get with an open palm/hand to grasp the lever. Not sure if that makes any sense....

I do have a few random Qs.
How important are the rubber inserts where the shifter/brake cable enter in the top tube and on the chain stay? Mine got torn when they were building up my bike. They're just kind of hanging on right now.

Also, what do you recommend torque wise on the stem for the bar clamp? I did the listen nM, but the bars wont stay.

The white paint strip on the bottom of the top tube where DA is starting to flake off. Is there something I can do to prevent it from getting worse? Eventually my bike will accumulate scratches/blemishes, but I'd like to try to keep that new bike look for a while.


The DA is one awesome bike. As a replacement for my B12, I can feel a HUGE difference (or maybe it's that new bike feeling? haha). Felt should definitely be proud of this line. I also have to admit....at first I thought the color scheme was ugly, but it has grown on me. A lot.
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [godseyt] [ In reply to ]
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I took my allen wrench down to a machine shop and had the short end of the 90 cut so that it is just long enough to go all the way into the M4 head of the screw. Works great.
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [317] [ In reply to ]
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317 wrote:
pretty much set for IMWI this weekend.


Some serious upgrades with the crank, saddle, (?aerobars?). Oh, and I love bikes where just the wheels cost more than the entire bike did originally. Its something people outside the sport just can't understand.

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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [Runner Rick] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [godseyt] [ In reply to ]
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godseyt wrote:
SuperDave,

Any special tool that is available to ease adjustment of the rear drive side brake pad on the B14? A standard 90 degree Allen wrench won't fit and taking the chain ring off is more hassle than I want to go through when putting my race wheels on. I tried using the search but most threads dealt with alternate brake options to replace the stock brake.


I replaced that bolt with a regular hex-head bolt, that way you can adjust it anytime you want without taking your crank or chainring(s) off. Obviously you have to take off the ring(s) to make the swap, but once it's done you're all set... super easy.

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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [ In reply to ]
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Anyone have issues with their DA Bayonet spline continually coming loose? My whole front end is becoming a pain in the ass because I constantly have to tighten everything.

I'm hoping I can get a fixed stem...
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [oceanlife] [ In reply to ]
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There was a thread on this with lots of info.



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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [jrielley] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [pjevoe] [ In reply to ]
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My Turn! 2013 race machine is approaching readiness!

AR4 plus Profile Design T1 bars. Not shown are my Flo 60 race wheels w/ Conti 4000s tires. On the lookout for some flat top road bars (Oval R900 or something like that) to really round it out.



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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [SuperDave] [ In reply to ]
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considering joining the Felt Mafia...looking to upgrade from my ~7 yr old QR to a Felt B12. My question...go for the '12 or wait for the '13? When will the 13s be available?
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [docjeter] [ In reply to ]
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docjeter wrote:
considering joining the Felt Mafia...looking to upgrade from my ~7 yr old QR to a Felt B12. My question...go for the '12 or wait for the '13? When will the 13s be available?

'13s are shipping now. The 2013 B12 uses an all new frameset and the bike is considerably better in every aspect except the change to 10 speed Ultegra derailleurs once Dura-Ace went 11s.

-SD

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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [SuperDave] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks SD! Will hold out for the 13.

Also DA4 vs. B12...I know the fork is different, but anything else to justify the additional $?
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [RFXCrunner] [ In reply to ]
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I'm really curious to hear how you like racing the AR4.

The reason I ask is that I love my F5, but really am not digging my B16. I'm considering selling both and getting the AR4 instead. Thoughts?

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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [AnthonyS] [ In reply to ]
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Have only raced it once, but I dig it quite thoroughly. Nicely balanced frame- not as aero as a B series, but its a lot more "fun" to ride than a straight up TT bike. I don't look or feel like a total doofus on group rides, but I can TT on it pretty well too. My only real gripe is that I can't really get as far forward as I would like on the saddle without feeling like I'm putting too much weight on the front wheel.

I'd reckon that with a little bit more tweaking to my position, I could get just as aero on this as my previous bike(QR Seduza), and not have to give up group rides or own multiple bikes.
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [docjeter] [ In reply to ]
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docjeter wrote:
Thanks SD! Will hold out for the 13.

Also DA4 vs. B12...I know the fork is different, but anything else to justify the additional $?


The DA gets you the last 4.5% of aerodynamic savings, another ~250g of weight savings, the upgraded rear V-brake.

For many people I feel the B12 will be a better bike, it also gives you options like the chance to use a cable actuated center pull brake like the B2 uses. It has two bottle bosses; great for those who ride in hotter climates and might train w/ two big bottles.

Some might say the B12/B2 chassis is more "consumer-friendly" because it uses fewer proprietary parts. The TRP brake is shared with many other brands' brakes, unlike the DA and while the 1.125" is much wider and lacks the range of vertical adjustment as the Bayonet, every bike shop on the globe understands how to assemble and service a 1.125" headset. The custom Bayonet3 headset and stem system is unique and requires an understanding of Felt's system to install and maintain.

If you need a high performance convertible, most would argue the Z06 over an M6; unless you wanted 3 passengers.

-SD

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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [SuperDave] [ In reply to ]
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Once again, THANKS!
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [SuperDave] [ In reply to ]
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SuperDave wrote:
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Some might say the B12/B2 chassis is more "consumer-friendly" because it uses fewer proprietary parts. ...

-SD

Yeah - I'm your customer. I just want a bike- not a project, and I'm not that competitive that the last 11 seconds matter. (now... if it were 15 seconds- then we're talkin' ;) )

Will you be selling just the B12/B2 frame kit?

you noted above- 'better in every way'. The new frame certainly has a modern, slippery look. Is there a weight difference? How does the ride/feel compare to the 'old' Bxx frame? stiffness? geometry? vibration absorption? handling?

I've got a B10. Which frankly- I love the feel of so I'm not really looking for anything different- but if I could move my pricey Di2 over to the new frame- that might be a sweet machine. I use my B10 now as my primary bike. daily rides, hill climbs, group rides, tri's. The dual position shifting makes it really versatile.
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [cfosterracing] [ In reply to ]
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What are the covers on the end of the chopped Sonic CSXs
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [scca_ita] [ In reply to ]
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Rear brake adjustment is tough. Wasn't much of an issue until got 2nd set of wheels. Like the custom allen wrench idea. I've used the ball-head type allen to come in at angle, and works enough.
Anyone brave enough to grind down inside of big chain ring in a spot to provide clear access?

Love to see the flat back scheme come into fashion on all the new high-end bikes. Felt was there in '09.


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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [bmonkey] [ In reply to ]
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Here's mine.

Just added the DA bottle (yes, I know it's not chained right :))


-shoki
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [shoki] [ In reply to ]
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What chanring is that?
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [shoki] [ In reply to ]
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You also have your basebar angled upwards by what looks to be at least 10-15 degrees. Unless it is round, you're creating an awful lot of drag by turning an airfoil sideways to the airflow...
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [RFXCrunner] [ In reply to ]
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tryguy67 wrote:
What chanring is that?

its an 54 stronglight, I haven't found anyone who had that combo (54/38) so I will try it out if its shiftable as soon as the snow goes away.

RFXCrunner wrote:
You also have your basebar angled upwards by what looks to be at least 10-15 degrees. Unless it is round, you're creating an awful lot of drag by turning an airfoil sideways to the airflow...

I did this because of the "porn" in the title. ;-)

yeah I know it's more negative but with the slippery original pads I was moving forward with every little road bump and the Vision ones I wanted were out of stock for month.....
long story short, I'm still in the fitting process although it was almost good.
to give just the extensions an angle would be a great option though .

-shoki
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Re: Is there a Felt Mafia? Felt Bike Porn!!! [shoki] [ In reply to ]
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Looks good. How does the Torhans fit on that bike? Is it pretty seamless, or is there a bit of daylight on the downtub? (basically, can I get some more porn pics?)

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