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1. I had to sand the edges of the arm rest cushions because the finish was really sharp and cut up one of my forearms.
2. The aero bars just aren't working for me or for my position. I'm going to put my profile design bars on this weekend. It's mainly a reach issue. The factory bars are really adjustable, but lengthwise I just can't get it where I want it and don't want to get used to a new position. And the whole setup just feels small to me. Plus given what I paid for the profile design I might as well use them.
3. The Trek draft box fits nicely and holds flat kit, tubes, etc out of the way (even if not the same color scheme). Won't have to use an xlab in bottle cage setup. Also a lot of room left over for insulin pen and glucose meter.
4. The Xlab TT bottle on the downtube pretty much takes up the whole space so not sure what I'm going to do about carrying more liquid. Didn't want to immediately go to the behind-the-saddle setup but looks like that's where I'm headed. I like having a full speedfil between the bars, a full bottle ready to refill, and then an empty cage to rotate and pick something up on course.
5. Stages tells me the rear brake position prevents a Stages power meter because not enough clearance. That sucks.
6. Bento box or whatever you call it will take some getting used to. At least I hope that's the problem. Doesn't seem to hold much. Hard to get your hand in there while staying in aero. But we will see. Dig in too far or too much and the plastic comes off.
7. Yes. I bought the GP4000s after the collective wisdom of ST said to get rid of the gatorskins. Just need to put them on. Plenty of room with 25mm on there, by the way.
8. A hundred miles in and I can tell this is much faster than my dear 'ol Slice; really stable in wind and downhill, and all around comfortable. Prologo saddle is a nice fit but I'll probably put my Fizik on there. Looking forward to training ride in Santa Cruz this weekend to really get a sense of how it compares. Obviously climbing with Di2 and 11spd will be a huge plus.
These posts are making my anxious wait for my IA 14 (due in the next week or so) feel so much longer!
Glad to hear you're generally happy with the bike. It looks great!
3. The SC draft box looks like it fits well. I was planning to fabricate my own carbon container to go on those mounting points and might still do so but the SC box is a convenient alternative!
6. I was interested and disappointed to hear of the problems you're having with the bento box. Having seen one in a local shop recently I though the access flap was in a funny position (shallow back end rather than full length or over he deeper portion) so I tried sticking my fingers in as though retrieving a gel and couldn't reach very far with out the cover threatening to dislodge. It was a second hand bike and I was hoping the cover had just become a little loose due to lots of use or abuse although I was unhappy with access to the box regardless. I presume Felt are trying considering other factors like maintaining aerodynamics and keeping sweat out but practicalities like being able to easily and quickly reach what's in there and not having to waste stop re-fixing your cover or worse having to stop and pick it off the ground is a more important concern IMO. I'd prefer top tube mounting bolts, or a way to replace the existing box with a DIY version over a non-removable integrated box that doesn't work well. From an engineering point of view It would be easy to make the bento box a modular item. i.e. You could provide a recess at that location with fixing points so that you could install the box, or an alternative box or a fairing to simply eliminate the opening and give a smooth top tube. The existing box is screwed in but then bonded in place. I'm sure this is for legal rather than structural reasons. Copyrighting of stuff like this seems to be a scurge on bike innovation. Provision of internal or external mounting points on bikes seems to me like something it should not be possible to patent. It's a very straightforward basic and obvious concept. It's not like anyone had to actually invent it. It's not deserving of IP status IMO. I say this on the assumption that fear of litigation by Specialised or the like is the problem here. Why else would Felt not implement what would obviously be a better solution.
7. Good decision on the tyres. I once used Gatorskins back when I got started. Then switched to Continental 4 Seasons as my general use tyres and now use both Conti GP4000s (Tri bike) and Michelin Pro4 SC (Road bike). I wouldn't go back to the Gatorskins. All the others feel much nicer and are certainly quicker. Speed's not so important for training but since most of my riding is training I want to enjoy it as much as possible! I almost never puncture (1 last year, none this year to date) regardless which tyres I use. Perhaps I'm lucky in that respect but even if I did I think a couple of punctures a year would be worth it to get off the Gatorskins.
The bento is fine for Oly distance. What do you really need to carry anyway but one gel. I can fit my CGM and a gel and for Oly that's fine.
I'd say the overall attachment is secure even if the reach to open is a bit far back and the middle attachment points are easy to dislodge.
For a training ride you can find other places to stash what you need, like a jersey.
For a Half distance it is a different issue. The max I could fit is three gels. Three gels and one clifshots at most, but the sides flared at that point. I usually need more than that over a Half distance targeting 400 calories and 3 hours as a safe zone. Finishing closer to 2:45 means no problems and if there was a problem or whatever and it is over the 3:00 mark then I'm still safe. I'll just have to put something in my back pockets. That's all.
I'll take some close-up pics for reference.
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This last one is close with clifshots and three gels inside showing it flares a bit on the sides.
I went today to check out my new IA10 and it's sweet looking! I was hoping to change the stem out to one a bit longer but my shop is telling me that when they put the adaptor cap on plus the new stem, there is not enough room on the steer tube to clamp the new stem down because the steer tube has been cut. Do you know if anyone has been successful in changing out the stem?
Thanks for your help!
Will it be possible to swap out stem/bars with an integrated option like the TriRig Alpha X?
A TriRig front end can be used with an IA10 frameset but I think the stem stack on the TriRig is too tall for the production bike.
The DA is a bit lighter if your looking for weight reduction.
This sounds like a pretty crucial piece of information for customers looking to upgrade their front end in the future (not that there's anything wrong with the Bayonet bar, just sayin').
Stem swaps can't be done unless the clamp height is as low as the IA stem or when you buy a frameset with an uncut steerer.
What length of steerer is left on production bikes? It sounds from your post like they are sold precut to less than the normal stem clamp length (40mm?) and with no spacers that could be removed to make room. Is this correct? I had assumed they were delivered with a couple of spacers as per usual for most bikes but now I think about it I'm not sure I've seen any pictures of the new IA with spacers. If its precut very short what's the reason? Is the intension that the cockpit has enough adjustability that one stem option is sufficient?