Road cycling and the endurance road bike have evolved. The VR provides an all-new way of experiencing the road, pushing the limits of distance, topography, and terrain.
BUY IT IF:
You want a modern road bike designed for all-day, epic road rides, that offers comfort and a smooth ride quality. You get an aluminum frame for durability and value, along with the best components available.
- Clearance for up to 30 mm tires
- Modern endurance geometry for a broad fit range
- Custom butted aluminum frame, Advanced-level carbon fork.
- Shimano Tiagra 10-speed drivetrain
The VR is the most versatile and capable endurance road bike in Felt’s history. Drawing on decades of frame building expertise and aluminum innovation, engineers meticulously crafted each and every VR model with the most refined geometry and functional amenities to harmoniously meld together comfort and performance.
The VR | 40 offers the same ride experience as the various carbon models in the VR range, including the same geometry optimized for comfortable body position over a long day on the road, and stable and predictable handling light enough for optimal control down fast mountain descents. The carbon fiber fork further aids precise handling and mitigates excessive road chatter on the bike’s front end.
Disc brakes offer better modulation and performance in every kind of weather, as well as greater durability for all-day riding, than old-fashioned rim brakes. The VR’s clever cable management system is compatible with every drivetrain in the world, for clean aesthetics and easy maintenance. The VR also sports an optional storage solution location along the top tube, with standard water bottle bolt spacing for use with a host of aftermarket bags or other “bento box”-style accessories. The VR also utilizes tires up to 30 mm wide (with ISO clearance—6 mm of clearance on either side of the tire).
Shimano’s 10-speed Tiagra group includes front and rear derailleurs, shifters, and crankset. Like every VR model, the VR | 40 is optimized for disc brakes. In this case, a set of Tektro dual-piston stoppers. Every bike in the VR series includes optimal endurance road bike gearing: a 50/34 chainring combo and rear cassette with a 34-tooth largest cog, providing plenty of range, all the way up to the treasured 1:1 gear ratio for conquering any climb. The cockpit component selection comes by way of Felt’s house brand, Devox, with a handlebar specifically designed for endurance riding. The bike rolls on a set of Devox tubeless-compatible wheels with Vittoria Zaffiro tires in size 28c.