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Felt VR4 Rival 1 Carbon Disc Road Bike £1549 @ Merlin Cycles
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Felt VR4 Rival 1 Carbon Disc Road Bike £1549 @ Merlin Cycles

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Posted 20th Jun

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Endurance / big baby's / semi-offroad /comfort road bike with impressive spec for the price.

Highlights include Zipp 30 Course disc wheels (£600-700 a pop if bought separately), SRAM 1x Rival hydraulic disc set up (44T 11/42 cassette) for people who aren't strong enough to get up hills without riding slower than pedestrians, a nice carbon frame, and Schwalbe G-one tubeless 30mm tyres.

Available in 54 or 56 cm which looks to map to a medium/medium-large setup to me.
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Decent spec, 11-42 aha that'll get you up anything. Holme Moss hill repeat!😜
An odd setup that. Road tyres, 1x with distinctly limited gearing (you're going to run out of gears very quickly on a descent with a 44-11) seems an odd combination. As a gravel bike, it would make more sense, but as a road bike it just seems a bit of a franken-setup to my eyes. FYI, 44-42 isn't much different to 34-32 which isn't such an unusual ratio on entry-level road or touring bikes with 2x gearing.

Nice looking bike and the bling Zipp (alloy) wheels are a nice touch and the price seems good, but I wouldn't put my own money down for it, I'm afraid.
daern21/06/2019 14:27

An odd setup that. Road tyres, 1x with distinctly limited gearing (you're …An odd setup that. Road tyres, 1x with distinctly limited gearing (you're going to run out of gears very quickly on a descent with a 44-11) seems an odd combination. As a gravel bike, it would make more sense, but as a road bike it just seems a bit of a franken-setup to my eyes. FYI, 44-42 isn't much different to 34-32 which isn't such an unusual ratio on entry-level road or touring bikes with 2x gearing.Nice looking bike and the bling Zipp (alloy) wheels are a nice touch and the price seems good, but I wouldn't put my own money down for it, I'm afraid.


What carbon road bike would interest you at this price point or less?
ciarandanielbyrne107/07/2019 00:23

What carbon road bike would interest you at this price point or less?


Difficult ask that, as I tend to fairly opportunistic about how I buy bikes. To give an example, the most recent bike I bought was a XS-sized Ridley Fenix SL, full R8000 Ultegra, with a pile of bits swapped and fettled around for a U12 rider (narrow bars, short stem, shorter cranks, in-line seatpost etc.). This cost a bit over £1500 from the quite excellent Paul Milnes Cycles in Bradford, during a recent ex-display sale. This sort of bike is almost impossible to source at a sensible price, especially as the list price on the frameset alone is more than I paid for it!

Bikes are very personal things, but I nearly always tend to buy last year's model where possible as this tends to bring decent savings without huge compromises on the bike spec. In general, though, I'd expect to be buying a good quality, named frame and mechanical Ultegra (or equiv) on reasonably cheap wheels at that price. It may take a bit of shopping around to get it, but the deals are out there if you look hard enough.

Good luck!
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daern08/07/2019 09:18

Difficult ask that, as I tend to fairly opportunistic about how I buy …Difficult ask that, as I tend to fairly opportunistic about how I buy bikes. To give an example, the most recent bike I bought was a XS-sized Ridley Fenix SL, full R8000 Ultegra, with a pile of bits swapped and fettled around for a U12 rider (narrow bars, short stem, shorter cranks, in-line seatpost etc.). This cost a bit over £1500 from the quite excellent Paul Milnes Cycles in Bradford, during a recent ex-display sale. This sort of bike is almost impossible to source at a sensible price, especially as the list price on the frameset alone is more than I paid for it!Bikes are very personal things, but I nearly always tend to buy last year's model where possible as this tends to bring decent savings without huge compromises on the bike spec. In general, though, I'd expect to be buying a good quality, named frame and mechanical Ultegra (or equiv) on reasonably cheap wheels at that price. It may take a bit of shopping around to get it, but the deals are out there if you look hard enough.Good luck!


If you are xs or xl+ you tend to be at an advantage due to the fact those sizes are the ones left to flog off at the end of the season, if you're between s and l the deals are far fewer between.

This 1x11 setup on this bike is actually fairly common these days, so I'm not sure why you think it's odd. 44x11 is only like 50x12 so all you're doing is missing the lowest gear on a compact chainset - and a lot of people would never use that gear. Hope that helps.
deleted211550808/07/2019 09:23

If you are xs or xl+ you tend to be at an advantage due to the fact those …If you are xs or xl+ you tend to be at an advantage due to the fact those sizes are the ones left to flog off at the end of the season, if you're between s and l the deals are far fewer between.


Sometimes, manufacturer's make so few of the weird sizes that they can be hard to get hold of, even at full price! Personally, I've never had too much of a problem sourcing bikes of all sizes (obviously, my own bikes are somewhat larger than my son's!)

deleted211550808/07/2019 09:23

This 1x11 setup on this bike is actually fairly common these days, so I'm …This 1x11 setup on this bike is actually fairly common these days, so I'm not sure why you think it's odd. 44x11 is only like 50x12 so all you're doing is missing the lowest gear on a compact chainset - and a lot of people would never use that gear. Hope that helps.


In fact, you'd lose about 1.5 gears, as the highest gear on this bike would sit between the second and third sprockets on a normal compact setup. Useful comparison of a standard compact 50/34 11-28, vs this bike's 1x setup can be found here.

I guess it depends on what terrain you ride and how quick you want to go, but a 50/34 with an 11t sprocket would already be considered a compact setup, so knocking more gears off the top would definitely limit the scope of the bike for some people. Of course, not everyone pushes a 53-11, but even my moderately flabby legs would rather not lose that top gear for some of the bigger descents that I ride when I can run out of gears when pushing a 50-11. (100rpm tops out at just 32mph for this bike). For me, personally, I'd also be concerned about the gaps between gears. I like to push a pretty constant cadence, so would find it hard to maintain with the wider gaps that a 1x setup inevitibly brings.

While common in gravel / adventure bikes, 1x pure road bikes seem to still be a relatively new thing and are not yet getting much traction in the market. It remains to be seen whether they'll follow the MTB world and become all dominant (probably tied with wide range, 12-speed and 10t sprockets), or just become last year's fad. My own feeling here is that, for pure road at least, the front mech isn't going anywhere just yet...
Edited by: "daern" 8th Jul
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