Felt Z85 review

Felt Z85 2010
Cycling Weekly Verdict

All in all, it's an excellent bike and we've never seen a better-looking one for this price.

Reasons to buy
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    Great looking

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    Well priced

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    Looks far more expensive than it is

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    Good component choice

Reasons to avoid
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    Wheels are a bit average - but at this price, that's a niggle

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Felt bikes have brought a ray or two of Californian sunshine into the lives of many Brits since Bradley Wiggins posted the nation's best Tour de France performance in a couple of decades on one.

The Felt Z85 is another reason for us to be happy. At this price point it's rare to find such a beautifully designed and manufactured bike. It costs well under £1,000, which is often regarded as the starting price for a ‘proper' road bike, but apart from the fact that it's made from aluminium rather than carbon, and runs a Shimano Tiagra groupset - which is more or less a quarter the cost of Dura-Ace 7900 - there's no suggestion of cheapness about it whatsoever.

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