I bought this conversion kit as part of an "on the cheap" bike build for a single speed off-road rig that I could ride on the trails here at work through the winter. I caught it on a particularly good sale, as it usually runs about $29-35, but even at that price, I think it's a great product. I was salvaging my old 7-speed wheels from my long-dusty MTB, and was a bit nervous about the kit not working on the freehub body. No problem -- it installed flawlessly. The kit contains the chain tensioner (which replaces the rear derailleur), three cogs (16, 18, and 20T), and enough spacers of two different thicknesses to get the chain line right on about any bike. The only buggaboo I found was that the cogs don't tolerate partial chain wrap (it'll skip), so the chain needs to be ALMOST tight in order to alleviate this. The tensioner really just allows you to use a single cog on a bike without horizontal dropouts. Once I got the chain length right, the system has run perfectly. There is a little bit of buzz-hum at the rear end, and that is characteristic of SS and track cogs, as the teeth are deeper. If you've ridden a track bike, this is a familiar sound. I've ridden this set-up for about a month now, and have never had a problem with it. High-tension hills, rough stuff, sand, it just keeps rolling along. And it gives the bike a very clean look (no shifters, front or rear derailleur).
I would definitely recommend this custom bike to anyone who has "issues" with sizing. I was able to choose my own colors and design, including having my name put on it. I expect to have this bike for a long, long time.
XLAB is a good company. The Flatwing as a product is very attractive...it SHOULD do everything well. However, in practice, it does very little well.
Consider an under-seat wedge for CO2/inflators/tubes, and consider an alternative hydration (profile aerodrink, neverreach, etc) for hydration.
I'd buy another Promotion suit, although I would not go with their sizing recommendations.
Would recommend QR to anyone, especially the Lucero
This is a great entry level bike. I test rode several of them and found this to be the stiffest and most responsive of those I tried.
Great price for a carbon bike with full Ultegra.
This was a great entry level bike to get me into training rides and make sure I really wanted to start doing triathlons.
If you are comfortable on this type of aero-bar, these are a good cheap entry to aero-bars with enough adjustability to satisfy most riders.
If you are the kind of person that needs to drive a BMW or a Mercedes, go buy a Cervelo. If you know value and quality buy and Acura or Lexus, and don't forget the bike rack because you are Felt B2 worthy
A great investment for me. It has enabled me to increase the distance of my trail run as my preffered route has no water stops for 10 - 12 miles. I recommend it.
Get it. I plan on using it as much as I can. I have 1000 plus miles so far and will continue to log them in. Will eventually upgrade and probably stay with FELT
Easily the best investment I have made in my triathlon training with the exception of my membership at BT.
Someone referred this bike to me and I made the purchase based on that recommendation and haven't been disappointed. I've logged about 250 miles on it and its all good. By comparing to other entry levels, it has a few marginally better components and still cheaper than most others. Its heavy, but thats to be expected.
For the price the shorts work, but for just a few dollars more better constructed shorts can be found
Overall, an excellent entry level bike that I don't regret buying for a second. The Ultegra and 105 groupo mix has been solid and required only a few adjustments here and there. The triple crankset is nice for when I was just starting out, but I am finding that I don't use the granny-gear anymore so it is just unnecessary weight at this point.