There’s this special little loop that heads southeast from Austin, and covers the 70ish miles to Lockhart and back. It’s too gnarly for my 23c tire road bike. There’s too much gravel. Too many loose dogs that chase you down the carpet bombed roads. It always too hot. Too cold. Too windy.
Every time my little group of friends ride it, we stop halfway to eat too much Black’s BBQ.
These are the rides that the Felt VR is designed for. All day adventures over uncertain terrain. Days when the next gas station oasis is more than a few miles away.
And that baby blue color... That may be a bit of cheating on Felt’s part. It’s hard to see a blue like that and not imagine that you’re a young (possibly less attractive), Tom Boonen, attacking the cobbles in your Belgian National Champion kit.
I’ve written about the Felt VR line in the past, but this VR5 is something special. It exists in the consumer sweet spot. Carbon Fiber frame. Shimano 105 drivetrain. Endurance geometry.
The VR5 checks all the boxes and more.