I took delivery of a lovely new Felt VR3 road bike on Friday. This is a genre-bending road/endurance/gravel bike, with a sub-1000g carbon frame, disk brakes and room for up to 38mm tires. I’d been on the lookout for a light gravel bike, after getting my feet wet in the multi-surface world with an aluminum Giant TCX. After reading a set of raves reviews in August after it was announced (e.g. Velonews, RKP) I kept an eye on further news, and put down a deposit at my nearest Felt dealer (Bike Connection in San Francisco) in September when they told me that Felt would be prioritizing delivery for pre-ordered bikes.
The spec on the VR3 was very close to my needs, so I wasn’t tempted by the VR2, although I will be swapping out the wheels very soon. The 3T Discus C35 Pro wheels look fantastic but are not tubeless-ready, which is a strange decision on a bike of this kind. I have a DT Swiss R23 Spline DB wheelset on order, which I will setup tubeless either with 30mm Schwalbe S-One or 35mm Schwalbe G-One. I also have a set of FSA carbon handlebars that I will be swapping on.
Messy cables–why is the front brake hose is so long?
Another selling point was the all-new “sub-compact” (30/46) Rotor crankset:
Stock tires are Vittoria Rubino Pro 28mm, which measure out at a plump 29.5mm on the 3T rims, but plenty of clearance for bigger tires: