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Felt VR3 First Ride and Review

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.

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Messy cables–why is the front brake hose is so long?

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Top-tube mount for a Dark or XLab bento-box:

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Another selling point was the all-new “sub-compact” (30/46) Rotor crankset:

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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:

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No doubt it’ll be appearing in a lot of my future Instagram shots at @dynamicwatch for my dwMap Garmin watch app project.