It's not easy to say which is best, but here are some things to consider:
- frames are roughly similar
- the Felt has carbon forks - might be a bit lighter and soak up road vibrations better than the aluminium forks on the Dolce
- the groupsets (gears + brakes) are different - Microshift (relatively unknown but reviews are not too bad) on the Felt versus Shimano 2300 (good brand but their entry level series) on the Dolce. Both of these are 8-speed with compact cranks (= good range of gears)
- wheels appear to be no-name on both
If you do a search on Bike Exchange for womens road bikes in VIC from $600 - $900
there are quite a few options - some might appeal enough for you to take a look at or test ride.
- Avanti Vitale 1.0 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano 2300, from $600
- Apollo Silhouette 1.0 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano 2300, from $600
- Jamis Satellite Sport - cro-mo (steel) frame and forks, Shimano 2300, classic styling, from $650
- Avanti Giro 1 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano 2300, from $700
- Giant Avail 3 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano Sora (better components, 9-speed instead of 8-speed), from $800
- Apollo Silhouette 2.0 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano Sora (9-speed), from $800
- Scott Contessa Speedster 45 - alu frame, carbon forks, Shimano Sora (older version, 8-speed, triple crankset), from $800
To me, these last 3 are a step up from the others but components don't tell the whole story. The look and feel of the bike is important too - that's where you come in!
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