This bike has served me well, but I can't say perfectly. The frame is nice and all, but for winter commuting I hate the down-tube cable routing. Another annoyance is that there's fender eyelets on the fork, but not in the back.
Despite the maintenance annoyance of no full rear fenders and the cables getting all the mud and salt, this bike is a blast to ride on dirt paths, cyclocross courses, and does fine on pavement with slicks. If all you plan to do is race and don't mind cleaning every time; this one's for you.
Bike Setup: Drivetrain changed to SRAM Apex with FSA Gossamer crankset, and WiFi cassette. I've also put a fork mounted cable housing bridge to replace the headset mounted one because it makes full-brake power use smoother.
Strengths: Versatile bike, good components, able to use wide range of tire sizes, fenders, easy shifting with 105, very comfortable bike. They are a good gravel grinder-very stable with the H5 tires. The original tires were Vittoria Cross XM on the 2010, and Cross XG on the 2012.
I have the 2010 with 11/25 cassette, which I changed to a 12/30 to get up the hills better (I am 61 yrs old), and my wife has the 2012 which has an 11/28. We aren't racers, obviously, but wanted a light bike that could use on various terains. These bikes do the trick, we have 23's mounted on one set of wheels, and another set with Bontrager H5 Hardcase tires and slime tubes for gravel and trails. They are easy to ride, and always reliable. We always get lots of compliments on how fine they look.
Bike Setup: Stock on both, except I changed the 2010 cassette from the 11/25 to a 12/30. Added seat bags, 1800 lumen headlights, tail lights, Shimano A530 combo pedals, air pump, and auxilliary brake levers. Tires are Vittoria Rubino III 70x23c, or Bontrager H5 Ultimate hard case 700x38c, as needed.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: October 16, 2012
Strengths: This bike is awesome. Solid feel and not jarring. Agile. Just rode my new bike on a 67 mile mtb course and was a blast. Stock parts are fine to race on. Sloping but longish top tube is perfect fit for folks with short legs and long torso like me.
Weaknesses: I'm coming from Campy road set up and the 105 shifting takes some effort to remember, but it works great. Stopping power is a bit off, maybe new calipers at some point.
Awesome x Awesome.
Date Reviewed: July 26, 2012
Strengths: Frame, wheelset, 105 groupo
Weaknesses: Brakes, brakes, brakes
Great bike, small upgrades make this a fantastic bike. Upgraded to Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes, new Cane Creek Headset and converted to Stans. Crankset is next to go, but this bike is great for race day or a ride with friends. Felt has made a great bike for the cost to make me a long time customer.
Strengths: Frame design with many modern features (BB30, tapered HT, hydroformed tubes, etc)
Shimano 105 for this price point
Weaknesses: Tektro brakes
FSA Omega crankset
Where flattened top tube is because it's a little too up front
This is for the new 2012 redesign (feltbicycles.com/USA/2012/Cyclo-X/Cy/F75X.aspx), not the bike pictured above.
I must say I'm impressed with this bikes handling. It can take a sharp lean-in turn (with the right type of tires) with confidence. I'd be willing to bet the tapered headtube has to do with this. The wheelset also impressed me despite being a house brand. Keeps true well, as nice as bearings get without going to cartridge, fairly light. And 105 is adequate for most unless you're on some high-tier racing. Some things are worthy of upgrades quickly however, like the Tektro brakes and crankset.
Just purchased my first Felt (and CX) bike. I have never used cantilever brakes before and I have not been real impressed with them. Any suggestions on how to improve the brakes?
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I know I want a Felt cyclocross bike. I don't know which one I want. I plan on using it to commute and ride on some fire/slight gravel dirt roads. I do not like the fact that it doesn't have rack mounts, but I'll just use a back pack I guess, that way I don't have to keep taking on and off the rack ... Read More »
After a 3 year hiatus, I'm racing a bit of cross again this year. The problem is that now I want a new race bike. I've been looking at the Specialized Crux, and hear a lot of good things about it. But the LBS has a 2011 F75x on clearance, and it seems like a lot of bike for the money. Anyone here ra ... Read More »
2 yrs ago I bought a Specialized Tricross as a gateway into road riding. Since then, my passion for riding exploded and I bought a Cervelo S1 Ultegra for the road and I ride the Tricross on the extensive trail network where I live - which I equally enjoy doing as road riding.
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Like the way both ride & price is nearly equal. In the long run, not sure if I prefer the 2011 105 group on the CaadX or carbon rear seat stays of the Felt. I know I can always upgrade to 2011 105, but that is expensive & most likely I'd never do it. Carbon seat stays worth it on a CX bike? Neve ... Read More »