The core of the F3’s incomparable ride quality is its proven UHC Performance Modular Monocoque Construction carbon fiber frame and fork. Even more impressive than the F3's incredible light weight are the superb ride characteristics. With a perfect balance of lightweight zing, powerful pedaling stiffness and comfy compliance, it’s clearly in a league of its own. A precise SRAM Red drivetrain and SRAM S27 wheels, complete this dream ride.
Strengths: Handles superbly ,slow and fast. Impressively stiff and soaks up the road vibration very well. Please note that many of the 2012 F3 frames had their forks replaced with Felt branded ENVE forks. Huge upgrade.
Weaknesses: You cannot purchase this as a frameset only. I was able to buy a frame used and build it up the way I liked: Campagnolo, Cinelli and Mavic.
This was my first new road bike since 1983. I was starting to ride again and wanted to treat myself to a modern machine. The improvement over a steel frame is simply amazing. The superior road vibration absorption makes long rides so much less hard on my body. Also, the energy transfer from pedal stroke to moving the bicycle forward is very impressive. Hills taken in the saddle were actually pleasant. I also can speak strongly enough about the Cinelli Neo Morphe bars and Campagnolo components. Perfect performance, ease of use and comfort.
Bike Setup: Felt F3 frame set, ENVE carbon fiber fork, Campagnolo Chorus crankset, Campagnolo Athena brakes; front and rear deraillure , Campagnolo Record Hubs, Mavic Open Pro rims, Selle Italia gel saddle, Cinelli Neo Morphe bars, Cinelli VAI stem and seat post, Felt water bottle cages, Thule spare bag, Clean Bottle water bottles, Bontrager gel tape.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2012
Strengths: everything from the price to the ride, to the look.
Weaknesses: none that I've been able to find so far.
handles like a dream and faster than I ever imagined. This bike responds to every to thing I throw it's way effortlessly. I can best describe this thing as a porn star constantly screaming to be rode harder and faster. This bike takes me up the hills rather than me having to push it, dives into corners like an indy car and accelerates with the slightest pedal stroke.
Bike Setup: Full dura ace with an FSA crank and speedplay pedals.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2011
Strengths: The best all-around bike I have owned in 23 years of cycling.
Weaknesses: Somehow the top tube was scratched. Devastating.
Best bike I have ever owned - which is many. It looks cool in matte black. The mix of Sram Red with sensible sacrifices like rival brakes is still light and high performance. I planned on racing it for a year and moving on but couldn't let it go. I replaced the saddle, post, bars and wheels and my 58cm is sub 16 pounds.
I'm racking my brain to think of a negative but can't. It is a little flexy but just enough so that it is comfortable. I can still rip a sprint on this and frame flex is not really noticable.
Strengths: Stiffness, fit and finish, SRAM Red, crisp ride that lets you feel the road without beating you up.
Weaknesses: Aluminum bars that came with it sucked, the carbon seatpost would be nice, but for the notches that don't allow infinite adjustment like a PRO seatpost, and the seat looks good, but feels only so so. I know it is a price point issue, but the crank, brakes and bottom bracket should really be standard Red. Right now stock is Rival brakes, S900 crank, midrange SRAM chain, and low end bottom bracket.
This review is for the 2009 F3. I outfitted the bike with all SRAM Red, PRO carbon seatpost, and Bontrager carbon bar. I can only say it is a great improvement over my 2007 Trek Madone 5.2.
The bike is lighter and feels more crisp on the road. It feels more responsive both in movements on the road, and when you put power to the wheel. The chainstays and bottom bracket are much larger and stiffer than the Trek so you can tell the difference when you stand up and crank out the watts. Cornering is secure and solid. There is no twitchiness to the bike if you have to jerk yourself back onto your line.
Climbing seems to have improved because of the rear stiffness. I know Felt does extensive wind tunnel testing on the bikes they make. This is only subjective, but with the hidden front cables and aero qualities of the bike, it seems a shade bit easier to cut through the headwinds now. I base this on feel, perceived exertion, heart rate and watts. I also wonder if the ceramic bearings in the bottom bracket make a difference as well.
The fit and finish of the bike are superb. The black frame with carbon weave peaking through the mat black paint here and there is really cool. There are red and white accents on the frame that are tastefully incorporated. I happened to have some Arundel mat carbon cages that match perfectly.
I came from Dura Ace 7800 to the SRAM Red. All I can say is, "Damn, it's good". It took one trip to my LBS to get the front derailleur dialed in and it has been a dream since. I learned the double tap gear shifting within the first ride. It is pretty intuitive...one click to go down, two clicks to go up. Also you can pull the shifter towards your hand for easy shifting in the drops. The rear shifts are solid and precise, braking seems better than the DA, and front shifting is about 95% on par with the DA. The difference is very subtle. Fit and finish on the SRAM Red is HOT. I have read a lot of reviews that talk about the noise coming from the Red drivetrain. I haven't had any noise issues.
I ditched the Ksyrium Equip wheels it came with for my Mavic OpenPros. So I cannot speak to their performance.
i recently purchased a 2007 felt f3 frame & fork
i am trying to replace the headset bearings but having trouble
the headset is threadless & integrated and on the felt website specs states that the headset used is fsa 1-1/8
i purchased a headset on ebay ([url=http://www.ebay.com/itm/2713747 ... Read More »
After getting my ZC frame rocked by getting hit by a truck, I was hoping for a 2014 F2 with Ultegra Di2. My LBS told me that the Ultegra 6870 electronic group was delayed by Shimano, but I got a great deal on a 2013 F3 "demo/picture/show" bike with the the 6770 electronic group.
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Just an FYI. I just bought Easton EC90 SL Carbon Wheels along with 25mm tires (Continental GP 4000s). The back tire fits just fine, but the Easton Forks will not allow a 25mm tire. It will actually spin nicely, but as soon as your tire gets dirty you can hear it start to rub; the clearance is jus ... Read More »
Hi there,would anyone happen to know how much a felt 2011 f3 frameset is worth on its own as i'm going to sell it on ebay or privately?Frame,forks,headset & seatpin collar.I'm in the U.K..Its hardly used with no crashes or drops..Read More »
I'm looking to get my forks replaced as i cut too much steerer off..The rep in the uk informs me i need a 45mm rake with a 1.5'' taper.I checked 3T,Enve & Easton & they simply don't do this type of fork.I own a 54cm Felt f3.I don't want to flip the stem either..I only need 10 mm more spacer as i hav ... Read More »