Strengths: Light, versatile, durable, great bike for the price. Great crit bike as well as road racer.
Weaknesses: Might run a little large. Cheap wheels and brakes.
I shopped for a bike in 2006 and found my F3C new on eBay. Was riding a new $895 Bottecchia (Taiwanese knock-off) and a 1987 $230 Peugot at the time so had nothing really to compare it to. I just want to have an expensive bike, read some reviews, and settled on this one. After 6 years of riding I feel I know the bike well enough to write this review.
I have crashed my F3C several times, used it as a daily commuter, raced it, and put on over 10,000 miles counting just times the computer was on it. About half the time, usually when weather is really bad or roads are muddy, I ride my Schwinn DBX with fenders the 18 miles to work (6500 miles on this bike). That is the only compromise I made using the Felt regularly and for everything. I have to say this bike has never made me sorry that I bought it.
As other have done, I swapped out the Aksiums, which are durable but heavy, with Kysrium SLs. I replaced the no-name brakes with KCNCs. I have several other non-original parts on the bike too but this is because I wrecked them and had to replace them. Actually, only the frame, fork, derailleurs, shifters, and crank are original. Since owning my F3C I have rented road bikes on vacation, taken my friends bikes on rides, and borrowed bikes when mine was "out of service", sometimes for a month or more. Nothing feels like my F3C. I know some might say this is just because I am used to the Felt but I disagree. I adjust all my bikes to the same specifications so the fit is close to the same.
In comparison to all other bikes I've ridden, the Felt feels quick and nimble. It accelerates easily, feels light (it is 16.3 lbs fully burdened with computer, tool bag, and pedals), yet feels stable underneath me. But what impresses me most is that this bike is still running after all it has been through. That attests to the quality of the frame and fork, which is really what sets one bike apart from another since they all mostly use Shimano/Campy/SRAM components. Other differences can be attributed to personal preference, the geometry, or the variety in components, but durability is determined in the quality of the manufacturing of the frame and fork. After all it has been through, my F3C shows no signs of cracking or other wear. The finish is as good as the day I got it. Although it was manufactured in 2006, this bike would be competitive in today's market.
Similar Products Used: Trek, Specialized, Schwinn, Giant, Bottecchia, Peugeot
Bike Setup: Mavic Kysrium SLs with Seca Serfas tires or Xero Lite XR1s with Michelin Pro 3 tires, FSA SLK crank, Dura Ace 7800 shifters and derailleurs, Specialized Toupe saddle, Xpedo "Delta" pedals, Syntace Racelite handlebars.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2011
Strengths: -Light, stiff, and fast
-The frame provides a smooth and comfortable ride without sacrificing performance.
-Nice geometry, at least for me.
Weaknesses: -The brake pads are a little weak. Just switch them out for some Kool Stops and you'll be stopping on a dime!
I recently bought this bike used and it only had 2200 miles on it. Before I had this bike I owned a 2007 Scott Speedster with 105 groupo. It was quite the change over to a full carbon frame. It rides like a dream. Coupled with the FSA Carbon Pro crankset, I think I have myself quite the machine. The Dura Ace shifting is crisp and accurate. The frame is good for sprinting and great for climbing. My 58cm weighed in at 17.3 lbs and that's with my 386gram pedals. Overall, I'm very please with this bike and plan to have it for quite awhile.
Strengths: great handling, smoothness, quick acceleration
Weaknesses: none so far
I bought just the frame which was a brand new leftover and used a mix of components I had and liked. This bike is simply wonderful. I've been riding for 40 years on all sorts of bikes and this one is the best so far. Its handling is quick and precise, it's smooth as silk, and it accelerates like no other bike I've owned. I wouldn't have thought this was possible at my age but my speed has increased a couple of mph over sections of road I've ridden for years. Overall, this bike is a real winner.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale, Serrota, Frejus, Legnano, (just to show how old I really am), lots of others
Bike Setup: Ultegra 9-spd. Mavic Open Pro wheels, Selle Italia Trans Am seat, Easton carbon bars, Bontrager stem, Felt carbon seat post.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: July 29, 2009
Strengths: Stiff yet forgiving, climbs way better than I do and decends as well as any I have ever ridden. smooth ride over rough terain. and drop dead good looks.
Weaknesses: It doesn't even know the word
Over thirty years of riding, including much racing on custom builts, this is the overall smootest, best riding frame I have had under me. My component selection is also one made up from my experience. this bike simply performs and keeps performing.
Similar Products Used: Paramount, TCR, Casati, Olmo, Alan, Colin Laing Customs, Specialized, Trek, Masi...others
Bike Setup: shimano 9 speed, xsr-1 wheels (ok, gotta move up here) Fizik Wing Flex Saddle, specialized pave seat post, 105 crankset and Campagnolo Skeloton D brakes..sound terrible but works perfectly and thats what I seek
List price was mid 2's, but I upgraded to Ksyrium wheels in lieu of the Askiums. I immediatley felt great improvements in acceleration when sprinting or attacking on a hill with all energy seeming to be applied to my forward momentum. I tested this along with the Scott CR1. While I liked the Scott a bit more for its responsiveness, for the value and the degree of improvement over my steel frame the Felt was the easy winner.
My neighbor was asking for advice about the two bikes in the subject line. He is about 6'1 and about 175 lbs. So I think he will be riding a 58cm. He wanted to upgrade bikes and told me that he wanted something that would be available in town and he wanted a Carbon ride. He said he wanted someth ... Read More »
hi, maybe someone can help me out. im having a hard time deciding on a felt road bike or bianchi. i've ridden both and am still having trouble picking one. ive ridden the felt f3c and the bianchi 928 carbon. has anybody owned either one of these bikes? and maybe could give me there opinion.
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Iâ€™m afraid that Iâ€™ve caught the â€œupgrade bug,â€ Iâ€™m expecting some disposable income soon, and Iâ€™m considering disposing of it on a carbon-frame bike. Iâ€™m a 40+ recreational rider, using the bike to keep fit. No racing. A couple of Centuries a year, mostly to stay ready for the MS 150. ... Read More »
Time to order up a new road bike and trying to decide between the Cannondale R5000 or the Felt F3C - these are the choices in my budget.
I have been on Cannondales for the past 5 years - R900 and my current ride R2000. - No complaints but have the urge to try something different (Carbon is always ... Read More »