Strengths: Finish is first class and the frame is by far the best in this price bracket in terms of build quality. The wheels are pretty good at this price point and the general ride quality is very good, if not a little harsh being all AL. Looks far more expensive to the untrained eye.
Weaknesses: Not sure when Felt moved from Shimano 105 to Tiagra on this model but I'm about to upgrade back to 105 as the Tiagra components spoil a good bike. I changed the saddle after about 30 miles as again this is a budget component. I had a couple of spokes loosen off but my LBS fixed those.
Bought in January of 2013, I've been riding this bike for close to a year and as a first bike after many decades off two wheels it's a good place to start. It's not the best climber and the frame geometry is aimed at the road racer rather than the century rider but I've been generally pretty impressed with the bike. I rode my first century on it this Fall and had no issues. Nothing has broken and for the $1000 I paid this makes a great training or first road bike. My next bike will probably be a Felt and the F85 will be the indoor trainer
Bike Setup: Fizik Aliante saddle, everything else original (upgrading drive chain and BB to Shimano 105 this winter)
Date Reviewed: November 7, 2013
Strengths: Very light and good spec
Weaknesses: none so far
Having been a mountain biker for 20 years i decided to buy a road bike..I did my homework and whittled it down to 3 models and opted for the felt F85 in white...a cracking bike..fast and responsive...saddles seems a tad hard but it is new so i'll give it some more time to bed in. So far all good.
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2012
Strengths: I brought the Felt F85 whilst on a budget and looking for a starter road bike, originally I had intended to purchase a Giant defy 3 or 4, which is approximately the same price in Hong Kong, however, after looking at the build quality of the Felt, and the use of components, I immediately dropped all notions of getting a Giant bike and instead focusing on the Felt. I've had the bike for a few months now, and it has been an absolute joy to ride, especially on flat or uphill/downhill, even roads. Had no problems whatsoever with the bike and am mightily impressed. I get all sorts of looks whilst riding, as the bike is indeed a very attractive one.
Weaknesses: The brakes pads need changing, as these are relatively weaker than most other bikes I've rode on. The front derailleur also requires significantly more strength to shift, and does not change gears easily while travelling at medium pace. Generally, before the uphill part, I go as fast as I can and change the gears instead of a gentle ride uphill.
Great value for money, excellent base model to start upgrading from, no problems or major causes of concern. In all, an excellent bike for training and the occasional race here and there.
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2012
Strengths: This is a great bike. The other bikes I looked at were a bit more expensive but offer less. I feel this is a solid road bike. After bike fitting it was amazing. I would buy again.
Weaknesses: At this point weaknesses are minimal. I have logged 80 miles in four days and don't have a complaint.
Great value for the money. My riding partner is impressed with looks as is everyone. I would buy again. I saved 800 dollars from the carbon I was looking at with inferior components. Buy the Felt.
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2012
Strengths: Great over all bike for the buck.
Weaknesses: Anything negative about the bike would be the gear changers, it takes a lot of pushing to get the gears changed but it one of these things that one gets what one pays for.....or maybe get use to it....
First of all I have to say that this is my first road bike and I have only put less than 20 hours on it. However as a first experience, this bike is great!! Fast, stiff, strong and very light (at least to what I am use to)
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