Felt World Headquarters Tour and Road Bike lineup for 2016

We visit Felt Bicycle's headquarters to take a look behind the scenes.

Aero Cross Road Bike
The IA FRD stands as the pinnacle of Felt's technology and design.

The IA FRD stands as the pinnacle of Felt’s technology and design (click to enlarge).

Felt IA FRD ultimate TT bike

We got the lowdown about Felt’s model year 2016 road lineup from Dave Koessel, Felt Product Manager and he started off with Felt’s forte – aero road bikes. He explained that current frame shapes and layups are constantly developed and optimized for their new bikes. They receive plenty of input and help from their racers like Daniel Holloway (US National Criterium Champion) and many others.

Koessel pointed out many key features of their aero bikes that they developed like the airfoil section of the headtube, designed to be it’s own foil. The seatstays lack of rear brake (located under chainstays) for better aerodynamics (less drag). Felt’s unique seatpost design that uses two plates drawn thin to remove harshness for the rider with an internal clamping device. This design allows for about 3mm of deflection (and thus, comfort).

The IA FRD stands as the pinnacle of Felt’s technology and design. It’s frame features Felt’s integrated Aero Tri UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme® carbon fiber MMC (Modular Monocoque Construction) with InsideOut construction. It has a fully integrated proprietary braking system and internal cable routing that is mechanical and electronic compatible.

It comes spec’ed with Shimano Di2 11-speed drivetrain and has high tech features built in like Felt’s Vibration Reducing Aero Tri UHC Ultimate + TexTreme carbon fiber seatpost that you can actually squish laterally with your hands. The cranks are Rotor Flow Aeros already equipped with a power meter. Wheels are Zipp 404 Firestrikes.

The IA FRD is available in 5 sizes (48, 51, 54, 56, 58cm) and has a claimed weight of 18.45 lbs. This bike has an MSRP of $16,999 and will be available in August of this year.

The AR FRD is the top of the line aero road bike from Felt and it has a claimed weight of 15.19 lbs and will be available in September of this year.

The AR FRD is the top of the line aero road bike from Felt and it has a claimed weight of 15.19 lbs and will be available in September of this year (click to enlarge).

Felt AR FRD aero road

The AR FRD is the top of the line of the Felt’s aero road line but if you are on a budget, there are 4 other carbon models below it. It’s frame features Felt’s UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme® carbon fiber MMC with InsideOut construction. It has electronic specific internal cable routing and is paired with Felt’s monocoque UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon fiber.

It comes spec’ed with Shimano Di2 11-speed drivetrain. The cranks are Dura-Ace with Pioneer Dual Leg Crank power meter already equipped. Wheels are Zipp 404 Firestrikes.

The AR FRD is available in 6 sizes (48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm) and has a claimed weight of 15.19 lbs. This bike has an MSRP of $12,499 and will be available in September of this year.

Felt's Thomas Skujins won a stage of the Tour of California this year on his Felt F series.

Felt’s Thomas Skujins won a stage of the Tour of California this year on his Felt F series (click to enlarge).

Felt F1 traditional, lightweight racer

The F series are the lightweight, traditional racing bike line. Felt’s Thomas Skujins won a stage of the Tour of California this year on his Felt F series (the only non-Specialized stage winner). The F1 is just below the top of the line F1 PR but above the F2, F3 and F4. There are also 2 alloy models. The frame is Felt’s UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon fiber with MMC InsideOUt construction. It has BB30 and 7075 CNC aluminum replaceable rear derailleur hanger and internal cable routing for mechanical and electronic shifting.

It comes spec’ed with Shimano Dura-Ace 2×11 drivetrain with Dura-Ace caliper brakes. Wheels are Fulcrum Racing Zero carbon clinchers.

The F1 is available in 6 sizes (48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm) and has a claimed weight of 14.70 lbs. This bike has an MSRP of $6,999 and will be available in August of this year.

Felt claims that there is currently over 50% adoption of disc brakes in pro CX peleton.

Felt claims that there is currently over 50% adoption of disc brakes in pro CX peleton (click to enlarge).

Felt F1x Cx1 cross racer with disc brakes

The F1x Cx1 is the top of the line, non-electronic shift cyclocross race bike. There is a Di2 version available as well as 2 less expensive carbon versions and 3 alloy version. It features 15x100mm maxle dropouts in the front and 12x142mm axle spacing in the rear. It’s frame features Felt’s UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme® carbon fiber MMC with InsideOut construction.

It comes spec’ed with SRAM Force Cx1 disc brakes and SRAM Force Cx1 cranks and 1×11 drivetrain. Wheels are DT Swiss R24s. The brakes are post mount style. Felt claims that there is currently over 50% adoption of disc brakes in pro CX peleton. For this bike, Rotor did a narrow wide ring, both included(Q and non-Q). Shifter buttons are on the right and left, with the buttons separated to right (harder to pedal) to left (easier to pedal). There is increased spring tension to help hold chain on. Felt considers this the lightest cross frame on the market at 1200 grams.

The F1x Cx1 is available in 6 sizes (47, 50, 53, 55, 57, 60cm) and has a claimed weight of 17.28 lbs.
This bike has an MSRP of $6,999 and will be available in September of this year.

Continue to page 4 to see highlights like the Z2 Disc, ZW4 womens, F24x kids and complete photo gallery »
About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Portolla Valley roads. Besides being an avid cyclist, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Dave says:

    Felt just doesn’t get it when it comes to marketing their bike. You have to buy their bikes/frames through local dealers only. The dealers don’t ship as well. It’s walk in or nothing. If you are looking at the high end stuff, you have to pay all up front. No stores carry any floor models of the top end bikes. I was looking at the F1 and F1 PR frame online. That’s as close as you can get. I also found that most shops don’t even want to deal with frame sales. Not a big enough profit margin.
    Don’t even bother Felt with emails as they will go unanswered. You have to deal with the local shops if you have any questions. Ask yourself, what happens if the shop goes out of business and your Felt has a warranty issue. Who do you call?

  • DE says:

    Always loved me old Felt; rode it until the frame broke. Would ride Felt again, but these prices really are over the top.

  • Bob says:

    I like the fact that Felt still uses BB30. Simple to install and maintain. Very efficient and easy to find cranks. Like the other guy said, Its just too difficult to view an F1 frame or bike at any local shop. They’re just not out there. And I’m in So. Cal….Not far from Felt Headquarters.

  • edolescent says:

    My wife and I have had matching 2016 Z2 Disc bikes for a few months now. They’ve been a mix of disappointment and delight. (We ordered them before the specs were finalized.) The Rotor cranks are a big downgrade from Shimano; certainly not befitting a bike of this caliber. Both our bikes had a crank cross-chain issue. When in the small ring and any of the 3-4 smallest cassette cogs, the chain rubbed on the inside of the big ring rendering those gear combinations unusable. Felt/Rotor/our LBS worked out a solution to this design problem by reducing the spacing on the crank’s non-drive side a bit and increasing it on the drive side. It works, except for the small/small gear combo which I wouldn’t admit to using anyway. And beware of Felt’s fine print: the “Shimano Cassette” is actually 105. Certainly not what someone pays top-dollar for! All this and a few other nit-picks (e.g., terrible graphics) aside, this bike rides great. Climbs like a champ, handles well in the corners and a comfortable geometry for longer rides. The Ultegra Di2 and hydraulic disc brakes are big features, too.

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