Sea Otter: Felt Launches 2014 FX Series Cross Bikes

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Summer cycling season may just be getting into full swing, but Felt already has an eye on cyclocross.

On Thursday at Sea Otter, the Southern California-based bike maker rolled out an entirely revamped line-up of mud-taming machines, highlighted by the F1X frameset, a UHC Advanced MMC Carbon Fiber frame with 1.5K weave and cyclocross specific geometry including a shoulder-friendly top tube.

The new rig is electronic or mechanical drivetrain compatible, has a BB30 bottom bracket, and a 3T Luteus Stealth carbon fiber fork with 1.125-to-1.5 taper. MSRP starts at $2,000.

Kid’s Play: Want to get your kid into cross? Felt now has an option for you.

Below the F1X is a fleet of complete-bike options, ranging from the SRAM Red 22 hydraulic-disc equipped composite F2X (starting at $5,000) all the way to the F24X, a 24-inch cross rig that Felt hopes will get more kids into cycling.

“We want to get people on our bikes at an early age and into cycling in general,” explained assistant product manager Ben Warren. “On the road line we have the F95 Junior and F24. So it was natural to bring that to the cyclocross line. We took the F24 bike frame from the road line and made the F24X. It has a top tube that’s a little beefier and hydro formed. The angles are a little slacker and cyclocross friendly, you can run wider tires, and like all the new bikes it comes with a cowbell.”

Felt even partnered with tire-maker Kenda to create the new 24-inch Happy Medium. Warren says Kenda plans to offer a handful of aftermarket 24-inch cross tires. The F24X frame is made from butted 6061 alloy and has a Shimano Sora rear derailleur. MSRP starts at $800.

Felt F2X: Priced from $5,000 and available starting in August.

Other new CX bikes from Felt include the composite F3X (starting at $3,700) and F5X (starting at $2,400), and the alloy F65X ($1,800), F75X ($1550) and Felt Breed ($1300), which has a composite fork and SRAM 350 singlespeed crank.

Warren is especially excited about the F5X, which is constructed from UHC Performance MMC 3K-weave carbon fiber, and comes spec’d with SRAM Rival 10-speed, Avid BB5 disc brakes, and a Felt CxR3 disc wheelset.

Felt F5X: The new line-up includes this very affordable race ready bike.

“To get a bike like this at a [$2,400] price point is something we are really excited about,” said Warren. “This is a great bike that can be raced every weekend no problem.”

The F5X and the bikes below it in the line will all be available starting in June, while the three new high-end machines will be ready in August.

Sea Otter: Felt Launches 2014 FX Series Cross Bikes Gallery
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Alloy Options

Felt’s new CX line-up has three aluminum models, including the F65X.
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Kid's Play

Want to get your kid into cross? Felt now has an option for you.
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Tubeless Ready

The F2X is spec’d with a tubeless ready Felt CxR1 disc wheelset, 3T bar and stem, Prologo saddle, and Vittoria tires.
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Felt F5X

The new line-up includes this very affordable race ready bike.
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Felt F2X

Priced from $5,000 and available starting in August.
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Disc Equipped

The new F2X is spec’d with SRAM’s just launched hydraulic brake set-up.
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Cowbell Included

All new Felt bikes include a noise maker.
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures in British Columbia, Belgium, Brazil, Costa Rica, France, and Peru among many others. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in January, 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and edited a book on cycling tips. When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying the great outdoors with his wife Lisa.


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