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.
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 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 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.