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 primary goal is not stiffness to weight(like the AR or F series), but rather comfort and ride quality.

The primary goal of the Z series is not stiffness to weight(like the AR or F series), but rather comfort and ride quality (click to enlarge).

Felt Z2 disc comfort/endurance

The Z2 Disc is the top of the line endurance road bike, built for comfort and long rides on your adventures. The primary goal is not stiffness to weight(like the AR or F series), but rather comfort and ride quality. The Z2 Disc is the top of the line model and there are 5 less expensive carbon version and 5 alloy versions as well. The frame is FElt’s UHC Performance carbon fiber with MMC InsideOUt construction. It has BB30 and carbon dropouts, IS disc mount and internal cable routing for mechanical and electronic shifting. There are disc and rim brake options through the model line.

It comes spec’ed with Shimano Ultegra Di2 2×11 drivetrain with Shimano R785 hydraulic disc brakes. Wheels are DT Swiss RC28s.

The Z2 Disc is available in 5 sizes (51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm) and has a claimed weight of 17.28 lbs. This bike has an MSRP of $5,999 and will be available in September of this year.

The ZW series has been designed with lower frame weights, lower stiffness and more vertical compliance to fit a smaller rider.

The ZW series has been designed with lower frame weights, lower stiffness and more vertical compliance to fit a smaller rider (click to enlarge).

Felt ZW4 Disc women’s bike

The ZW4 Disc is a women’s specific road bike with disc brakes. They have been designed with lower frame weights, lower stiffness and more vertical compliance to fit a smaller rider. The ZW4 stands right in the middle of the carbon line-up and there are also 3 alloy versions. The frame is Felt’s UHC Performance carbon fiber with MMC InsideOUt construction. It has BB30 and carbon dropouts, replaceable rear derailleur hanger and internal cable routing for mechanical and electronic shifting.

It comes spec’ed with Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain and TRP HyRd disc brakes. Wheels are Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc clinchers.

The ZW4 Disc is available in 4 sizes (petite (43), small (45), medium (47), tall (50)) and has a claimed weight of 18.74 lbs. This bike has an MSRP of $2,799 and will be available in September of this year.

A race worthy rig ready for your budding star's miles of smiles.

A race worthy rig ready for your budding star’s miles of smiles (click to enlarge).

Felt F24x kid’s cross bike

The F24x is a serious cross machine for your budding racer. It has a custom butted 6061 aluminum tig-welded frame with a threaded BB and replaceable rear derailleur hanger. It features a 2×9 drivetrain with mini V-brakes for stopping duties. Best of all, cowbell is included!

The frame is 39cm and has a claimed weight of 20.9 lbs. The F24x has an MSRP of $849 and is in stock now at your local Felt dealer.

For more information visit www.feltbicycles.com.

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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