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Don4 said:
Thanks for the field report! That definitely helps.
Superdave (on the Felt F5 thread) indicated that the F5 and the F3 share the same frame, so with the F5, you are getting the heart and soul of the F3 all while saving an incredible amount of money. I stopped by my LBS last night and they had an F5, sold of course, and it was just beautiful.
Enjoy your ride,
-- Don4

Here are the spex out of our catalog copy:

FINISH Satin Clear & DuPont White
SIZES 700c x 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
WEIGHT (56cm) 14.85lbs/6.75kg
FRAME Felt Road UHC Performance MMC Carbon Fiber Frame w/ 3KP Weave, InsideOut Internal Molding Process, BB30 Shell, External Cable Routing, Carbon Fiber dropouts & Forged replaceable derailleur hanger, 907g
FORK Felt UHC Ultimate + Nano 100% Carbon Fiber Monocoque Fork w/ 3KP Weave; TaperControl Carbon 1.125" - 1.5" Steerer tube, Crown, Blades, and Dropouts, Integrated Aluminum Crown Race, 331g
HEADSET FSA NO.42 1.125" - 1.5" Integrated, w/ Aluminum 15mm Conical Spacer, 2 X 10mm Aluminum Headset Spacer, 1 x 5mm Aluminum Headset Spacer, Felt Carbon Fiber Top Cap & 7075 Anodized Aluminum Bolt
STEM Felt SL 6061 Aluminum 3D Forged +/-7° Rise, Ø31.8mm Bar Clamp, custom Cr-Mo bolts, 128g, 48cm=80mm, 51cm=90mm, 54cm=100mm, 56cm=100mm, 58cm=110mm, 61cm=120mm.
HANDLEBAR Felt VS UHC Advanced MMC Carbon Fiber Bar w/ 3KP Weave w/ Felt Variable Shape Ergonomic Drop, 198g, Ø31.8mm, 48cm=380mm, 51cm=400mm, 54cm=420mm, 56cm-61cm=440mm
GRIPS Felt Gel Ribbon Cork Tape w/ Felt 3D Logo
BAR ENDS/CAPS Bubble-Tech "F" Icon End Plugs
SHIFTERS SRAM Red Double Tap, 20 speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR SRAM Red braze-on, double
CRANKSET SRAM RED BB30, UD Carbon Crank Arms, w/ AL7075 T6 Aluminum Chainrings, Aluminum Chainring Bolts, 130mm BCD, 630grams (including BB) 53/39T; 48cm=165mm, 51cm=170mm, 54cm-56cm=172.5mm, 58cm-61cm=175mm
BOTTOM BRACKET SRAM RED BB30 Team BlackBox Ceramic Bearings
CHAIN SRAM 10 speed w/ PowerLock
BRAKES SRAM Dual Pivot w/ Cartridge Brake Shoes
CABLES SRAM RED by GORE Brake & Derailleur
SADDLE: Felt SL Road Saddle w/ Carbon Fiber Injection Molded Base, Superlight Multi-Density Foam, Embossed Cover & Hollow Cr-Mo rails
SEAT POST Felt UHC Performance Carbon Fiber Design, Forged Aluminum Head, Twin Side Clamp Bolts, Ø27.2mm, 300mm
SEAT POST CLAMP Ø30.6 6061-AL Forged Aluminum, Cr-Mo 5mm x 0.8mm Bolt, Stainless Steel Nut-Bar. 31 Grams
RIMS / WHEELSET SRAM S30 AL Race 30mm deep Hybrid Toroidal® Aluminum, 18H Front, 20H Rear
FRONT HUB SRAM S30 AL Race Premium 18H Front hub w/ Low Friction Japanese Bearings and Light weight quick release
REAR HUB SRAM S30 AL Race Premium 20H Rear hub SRAM 10 speed compatible freehub body w/ Low Friction Japanese Bearings and Light weight quick release
SPOKES Sapim CX-Ray spokes, Laced radial Front; Laced 2x non-drive, radial drive Rear; Aluminum Internal Spoke Nipples
TIRES Vittoria Diamante Pro-Light, 700c x 23c

The brake are a "non-series" version from SRAM, they use elements of the other groups and have the same excellent pads (swissstop) as the RED calipers w/o the titanium bits.

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Don4 said:
Wow! Thank you, Superdave! Everything I could hope for, and more!

You are the best. Thank you for the excellent customer service!

-- Don4

"Felt Bicycles -- World Class Engineering, Excellent Value, a Great Ride, AND Superdave!"

One thing to add. The F3 and F5 share the same frame, but not the same fork. The F3 fork is made from the same mold and material lay up as the F1 with the exception of the 4kp cosmetic weave instead of the more expensive 1k.

The F5 fork uses the UHC Advanced Carbon, it is about 50-60g heavier, although just as stiff. The ride is not quite as damped, but that is likely isolated with proper tire and pressure selection.

Both bikes are on fire in terms of sales. The 2011 F3 complete bike is only a few grams heavier than the 2010 F1. It is an amazing machine. As one of our pro test riders commented "I could win the Tour de France on this stock bike"


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zach.scofield said:
Man, I wish my F5 would arrive. Looking forward to riding this fantastic bicycle! I hope you enjoy which ever model you get.

Will there be an aftermarket Felt upgrade for the fork on F series for 2011?
There are no plans to offer an aftermarket fork alone today.
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