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Why so crazy about Felt bikes?

Old 11-11-07, 10:14 PM
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Why so crazy about Felt bikes?

So I'm curious it seems the people who like other bikes aren't as entheuasiastic about their bikes like those felt owners. So why are they so grand? I found a dealer thats close and asked them about prices of bikes for 105 parts at least to see what they say and when I get it back I'll put it here and see what you guys think. I know you can get felt bikes for cheap online but can you get a relativley close comparison from a store also or are the prices jacked?
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pffft felt...
most triathletes use them.
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mmmm.... felt.
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Maybe because Felt makes a fantastic bike?
I don't own one, but I've ridden enough of them to know that they're a quality product.
Some things have a false hype. Felt is not one of those things.
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I heard they have a lot of flex. are they carbon or aluminum or a mix of both?
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Originally Posted by kmac27 View Post
I heard they have a lot of flex. are they carbon or aluminum or a mix of both?
Wow, way to be informative.
Nothing flexy about my carbon Felt, even though I have more exotic bikes, I still enjoy the hell out of my Felt F4C.
Felt makes great bikes at a great price.
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Hey I'm 5'9 with a 32 inseem should I take a chance? http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-2007-F...QQcmdZViewItem
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i test rode some felts when i was shopping for a roadbike as well as when i was shopping for a tri bike. i personally did not like them...they just didn't seem either as comfortable, responsive, light, fast, value-packed ( as the other bikes i tried...or some combination of those bike traits

i settled on a specialized for the roadbike...and a cervelo for the tri bike...
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Old 11-11-07, 11:28 PM
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i love it when i get to show pics of my bike..


my felt is pretty awesome.. i have upgraded everything except frame and forks.. i couldn't pass up full carbon with a decent components when i bought it...
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I think a lot of it stems from the fact that they're the underdogs, and people always like to be the ones that had things before they were cool. Kind of like when someone asks if you've heard of a band, and they're so happy when you say no.

They are great bikes, don't get me wrong. I think they just also have that allure of being the new guys.
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What is the history of Felt? I seem to recall that the guys from GT created Felt after GT went bankrupt, is this correct?
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Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
What is the history of Felt? I seem to recall that the guys from GT created Felt after GT went bankrupt, is this correct?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felt_(bicycles)
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Felts are GREAT bikes, had an all alum one and was stiff and good power transfer. Never had a prob with it after 3 yrs of beating it to death.
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Originally Posted by WxGuesser View Post
Thanks, there is a link from that link to this article:

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Felt is an American bicycle manufacturer, specializing in high-end racing bicycles at a low price. To date, Felt has focused on producing aluminum frames, with their flagship time trial B2 being one of the most widely copied frame designs. For the 2006 model year, Felt introduced one of the most all-encompassing carbon fiber lines in the industry, ranging from the USD $1999 F5C to the $5699 F1C.

The company was founded by Jim Felt. Early in the 1990s, Felt products were distributed by Answer, prior to that company moving on to other endeavors. During this time, however, the original Felt DA and B2 saw extensive use in time trial and multisport events, given the superior aerodynamics of the time. Felt products nearly disappeared from the domestic scene following the fallout with Answer, but have recently made a resurgence.

Felt has managed to keep prices low by having no formal advertising campaign, choosing to let brand recognition come from word-of-mouth. The Colavita Olive Oil/Sutter Home Wine Cycling Team was, until recently, the only attempt the company made at advertising. In 2007 Felt was a sponsor of the Slipstream/Chipotle bicycle racing team.

For 2007, Felt has unveiled what Jim Felt is claiming to be the "most aerodynamic, UCI-legal frame" ever created on the new B2C/DA-Carbon bikes. Both bikes share remarkably narrow (25mm), aerodynamically shaped frames. Felt has taken to innovation rather than tradition for the new bikes, with never-before-seen in the industry brake mounting (inside the seat tube above the bottom bracket) and a proprietary fork/stem/headset system. According to Jim Felt, talks with UCI ProTour teams have already begun, and Felt may become a major international player. Projected retail for the new bikes is $4000 (B2C) and $7000 (DA-C), the biggest difference being that the DA comes with Zipp 808 tubular race wheels and a Zipp aerobar/base bar combination. The new frame will be raced in Kona in 2006 for the Ironman.
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I've owned, raced, test-ridden a few bikes and even had a custom frame built for me, but this 63cm F55 is the most comfortable bike I've ever owned.
Before getting this bike, any ride over 60 miles always involved at least a little discomfort; but I can ride just about all day in the drops if I want to.
I don't know if they are necessarily a superior bike or if I finally got lucky with the fit on this one, but mine's the dog's-bollocks and the cat's pyjamas. The only thing I'd change about it is the flat-black (asphalt camouflage) paint.
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Originally Posted by kmac27 View Post
Hey I'm 5'9 with a 32 inseem should I take a chance? http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-2007-F...QQcmdZViewItem
Minus the reflectors, that looks nice. I've heard good things about that model in particular.
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Hey I'm 5'9 with a 32 inseem should I take a chance? http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-2007-F...QQcmdZViewItem
No, unless you have a freakishly long torso. Felt F-series bikes already put you in a slightly stretched out position due to their somewhat aggressive geometry, so in all likelihood it won't work very well for you.
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My shop is a Felt dealer (since interbike). They offer a lot of bang for the buck. Though the low end does have a soft BB. We haven't gotten in any of the carbon bikes so I can't comment on them. Though the DA and B2 (same bike, same mold, just different carbon) are really sick looking
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I considered a Felt last year. It seemed to me that, at most price points, Felt would use one or two cheaper components with a group that other manufacturers didn't. They seem to skimp on cranksets (as most do) but also in the area of brakes. I'm big on having great brakes, so that was a turnoff for me. They just didn't offer the same level of component value as other manufacturers.

Otherwise, probably a great bike. And if you do as the previous poster did and replace everything, there's no reason not to go with them. (Although, why not just buy a frame?)
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I miss my Felt. It's an entry level F90, but was still a great bike and was a pleasure to own. The LBS that sold me the Felt stopped selling them (had a problem with the rep or something) and switched to Scott, so that's what I'm riding now.
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I bought an F55 this Spring and love it. I'm 6'4 and 240+ and ride a 63cm bike. The problem for me is that it is next to impossible to find LBSs with that size bike in stock to test ride a variety of bikes so I took a chance. Have ridden two metric centuries on it to date.

The F55 is aluminum/carbon with DA components and I find it stiff, responsive, and yet comfortable to ride. Seemed like a lot of bike for the buck and I have confirmed all the positive reviews I researched prior to buying. I even got personal service from the national sales manager when there were problems with 63cm frame inventory.
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my felt z35;

std components;

well, they're ok. i'm a little surprised when i hear people say felt has the best components for the price point. i'm not sure i'd agree based upon the other makes/models i looked at when i bought mine. i paid a little extra and upgraded to an all 105 bike with a thomson seatpost because i didn't like the fsa crank, bb and wh500 wheelset.

fit;

the single most comfortable bike i have EVER ridden (i've only ridden about 15 road bikes and they were all for test rides). love love love the ride. oddly enough, the only other bike that came close in feel was the trek pilot 5.0.

customer service;

i'd heard good things. however, my experience with felt hasn't been the greatest (i've moaned about it in quite a few threads). unfortunately, i'll probably never know how much was due to felt and how much was due to the dealer.

on the up-side, when i returned my cracked frame and they didn't have a spare z35 in my size, they sent me a z25 frame. from a distance, it now looks like i have a $3200 bike hehehe.

aesthetics;

personally, i think felt makes one good-looking bike.


finish;

the cf finish on my z25 frame is much "neater" than that of the z35.

would i buy another;

probably. i tried really hard to like the fit, ride and feel of the f1x cross model.
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Sounds the bike might fit my funny body style. I have a long upper body but short leggs.
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I wanted a felt, but the trek I got had better stuff on it, for considerably less money (clearance is good), from a better shop.

The shop is now in different hands, and I go to the guy who sells felts.
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Originally Posted by kmac27 View Post
Sounds the bike might fit my funny body style. I have a long upper body but short leggs.
that's the general consensus; felt geometries are a good fit for that body type.
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