Review of the Felt Bicycles F1

  • 683Frame: Felt F1 56cm
  • Wheels: Felt Road RSL3
  • Tires: Vittoria Rubino 25c
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11s 11-25
  • Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 Braze on.
  • Crank: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 54-36 t 172.5mm
  • Bottom Bracket: Praxxis Works Shimano Road
  • Bars: FSA Omega 42 mm
  • Weight: 16 lbs pictured, 15 lbs with Easton EC 90 SL 56 mm race wheels

After a couple thousand miles, over 30 race starts, and a few different states, I thought I could drum up a few words for those considering purchasing an F1. My initial experience with the F1 was a short ride the day before a race. I would have liked to have ridden the bike more, but I was too busy and got it just before I was to start my season. To my delight the bike handled super predictably, and I felt right at home after only a few minutes. This in my opinion is the F1s top feature: handling. As I was putzing around and spinning my legs out, I noticed how it went exactly where I pointed it without any hesitation. The machine almost feels eager to hop in and out of corners. This only got better at speed. As I brought the bike up to about 40 mph on a descent, I was a bit timid ahead of my first corner despite how it felt at lower speeds. Again, much to my surprise, I came in and out of the corner very smoothly, and felt very stable.

image4A proven geometry that has been used for about 6 or 7 years now, is backed up with Felts EXTREME carbon fiber layup. Not only does it give the bike a clean look, but it supplements the geometry with great acceleration. When the bike jumps out of corners, really what this is, is a stable geometry combined with a stiff bottom bracket. As soon as you start pedaling, seemingly effortlessly, you are back up to speed. Despite how fast it jumps, due to some clever engineering, it is a rather forgiving bike. By this I mean you wont be rattled off your seat after a 5 hour ride.
The bike does a great job at dampening road chatter and debris. Okay so this all sounds great, but there must be a downside right? The frame and fork weighs 1470 grams, with seatcollar, bb bearings, and an uncut steerer. This isn’t exactly a bike for the weight weenies, but as seen here, my rig is 15 lbs and does a fine job competing with some fast competitors. And at $1650 retail for the frame, it is hard to complain about that anyways.

Thanks for reading.

Big shout out to McCord’s Vancouver Toyota/ Giant Bikes

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Without the help of our generous sponsors, it would be near impossible to assemble the team of motivated athletes that make up Therapeutic Associates PDX Cycling. From the boys in Palm Springs:

Thanks to one of our fantastic sponsors, McCord’s Vancouver Toyota, for taking care of us with these super sweet loaded Sienna Mini Vans! We love em! The drive down to Palm Springs for our training camp was great.
Also a huge thanks to Giant Bikes for our New TCR Advanced SL’s, Super light and stiffest bike ever! They will be getting tested to the extreme over the next 700++ miles abd 50,000 ft of elevation. -David Root, Elite Team Director

Sponsor Dave’s Killer Bread Goes National

Those of us that have been showing up for the gnarly “HTFU” rides this winter have been greeted by boxes of hearty, whole grained goodness: Dave’s Killer Bread.

Powerseed, 12 Grain, Halo Bagels, and the loved and fought over Sin Dawgs. We at TAI PDX Cycling are grateful for the sponsorship that the fine folks of Dave’s are providing us.

2 days ago, it was announced that Dave is expanding his market after partnering with Goode Partners of Manhattan and Arcadia CA. Like the fabulous coffee and micro brews of the PNW, now the nation can see what really good bread tastes like.

We at TAI wish DKB the best of luck. Not that he’ll need it, because his story and bread speak for themselves!

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