Felt Bikes

Felt Racing is an American bicycle manufacturer based in Irvine, California. Felt produces road, mountain, track, bmx, cyclocross, electric bicycles, and cruiser bikes. All design is completed in the USA and the majority of production comes from Asia.  The company also has a strong reputation in the time trial/triathlon bike area.  Area and for several years provided bicycles to UCI teams in the Tour de France. Felt still supports several professional level race teams including Hincapie Racing and Team Twenty 16.

Felt was founded by Jim Felt in early 1994 when Felt products were distributed by Answer Products. Felt nearly disappeared from the domestic market following a fallout with Answer after a 7-year relationship.   The brand was relaunched in 2001 as an independent company.

Felt has developed several unique bicycle technologies. For its time trial/triathlon bikes, Felt has developed the Bayonet Fork, which utilises an external steerer in front of the head tube for additional stiffness and aerodynamic efficiency.  Felt has also developed the Equilink suspension system for its full-suspension mountain bikes.

Felt extensively utilises wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics modeling in its frame design process.

The Z3 takes all of the desired features and combines them into one amazing endurance road bike. Designed with Felt’s revolutionary UHC Advanced Carbon fiber, Felt added Shimano Hydraulic Disc brakes to give you stopping-confidence on even the steepest of descents. This bike eats up the long miles, giving you power to last the entire journey.

The Z5 conquers the longest of rides on the roughest of roads. With endurance-focused geometry and a Felt’s UHC Performance carbon fiber frame and fork, this bike gives you the sharp handing of a race bike while keeping you strong on grueling climbs and rattling descents. The Shimano 11-speed 105 drivetrain and Felt Road RSL3 wheels will ensure the bike delivers when you need it most.

The 2016 AR FRD continues to be the world’s leader in aero bikes. Developed using CFD software and perfected in the wind tunnel, this aero road bike is up to 31% faster than typical round tube road frames. With a Felt UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme® carbon fiber frame, Shimano Dura Ace Di2 with secondary sprint shifters, Zipp 404 Firestrike carbon fiber wheels, and Pioneer Dual Leg Crank-arm power meter, the AR FRD is podium ready.

The 2016 AR3 carves through wind and corners with ease. Aerodynamics standards are set to the highest level with the UHC Performance carbon fiber and matched with our adjustable Vibration Reducing Aero Road flip position UHC carbon fiber seat post. With the Shimano 11-speed Ultegra drivetrain, the AR3 is an outstanding performer in any situation.

Precise handling is an important part of any great bike, but a world-class bike must also present exceptional stiffness while staying lightweight. Industry-leading engineering allows us to craft our UHC Advanced + TeXtreme® carbon fiber into a frame that is responsive under the hardest sprints or uphill attacks. With its Shimano Ultegra Di2 group and Fulcrum Racing 5 LG clinchers, this bike is born to race.

An object is considered aerodynamic if its shape reduces the drag from air moving past it when compared to similar objects with similar purpose. In context, if you can build a bike that’s just as light and stiff as your competitor’s, but make it require 15 less watts to move at the same speed due to superior aerodynamic efficiency, you’ve created an advantage. Felt does just that.
Instead of wind tunnel tested, Felt aero bikes are wind tunnel developed. We are bringing prototypes to the wind tunnel, making changes, and then going back and refining the design before the carbon fiber molds are ever cut. There is a big difference between sticking a finished bike in the wind tunnel and blowing air at so you can say you were there, versus multiple trips making changes, before you finalize the design. When molds are finally made, prototypes are built and delivered to Felt’s core family of key testers. This includes both sponsored athletes such as two-time Olympian Sarah Hammer, Olympic time trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, as well as Felt’s.

To help visualise carbon fiber, think of a wine glass. If you drop it on a hard floor it shatters because it is thin, stiff, and brittle. Now think of a plastic cup. You can drop it and it does not break because of its flexible properties. Carbon fiber follows similar rules. As you increase the modulus, the stiffer and more fragile the fibers become. If you go in the other direction, the fibers are not as stiff, but more compliant and durable. There is no such thing as a bicycle frame constructed completely from high-modulus carbon fiber, at least not one that would be safe to ride. It would likely break apart the first time you hit a large pothole. High-modulus carbon fiber can be tricky to work with and there must be balance between stiffness, weight, strength, and durability.

If you want to know why Felt’s UHC (Ultra Hybrid Carbon) Performance carbon fiber is the ideal material for making performance bicycles, simply consider the facts. This proprietary blend combines unidirectional structural fiber and a protective 3k weave, making it stronger than 3/2.5 titanium, stiffer than 6061 aluminum and less than a quarter the density of steel. These factors allow for the formation of all tube shapes with near infinite fatigue life. The materials used in Felt’s UHC Performance carbon fiber bikes are as good, if not better, than many other manufacturers’ top-end.