The new Felt F85 2013 model has landed on the shores of South Africa. I thought we would have a look at the bike.
The basics –
This is an Aluminium frame road bike with a Carbon Fibre front fork and Shimano Tiagra 10 speed rear derailleur.
More in depth-
The bike is made out of Superlight Custom Butted 7005 aluminium which means that the designers are able to thin the aluminium out at non critical sections and thicken it up at critical areas like the bottom bracket bearing and head tube.
The fork blades are made out of carbon fibre. This serves both to lighten the bike and also to absorb shock coming through the front wheel thus giving a more comfortable ride.
The bike’s cassette is a 11 -28 cassette. The 28 teeth will make hill climbing a dream. The 50/34 tooth crankset will ensure that you have enough speed on flats and downhills.
The bike comes with a Felt SL saddle. Felt have not been famous for their comfortable saddles, however, the new 2013 seat is vastly improved.
The bike comes with Mavic CXP 22 wheels. Being a major Mavic fan, this is good to see. The wheels are stiff, responsive and have a great hub.
What we would have liked to have seen-
It would have been great to see a carbon fibre seat tube.
The bike has come out at a great price point and can be upgraded to Shimano 105 should you want to.
Other possible upgrades include a more comfortable seat, however first test the existing seat. For most the seat will be more than adequate.
You could always upgrade the wheel set to a Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset. This would cost R 5 299.00.
The bike is both comfortable and easy to handle. I am not sure that you will get a much better bike at the price. We retail the bike at R 8950.00
Triathletes can always put a forward pointing seat post in and can put clip on Tri-bars. This will enable the cyclist to get closer to a full TT geometry.