Felt 2016 road line-up revealed

New CX bikes, more for women and new logo for Felt in 2016

Felt’s road line-up for 2016 sees the launch of a redesigned Fx cyclocross range; a larger ZW women’s range and a globally available Tk track range. There’s also the V-series adventure bikes we’ve already covered as well as the company’s aero road AR and IA / B-series TT bikes.

The Californian brand is transitioning to a 'living line' format, which means no more model year overhauls. Instead, each bike continues production uninterrupted until completely redesigned or a major update in components. There’s also Felt’s literally edgier new logo to spot on those new or redesigned bikes.

Here’s a round up of each range including specs and provisional UK pricing. We’ll add international pricing as we get it.

F road series

The f-range remains reassuringly traditional and race orientated:
The f-range remains reassuringly traditional and race orientated:

Felt remains a racing-focused company drawing on years of experience at the sport's highest levels and the F-series bikes are the brand's true race machines. The F1 is Felt's most popular bike with professional riders and their feedback since its introduction in 1991 has helped to develop it into what Felt road brand manager Dave Koesel calls “the highest stiffness to weight ratio on the market today”.

The bikes have traditional horizontal top tube geometry and the top-end TeXtreme frame found in the pro’s F FRD bike is claimed to be less than 700g.

This low weight is achieved by Felt's mixing of UHC Ultimate carbon and TeXtreme, an advanced material used in Formula One that's lighter, stronger and far more expensive than carbon. It’s a material that only Felt is using in bike manufacturing – and means lightness and strength needn't be mutually exclusive.

Weight is lowered further still thanks to Felt’s InsideOut frame construction process, which all but eliminates waste product from inside the frame. The bikes have also undergone FEA testing in order to establish where the frame is most stressed under load, allowing Felt to compensate in the lay-up process for optimum stiffness.

It's also worth noting that Felt continues to lay carbon up differently depending on frame size in order to benefit each different version of all its road bikes.

Going forward, Felt is looking to develop its F-series bikes with disc brake options to meet widespread usage in the pro peloton should the UCI’s rule change go through as expected. The brand is also investigating the potential for a women-specific FW line, which, like all Felt's women's bikes, would use different carbon lay-ups and component specifications best suited to provide women with the levels of comfort and strength typically needed by female riders.

Felt hasn’t forgotten the children’s market either: there’s the F95 Jr. and F24 bikes for youngsters, both with alloy frames.

  • F1 PR – UHC Ultimate+Nano frame; UHC Ultimate fork; Shimano Dura-Ace group; 52/36t crankset; Mavic Ksyrium Equipe S wheels; Challenge Paris-Roubaix open tubular tires – US$TBC / £TBC
  • F1 – UHC Advanced+Textreme frame; UHC Ultimate+TeXtreme fork; Shimano Dura-Ace group; 52/36t crankset; Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels; Schwalbe One HS 448 tires – US$6,999 / £n/a
  • F2 – UHC Advanced+TeXtreme frame; UHC Ultimate, TeXtreme fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 group; 52/36t crankset; Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheels; Schwalbe One HS 448 tires – US$5,699 / £3,799
  • F3 – UHC Advanced+TeXtreme frame; UHC Advanced fork; Shimano Ultegra group; 52/36t crankset; Shimano RS11 wheels; Schwalbe One HS 448 tires – US$3,499 / £n/a
  • F4 – UHC Performance frame; UHC Advanced fork; Shimano Ultegra group; 52/36t crankset; Shimano RS21 wheels; Schwalbe Durano HS 464 tires – US$2,499 / £1,899
  • F5 – UHC Performance frame; UHC Advanced fork; Shimano 105 group; 52/36t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Schwalbe Lugano HS 471 tires – US$n/a / £1,499
  • F6 – UHC Performance frame and fork; Shimano Tiagra group; 52/36t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Schwalbe Lugano HS 471 tires – US$n/a / £1,299
  • F75 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Schwalbe Lugano HS 471 tires – US$1,499 / £999
  • F95 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 50/34t Shimano R345 crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Schwalbe Lugano HS 471 tires – US$TBC / £649

Fx cyclocross series

The f4x uses textreme in the frame and fork for light weight without sacrificing the strength needed for cx racing:
The f4x uses textreme in the frame and fork for light weight without sacrificing the strength needed for cx racing:

While some cyclocross bikes compromise on geometry in exchange for do-it-all versatility, Felt has the V-series for that. This means the brand’s Fx range, first seen at the Sea Otter Classic, is all about racing competition, whether you choose a carbon or alloy version.

The newly redesigned carbon bikes (F2x, F3x, F4x) feature a wide PressFit BB386 bottom bracket that has allowed Felt to increase rear tyre clearance. The frame has internal cabling and a ‘shoulder friendly’ top tube. The F3x and F4x frames and fork use a carbon and TeXtreme blend that together weigh just 1,240g – the lightest on the market according to Felt.

Tubeless ready wheels are secured by thru-axles – 15mm front, 12mm rear – while rotor size depends on Shimano / SRAM spec.

The alloy bikes use the brand’s FLite custom butted 6061 aluminum but are still very much racing machines, and haven’t been “dumbed down,” as Koesel puts it.

  • F1x Di2 – UHC Advanced+TeXtreme frame; UHC Ultimate+TeXtreme fork; SRAM Force CX1 group; Rotor XC1 40t crankset; DT Swiss CxR 1300 Carbon db wheels; Schwalbe X-One Evo tires – US$6,999 / £n/a
  • F1x CX1 –   UHC Advanced+TeXtreme frame; UHC Ultimate+TeXtreme fork; Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group; Rotor XC1 40t crankset; DT Swiss R24 Spline db wheels; Schwalbe X-One Evo tires – US$5,499 / £n/a
  • F3x – UHC Advanced, TeXtreme frame; Shimano Ultegra R685 Hydro group; 46/36t crankset; DT Swiss R24 wheels; Schwalbe X-One Evo tires – US$3,799  £2,799
  • F4x – UHC Advanced, TeXtreme frame; SRAM Rival Cx1 hydraulic group; 40t crankset; Novatec CxR1700 db wheels; Schwalbe X-One Evo tires – US$2,999 / £2,199
  • F55x – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; SRAM Force/Rival 1 group; SRAM 40t crankset; Felt CxR2 Disc wheels; SRAM Rival hydraulic disc brakes; Schwalbe X-One Evo tires – US$1,999 / £n/a
  • F65x – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano 105 group; 46/36t FSA Gossamer crankset; Felt CxR3 Disc wheels; cable actuated TRP Spyre brakes; Schwalbe X-One Evo tires – US$1,499 / £1,199
  • F85x – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Tiagra group; 46/34t Shimano Cx50 crankset; Felt CxR3 Disc wheels; cable actuated Tektro Mira brakes; Schwalbe Rapid Rob tires – US$1,299 / £999
  • F95x – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 46/34t crankset; Felt CxR wheels; mini v-brakes; Schwalbe Rapid Rob tires – £799

AR aero road series

Felt's ar frame hasn't changed – according to felt, it's still has industry-leading aerodynamics:
Felt's ar frame hasn't changed – according to felt, it's still has industry-leading aerodynamics:

The new AR was launched in 2013 and, according to Koesel, is built using techniques and technology that it “wouldn’t have been even five years ago”.

The aero road bike is now a widely accepted road platform, usurping the place of the traditional road bike in many a manufacturer’s range. Felt was one of the first brands to push aerodynamics in its road designs, dabbling with optimization of rider position to reduce drag in the run-up to the 2000 Olympics.

The original AR appeared under Team Slipstream riders at the 2008 Tour de France, offering the team a claimed 10 percent drag reduction.

Stiffness and ride quality increases were Felt’s primary focus on the redesign, which drew on CFD and wind tunnel development to produce a slick, but stiff performance frame. Felt’s testing in the San Diego wind tunnel showed the old AR is on a par with current offerings from other brands, while the newer version is still ahead of the competition.

The rear brake was moved under the chainstays, reducing dirty air around the rear wheel, while the flip-able low modulus carbon seatpost is designed to be more comfortable than any other aero bike on the market. It also offers a 72.5 to 78.5 seat angle.

Headline figures for the new AR versus the older model are that it’s 38 percent stiffer, 19 percent lighter and 35 percent faster.

While only the AR FRD, AR1 and AR2 use TeXtreme in their construction for that ultra-light weight, Koesel is keen to stress that the frame is the same shape throughout the range. “All the bikes have the same aero qualities regardless of price point. Anytime you're riding in air, you'll go faster on an AR.”

Related: Felt AR5 review

  • AR FRD – UHC Ultimate, TeXtreme frame and fork; Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group; 52/36t crankset with Pioneer power meter; Zipp 404 Firestrike wheels; Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires – US$12,499 / £TBC
  • AR1 – UHC Advanced, TeXtreme frame; UHC Ultimate, TeXtreme fork; Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical group; 52/36t Rotor Flow crankset; Fulcrum Racing Quattro Carbon wheels; Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires – US$7,999 / £5,450
  • AR2 – UHC Advanced, TeXtreme frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 group; 52/36t crankset; Fulcrum Racing Quattro wheels; Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires – US$5,999 / £3,899
  • AR3 – UHC Performance frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra mechanical group; 52/36t crankset; Shimano RS31 wheels; Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires – US$3,499 / £2,499
  • AR5 – UHC Performance frame and fork; Shimano 105 mechanical group; 52/36t crankset; Felt Aero R3 wheels; Continental Grand Prix 4000 S II tires – US$2,599 / £1,999

Z endurance road series

The z85 disc has a sora groupset with cable actuated discs:
The z85 disc has a sora groupset with cable actuated discs:

The Z-series may sit in the brand’s endurance range and prioritize compliance, but it’s still the chosen frame platform for a selection of Felt’s pro riders and has been ridden in Olympic and Tour de France competition. As such, Felt’s keen to stress that these bikes aren’t just for novices or those wanting a sportive / gran fondo friendly ride.

The profiled ControlTaper head tube has a different sized cross section depending on frame size in order to best dissipate road buzz – in tandem with the similarly ridged fork – while maintaining stiffness even when pulling hard out the saddle.

As noted in our Felt Z4 disc review, the VariableAngle stem offers six positioning options, which together with the supplied spacers and 4.5mm headset cover means a low racy position is just as attainable as a tall comfy one for spinning up hills.

  • Z2 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 Hydro group; 50/34t Rotor 3D30 crankset; DT Swiss RC28 Spline C DB wheels; Challenge Paris-Roubiax tires – US$US$5,999 / £4,599
  • Z3 – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Ultegra mechanical group; 50/34t crankset; Shimano RS21 wheels; Schwalbe One HS 448 tires – US$n/a / £2,650
  • Z3 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Ultegra Hydro group; 50/34t crankset; DT Swiss R23 Spline DB wheels; Challenge Paris-Roubiax tires – US$3,699 / £1,999
  • Z4 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; SRAM Rival 22 WiFli group; 50/34t crankset; Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc wheels; Challenge Paris-Roubiax tires – US$2,799 / £2,099
  • Z5 – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Schwalbe Durano HS 464 tires – US$1,999 / £1,399
  • Z6 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Tiagra group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Challenge Paris-Roubiax tires – US$2,099 / £1,499
  • Z75 Disc – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 Disc tubeless ready wheels; TRP Spyre cable actuated disc brakes; Schwalbe Durano HS 464 tires – US$n/a / £1,099
  • Z85 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Tiagra group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$1,399 / £899
  • Z95 Disc – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 50/34t FSA Vero crankset; Felt Road RSL3 Disc tubeless ready wheels; Tektro Mira cable actuated disc brakes; Schwalbe Durano HS 464 tires – US$1,199 / £749
  • Z95 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 50/34t FSA Vero crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$n/a / £699
  • Z100 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Claris group; 50/34t FSA Tempo crankset; Felt Road RSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$819 / £629

ZW women's endurance road series

The zw4 disc has cable actuated hydraulic discs that offer better braking than regular cable-pull types:
The zw4 disc has cable actuated hydraulic discs that offer better braking than regular cable-pull types:

The ZW FitWoman range is currently Felt’s only female-specific road platform, with both carbon and cost friendly alloy bikes in the line-up.

Unlike most brands Felt isn’t content with using smaller frames, narrower bars, shorter stems and pink detailing to court female riders (okay, there is some pink detailing in there). Instead the bikes use proportional tube sizes and (for the carbon models) a completely different lay-up in order to rebalance the stiffness / compliance equation for female riders. Equipment selections such as wheels with lighter gauge spokes also add to the specificity of this extensive range.

Related: Felt ZW4 review

  • ZW2 – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 group; 50/34t crankset; Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheels; Vittoria Rubino Pro tires – US$4,999 / £3,450
  • ZW3 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Ultegra Hydro group; 50/34t crankset; DT Swiss R23 Spline DB wheels; Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires – US$3,699 / £2,699
  • ZW4 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t crankset; Fulcrum Racing Sport Disc wheels; TRP HyRd cable actuated hydraulic brakes; Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires – US$2,799 / £1,899
  • ZW5 – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Fit Woman WRSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$1,999 / £1,450
  • ZW6 Disc – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Fit Women WRSL3 Disc tubeless ready wheels; TRP Spyre cable actuated disc brakes; Challenge Paris-Roubaix tires – US$2,099 / £1,450
  • ZW7 – UHC Performance carbon frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Fit Woman WRSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$1,699 / £1,250
  • ZW85 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Tiagra group; 50/34t crankset; Felt Fit Woman WRSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$n/a / £999
  • ZW95 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Shimano Sora group; 50/34t FSA Vero crankset; Felt Fit Woman WRSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$999 / £750
  • ZW100 – FLite Custom Butted 6061 alloy frame; UHC Advanced carbon fork; Shimano Claris group; 50/34t FSA Tempo crankset; Felt Fit Woman WRSL3 tubeless ready wheels; Felt All Weather tires – US$819 / £675

IA and B time trial / triathlon series

Felt's top-end ia triathlon bike has a paint-only overhaul for 2016:
Felt's top-end ia triathlon bike has a paint-only overhaul for 2016:

Like the AR, Felt’s top-end IA line-up remains unchanged for 2016. The ‘Integrated Aero’ bike was revealed in late 2013 with the promise of industry-leading aerodynamics that actually create lift, causing a sail effect that helps to propel riders forward in certain conditions.

Totally UCI-illegal, the bike features deep tubes, shrouded brakes, low mounted seatstays, hidden compartments and proprietary bars with no wires on show at all. The IA has helped Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae to two Ironman World Championships, while the bike even scored first and second positions in last year’s women’s race.

Felt’s UCI-legal range remains available to consumers in the form of the B-series. Based on the World Tour proven DA shape, the B bikes offer more traditional tubing and components than the IA, and cheaper price points. The bikes also allow 115mm of stack adjustment for a wide fitting range as well as frame sizes from 47 to 61cm, the smallest offering 650c wheels.

  • IA FRD LTD – UHC Ultimate, TeXtreme frame and fork; Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 group; 52/36t Rotor Flow crankset; Zipp 404 Firestrike wheels; Felt Aero TTR1 tires – US$16,999 / £12,999
  • IA2 – UHC Advanced carbon frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 group; 52/36t crankset; Felt TTR1 by Novatec wheels; Felt Aero TTR2 tires – US$9,999 / £5,999
  • IA3 – UHC Advanced carbon frame and fork; Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical group; 52/38t Vision TriMax Pro crankset; Felt TTR3 wheels; Felt Aero TTR2 tires – US$5,999 / £3,999
  • IA10 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 group; 52/38t Vision crankset; Felt TTR3 wheels – US$4,999 / £n/a
  • IA14 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra group; 52/38t Vision crankset; Felt TTR4 wheels – US$3,999 / £n/a
  • IA16 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t FSA crankset; Felt TTR4 wheels – US$2,999 / £n/a
  • B2 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra Di2 group; 52/38t Vision TriMax Pro crankset; Felt TTR3 wheels; Felt Aero TTR2 tires – US$3,999 / £2,899
  • B12 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano Dura-Ace mechanical group; 52/38t Vision crankset; Felt TTR3 wheels; Felt Aero TTR2 tires – US$2,999 / £2,145
  • B14 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano Ultegra mechanical group; 50/34t FSA Omega crankset; Felt TTR4 wheels; Vittoria Zaffiro Slick tires – US$2,199 / £1,699
  • B16 – UHC Performance carbon frame and fork; Shimano 105 group; 50/34t FSA Omega crankset; Felt TTR4 wheels; Vittoria Zaffiro Slick tires – US$n/a / £1,450

Tk track series

The tk3 is an affordable track bike that some scallywags use on the streets:
The tk3 is an affordable track bike that some scallywags use on the streets:

The Tk is Felt’s pure track bike. No brakes, just fixed-gear fun. For the first time, the bike is available internationally in three models. There’s also a 650c version of the Tk3 that comes in a 43cm frame designed to get youngsters onto the track at an early age.

  • Tk1 – UHC Ultimate carbon frame and fork; Rotor 3D24 49t crankset; Felt TkR1 wheelset; Challenge Pista ultra tires – US$4,999 / £3,175
  • Tk2 – UltraLite Custom Butted 7005 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; TruVativ 48t crankset; Mavic Ellipse Lift wheels; Challenge Pista OT tires – US$1,799 / £1,599
  • Tk3 – UltraLite Custom Butted 7005 alloy frame; UHC Performance carbon fork; Felt Track 48t crankset; Felt TkR4 wheels; Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick tires – US$999 / £699

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