Team USA's Felt track bikes

A look at the machines of Sarah Hammer and Jimmy Watkins

California brand Felt Bicycles has a number of Team USA athletes competing on its bikes in the London Olympics. Here, we take a look at the Jimmy Watkins’ TK1 Sprint bike and Sarah Hammer’s TK1 Endurance bike.

Felt’s TK1 Sprint and Endurance frames are essential the same bikes, but with different lay-ups. The Sprint features a stiffer (and slightly heavier) lay-up.

Both frames feature Felt’s Bayonet 2 fork that tucks neatly into the front end of the frame.

The TK1 is similar to the Felt DA, which Kristin Armstrong used to win the Olympic time trial. The DA also has Felt’s Bayonet fork, horizontal drop-outs, and front and rear wheel wells.

Felt has eight track athletes racing in London:  Jimmy Watkins (USA) and Njisane Phillip (TRI) on the Sprint, and American endurance athletes Sarah Hammer, Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo are on the Endurance, along with Canada’s Zach Bell and Germany’s Roger Kluge.

Hammer’s Endurance bike pictured here has a carbon 3T drop bar with one of Felt’s machined aluminum stems. Felt then wrapped the bar and stem with a little carbon fiber for enhanced stiffness and a svelte look.

Watkins, who took a sabbatical from working as a firefighter to train for the Olympics, is racing his first Olympics.

Felt machined an aluminum stem for hammer's bike: felt machined an aluminum stem for hammer's bike
Felt machined an aluminum stem for hammer's bike: felt machined an aluminum stem for hammer's bike
Hammer's 3T drop bar

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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