Our team has been sponsored by Felt for two years now. I have been lucky enough to ride both the 2011 Felt FC frame and the 2012 Felt F1. Both frames have very similar geometry, however the 2012 F1 has an even shorter head tube.
2011 Felt FC
I was very happy with the 2011 FC. For the price this frame was extremely light…900 grams, fairly stiff, great handling and most importantly for me last year, very durable. I put it on the ground 3 times, twice very hard. It is still sitting in my garage, ready and willing to be a great backup bike. This year I went big and upgraded to the 2012 Felt F1.
2012 Felt F1
The 2012 F1 frame weighs in at a whopping 792 grams. Built with up SRAM Red, Ritchey wheels and components and it is approaching the sub 14lb arena. My first ride on the bike was the most impressionable. I would call it “snappy”, it begs you to get out of the saddle and climb. This bike is stiff with immediate power transfer through the beefy carbon moulded BB30 bottom bracket. As much as this bike begs to go uphill, it is extremely stable while descending. I am not claiming any skill while descending, but this bike makes me feel more comfortable going downhill than anything else I have ridden. I believe that short head tube length provides the front end stiffness and allows you to have a lower center of gravity. Compared to the upright, long head tube feeling of bikes like the Specialized Tarmac’s, the Felt F1 allows you to get low. Finally, it’s sexy. The matte black finish with white accents just looks fast. I’m proud to be supported by Felt and in return I hope to showcase their product by winning (more) bike races.