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Old 07-31-05, 03:27 PM   #1
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2006 Felt F3C

Was just down at the LBS and noticed a bike next to the 2005 Felt F2C that looked just like it, but had F3C on the top tube. They said it just came in on Friday in a box marked as an F2C and that the '06 FC3 is basically the same as the '05 F2C. It looked virtually identical in styling and graphics. The F2C is scheduled to be upgraded, (maybe to the current F1C?) and so on.

They said Felt is really ramping up their 2006 production and rolling out the bikes early to avoid the issues a lot of people had locating some 2005 models and waiting a long time (in a few cases waiting in vain) to get their bikes.
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cool i cant wait to see them in person!

anybody have a link to the 06 felt pictures?
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So what did it cost?
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Cost...? I didn't ask, but overheard a guy checking it out ask and I think they said something like $2,500 or $2,600. I'd have to recheck. It's basically the F2C, so it's in that range.

Styling was virtually identical to the F2C.
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F2C looks sweet on the felt site

pics of F3C please if u can
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noticed the MSRP on the '05 f55 was raised from $1930 to $2070. guess they are taking advantage of their popularity and may no longer be the deal they were...
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I actually heard that the F2C will share a similar component spec to the F3C. However, the F2C will be a compact geometry frame.
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However, the F2C will be a compact geometry frame.
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Old 08-05-05, 10:06 AM   #9
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It's not a bad idea really. It may be an ideal choice for some people with certain body dimensions (short inseam). If you are not a compact geometry fan, you can still go for the F3C. I can not wait to see the rest of the lineup.
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I bought a F3C last week from the SuperGo in Laguna Hills. Retail price was 2699 (I think. SuperGo always has a retail or suggested price and then their "sale" price). The sale price was 2499. I got it down to a little over 2300. Basically 2499 out the door. 70 miles on it so far and it's been more than I hoped. I was riding a 05 Allez sport before.

I'll try to take some pics but it looks pretty similar to the F2C.

The Dura-ace 7800 is worlds apart from the 105/Tiagra. Especially the front derailleur shifting. The weight was 17.5 lbs with the stock test riding pedals and 4 or 5 reflectors on it. Size 58. Haven't gotten a chance to weigh it since I took those off and added my own stuff.

So far I'd highly recommend it.
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I bought a F3C last week from the SuperGo in Laguna Hills. Retail price was 2699 (I think. SuperGo always has a retail or suggested price and then their "sale" price). The sale price was 2499. I got it down to a little over 2300. Basically 2499 out the door. 70 miles on it so far and it's been more than I hoped. I was riding a 05 Allez sport before.

I'll try to take some pics but it looks pretty similar to the F2C.

The Dura-ace 7800 is worlds apart from the 105/Tiagra. Especially the front derailleur shifting. The weight was 17.5 lbs with the stock test riding pedals and 4 or 5 reflectors on it. Size 58. Haven't gotten a chance to weigh it since I took those off and added my own stuff.

So far I'd highly recommend it.
Nice review -- I'm looking at the same upgrade myself (Allez Sport -> Felt Something). Something to think about...
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I bought an F2C a month ago and talked to my LBS about the F3C after seeing it in his shop. The F3C is basically the same components as an F55 with the frame from an F2C - which is exactly what the F2C was when it first came out. However, some people who got an F2C recently like myself have noticed that the wheels and handlebars are upgraded. CR420 wheels and carbon fiber handlebars. I believe these will be standard issue on the 2006 F2C along with the $3100 retail price. As someone already stated, the F3C will be $2699. No other differences would be necessary to justify the price difference but I wouldn't be surprised to see better brakes and or a different crank (both of these are entirely my own speculation because they are the only parts on the F2C that I don't like). I don't know of any changes on the F1C but at $3100 the F2C doesn't seem to be getting into F1C territory.

Felt still seems to have the best value bikes at each price point even with the price bump that happened about 2 months ago.

So far I've upgraded my crank to the Dura-Ace with integrated BB. I may do the brakes at some point in the future. They seem week compared to even the Shimano 105 brakes on my Cannondale R-800. Other than that the bike is very good, responsive and stiff. The CR-420 wheels take over half a pound off the bike so the 2006 F2C should spec around 16.3 pounds for whatever size frame they spec weight for (56 or 58, I forget). I just want to add that for any of you big guys wondering if this frame is stiff enough for you, it is. I'm 225 down from 250 in March and ave 20+ mph in rolling hills and have a lot of explosive power for sprints. This bike always feels solid underneath me. And while I believe I'm over the weight limit for CR-420's, they haven't needed any attention in 500 miles.
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New much higher pricing comes due to a weaker US Dollar.

Noticed with the '06 Felts they simply cycled the colors on a lot of them, taking the yellow from the F70 for instance and put it on the F80. The F70 '05 became the F75. F80 now has 105's across the board.
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I bought an F2C a month ago and talked to my LBS about the F3C after seeing it in his shop. The F3C is basically the same components as an F55 with the frame from an F2C - which is exactly what the F2C was when it first came out. However, some people who got an F2C recently like myself have noticed that the wheels and handlebars are upgraded. CR420 wheels and carbon fiber handlebars. I believe these will be standard issue on the 2006 F2C along with the $3100 retail price. As someone already stated, the F3C will be $2699. No other differences would be necessary to justify the price difference but I wouldn't be surprised to see better brakes and or a different crank (both of these are entirely my own speculation because they are the only parts on the F2C that I don't like). I don't know of any changes on the F1C but at $3100 the F2C doesn't seem to be getting into F1C territory.

Felt still seems to have the best value bikes at each price point even with the price bump that happened about 2 months ago.

So far I've upgraded my crank to the Dura-Ace with integrated BB. I may do the brakes at some point in the future. They seem week compared to even the Shimano 105 brakes on my Cannondale R-800. Other than that the bike is very good, responsive and stiff. The CR-420 wheels take over half a pound off the bike so the 2006 F2C should spec around 16.3 pounds for whatever size frame they spec weight for (56 or 58, I forget). I just want to add that for any of you big guys wondering if this frame is stiff enough for you, it is. I'm 225 down from 250 in March and ave 20+ mph in rolling hills and have a lot of explosive power for sprints. This bike always feels solid underneath me. And while I believe I'm over the weight limit for CR-420's, they haven't needed any attention in 500 miles.

Thanks for the info. I have the F3C and too noticed the weak brakes (tektro). I changed the pads from the stock to Ultegras and it helped. You might want to try changing your pads.

As mentioned previously, I added two cages (Specialized rib cage), a computer (cateye double wireless), and a pump and now the total weight comes out to be 18.7 lbs 58cm.

I like the stock cranks. Had a compact FSA Gossamer before so it's the same thing but carbon fiber now.

As far as the handlebars, I think the one I have is Carbon fiber on the outside and alloy on the inside.

The Vista SL is fairly light but not as light as the American Classics. You are right in that it saves about half a pound.
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The weight was 17.5 lbs with the stock test riding pedals and 4 or 5 reflectors on it. Size 58.
Strangely the $10 plastic block test-ride pedals that came on my bike weighed LESS than a crank brothers candy SL pedal set... The throwaway pedals were 280 something grams, the crank bros. are 295. I was expecting the opposite.
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I should correct myself. I changed the crank to the Dura-Ace with integrated BB before ever trying the FSA carbon compact. I didn't like the idea of the compact big ring. I don't want to run out of gear on a flat or DH sprint. I also wanted the integrated BB because a friend who switched said he felt more difference from that than from shaving 2 pounds off the bike. Don't know if that holds water or not. But that's what he said. I was riding up Rt 645 on the southeast face of the blue ridge where it goes up and crosses the appilacian trail at the top and was thinking that 30 tooth front may have made the experience slightly less painful. BTW - If you live near this hill in South East PA have at it, it wll make you strong.
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All I can say is that I've been riding my new 2006 Felt F3C since Labor Day weekend and it's nothing short of a dream ride. Full carbon, Dura-Ace, etc.... I've been wearing it out !!! 600 miles in three weeks !!! I got it from Bikes Unlimited off the internet. My LBS's that carry Felt's gave me strange looks when I asked about the 2006 models. They new nothing about them. Bob at Bikes Unlimited was amazing. He not only educated me about the new model but had one in my size, 54cm, in stock and delivered for $2299 . The cheapest my LBS could get me one is for $2700 !!! After installing carbon water cages, look keo carbon pedals, and a vetta v-100 computer it weighed 18.3 lbs. I love it !!!
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From Felt's Website, I am truly amazed that you got one over the internet from such a large retailer.

INTERNET SALES AND MAIL ORDER:

Thinking of buying a Felt bicycle over the Internet or mail order? We strongly advise against it and here's why.

Felt Racing forbids sales of complete bicycles via Internet or mail order by its authorized dealers. We do this because we want our bikes built carefully and inspected by a qualified authorized retailer before being delivered to you in person. This helps insure your safety and our desire to provide service that's in keeping with the quality of our products.

A bike purchased via mail order or the Internet will not be warranted by Felt Racing, please do not buy Felt products by mail order or Internet sales.
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I should correct myself. I changed the crank to the Dura-Ace with integrated BB before ever trying the FSA carbon compact. I didn't like the idea of the compact big ring. I don't want to run out of gear on a flat or DH sprint. I also wanted the integrated BB because a friend who switched said he felt more difference from that than from shaving 2 pounds off the bike. Don't know if that holds water or not. But that's what he said. I was riding up Rt 645 on the southeast face of the blue ridge where it goes up and crosses the appilacian trail at the top and was thinking that 30 tooth front may have made the experience slightly less painful. BTW - If you live near this hill in South East PA have at it, it wll make you strong.
I just switched out my FSA Gossamer cranks on my Felt F65 for Dura-Ace and I noticed a big difference in stiffness. The Dura-Ace cranks are so much stiffer and they are lighter as well. I think this was a great upgrade personally.
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Thanks for the info. I have the F3C and too noticed the weak brakes (tektro). I changed the pads from the stock to Ultegras and it helped. You might want to try changing your pads.
It's not the brakes, it's the pads. KOOL STOP pads should be a mandatory feature (or at least an available dealer upgrade) for Tektro brakes. The brakes are fine, it's the crappy pads they use. It was like night and day after swapping out my stock pads for KOOL STOP.
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Is anyone gonna post pics or what??...
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Hey,

Here are the pics of the new 2006 Felt bikes...

http://www.felt.de/couk06/03ROAD/f3c.php

I ordered the Felt F65 from my LBS, they said it should be arriving in late September...
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Hey,

Here are the pics of the new 2006 Felt bikes...

http://www.felt.de/couk06/03ROAD/f3c.php

I ordered the Felt F65 from my LBS, they said it should be arriving in late September...
Likey...
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Hey,

Here are the pics of the new 2006 Felt bikes...

http://www.felt.de/couk06/03ROAD/f3c.php

I ordered the Felt F65 from my LBS, they said it should be arriving in late September...
Nice, I have a 2005 Felt F65 and I love it. Looks like it gained an 1/10th of a lb but it has better wheels and crankset than the '05. I do like the brushed aluminium though...almost as much as the dark blue on my '05.
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Hahaha...yea I doubt it will arrive before the end of this month...but I actually it arrive a month late (i.e. end of October) as I have my HSC exams starting in October!

I tried to get myself a 2005 Felt F65, but they don't have the 65's in Oz, only the F60, which is a triple chainring

BTW, has anyone got any of the 2006 Felt models yet???
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