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Old 04-27-08, 08:45 PM
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Felt Bikes?

Awhile back I read some pretty peculiar comments here about Felt race bikes "sucking". Is that bull****? Or are they sub-par compared to more popular, more expensive carbon bikes? Also - Are some of the premier Eurpoean companies (Colnago, Pinarello, BMC, etc.), actually worth the money, are they more about the prestige and bling?
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felt's come with great specs for the money, i would consider them just as good as other mass manufactured bikes.
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All brand bikes have their fans and detractors here in BF....that is the same for FELT.

Its not all bullcrap but most are just bike patronage.

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I have a felt nine pro 29er mountain bike and a specialized roubaix comp road bike. I feel both are of excellent quality.
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felt's are no better or worse than most of the other manufacturers out there. as for euro manufacturers...are they worth it? that's pretty subjective. but will say bikes experience diminishing returns as you spend more and more money.
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I'm a Trek rider, but my shop has Felts and I took a Felt F1 out for a ride during demo day and LOVED it, unfortunately i don't have $6K to drop on a bike, but the F85 and F75 are great bikes for the price too
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I REALLY wish i wouldve waited and got a Felt F4, BUT i didnt. They come with really good components for the price...
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I bought a used F4C on Ebay. The frame is wonderful. I feel very fresh after long rides. The fork that came on it was a bit of a boat anchor and unstable in the sprints. I bought a Look HSC5 to replace it. After that experience, I now know that the fork is HALF the bike. With carbon frames being so good now days, I would say this is now the "weakest link" and should be a major consideration in new frameset selection.
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I have a F4, love it.
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My wife and I have Felt T23's plus I have a Felt S32 Tri bike.

We both love 'em. At the time, you couldn't do better for a full ultegra groupo (T23s) with aero carbon forks, seat tubs and stays. We both love riding them and the S32 is just a hell of a lot of fun to ride.

(I know the T23 specs say they're a mix of 105 & ultegra - but they came full ultegra. Gotta like that.)

Check out Bike Sport Michigan reviews of Felt gear. They're biased, but they make some great points!
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Several years back felts weren't all that stiff but I believe that was just what they were going for at the time. People still complain that felts are springy because of that but for the last few years that hasn't been true. Felt is ok price wise but I wouldn't say they are a bargain.
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good info

thanks for the info, I have been wanting to replace the crappy fork on my old steel bike for ages, now I know it must happen.
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i had an F2. it was a great deal for the money with FULL D/A (except ultegra cassette, but that's ok). i had just come off of a cannondale CAAD 7. the bike felt stiffer at first and then i swear it got softer! i got it in feb of 07 and by the summer this thing was a noodle! there was so much flex in the rear triangle the tire was rubbing on BOTH stays when sprinting or jamming up hill. the tire rubbed no matter which wheel i had in the frame.

they warrantied the frame but the new one went straight to Ebay.

i noticed that they now make a "Sprint" frame which is supposed to be stiffer. I would get that one. i also noticed that their bikes come with more clearance in the chainstays to make room for the tire.

it was a comfy light frame for what that's worth. i'm forever scared of cheap carbon frames.
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I have never met a Felt owner who didn't love their ride.
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I have a Felt F75 and love it.

Besides, Slipstream seems to not find a problem with felts...They're taking them to the Classics and the Tour de France!
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Felt is OK but I bought an Orbea Orca instead.
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I'm into my fourth year on my F65 and it has been a great bike for the money. It was a solid choice when I was just getting started into road riding and is still roadworthy and reliable.

Very happy with my Felt.
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I'm a very happy F3C owner. The frame's finish is very clean and attractive. Upgrading from a Trek OCLV I can tell you that this frame is stiffer and more stable at very fast descents.
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Our race team is sponsored by Felt and most of us are on the Felt FC (Same as F1/F2?). If not for the team deal theres no way I would be on a Felt but now that I am I only have positive things to say about the bike....
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I have a 2005 Felt F55 and love it.

I had a 2003 Felt F65 and loved that too.
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I have certainly enjoyed my Felt F55. A LOT of bang for the buck.
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I love my F4C.. smoking deal on new old stock... It's not as light as more expensive bikes... but it will be lighter with the new custom wheelset I am having built.. I have about 1500 miles on it so far and the only things that I dislike are the LAME shimano wheels (R550) and the tektro brakes.. I upgraded the brake pads and still don't feel confident with the braking... so I ordered a set of Ultegra SL brakes from PBK!! (Cue cheering).

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I've got last year's F75 and love it...
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Riding and loving my Felt Z70.
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I had a felt s32 for a few years, absolutly loved that bike.
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