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What happened to Felt road bikes?

Old 02-16-11, 12:01 PM
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What happened to Felt road bikes?

It seems most all dealers in the Massachusetts area have stopped selling them (except for a few that sell their tri bikes). When I bought mine 4 years ago it seemed that everyone was a dealer. Not anymore, even though they list several dealers on their website. I'd like to get a new Felt but don't feel like driving several hours to get one. What did they do to burn so many dealers, anyone know?
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Old 02-16-11, 12:04 PM
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Name one dealer that Felt Burned?
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I wonder if it has anything to do with the economy. Shops trying to reduce their inventory so they drop a brand or two.

Just guessing...
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Old 02-16-11, 12:17 PM
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Something must have happened because the were dropped by several shops at the same time. Maybe they didn't burn them, perhaps the margins weren't there, I don't know. Kinda sucks, that all...
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Felt burning dealerships? It's more likely that the larger companies, (Trek, Specialized, etc.) are compelling those dealerships to drop all brands but their own.
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Old 02-16-11, 12:52 PM
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i don't know, man, but i'm a big fan of Felt. My '09 F3SL was great, and i'm even more enamored with my '10 AR1.

I wouldn't be surprised if a store dropped them just because they're lesser known. I mean, 90% of the "Which road bike should i get" posts on this board contain something like "i'm leaning towards the Trek or the Specialized or the Giant" - and those are the people actually doing research!
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Old 02-16-11, 01:11 PM
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Perhaps a certain argyle racing team switching to Cervélo has something to do with it...
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Old 02-16-11, 01:25 PM
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Perhaps it's for the best. I'm having that upgrade fever that hits right before spring, I'd be better off saving my money. Maybe I'll just put a new fork on the bike I have and pretend it's new...
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What? Who did FELT burn?
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Cycle loft and Quad don't carry them anymore?
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Old 02-16-11, 02:08 PM
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I called cycle loft and they no longer carry them. Quad was closed. Wheelworks no longer sells them either.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Felt burning dealerships? It's more likely that the larger companies, (Trek, Specialized, etc.) are compelling those dealerships to drop all brands but their own.
This is a possibility. Shops that carry those brands rarely have much of anything else.
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Could be availability issues. If a dealer can't get bikes to replenish stock they'll favor the brands they can restock. Specialized for instance. My LBS dropped Cannondale for this reason.
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Originally Posted by JoelS View Post
This is a possibility. Shops that carry those brands rarely have much of anything else.
Like Schwinn "back in the day"?
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Old 02-16-11, 08:05 PM
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Perhaps a certain argyle racing team switching to Cervélo has something to do with it...
Looks like they all but dropped the argyle too.
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Felt has had a rough 2011. Dropped by Garmin and major fork recall on their F series. Really jacked up their supply.
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local shop around me said they can still get Felt, but don't really push them any more because they don't think that Felt has done much to innovate and create consumer interest lately. They also said that Felt doesn't do enough to support and promote the brand. As a result, the shop struggles to sell that brand. I don't know if that's the real reason or what. FWIW, this shop carries a lot of major brands, (primarily Specialized, Giant, and Pinarello) and cite all the advances those brands make every year with R&D and constantly improving their products. I don't own a Felt, but I test rode a couple models last year and thought they made some nice stuff.
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One of the bike shops here is having a lot of financial trouble. They stopped carrying a couple brands of bikes not because the manufacturers burned them, but because they owe too much money and the manufacturers won't sell them anything until they start to pay up. Of course, they just tell people that they don't carry those brands anymore.
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Just bought my Felt Z85 at Bicycle Warehouse in Oceanside. Had a bunch of them. Same with the one in Escondido.
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L.L. Bean and some Eastern Mountain Sports recently picked up Felt
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
Looks like they all but dropped the argyle too.
Nooooooo!!
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
Looks like they all but dropped the argyle too.
Found it.

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Losing a pro team was a big deal. They were just starting to get noticed
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If the dealer is now a Specialized dealer you know it's because Specialized made it part of their dealer contract. I was talking to a few shop owners and basically they said they refused to carry Specialized because they demanded that if they were going to become a dealer 70% of the bike floor had to be Specialized. It's a ridiculous number. It's probably why whenever I see shops that carry Specialized they tend not to carry many other brands or if they do you'll have to order it as they'll have maybe 1 bike of each type on the floor in 1 size.
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Originally Posted by ruindd View Post
Found it.

Yep, it is there, but subtle. The over all effect is way more "Cervelo Test Team 2" than "Garmin Transitions Chipotle Slipstream etc."
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