Thursday, January 17, 2013

Travel By Bike Thursday - FELT F65X

Today we are highlighting a multi-purpose bike.  You can race, commuter, and do light touring on the Felt F65X.  It is a cross bike but has rear fender/rack mounts and a front fender/rack can be added to the carbon front fork with some limitations that you might not have with a setup that has mounts in the fork already.  Sure, you could change the fork out as well but to race this bike I would stick with the carbon and work around the front gear issues.

One of the things I try to do when I am doing major touring is to distribute weight evenly between the front and rear of the bike.  This makes maneuvering easier and the bike just seems to handle better.  The hard part of this is that our bodies are situated more to the rear of the bike, so just stocking all your gear in the rear will make for some interesting handling.  It is doable but I would not want to be climbing South Hill Road with a really heavy rear set up unless I wanted to practice wheelies!!!

Let's see what Felt has to say about this beautiful bike:  FELT F65X

Built with internally and externally butted Superlite aluminum frame, the F65X addresses every need for the cyclocross racer. The frame and fork have maximum clearance for mud shedding, and the bike is equipped with Avid BB5 disc brakes for precise braking in any condition. With a BB30 bottom bracket, ControlTaper headtube, and SRAM components, it all adds up to a quick, lively and durable ’cross bike ready to tackle any course.

  • Finish:  Matte Black
  • Sizes:  700c x 47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 60cm
  • Weight:  20.81 lbs | 9.46 kg
  • Frame:  Felt Cyclocross Superlight Custom Butted 7005 aluminum, hydroformed shoulder friendly top tube, aluminum BB30 shell, DT cable routing, forged aluminum dropouts w/ IS disc mount & replaceable rear derailleur hanger
  • Fork:  Felt Cyclocross UHC Perfomrance monocoque fork; 100% Carbon Fiber blades w/ aluminum ControlTaper 1.125"" - 1.5"" steerer tube, crown, & dropouts w/ post mount disc tabs
  • Headset:  FSA NO.42 1.125" - 1.5" integrated, w/ aluminum 15mm cone spacer, 2 x 10mm PC headset spacer, 1 x 5mm aluminum headset spacer, Felt Tornado aluminum top cap & 2024 anodized aluminum bolt
  • Stem:  Felt SL 3D forged 6061 aluminum w/custom Cr-Mo bolts, +/-7° rise, Ø31.8mm bar clamp, 47cm=80mm, 50cm=90mm, 53cm-55cm=100mm, 57cm=110mm, 60cm=120mm.
  • Handlebar:  Felt CXR, 6066 butted double butted aluminum, ergonomic, Ø31.8mm, Drop=118mm, Reach=72 mm, 47cm=380mm, 50cm=400mm, 53cm=420mm, 55cm=440mm, 57cm=440mm, 60cm=440mm
  • Grips:  Felt Gel Velvet Tape w/ F-Wing emboosed logos
  • Bar Ends:  Felt Bubble-Tech "F Wing" Icon End Plugs
  • Shifters:  SRAM Apex DoubleTap
  • Front Derailleur:  SRAM Apex Ø34.9mm
  • Rear Derailleur:  SRAM Rival
  • Crankset:  SRAM S350 BB30, 46/36T; 47cm=165mm, 50cm=170mm, 53cm=172.5mm, 55cm-60cm=175mm
  • Chainwheel:  SRAM 46/36T
  • Bottom Bracket:  SRAM BB30
  • Chain:  SRAM 10-speed
  • Freewheel:  SRAM, 11-28T
  • Brake Levers:  SRAM Apex
  • Brakes:  Avid BB5 disc w/ ASHIMA 6 bolt 410 stainless steel rotor, front=160mm, rear=140mm
  • Cables:  Felt All-Weather sealed slick brake & derailleur housing
  • Saddle:  Felt SL, w/ Carbon Fiber injected base & hollow Cr-Mo rails
  • Seat Post:  Felt CXR.2 forged 6061 aluminum, Ø27.2mm
  • Seat Post Clamp:  Felt 6061 forged aluminum, Cr-Mo bolt and stainless steel nut-bar, Ø31.8
  • Rims:  Felt CXR disc
  • Front Hub:  Felt CxR disc
  • Rear Hub:  Felt CxR disc
  • Spokes:  Stainless steel
  • Tires:  Vittoria Cross XG Pro 700c x 32c

  • Felt MSRP: $1859.00
    Tom's Sale Price:$1799
    Tom's Size 53 Stock Sale Price: $1700 (One available only at this price)

    We have 1 Size 53 in stock right now with more frame sizes coming in shortly with our spring order.  If you would like to check out the bike stop by the shop or call to set up an appointment.

    Tom's Pro Bike Service
    3687 Walden Avenue
    Lancaster, New York 14086
    F: (716)651-0858

    1 comment:

    1. I'd like to purchase this bike (if it's a 47 or 50)