Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TT/Triathlon Tuesday - 2014 FELT IA TRIATHLON BIKE

Today we are going to show you a Triathlon specific race bike that is being introduced this year from Felt - The IA Triathlon Bike.

Felt is saying that this bike is for the average age grouper:  The frame was created for riders averaging speeds typically held by amateur triathletes, not the incredible velocities pro time trialists produce. “We are getting to a point where we can’t have a bike perform [at the highest level] in every possible condition,” says Felt aerodynamicist Anton Petrov. For the IA, Petrov and Felt’s R and D team designed around conditions experienced by triathletes. Riding slower means that wind angle is effectively broader—further from head-on—and this set of conditions demands a certain set of design characteristics.

The bike's geometry is:  Like pretty much every other tri bike maker, Felt’s new design is built around an age grouper-appropriate geometry scheme. True to their claim that the IA is created around the needs of amateur triathletes, the frame has a relatively short horizontal reach distance to the aerobar compared to the vertical stack height of the front end. Translated, its fit dimensions aren’t overly demanding. It’s dramatically different from Felt’s ProTour-oriented DA time trial bike. The IA’s stack and reach dimensions nearly mirror the Trek Speed Concept and CervĂ©lo P5. In contrast to those two tri bikes, Felt’s smallest size uses 700c wheels instead of smaller 650c versions often spec’d for very little bikes.

This year it looks like only one model will be released with DI2 components and possibly some future options will be released.  It is not officially on the Felt 2014 released website so we do not have a MSRP for you yet but if you have an interest in a Tri specific race bike stop by the shop and we can find out information for you!

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