close-up: Felt Cyclocross Bikes
Winning performance in the nastiest conditions.
Cyclocross. You either get it, or you don’t. Either the idea of being astride a road bike in a mud bog sounds terrible, or it sounds like more fun than you’ve had all week.
For those wishing to race bikes all year long, cyclocross can be the perfect way to stay competitive and keep your fitness fine-tuned when everyone else is at home watching football. Felt's FX-series bikes combine all the high performance features of a serious ‘cross rig with real world usability that will make it a practical addition to your quiver. Having a bike that can perform in terrible conditions is a must. It has to handle like it is on pavement, shift like new and stop instantly. Failure to do any one of these can spoil your race. To give you the hassle-free performance and maximum speed we started with our proprietary 7005 Superlite aluminum tubing, drawn just for our ‘cross bikes.
Felt built the frame and fork with maximum clearance to allow for mud shedding and large tires to gain road-like traction. The down tube, chainstays and seatstays were reduced in diameter and the seat tube was butted to increase the frame’s compliance over the bumpy stuff. The top tube is flattened on the underside of the tube to make it a little friendlier for resting on your shoulder. We included down tube-threaded cable stops for easy adjustment, one-piece dropouts for stiffness and reliability, and water bottle, rack and fender mounts for those who might want to use it as a commuter.
Whether you are just getting into ‘cross or are preparing for a full season with a trip to the National Championships, we offer a bike dialed to your needs. We made your hour of suffering just a little easier.
- joe witherspoon