IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Whether it’s speed or gravel roads, Felt tackles both with dedicated new road models: the FR and VR.
The FR was a ground up project. The new road racing frame features TeXtreme, a carbon fiber mix that requires less material be used for a lighter frame; BB386EVO for more stiffness and tire clearance (the FR takes up to 28mm tires on select rims); new geometry with increased stack compared to its predecessor the F Series; outboard seat stay design and no brake bridge (brake is located at the BB chainstay junction); reflective elements on the paint and graphics and handlebar tape.
First and foremost, the goal with the new FR was to decrease the frame’s weight while boosting stiffness. Felt claims the frame is 5 percent lighter than the F series frame, head tube stiffness is 4 percent greater, while rear tire contact patch is boosted 30 percent, which according to global brand manager for road, Hubert Otlik, provides a “snappy responsiveness.” The stack is also up about 4 percent.
“The FR doesn’t have anything that adds weight or complexity,” Otlik said.
The FR is available in women’s-specific options (same sizing but women’s specific contact points), …read more