Now it’s 2017, Felt has taken over from Colnago as bike sponsor to the Crelan-Charles team of current World Champion Wout van Aert. It’s launched a new top spec crosser for the team too.
The F1x is available in two builds and as a frameset. The top spec F1x Di2 comes with an interesting single ring Dura-Ace Di2 build. There are two Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic shifters, but they both operate the rear mech. At the front there’s a Rotor XC1 single chainset, which is supplied with a 40 tooth elliptical Q Ring, although this can be swapped out for the supplied circular NoQ ring if you prefer.
The carbon frame has a BB386 bottom bracket and 15mm front and 12x142mm rear thru-axles.
The F1x comes with DT Swiss CxR1300 carbon disc braked wheels with 33mm Schwalbe X-One Evo tyres. The cockpit and seatpost are 3T Team Stealth and there’s a Prologo X Zero saddle.
Felt (opens in new tab) quotes a weight of 7.6kg/16.8lb for the complete bike. And a price tag of $6999.
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Slightly more affordable is the F1x Cx1 at $4999. It swaps out the drivetrain for a SRAM Force 1 single ring groupset with a short cage rear mech and the wheels for DT Swiss R24 Spline. Felt quotes a still light 7.8kg/17.3lb for this build.
Van Aert has commented on how much he likes the new bike and how light it is. He’s already racked up a notable victory on the new machine, leading the Belgian national cyclocross championships from start to finish last weekend and winning by almost a minute.
His machine is set up with a SRAM Red eTap double ring groupset with hydraulic disc brakes and he uses Zipp tubular wheels.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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