By Paul Norman
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 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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