Felt Breed Carbon: first ride review

A capable all-rounder with a focus on speed

Felt Breed Carbon
(Image credit: Felt)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The impression I got from my first ride of the Breed Carbon gravel bike is that it’s a very promising all-rounder. Fast for sprints and relatively lightweight, it was a pleasure on the flat and on climbs. And when the trail pointed downwards, I felt confident in the handling and my position on the bike. It’ll take more riding with tyres better suited to the terrain to reach a firm conclusion on the trail-aspect of the performance, though.

Reasons to buy
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    Stiff platform for sprinting

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    Confident descending

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    Balanced climber

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    Lots of clearance

Reasons to avoid
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    Not super lightweight

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    The routing of the external cables around the cockpit

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Felt has shifted its focus to concentrate primarily on the performance market - with the Breed Carbon gravel race bike being one of the first models to be launched under this new egis. 

Although Felt is very much still a Californian brand - with its headquarters on the Pacific coast - its parent company, Pierer Mobility is based just north Salzburg, a historic city in the foothills of the Austrian Alps.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg