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Felt FA/F75 7031g (15lbs 8oz) build for $1600

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:57 pm
by ch1llg
Ive been looking for a alloy frame and I stumbled across this frame. Its a 2011 Felt F75 witch is the same as a there FA frame set. It was the frame that had the fork recall which worked in my favor once again. The replacement fork has a carbon steerer and I believe is the same as there inside out fork that comes on the F1. I actually have a F5 limited frame and with a Easton EC90Sl because of that recall.

I posted pics of the frame and fork out the box and plan on getting weights and posting the results.

I am shooting for a sub 6800 gram fished product while staying with in a 1500 dollar budget.

The frame and fork grossed me $260 and I have a set of wheels that cost me 0 and a set of Sram force calipers I took off of another build.

I picked up a Force BB30 crank for $160.00 so I have $1080 for the rest. this should be fun

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and a pic of my F5 frame, they almost look the same!

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Felt FA/F75 7031g (15lbs 8oz) build for $1600

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:57 pm
by Weenie

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:51 pm
by OwenN
Any chance you have a weight for that frame? I've been interested in getting one myself. I'm currently building up a bike using an F5/FC frame. An inexpensive aluminum frame would make for a great spare bike.

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:01 pm
by ch1llg
OwenN wrote:Any chance you have a weight for that frame? I've been interested in getting one myself. I'm currently building up a bike using an F5/FC frame. An inexpensive aluminum frame would make for a great spare bike.



I will get the weights tonight and I will post the results tomorrow. By the way I got my F5 down to 13.8 pounds, pedals cages and everything without using super expensive parts, just super badass frames from Felt.

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:45 pm
by Dimitri
we sell/sold ton's of F75s.

the frame set seems like a great deal. geometry cant quite work for me otherwise i'd likely be on one. tapered steerer + BB30 though, theres definitely a lot to like :)

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:53 pm
by ch1llg
I weighed the frame and fork last night. I removed everything from the frame except the BB. With the BB it weighed 1497 grams, FSA BB30 bearings are 57 grams on there site, so the frame should be 1440 grams. The fork came in at 434 grams with the crown on it and the compression plug thing in the steer tube. I guess that's worth about 20grams so net on the fork should be about 414 grams

There advertised weights on there site are 1294 for the frame and 370 for the fork :?

In total frame and fork 1854 grams, so 190 grams off of advertised weight, imagine that, I guess that's not so bad

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Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:26 pm
by thisisnotaspoon
http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=106624

I did this on a similar budget, 7.3kg with pedals, and I think the frame is 1700g and the fork about 500g, but I can't remember, the listings put a CAAD4 at about 1300g but I think cannondale re-cycled the CAAD names so my CAAD4 was always a cheep bike, not an older top level frame. If my memory is correct then you've already got a 500-600g head start.

Could be a lot lighter too, the bars, seatpost and saddle are all far from the lightest for the money. And SRAM is lighter than Shimano.

The wheels are by far the lightest bits, and hapen to be for sale :wink: (see the for sale section)

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:13 am
by OwenN
13.8 lbs on the F5 is impressive. Mine should come out to 14.2 or so. I could drop my Dura-Ace pedals and get close to 14 even. Of course if we could afford the F1 frames we would really have something going.

Anyway, thanks for posting those weights. Yes, a little heavier than I would have expected. That expansion plug could weigh more than you think. The one out of my F5 was around 45g if memory serves me.

Looking forward to more of this project.

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:09 pm
by ch1llg
OwenN wrote:13.8 lbs on the F5 is impressive. Mine should come out to 14.2 or so. I could drop my Dura-Ace pedals and get close to 14 even. Of course if we could afford the F1 frames we would really have something going.

Anyway, thanks for posting those weights. Yes, a little heavier than I would have expected. That expansion plug could weigh more than you think. The one out of my F5 was around 45g if memory serves me.

Looking forward to more of this project.



I removed the expansion plug and cut 20mm off of the steer tube

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Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:17 pm
by ch1llg
I also picked up a lighter expansion plug, out of a used part drawer. The original one weighed in at 45 grams. I used the felt supplied cap and dropped 15 grams, not bad for $0. I also ordered a titanium bolt to replace the steel one. Cant wait to see what that does.

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Parts coming in :D

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Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:14 pm
by tomgag
What wheels are you going to use for your bike?

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:17 pm
by ch1llg
tomgag wrote:What wheels are you going to use for your bike?



Honestly I don't know yet. I have a pair of Felt aero 3 wheels I'm going to use at first. they come in at 1650g.

I was thinking of Tokens, Williams and those cheap ebay 27mm wheels that they advertise at 1390 grams.

Im trying to keep my budget on this build, trying. . .LOL :lol:

Any suggestions?

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:21 am
by Dave67
This looks like fun. My F75, old one, is at 7350g right now.

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:35 am
by tomgag
Honestly I don't know yet. I have a pair of Felt aero 3 wheels I'm going to use at first. they come in at 1650g.

I was thinking of Tokens, Williams and those cheap ebay 27mm wheels that they advertise at 1390 grams.

Im trying to keep my budget on this build, trying. . .LOL

Any suggestions?


Have you checked Chinees Carbon wheels - lots of peps are pretty happy with quality and weights.

Looking myself to get either AC Aero 3 or Farsport 50mm.

Anyway, it is going to be impressive built based on your budget.

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:51 pm
by ch1llg
More pats came in the last few days. I hung what I could, still waiting for parts ( F.D. bracket mainly) from China. Gosh they take forever sometimes.

I weighed the bike with wheels, tires, tubes, handle bars, shifters, R.D., Brakes, Stem, seatpost, rear cassette, crankest and pedals.

6939 or 15 pounds 3 ounces.

I still need to add the front derailleur, chain, shifter cables and bar wrap.

It looks like my weight to budget is impossible. Should be a 16 pound build with wheels that weigh 1683 grams.

Here she is so far.

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Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:51 pm
by Weenie

Re: Felt FA/F75 build $1500 dollar build less the 6800 grams

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:21 pm
by aaric
You are forgetting air in the tires too ;)

I think your budget is possible, just not with clinchers. You could take 400grams or so off at the same price for some used tubs IMO...but I suppose that's not very practical 8)