My 2011 Felt F1 (updated parts and pics)

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Mordi
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by Mordi

Just finished a build of my new Felt F1. The frame was much anticipated and does not disappoint. Super stiff and smooth, and I love the matte/satin finish. Wasn't sure whether I would ever get the frame (they are pretty hard to come by), but things worked out and a 54cm miraculously became available (thanks to Bob T, SuperDave or whomever else may have helped out).

Will likely switch out the seatpost for a zero setback post (probably New Ultimate) and change out bar tape and tires to match a bit better. Also plan to move the Di2 battery into the seat tube when I have time to monkey with that mod. Current battery placement is under the left chainstay.

Build list

Felt F1 frame (54cm) -- 845g (w/o seatpost collar or cage bolts)
Easton EC90 tapered fork
FSA K-Force Light BB30 cranks (110 BCD, 52/36 chainrings)
Speedplay Zero Stainless pedals
Shimano Di2 shifters, F&R derailleurs (internally routed)
Shimano Dura Ace chain
Shimano Dura Ace cassette (12-25)
Control Tech Carbon Comp bars
Ritchey WCS Carbon stem (110mm)
Planet X Ti brakeset
Omni Racer seatpost (27.2)
Prologo Scratch Nack Carbon Saddle
Reynolds MV32T wheels
Veloflex Roubaix tires (holdover from winter)

Total weight as pictured: 13.5 lbs

UPDATE:

Switched out a few items, put on my clinchers and climbing cassette (12-28) and freshened up the bar tape. Now she's in more of an "everyday riding" setup, but also wee bit porkier at 14.2 lbs as pictured in the new photos.

Updated items:
Reynolds MV32 clinchers
SRAM PG-1070 cassette (12-28)
BlackOps Ti Road QR Skewers
Deda RS tires
Specialized Romin Carbon Saddle
BlackOps 27.2x400mm seatpost (zero setback)
Lizard Skins DSP 2.5 bar tape

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by Greenduck

Never been a big fan of Felt but this one have definitely changed my perception.

This one looks amazing! Although, I would have loved to see black Speedplays instead of red and white handlebar tape to match the saddle.
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by djconnel

The graphics on the Felt are slimming but it does suffer from "fatty tube syndrome"... that aside, this one looks really good, and the frame mass is really solid.

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by Rumsas

That is such an awesome frame, like it very much

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by justkeepedaling

I've heard nothing but good things about this frame. One of my top 5 lustworthy framesets for sure

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Mordi
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by Mordi

I've got nothing bad to report on the frame. It definitely handles more aggressively than the R3 it replaced. It wants to turn in more quickly than I was used to with the neutral handling of the R3. So it would be a nice crit bike. Also climbs insanely well with the stiff bottom bracket and BB30. Loving it so far...

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by Kastrup

Like some of the above, i've never really been a fan of felt. But this one looks really nice, i quite like the tan sidewalls.
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by Peter_E

Great looking bike. Only detail I would consider is the bars. They look a bit too deep and "big" on that frame. Considering you have some spacers maybe a change for a compact bar with shallow drop would be a good idea?

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by Mordi

Peter_E wrote:Great looking bike. Only detail I would consider is the bars. They look a bit too deep and "big" on that frame. Considering you have some spacers maybe a change for a compact bar with shallow drop would be a good idea?


The bars are 42cm and the drop is pretty normal (120mm) -- I think the camera angle and shadows make it look like a deeper drop than it is. Spacers are to match my measurements from my R3, as the stack height on the F1 is a full 22mm shorter than the R3. Will be removing spacers gradually to get myself into a lower position on the F1 over time.

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by Mordi

Updated pictures with some new parts on the bike. Still loving this frame!

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by KH1

:thumbup: Really nice bike. Felt have really produced some great looking bikes in their current range.
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Mordi wrote:Just finished a build of my new Felt F1. The frame was much anticipated and does not disappoint. Super stiff and smooth, and I love the matte/satin finish. Wasn't sure whether I would ever get the frame (they are pretty hard to come by), but things worked out and a 54cm miraculously became available (thanks to Bob T, SuperDave or whomever else may have helped out).



Nice looking bike, I've got almost nothing to do with how great they look, that's our creative department's job. Bob T. is the man along with a small cast of amazingly talented people. Our engineers get the accolades for the ride quality that maintains that ultra stiff HT and BB. I typically just pick a few parts to put on the frames to make bikes, but I see you've tackled that job quite nicely on your own.

Enjoy the ride,
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by em3

Very nice build, but those crooked and lumpy bars simply mess up the whole picture. If you like the flat top carbon bars you might want to try FSA compact, which will provide a shallow drop and a smooth bend and also allow you to bring hoods higher and closer (shorter reach) yielding the need for fewer spacers under your stem. By the way those Control Tech bars are not 120mm drop. EM3
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by kgt

nice bike, nice photos

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by Krull

nice ride-i really like the frameset, looks great! :thumbup:
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