Felt Updates the IA and DA
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Jul 23, 2014  hits 159,221

For 2015, the DA line has been reduced to a single model, the DA1, which now uses the high-end TeXtreme fabric also seen on the IA FRD.
For 2015, the DA line has been reduced to a single model, the DA1, which now uses the high-end TeXtreme fabric also seen on the IA FRD.



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The Felt IA2 

  • For 2015, Felt is introducing the IA at several new price points, which can more than halve the price of the existing IA FRD. It has all the same features and integration, with a slightly lower-grade (that is, heavier) carbon layup.
  • For 2015, Felt is introducing the IA at several new price points, which can more than halve the price of the existing IA FRD. It has all the same features and integration, with a slightly lower-grade (that is, heavier) carbon layup.
  • All versions of the IA have the same FRD aerobar, an integrated version of the Devox aerobar seen on the 2012-to-current DA.
  • All versions of the IA have the same FRD aerobar, an integrated version of the Devox aerobar seen on the 2012-to-current DA.
  • The IA has an integrated front brake which Felt makes themselves, stateside.
  • Here's the IA brake with the front cover removed. This same brake is also inside the new Bayonet 4 fork of the DA.
  • The rubber piece on the top tube acts as a cover for some integrated storage on the frame.
  • The rubber piece on the top tube acts as a cover for some integrated storage on the frame.
  • Side-on shot of the integrated stem.
  • The IA's integrated stem is a complex piece of hardware. The forward piece is a removeable cover, and facilitates routing through the base bar, under the top loop of stem material, then around the steerer tube compression plug bolt (the branded bolt you see towards bottom-right), and finally into a notch in the storage compartment, down into the frame. Pieces like this are generally not a walk in the park for a bike builder, but I have to reserve judgment until I've had a chance to build up an IA for myself (hopefully soon).
  • Here's a view of how mechanical cables run from the extensions into the frame. This bit looks very straightforward and easy. What I wonder more about is the cable routing from the aerobar (for the rear brake cable and electronic wires).
  • The IA, like most of Felt's bikes, features a lot of nude carbon, which I just love to see.
  • Every IA comes stock with an Adamo Attack saddle, and it looks like they've been color-matched to each bike.
  • The IA and AR are the first two bikes to utilize Felt's patented 'inside-out' seatpost clamping. This allows for a more compliant seat tube by sandwiching carbon against carbon, rather than applying crushing force against a tube filled with air.
  • Frontal view of the very skinny IA.
  • Felt continues to use BB30 on many of its bikes, including the IA. I really like BB30, and am glad to see it here.
  • The rear brake on the IA is the same as the integrated centerpull on the front.
  • Several new IA bike models are coming out this year, but they all have identical integration and features. The difference is all in carbon layup and stock componentry.
  • Felt has some nifty branded pieces all over the bike, including these conical bar plugs on the IA aerobar.
  • Anton Petrov, a lead designer and engineer for Felt, leans on his brainchild for the upcoming presentation.
  • The IA's bar can be run tall or short, with narrow pad stance or wide. It's indeed a versatile bar.
  • Jim Felt, founder and namesake of this prestigious bike company, is always on hand for media presentations, and always a happy, boisterous presence.

Felt/Novatec TTR Wheels 

  • Felt is introducing branded carbon clincher wheels made by open-mold company Novatec, featuring some custom graphics and hubs for Felt. This is the TTR0 R9, 90mm deep and 25mm wide.
  • Felt is introducing branded carbon clincher wheels made by open-mold company Novatec, featuring some custom graphics and hubs for Felt. This is the TTR0 R5, 50mm deep and 24mm wide.
  • elt is introducing branded carbon clincher wheels made by open-mold company Novatec, featuring some custom graphics and hubs for Felt. They also include Felt's TTR2 tire.
  • elt is introducing branded carbon clincher wheels made by open-mold company Novatec, featuring some custom graphics and hubs for Felt.
  • elt is introducing branded carbon clincher wheels made by open-mold company Novatec, featuring some custom graphics and hubs for Felt.

Felt DA Updates 

  • For 2015, the DA line has been reduced to a single model, the DA1, which now uses the high-end TeXtreme fabric also seen on the IA FRD.
  • The 2015 IA also gets the Bayonet 4 fork, featuring the same integrated front brake as the IA.
  • For 2015, the DA line has been reduced to a single model, the DA1, which now uses the high-end TeXtreme fabric also seen on the IA FRD.
  • The fork uses little rubber bits to prevent frame/fork damage when moving the bars at extreme angles. The IA doesn't need these pieces, as it uses the same sort of internal steerer lock as the new Cervelo P-series bikes.

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