Felt has just gone all-in on the tri market, releasing a brand new model called the IA. This 'Integrated Aero' bike has massive frame members, internal storage, integrated brakes and bars, and a radical new seatpost design that promises greater comfort on the bike. The IA is the first bike from Felt that truly embraces the concept of an integrated design. The aerobars, stem, brakes, and on-frame storage units are now completely proprietary and unique to this bike (along with, as usual, the fork, seatpost, and headset). The aero chords created by the frame are easily the longest on the market, and promise to be extra slippery in the wind. This gallery (and the detailed image captions) contain all the ins and outs of this brand new mean machine. Enjoy!
The IA frame is made of Oxeon TeXtreme carbon fiber, a special weave that allows frame makers to use fewer ply and still maintain the same stiffness characteristics. In effect, that means less weight for the same frame. Shedding weight was a big goal for the IA, since its massive frame members would otherwise mean more material and weight. By using TeXtreme, the IA frame comes in even lighter than the previous-generation DA frame.