Featured Bike: Ryan Woodall’s Felt F1x Cross Bike

About Felt Bicycles

From the company website – “At Felt, our mission remains as it’s been since the beginning: to design, develop and deliver the best bicycles in the world. Period.”

“The roots of this mission trace back more than two decades. It all started in the late 1980s when motocross star Johnny O’Mara asked his ace motorcycle mechanic Jim Felt to build him a time trial bike. Johnny was competing in triathlons as training for motocross.”

“A competitive age-group triathlete himself, Jim had a distinct vision of how he could improve on the designs of the time. He focused on optimizing rider position to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. It worked. Johnny immediately started winning races, and before long Jim was building bikes for many of the world’s top triathletes. When Paula Newby-Fraser won the 1991 Kona Ironman on a Felt, Jim found himself officially in the bicycle business.”

“Since those fledgling days the Felt brand has grown far beyond its triathlon roots, and today includes a complete bike line that touches all of cycling’s various disciplines.”

WoodallFelt2015-1Barring the dodgy quality of these images, you’re looking at the “A” bike of the 2015 30+ National Cyclocross Champion, Mr. Ryan Woodall of Ocala, Florida. At that particular race, he chose his “B” bike, a cantilever brake equipped Felt.

Fortunately, the “A” bike appeared at Gravel Cyclist’s own ride event earlier this year, the Heartbreaker Cycling Invitational – which Ryan won – incidentally, we have his event winning jersey that we really need to pass along.

WoodallFelt2015-2These photos were taken after the above-mentioned event, providing an opportunity to see Ryan’s bike covered in crud. Most of us saw the rear of the bike, before it scooted away, never to be seen again until the finish.

Ryan Woodall’s Felt F1x Cross Bike

WoodallFelt2015-3Frame: Felt F1X frameset, carbon construction.
Fork: 3T Luteus Team fork, tapered steerer
Headset: Felt 1 1/8 to 1 1/2″.
Seatpost: Crank Brothers Cobalt 11 seatpost with Shimano Di2 battery mounted.
Saddle: Prologo, unknown model.
Wheelset: Brand X carbon tubular rims with Industry Nine disc brake hubs.
Tyres: Clement LAS 700 x 33mm tubular.
Handlebars: Easton EC70 carbon.
Stem: Felt, 100mm.
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra Di2 10 speed shifters.
Derailleurs: Shimano Ultegra Di2 10 speed derailleurs front and rear.
Crankset: Felt hollow forged alloy, with 46 / 36 chainrings.
Bottom Bracket: Felt BB30.
Pedals: Shimano XTR.
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 12-27, dependent on the course.
Brakes: TRP HYRD hydraulic / mechanically actuated calipers.
Bottle Cages: Felt carbon.

If you visit Ocala, swing by Ryan’s shop – Top Gear Bicycles.

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