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Sneak peek: Is Felt developing a full-carbon 'cross bike?

By:
James Huang, technical editor
Published:
March 03, 2011, 1:51 GMT,
Updated:
March 03, 2011, 2:08 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, July 31, 2011
Felt recently leaked this photo of a new 'cross bike in development. Though details are mostly absent, the new frame looks to use the same InsideOut molding process as on Felt's newest road bikes.

Felt recently leaked this photo of a new 'cross bike in development. Though details are mostly absent, the new frame looks to use the same InsideOut molding process as on Felt's newest road bikes.

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Company plays down newly-developed offering

Felt recently leaked a tightly cropped image of a new bike undergoing testing and while there wasn't much detail, one thing is certain: the company is finally developing a full-carbon 'cross bike to supplement its long-running all-aluminum and aluminum-carbon models.

Judging solely by the appearance of the seat cluster, Felt looks to be using the same InsideOut moulding process it uses for its new upper-end F-series road frames. If so, we can expect to see very light frame weights – our guess for the 'cross version would be somewhere right around 1,000g, or about 100g heavier than the mid-range F frame.

Assuming the ride qualities transfer over from the road, too, we can also expect a very lively and supple feel, and extremely high drivetrain and torsional stiffness levels.

Also based on Felt's road design cues, we're putting money on a tapered head tube, full carbon fork and a BB30-compatible bottom bracket.

Felt's leaked image shows the bike with rim brakes and at least for now, non-removable housing stops on the top tube. The rearmost hanger is a bolt-on unit, though, which gives us at least a bit of hope that there will be a disc option as well.

Not surprisingly, Felt was very tight-lipped about the new bike and had little to say.

"That's just one of our Nine mountain bike frames with V-brake bosses – yeah, that's it," said road product manager Dave Koesel. "It’s a mountain bike – I don’t know anything about it. Sorry."

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for additional details.

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