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2012 Felt DA: Sublime Performance With An Attainable Fit And Price

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Jul 27, 2011

The Felt DA debuted this year and we were blown away by its ride quality and performance, but it’s currently only available as a frameset for $4,999 or a complete bike for $12,499. Not exactly an affordable price. For 2012, Felt is making the DA available to many more riders in two ways: By increasing the range of fit adjustability and offering a complete line of more affordable bikes, stretching as low as $3,999. Although that price is still a big number, the DA brings ultra-high performance and ride quality to a near-mid price point that is dramatically lower than the cheapest model of the integrated front-end, pro-level tri frames from other brands.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the 2012 Felt DA.

The current version of the DA, debuted last year with the 3rd version of their integrated aerobar attachment system called Bayonet III. This system uses a rotatable stem that bolts onto a piece that extends out and up from the upper headset bearing. This arrangement provides a wide range of positioning options for riders needing a long stem. The rotating pieces sweep across many different fit position and allows for very fine adjustment. Its only shortcoming was the inability to prop the bars high above the frame without extending the bars far in front of the frame. Felt has abolished that problem by creating new stem pieces and aerobar risers and the 2012 DA has the ability to fit an incredible range of riders.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at Ahersh@competitorgroup.com.

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