Best New Bike
Felt started designing its new tri bike by deciding to throw away the UCI rulebook. Like a few others before them, the Irvine, Calif. bike company set out to make a bike specifically for triathletes instead of road time trialists and those intentions turned into a few benefits for triathletes. First, the frame tubes are gigantic. Striking the rules the UCI places on tube shapes allowed Felt to use radically deep shapes to save a little additional drag. A storage box large enough to bring several gels and salt tabs, although not flat repair supplies, is integrated into the top tube. Frame geometry of the IA is also decidedly triathlon-specific. The stack height is relatively tall for a given horizontal reach length, which is tuned to match realistic age-grouper positions, and the integrated aerobar offers a wide span of adjustment.