I got my hands on one of Felt Bicycles newest releases, the FR2. Built from the history of their flagship F-Series bikes, the new FR model boasts lightweight performance and precision handling that exceeds expectations on all fronts. The FR2 is responsive and stable while riding at high speeds; it’s certainly a bike that I could ride for either a short local criterium or a long training ride. I took the bike out for a mixed terrain ride with fast flats, steep ascents, and screaming descents with no objections and eager anticipation imbued by the FR2.
An aspect of the bike that stood out to me the most was it seemed to hold its speed very well on the flats. Being able to use the Pioneer power meter, which comes on this particular model, allowed me to maintain my efforts objectively. Many riders just want to find a bike which lets their strengths shine through; having a harmonious union between rider and bike changes the hard work of turning pedals.
Using Felt’s FR Technology, the geometry of the FR2 is slightly taller compared to the previous F-series, which gives the rider a more powerful riding position while also maintaining the stiffness of the frame. Each frame size is tailored with size specifics built into them such as different carbon lay-ups and even different lower headset bearing sizes so that riders of all sizes can have a similar experience. The FR is also using a wider BB size that increases stiffness and allows for a wider tire clearance. Disc and rim brake options are available the FR1, FR2, and FR3. ($4,999, 16.1 lbs feltbicycles.com)