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In the market for a new gravel bike and I saw Felt released the new aluminum Breed gravel bike a few days ago. There are only two bikes in the series with the Breed 20 ($2500) being at the top. The 20 is nicely equipped with a SRAM Force drivetrain. Curious if anyone has experience on an aluminum framed Felt or has any thoughts (positive or negative) on Felt in general? Thanks for any insight!
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No personal experience with alloy Felt...buuuuut I'm going to comment anyway!
This is the first alloy production frame I have noticed with a T47 bottom bracket. Maybe I'm just not paying attention, but that is cool. Also, double bottle mounts on the inside of the downtube and no mounts on the underside, slightly different than "standard". Between this and Cannondale Topstone that was just released, there really seem to be lots of options in the entry-mid level aluminum bikes now: Kona Rove NRB, Fuji Jari, Salsa Journeyman, Trek Checkpoint, Specialized Diverge etc. I will say that the Diverge is a little different with the geometry, and maybe there are other important differences I'm overlooking, but it seems the big makers are sort of converging on a central, "standard" gravel road bike (nothing terribly unique or fancy, but checking a lot of the same, important boxes). Will watch this thread, thanks for pointing out the new bike.
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I previously had an aluminium Felt cx bike. It was very comfortable. I think tires (volume and psi) make the biggest difference in comfort though.
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Felt focuses on racing. They even made cruiser bikes designed to race. I know they were bought out about 2 years ago by Rossignol but I don't think that focus has changed. I haven't read about the Breed but if I were to guess it's a gravel racing bike like the Salsa Warbird.
I've owned a carbon Felt endurance road bike in the past. They build quality bikes with great technology. They had a carbon fiber that was beyond my price but I read in Velo News was advanced enough that the airline industry wanted to use it in their products. They were also the first large bike company to use ultra-compact cranks for their endurance bikes. Felt is always pushing interesting tech into their designs.
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Ride a 2014 Felt V-85. (No longer made) Only criticism is the lack of rear tire clearance (40 max). Welds & finish very good. Being an old (71) heavy guy (250), I replaced the 11-32 cogs with a SRAM 11-36 and the compact crankset with a FSA 46-30. The Breed 30 with it's greater tire clearance, lower gears hydraulic brakes is definitely a better gravel bike than the old V series... I prefer the double chainring (and price) over the Breed 20.
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I don’t have experience with the Breed model but I have experience with Felt bikes. I had an alloy Felt road bike and it was fantastic. I’m in the market for a gravel bike, I like the Felt brand and my LBS carries them so I’m very seriously considering purchasing the Breed 30. It checks all the right boxes for me: 650B with big tire clearance, Shimano components, a dual chain ring (I don’t want 1x), and a nice price.
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For that amount of money, I’d maybe consider looking into a few other options like the Trek Checkpoint, Giant Revolt Advanced, Niner RLT9 Steel or last year’s RDO (carbon), Salsa Warbird. Depends on if you want certain qualities in a bike. I look for comfort and clearance but also a snappy tie if I need it to be, which is why I have a TCX Advanced. Granted, it can fit 43mm tires easy, so I get the best of both worlds.
__________________ Giant TCX Advanced (’19) Panaracer Gravel King SK 43mm