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Felt AR Advanced Disc Ultegra Road Bike

  • Felt has released their brand-new AR frame with a whole new design for the first time in 6 yrs
  • With a new aerofoil design, the improved aerodynamics makes the AR 9% faster than ever before
  • Fitted with disc brakes to provide you with superior control and stopping power in all weather
  • Equipped with a full Shimano Ultegra groupset for blissful, smooth & agile shifting, race ready
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Felt AR Advanced Disc Ultegra Road Bike

For the first time since 2014, Felt has released their brand new AR racing road bike and it doesn't disappoint. When Felt released their first AR over 10 years ago, it quickly built up a reputation and its last model released in 2014 has been renowned for breaking the mould and taking aerodynamics to the next level. But a lot changes in 6 years, especially in the racing world which is why Felt's brand-new AR features a completely new design to change the game yet again. First of all, Felt fitted the new AR bike with disc brakes to provide you with superior handling and stopping power no matter the weather conditions when it comes to race day. Next, Felt took to researching how they could improve the aerodynamics of the AR using the most advanced computational fluid dynamics software in the industry. Taking a holistic approach, Felt used wind tunnel testing and rapid-prototyping to build a new aerofoil design, making the new AR 9% faster than it's predecessor. This felt AR features a newly designed cockpit system to allow the bike to corner with a light steering feel and blissful handling. Felt also updated their seatpost during their aerofoil project, fine-tuning their signature split design to increase overall rider comfort as well as providing a co-moulded rubber insert to improve compliance. Overall, the new AR seatpost provides 112% more flex and a whole 63% more flex than a traditional, round 27.2mm seatpost, proving aero can be comfortable. To finish off the AR, Felt partnered with Shimano to bring you a complete Ultegra groupset for gracefully smooth shifting and tubeless-ready Reynolds AR58 wheels for a fast ride, ready for an impressive performance on race day. 

 

Full Specification

FEATURES

TECHNOLOGIES

Big Changes

New tube shapes are present throughout the AR. In the rear triangle, the chainstays and seat tube take on a new “fish lips” design, which allows for wider tires of up to 30mm, up from 25mm, and also improves airflow. Felt’s new semi-integrated system strikes a nice balance between aerodynamics and user-friendliness. Cables route under and through the stem, to a separate Devox Carbon Aero handlebar. The whole system maintains the adjustability of a traditional handlebar/stem combo. Felt utilizes a form of carbon called TeXtreme, which uses flat tapes of carbon, rather than yarns of fibre, to pack more carbon into a given area for stronger layups needing less resin. This carbon replaces heavy unidirectional carbon in Felt’s layup.

 

Disc Brakes Only

When Felt went back to the drawing board to redesign the AR, there was no question that it would be disc only. Beyond providing more stopping power in all riding conditions, disc brakes remove the headaches caused by aerodynamically optimized, but difficult to adjust, brake callipers on the previous AR. Felt says there was also a demand from AR owners to see a disc-brake option. Disc brakes are so integral to the new design that the brand is wholesale saying goodbye to rim brakes on the AR (though they are still available in the more traditional FR road frame).

 

Added Compliance

Felt wanted to make the new AR not only faster, but more comfortable and better handling as well. One of the biggest upgrades in compliance comes from the new proprietary seatpost, which features a slot in its centre, allowing both halves of the post to flex independently, resulting in a claimed 112 percent more deflection at the seatpost than before. To clean up airflow around the seatpsot, Felt includes a rubber piece that plugs the hole in the seatpost. Additionally, a damping sleeve made of plastic and rubber fits around the seatpost inside the frame to further soak up high-frequency road buzz. The option to run high-volume tubeless tyres offers an additional way to introduce compliance.

FULL SPECIFICATION

Frameset

Frame - Felt Aero Road UHC Advanced + TeXtreme carbon fibre, MMC with InsideOut construction, carbon fibre BB386 bottom bracket shell, 12 x 142mm Syntace style thru-axle, flat mount disc brake standard, aluminium replaceable rear derailleur hanger, internal electronic-specific cable routing, and high-frequency vibration-reducing seat post insert.

Fork - Felt Aero Road UHC Advanced + TeXtreme carbon fibre monocoque construction, AeroTaper 1.125" - 1.25" carbon fibre steerer tube, integrated crown race, crown and blades. Flat mount disc standard, 12 x 100mm thru-axle.

Seatpost - Felt VariMount Aero Road UHC Advanced + TeXtreme carbon fibre with high-frequency vibration-reducing insert, integrated battery holder, 350mm length*, 0/20mm offset *Seatpost can be cut to length.

Seatpost Clamp - Felt Internaloc integrated with titanium bolts.

Headset - FSA integrated sealed cartridge bearings MR121 {870E-RS} Upper bearing and MR168 {970E-RS} lower bearing with integrated aero headset spacers and integrated top cover for use with non-integrated stem.

Bottom Bracket - Token BB386 with 24mm bearings.

 

Wheelset

Wheels - Reynolds AR58 DB Custom carbon, tubeless-ready, 21mm inner width, 58mm depth.

Tyres - Continental Grand Prix 5000 folding, 700 x 25c.

Thru Axels - Front: 12 x 100 x 118, thread: M12 x 1.5P x 13L, Maxle; Rear: 12 x 142 x 161 (161L + 9 head = 170 total), thread: M12 x 1.0P x 18L, Syntace.

Spokes - Sapim Sprint bladed.

 

Groupset

Crankset - Shimano Ultegra R8000, 52/36T, 48cm: 165mm, 51cm: 170mm, 54 - 56cm: 172.5mm, 58 - 61cm: 175mm.

Shifters - Shimano Ultegra R8020 11-speed

Cassette - Shimano 11-speed, 11-30T

Chain - Shimano 11-speed

 

Brakeset

Brake Front - Shimano BR8070 hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor

Brake Rear - Shimano BR8070 hydraulic disc, 140mm rotor

Brake Levers - Shimano Ultegra R8020, hydraulic

 

Components

Saddle - Prologo Dimension T4.0

Stem - AR integrated carbon with internal cable and hose routing -6¡ rise, ¯31.8mm, 48 - 51cm: 90mm, 54 - 56cm: 100mm, 58cm: 110mm, 61cm: 120mm.

Handlebar - Devox Carbon Aero, 80mm reach, 125mm drop, ¯31.8mm, 48 - 54cm: 400mm, 56 - 61cm: 420mm.

Bar Tape - Felt VelvetGel tape with 3M reflective base with Felt Bubble-Tech F-Wing bar end plugs.

Accessories - 

Carbon assembly paste, chain plate protector, tubeless valve stems, aero seatpost slot covers, Di2 battery charger, and headset top cover for use with non-integrated stem.

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