Felt's F75x is a great value for the entry-level 'crosser. Felt has hydroformed the top tube of the Cyclocross Superlight Custom Butted 7005 tube set to make the frame more shoulder-friendly and pair it with the 'cross-specific UHC Advanced monocoque fork for great strength and stiffness. Shimano 105 shifters and rear derailleurs combined with Felt's All-Weather sealed derailleur cables and housing for no-fuss shifting in all conditions. With the F75x, you're ready to race.
The F65x is the most affordable disc-equipped 'cross bike that Felt makes. Cyclocross Superlight Custom Butted 7005 tube set, same shoulder friendly top tube and add an IS disc mount. The UHC Performance monocoque fork features carbon fiber blades and a tapered 1.25" to 1.5" aluminum steerer and disc tabs. Felt pairs a SRAM Apex shifters and a front derailleur with a Rival rear derailleur for lightweight and fuss-free shifting. Avid BB5 mechanical discs make sure you stop when you need to. Any conditions, any course.
With the F5x Felt brings carbon fiber performance to new levels of affordability. They use UHC Performance MMC carbon fiber to produce a disc-equipped carbon fiber frame lighter and stiffer than anything comparable. Like it's more expensive stable mates, it features a flattened, shoulder friendly top tube. The UHC Performance monocoque fork delivers superior strength and low weight. Felt pairs SRAM Apex shifters and front derailleur with a Rival rear derailleur for awesome and hassle-free shifting. This is carbon fiber performance at an aluminum price.
Want To Fuel, Sustain or Recover Energy While Riding, Pre-Work-Out or Post-Work-Out? Consider These Nutrition Products.
Fuel Up Before Your Ride
Obviously, you need calories to fuel your workouts. There are many options to accomplish this, including energy drinks and other supplements, many of which we have right here at T3 Cycling and Triathlon.
Your body can only store a one- to two-hour supply of glycogen (muscle fuel). Once this is depleted, if you keep riding, you risk bonking (also known as hitting the wall). So, it's important to carry food or stop for snacks while riding. Here are some portable products — dry powders, energy bars and gels that you can easily keep in a waterbottle, saddle bag or jersey pocket.
There's a one-hour window of opportunity immediately after workouts when the muscles absorb the most nutrients and when glycogen, an energy reserve in your muscles, is replaced most efficiently. Check out some of the recovery products we offer:
Frantically Fast When You Want It To Be, Yet Superbly Comfortable
(original post on BikeRadar.com)
The SLR02 frame is derived from the Pro Peloton level SLR01. They have had to make a couple of compromises in the frame to get it to an affordable price.
The engineers at BMC have done an incredible job of creating this truly masterful race bike, yet one that comfort levels that are rarely seen on such an aggressive bike. The way they have achieved this is by building in compliance to the fork — without twisting so it still sprints as it should, but it still handles the bumps in the road smoothly.
The seat tube is severely tapered, leading into a slender BMC proprietary carbon seatpost, designed to flex and be able to defer the sting of rough roads and potholes.
Because of it's price, the BMC Team Machine SLR02 is fitted with a mechanical, cable driven drivetrain. However, it is fully Di2 ready — and all you need to do is remove the bosses that hold the cables in place to find the holes that allow for electronic routing. Plus, the upgrade to Di2 will put your bike on a diet, taking away from it's already light 950g weight.
At the bottom bracket things get interesting. The BB shell is hugely offset in relation to the down tube, and the seat tube is also shaped and curved enhancing the offset. Now Pinarello came up with the proven concept of an asymmetric back end that balances the forces through pedalling in the rear triangle. BMC’s clever touch is that the back end is balanced in its shape and design; it’s asymmetric at the bottom bracket. The down tube meets biased towards the non drive side and the seat tube tapers in a constant curve towards the same. This means plenty of clearance around the chainset and a straight chain line while maintaining all the rigidity needed.
The SLR02 has a generally impressive specification – we love the inclusion of a Fi'zi:k saddle, quality Continetal rubber and impressive 3T cockpit. Though this BMC is still very much a race bike because of its shape and
handling, it is spec'ed well for any sport you want to take on. Its
groupset is full Shimano 105, 50/34 compact crank, and the rear cassette
is an incredibly wide range of 11-32.