Felt F90 Review

30 August 2006 By Justin Cooper 1 Comment 16,633 Views

Felt F90 Road Bike
The Felt F90 is another one of the sub-$700 road bikes that I’ve been given a chance to test out. The F90 is Felt’s least expensive road bike, but fares well when compared to it’s competition.

Let’s start with the details and examine them a little further:

Frameset/Fork

  • Felt F-Lite 7005 double-butted aluminum
  • Forged dropouts with replaceable hanger
  • Felt carbon fiber fork

Wheelset

  • Alex double-wall alloy rims with CNC machined sidewalls
  • Vittoria Action HSD tires

Components

  • Felt carbon micro-adjust seatpost
  • Felt 6061 carbon micro-adjust seatpost
  • Felt 6061 oversized handlebar with ergonomic drop
  • Felt ST 3D-forged stem

Drivetrain

  • Shimano Tiagra/Sora 24-speed shifters and derailleur
  • FSA/RPM, 3-Piece aluminum triple crankset

The Felt F90 is similar to the higher-end models that Felt offers, such as the F65 we’ve reviewed previously, in that it uses the F-Lite 7005 double-butted aluminum tubing for the frame. The F90 includes a carbon-fiber fork hopefully absorbing some of the vibrations from the frame. Another bonus is the addition of the carbon seat post. This is incredibly uncommon in entry level bikes.

The F90 uses the Simano Sora 24-speed shifters and front derailleur with the Shimano Tiagra for the rear derailleur. I actually don’t mind the Sora setup, as I’ve mentioned before, and it is quite common that an entry-level bike would include them. I won’t go into too much detail on the shifters, and derailleur. The crankset is the FSA/RPM 3-PC Alloy, 52/42/30T. The FSA cranks are a welcome addition to the usual “in house” cranks on most economy bikes.

The saddle is the Felt Gel-Lite. This is the first thing I would recommend upgrading. On most entry level bikes I find the saddles to be tolorable, but the Felt Gel-Lite was far to soft and uncomfortable on long rides. This is, of course, personal preference and a few reviews I have read find the saddle to be better than most sub-$700 bikes.

The bike screams simplicity in its design, yet I like it a lot. The black components on the bright red frame has a nice, comforting look to it.

I would have a difficult time picking between the Giant OCR 3 or the Felt F90 if I was forced to choose. They are both excellent sub-$700 bikes that are great to start out with, and upgrade as you go.

Take a look at the Felt F90 at the manufacturer’s website.

One Comment »

  • Patrick said:

    from experience, this bike is decent. It’s stock components are pretty unreliable and extremely heavy, the crank is an absolute boat anchor. It is stiff enough for a beginning rider but if you are getting into serious riding, you are going to want to upgrade.

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