Friday, January 18, 2013

Felt York

Felt York. Credit: Felt Bicycles
The Felt York may look like a fixed gear, but it actually has a 2-speed Sturmey-Archer hub. The MSRP is $829.

This is a gorgeous bicycle.  It's a beautiful "Duke" blue with a porteur rack painted to match, with a stained wood base.  The aluminum fenders are polished and even the color of the tires is aesthetically pleasing.  Take a closer look at those tires, though, and you wonder whether they are a bit too skinny (700 x 25) for a bike that poses as one that can heft a full front load. 

That's the real question about the York:  Is it all beauty and no brawn?  A porteur bike should be designed to carry stuff, after all.  This is no cargo bike.

Still, it's beautiful and it may be just the thing for those who wish to cruise around town with the ability to carry light loads.  I'm sure the front rack could carry a six-pack.  I also give Felt lots of credit for trying something different, and for making a piece of art.

The Bicycle Times has a review here.

Here are the specs:
  • Finish:
    Duke Blue
  • Sizes:
    700c x 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
  • Frame:
    Felt single speed custom butted 4130 tig welded cr-mo tubes, butted tapered seatstays w/ cr-mo dropouts, horizontal top tube
  • Fork:
    Felt urban design, 100% cr-mo, 1-1/8" threadless steerer & oversized curved fork blades: 43mm offset w/ drilled flat crown for front brake
  • Headset:
    1-1/8" threadless press-In cup style, Felt Tornado aluminum top cap
  • Stem:
    Felt aluminum forged threadless quill, 31.8mm w/ -15° Rise
  • Handlebar:
    Felt design aluminum English touring bar 31.8mm, 30mm rise, 580mm wide, 50 degree sweep
  • Grips:
    No flange Felt design with stitched cover
  • Crankset:
    Felt TkR Pista inspired cold forged aluminum, w/ 144mm B.C.D. ; 51cm-54cm=165mm, 56cm-61cm=170mm
  • Chainwheel
    Skip-Tooth Hess Chainring, 24t x 1/8", aluminum
  • Chainguide:
  • Bottom Bracket:
    FSA 68mm w/ forged cr-mo square taper
  • Pedals:
    Aluminum "Rat Trap" style pedal
  • Chain:
    KMC Z410 1/8" width
  • Freewheel:
    coaster brake cog -22T x 1/8"
  • Brake Levers:
    Tektro front aluminum retro brake lever
  • Brakes:
    Tektro dual pivot caliper, stainless hardware, teflon bushings
  • Cables:
    Felt Slick Brake
  • Saddle:
    Felt urban classic road saddle w/ riveted custom cover and steel rails
  • Seat Post:
    Aluminum micro-adjust, 27.2mm x 300mm
  • Seat Post Clamp:
    integrated in frame
  • Rims:
    Alex ACE 19 double wall aluminum rim
  • Front Hub:
    Sturmey Archer, hi-flange, sealed bearing, track nuts, 32H
  • Rear Hub:
    Sturmey Archer 2 Speed kick back aluminum coaster brake hub, 32H
  • Spokes:
    14g stainless steel w/ brass nipples, 3X front and rear
  • Tires:
    Felt All Weather 700c x 25
  • Fenders:
    Front and rear full aluminum fenders with stainless struts
  • Accessories:
    Front rack with wood bottom


Anonymous said...

The specs say that chainwheel is a 24T. This coupled with a 22T rear cog would yield a gear of 54" which would be quite correct for a bike equiped with a Sturmey Archer kick-back hub. HOWEVER the illustration shows a bike with a much larger chainwheel ---perhaps a 54T! So what's going on here?


Anonymous said...

This bike was configured to be a beutiful bike rather than a functional one. The inappropriate 700X25 tires and the extremely high gearing are a give away. Shame!

Anonymous said...

Skip-Tooth Hess Chainring, 24t x 1/8", aluminum => 24t x 2 = 48t