It's only April but already 2016 road bikes are starting to be announced by bike manufacturers, and revealing a sneak peek of its latest model at the annual Sea Otter show in California this week is Felt, with a photo of its newly updated F1X disc-equipped cyclocross being shared on Instagram.
Felt has gradually been adding more disc brake models to its cyclocross range over the years, and it has now turned its attention to its flagship model, the F1X. For 2016 Felt has given the frame a 142x12mm bolt-thru rear axle, to go along with the existing 15mm thru-axle fork. That change makes it one of the few cyclocross bikes with thru-axles front and rear.
The new frame also gets a number of other changes. It now has internal cable and hose routing and is compatible with electronic groupsets - the pictured bike is built up with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset with a Rotor single ring chainset.
The frame is made from the same UHC and TeXtreme carbon fibre the company has been using on its previous flagship road bikes for a number of years. This TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabric, produced by Swedish company Oxeon AB, uses an interlacing tape instead of yarn. This arrangement of fibres produces thinner tube walls and reduces crimping inside the structure, and the orientation of the tapes can be tailored for different requirements.
We don't know any more than that at this stage, but we'll let you know when we find out more...
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.