The Felt AR2…
“In the interest of progression and keeping up with the science that constantly evolves in our sport, Felt has delivered an exceptional looking bike. From the head tube back, it is narrow like the Cervélo S5, yet from the side has a flowing profile that reminds me of a Specialized Venge on a healthier winter diet. Design elements such as the ultra-tight channel that houses the rear wheel led me to believe that the AR2 is as engineered as any drag-reducing frame on the market. And the secure derailleur hanger and traditional front brake remind me that function has been taken into consideration. Crisp shifting and controlled braking are as much of a consideration as limiting the influence on the atmosphere it passes through.”
– Read all of Dan Bonello’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #64.
RIDE Image Gallery…
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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…
• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.
• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.
• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.
• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.
• Full specification listing…
The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.
Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Felt AR2:
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There are now 19 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 111 bikes.
RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.