The Felt IA Disc

It was only a matter of time. Disc brakes on road bikes are a common sight as more manufacturers add disc versions of their bikes to their lineups. Disc brakes went through a controversial period, particularly for road racers. And in early 2018 the UCI finally approved disc brakes for use in UCI sanctioned events.  

But triathlon has never been subject to the same sanctions and rules of the UCI. This includes frame design and scope. Disc brakes could have been in triathlon much earlier. But public opinion and skepticism about their benefits kept manufacturers from implementing the technology on triathlon bikes. 

But that’s all changed.. Felt launched its 2019 Felt IA triathlon bike with disc brakes. 

"The IA - the benchmark by which all triathlon bikes are measured has evolved. Our IA platform has been the world's fastest bike in real race conditions since its inception. Undefeated at the past 6 Kona World Championships. Multiple 70.3 World Championships. Numerous course records. And rocket ship to the world's fastest age-group athletes. So, how to improve? Completely redesigned for disc brakes, the world's best bike just got better. "

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"The IA - the benchmark by which all triathlon bikes are measured has evolved. Our IA platform has been the world's fastest bike in real race conditions since its inception. Undefeated at the past 6 Kona World Championships. Multiple 70.3 World Championships. Numerous course records. And rocket ship to the world's fastest age-group athletes. So, how to improve? Completely redesigned for disc brakes, the world's best bike just got better. "

FeltBicycles.com
  • Brake Track

    The disc brake removes the need for a brake track. Much of the carbon material used in rim construction acts to dissipate heat. This means wheel designers are no longer limited to shapes that incorporate a brake track and they can use less material to reduce rotational mass.

  • Low Profile

    Disc callipers are smaller and can be more easily hidden than traditional rim brake callipers. The overall frontal area of the bike is reduced and allows frame designers to create head tube and fork shapes without needing to take brake placement into consideration.

  • Modulation and Stopping Power

    Disc brakes require significantly less leverage and force to apply effective stopping power. This allows not only for better modulation, but for those with smaller hands reaching and pulling the brake levers requires less effort and strain.

"The Best Just Got Better"