Felt Bicycles was founded on one principle: to design, develop and deliver the best bicycles in the world. Before founding his namesake company, and in addition to being an accomplished triathlete, Jim Felt was one of the top motorcycle mechanics in the United States after having worked with industry leaders Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. But when motocross champion Johnny O’Mara asked Felt to build him a triathlon bike, Felt was given the opportunity to put into practice many of the innovative designs he had dreamed about for optimizing a rider’s position and improving aerodynamics.
His work was so innovative that Easton Sports hired Felt as the company’s product engineer and tasked him with creating an all-new bike for three-time Ironman World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser. Shortly after, she became four-time champion of the most prestigious race in triathlon. Jim Felt then launched his namesake brand, Felt Bicycles, and utilized his frame-building expertise to develop a complete line of road and time trial bikes.
But it was in 2001 when he partnered with bicycle industry veterans Bill Duehring and Michael Müllmann that Felt was able to reach an even greater number of cycling enthusiasts than ever before by expanding into the realms of BMX, lifestyle, track racing and mountain bikes. Since then, Felt Bicycles has become one of the world’s most respected cycling brands, and the company prides itself on its focus on quality service, technological innovation and empowering bike riders the world over to achieve their greatest ride.
Felt’s dedicated team of engineers based at the company’s global headquarters in Irvine, California, has pioneered countless industry innovations, including manufacturing processes like InsideOut Internally Optimized Molding, Modular Monocoque Construction (MMC) and Dynamic Monocoque Construction (DMC), and breakthrough product designs like Felt Active Stay Technology (FAST) mountain bike suspension and the Bayonet 3 triathlon steering system. And in the past few years alone, these technological developments have seen Felt bicycles ridden to stage wins at the Tour de France, gold medals at the Olympic velodrome and record-breaking performances at the Kona World Championship.
Today, each and every Felt bicycle features unique and innovative features that set it apart from its competitors, all in the name of Felt’s original guiding principle. And with countless new and exciting projects on the horizon, that principle remains the same to this day and well into the future: to design, develop and deliver the greatest bicycles in the world.