Here's What It's Like To Purchase The Fastest Track Bike In The World

December 21, 2018

Here's What It's Like To Purchase The Fastest Track Bike In The World

The TA FRD is the fastest track bike in the world. Period. Featuring radical technological innovations like asymmetrical airfoils, the most complex and advanced carbon fiber lay-up on the planet, and a radical left-hand drive system for optimal aerodynamics inside a velodrome, the TA FRD is nothing short of an engineering marvel. You can read the complete story about its development and innovation here.

But what of the riders who actually get to experience the thrill of racing it? We’re not talking about the Olympic medal-winning professionals of Team USA, we’re talking about the enthusiasts who have plunked down their hard-earned cash to buy one. Meet David Fetah, an avid Masters track racer, retired finance executive, and the newest owner of a Felt TA FRD.

male cyclist triathlon time trial

FELT: Tell us about how you got started racing bicycles.

David: Like many kids growing up in the United States, riding bicycles was a big part of my life. I always had a bike to ride, but I played more traditional sports like American football, baseball, and basketball. I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, so those were the more popular sports there when I was a kid. But there was also a velodrome in the eastern part of the state, so I was always aware of track racing. After I graduated college from Penn State in finance, I got a real job, and began enjoying riding bicycles as an adult. So I started doing triathlons for fun and to be competitive. As triathlon started to grow and become a bigger sport, bikes became more and more sophisticated, and I also started branching out into other forms of bike racing. One of the first bikes I ever had was an early aluminum Felt B2. So I’ve been riding Felt bikes since the early 1990s.

FELT: How did you become interested in track racing?

David: I started racing bicycles more frequently about 15 years ago, and gradually got a bit better. But as I got closer to retirement, I thought that maybe I could be an even better cyclist since I would be able to devote more time to riding. So I decided I’d go ride on the track in order to better my skills, which was a very foreign experience to me, because most of the really fast guys I knew rode on the track regularly. They were fit, efficient pedalers, and they knew how to race with tactics in mind. So I bought a Felt Tk and became a bit better, and starting winning some races as a masters athletes. I went to the Masters World Championships in 2015 with a team pursuit squad, and we won the world championships and set a new world record. In 2016, we went and did it again, we won the world championship and broke the world record again.

FELT: What made you decide to purchase a TA FRD?

David: Throughout the course of that experience, I quickly learned that track racing is a sport that revolves around fractions of a second, and it’s very much like track-and-field athletics in that regard. So it became very important to me to not only become the best cyclist I could be, but also to have the best equipment I could get, because even if you’re an efficient cyclist and smart tactically, if you don’t have the right equipment, then it may not matter. So this past year I made a big effort to become more aerodynamic on the bike in terms of my fit. Also, in talking with some of my training partners, they said you should go buy the new Felt TA FRD if you want the best of the best. I watched the Team USA women’s pursuit squad featuring Sarah Hammer and Chloe Dygert, and I just thought, “Wow!” I know I’m never going to be as fast as them, for sure, but I thought that maybe I could improve my overall racing and the efforts that I do.

triathlon bicycle time trial track velodrome bike

David's world championship-winning Tk track bike, and his new TA FRD.

FELT: What are some other bikes in your stable?

David: I have a garage full of Felt bikes. I’ve got an AR road bike, I have a DA that is my time trial race bike, and I have the Tk track bike on which I’ve set world records. So I’ve always believed that Felt is on the cutting edge of bicycle design and technology. I don’t know what other bike I would ride if I couldn’t ride a Felt, especially on the track.

FELT: What’s the first thing you’re going to do with your new bike?

David: I’m taking it to the track tomorrow, and I better be ripping it up!

middle aged male cyclist with bike




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Bike Sizing

Bike Sizing

  • Road Sizing
  • Mountain Sizing
  • Lifestyle & Electric Sizing

6'5"  195+CM

FR 61 FRW 61 IA 58
VR 61 Z 61 DA/B/S 61
F 61 FX 63

6'4"  192–194CM

AR 61 FRW 61 IA 56,58
FR 61 Z 61 DA/B/S 58,61
VR 61 FX 60,63
F 61

6'3"190-191cm

AR 61 FRW 61 IA 56,58
FR 61 Z 61 DA/B/S 58,61
VR 61 TK 61
F 61 FX 60

6'2"187-189cm

AR 61 FRW 58,61 IA 54,56,58
FR 58,61 Z 58,61 DA/B/S 56,58
VR 58,61 TK 61
F 58 FX 60

6'1"185-186cm

AR 58,61 FRW 58 IA 54,56,58
FR 58 Z 58 DA/B/S 56,58
VR 58 TK 58,61
F 58 FX 57,60

6'0"182-184cm

AR 58 FRW 56,58 IA 51,54,56,58
FR 56,58 Z 56,58 DA/B/S 56,58
VR 56,58 TK 58,61
F 56,58 FX 57

5'11"180-181cm

AR 56,58 FRW 56,58 IA 51,54,56,58
FR 56,58 VRW 56 DA/B/S 56,58
VR 56,58 Z 56,58 TK 56,58
F 56,58 FX 55,57

5'10"177-179cm

AR 56 FRW 56,58 IA 51,54,56,58
FR 56,58 VRW 56 DA/B/S 56
VR 56,58 Z 56,58 TK 56,58
F 56,58 FX 55

5'9"174-176cm

AR 56 FRW 56 IA 48,51,54,56
FR 56 VRW 56 DA/B/S 54,56
VR 56 Z 56 TK 54,56
F 56 ZW 50 FX 53,55

5'8"172-173cm

AR 54 FRW 54,56 IA 48,51,54,56
FR 54,56 VRW 54,56 DA/B/S 54,56
VR 54,56 Z 54,56 TK 54,56
F 54,56 ZW 50 FX 53

5'7"169-171cm

AR 51,54 FRW 54 IA 48,51,54
FR 54 VRW 54 DA/B/S 54,56
VR 54 Z 54 TK 51,54
F 54 ZW 47,50 FX 50,53

5'6"167-168cm

AR 51 FRW 51,54 IA 48,51,54
FR 51,54 VRW 51,54 DA/B/S 54
VR 51,54 Z 51,54 TK 51,54
F 51,54 ZW 47,50 FX 50

5'5"164-166cm

AR 51 FRW 51,54 IA 48,51,54
FR 51,54 VRW 51 DA/B/S 51
VR 51 Z 51,54 TK 51
F 51,54 ZW 47,50 FX 47,50

5'4"162-163cm

AR 51 FRW 48,51 IA 48,51,54
FR 48,51 VRW 51 DA/B/S 51
VR 51 Z 51 TK 51
F 48,51 ZW 47 FX 47

5'3"159-161cm

FR 48,51 FRW 48,51 IA 48,51
VR 51 VRW 47,51 DA/B/S 47,51
F 48,51 Z 51 FX 47
ZW 45,47

5'2"157-158cm

FR 48 FRW 48 IA 48,51
F 48 VRW 47 DA/B/S 47,51
Z 51
ZW 45

5'1"154-156cm

FR 48 FRW 48 IA 48,51
F 48 VRW 43,47 DA/B/S 47,51
ZW 43,47

5'0"152-153cm

VRW 43 IA 48
ZW 43,45 DA/B/S 47,51
TK 43

4'11"149-151cm

F F95JR VRW 43 IA 48
ZW 43 DA/B/S 47
TK 43

4'10"147-148cm

F F95JR ZW 43 IA 48
DA/B/S 47
TK 43

4'9"144-146cm

F F24, F95JR ZW 43 IA 48
DA/B/S 47

4'8"141-143cm

F F24 IA 48

4'7"139-140cm

F F24 IA 48

4'6"136-138cm

F F24 IA 48

4'5"134-135cm

IA 48

6'5"  195+CM

Compulsion XL (22") Doctrine XL (22") Surplus XL (22")
Decree XL (22") Dispatch 9 XL (22") DD LG (21")
Virtue XL (22") Dispatch 7 XL (22") 7 XL (22")
Edict XL (22") Nine XL (22")

6'4"  192–194CM

Compulsion XL (22") Doctrine XL (22") Surplus XL (22")
Decree XL (22") Dispatch 9 XL (22") DD LG (21")
Virtue XL (22") Dispatch 7 XL (22") 7 XL (22")
Edict XL (22") Nine XL (22")

6'3"190-191cm

Compulsion XL (22") Doctrine XL (22") Surplus XL (22")
Decree LG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 9 XL (22") DD LG (21")
Virtue XL (22") Dispatch 7 XL (22") 7 XL (22")
Edict XL (22") Nine XL (22")

6'2"187-189cm

Compulsion XL (22") Doctrine LG (20"), XL (22") Surplus LG (20"), XL (22")
Decree LG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 9 LG (20"), XL (22") DD LG (21")
Virtue XL (22") Dispatch 7 LG (20"), XL (22") 7 LG (20"), XL (22")
Edict XL (22") Nine LG (20"), XL (22")

6'1"185-186cm

Compulsion LG (20"), XL (22") Doctrine LG (20") Surplus LG (20")
Decree LG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 9 LG (20"), XL (22") DD MD (18.5"), LG (21")
Virtue LG (20"), XL (22") Dispatch 7 LG (20") 7 LG (20")
Edict LG (20"), XL (22") Nine LG (20")

6'0"182-184cm

Compulsion LG (20") Doctrine MD (18"), LG (20") Surplus MD (18"), LG (20")
Decree LG (20") Dispatch 9 MD (18"), LG (20") DD MD (18.5")
Virtue LG (20") Dispatch 7 MD (18"), LG (20") 7 MD (18"), LG (20")
Edict LG (20"), XL (22") Nine MD (18"), LG (20")

5'11"180-181cm

Compulsion MD (18"), LG (20") Doctrine MD (18") Surplus MD (18")
Decree LG (20") Dispatch 9 MD (18") DD MD (18.5")
Virtue MD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 7 MD (18") 7 MD (18")
Edict LG (20") Nine MD (18")

5'10"177-179cm

Compulsion MD (18"), LG (20") Doctrine MD (18") Surplus MD (18")
Decree MD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 9 MD (18") DD MD (18.5")
Virtue MD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 7 MD (18") 7 MD (18")
Edict MD (18"), LG (20") Nine MD (18")

5'9"174-176cm

Compulsion SM (16"), MD (18") Doctrine SM (16"), MD (18") Surplus SM (16"), MD (18")
Decree MD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 9 SM (16"), MD (18") DD SM (16"), MD (18.5")
Virtue SM (16"), MD (18") Dispatch 7 SM (16"), MD (18") 7 SM (16"), MD (18")
Edict MD (18"), LG (20") Nine SM (16"), MD (18")

5'8"172-173cm

Compulsion SM (16"), MD (18") Doctrine SM (16") Surplus SM (16")
Decree MD (18"), LG (20") Dispatch 9 SM (16") DD SM (16")
Virtue SM (16"), MD (18") Dispatch 7 SM (16") 7 SM (16")
Edict MD (18") Nine SM (16")

5'7"169-171cm

Compulsion SM (16") Doctrine SM (16") Surplus SM (16")
Decree MD (18") Dispatch 9 SM (16") DD SM (16")
Virtue SM (16") Dispatch 7 SM (16") 7 SM (16")
Edict MD (18") Nine SM (16")

5'6"167-168cm

Compulsion SM (16") Doctrine XS (14"), SM (16") Surplus XS (14"), SM (16")
Decree MD (18") Dispatch 9 XS (14"), SM (16") DD SM (16")
Virtue SM (16") Dispatch 7 XXS (14"), SM (16") 7 XS (14"), SM (16")
Edict SM (16"), MD (18") Nine XS (14"), SM (16")

5'5"164-166cm

Decree SM (16"), MD (18") Doctrine XS (14") Surplus XS (14")
Edict SM (16") Dispatch 9 XS (14") 7 XS (14")
Dispatch 7 XS (14")
Nine XS (14")

5'4"162-163cm

Decree SM (16"), MD (18") Doctrine XS (14") Surplus XS (14")
Edict SM (16") Dispatch 9 XS (14") 7 XS (14")
Dispatch 7 XS (14")
Nine XS (14")

5'3"159-161cm

Decree SM (16"), MD (18") Doctrine XS (14") Surplus XS (14")
Dispatch 9 XS (14") 7 XS (14")
Dispatch 7 XXS (12"), XS (14")
Nine XS (14")

5'2"157-158cm

Decree SM (16"), MD (18") Doctrine XS (14") Surplus XS (14")
Dispatch 9 XS (14")
Dispatch 7 XXS (12"), XS (14")

5'1"154-156cm

Decree SM (16") Dispatch 7 XXS (12")

5'0"152-153cm

Decree SM (16") Dispatch 7 XXS (12")

6'5"  195+CM

Verza Speed Aluminum XXL (61) Verza Speed Carbon XXL (61) VERZAe LG (20")
Verza Path XL (22") LEBOWSKe LG (20") NINEe XL (22")
Outfitter LG (20")

6'4"  192–194CM

Verza CafÉ XL (21") Verza Speed Carbon XXL (61) VERZAe LG (20")
Verza Speed Aluminum XXL (61) LEBOWSKe LG (20") NINEe XL (22")
Verza Path XL (22") Outfitter LG (20")

6'3"190-191cm

Verza CafÉ XL (21") Verza Speed Carbon XL (58), XXL (61) VERZAe LG (20")
Verza Speed Aluminum XL (58), XXL (61) LEBOWSKe LG (20") NINEe XL (22")
Verza Path XL (22") Outfitter LG (20") DUALe XL (22")
TOTE'm LG (20")

6'2"187-189cm

Verza CafÉ XL (21") Verza Speed Carbon XL (58) SPORTe 58
Verza Speed Aluminum XL (58) LEBOWSKe LG (20") VERZAe MD (18"), LG (20")
Verza Path LG (20"), XL (22") Outfitter LG (20") NINEe LG (20"), XL (22")
TOTE'm LG (20") DUALe XL (22")

6'1"185-186cm

Verza CafÉ LG (19"), XL (21") Verza Speed Carbon XL (58) SPORTe 58
Verza Speed Aluminum XL (58) LEBOWSKe MD (18"), LG (20") VERZAe MD (18")
Verza Path LG (20"), XL (22") Outfitter MD (18"), LG (20") NINEe LG (20")
TOTE'm LG (20") DUALe LG (20"), XL (22")

6'0"182-184cm

Verza CafÉ LG (19"), XL (21") Verza Speed Carbon LG (56), XL (58) SPORTe 58
Verza CafÉ W MD (18") LEBOWSKe MD (18") VERZAe SM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Speed Aluminum LG (56), XL (58) Outfitter MD (18") NINEe MD (18"), LG (20")
Verza Path LG (20") TOTE'm LG (20") DUALe LG (20")

5'11"180-181cm

Verza CafÉ LG (19") Verza Speed Carbon LG (56) SPORTe 55, 58
Verza CafÉ W MD (18") LEBOWSKe MD (18") VERZAe SM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Speed Aluminum LG (56) Outfitter MD (18") NINEe MD (18")
Verza Path LG (20") TOTE'm LG (20") DUALe MD (18"), LG (20")

5'10"177-179cm

Verza CafÉ LG (19") Verza Speed Carbon LG (56) SPORTe 55
Verza CafÉ W MD (18") LEBOWSKe MD (18") VERZAe SM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Speed Aluminum LG (56) Outfitter MD (18") NINEe MD (18")
Verza Path MD (18"), LG (20") TOTE'm MD (18"), LG (20") DUALe MD (18"), LG (20")

5'9"174-176cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17"), LG (19") Verza Speed Carbon MD (54), LG (56) SPORTe 52, 55
Verza CafÉ W MD (18") LEBOWSKe SM (16"), MD (18") VERZAe SM (16")
Verza Speed Aluminum MD (54), LG (56) Outfitter SM (16"), MD (18") NINEe SM (16"), MD (18")
Verza Path MD (18") TOTE'm MD (18") DUALe SM (16"), MD (18")

5'8"172-173cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17") Verza Speed Carbon MD (54) SPORTe 52
Verza CafÉ W MD (18") LEBOWSKe SM (16") VERZAe XS (14"), SM (16")
Verza Speed Aluminum MD (54) Outfitter SM (16") NINEe SM (16")
Verza Path MD (18") TOTE'm MD (18") DUALe SM (16"), MD (18")

5'7"169-171cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17") Verza Speed Carbon MD (54) SPORTe 49w, 52
Verza CafÉ W SM (16"), MD (18") LEBOWSKe SM (16") VERZAe XS (14")
Verza Speed Aluminum MD (54) Outfitter SM (16") NINEe SM (16")
Verza Path SM (16"), MD (18") TOTE'm MD (18") DUALe SM (16")

5'6"167-168cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17") Verza Speed Carbon SM (51), MD (54) SPORTe 49w
Verza CafÉ W SM (16"), MD (18") LEBOWSKe SM (16") VERZAe XS (14")
Verza Speed Aluminum SM (51), MD (54) Outfitter SM (16") NINEe XS (14"), SM (16")
Verza Path SM (16") TOTE'm SM (16"), MD (18") DUALe SM (16")

5'5"164-166cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17") Verza Speed Carbon SM (51) SPORTe 48, 49w
Verza CafÉ W SM (16") TOTE'm SM (16") VERZAe XS (14")
Verza Speed Aluminum SM (51") NINEe XS (14")
Verza Path SM (16")

5'4"162-163cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17") Verza Speed Carbon SM (51) SPORTe 48
Verza CafÉ W SM (16") TOTE'm SM (16") VERZAe XS (14")
Verza Speed Aluminum SM (51") NINEe XS (14")
Verza Path SM (16")

5'3"159-161cm

Verza CafÉ MD (17") Verza Speed Carbon XS (47), SM (51) SPORTe 48
Verza CafÉ W SM (16") TOTE'm SM (16")
Verza Speed Aluminum XS (47), SM (51) NINEe XS (14")
Verza Path SM (16")

5'2"157-158cm

5'1"154-156cm

Verza CafÉ W SM (16") Verza Speed Carbon XS (47) SPORTe 44w, 44
Verza Speed Aluminum XS (47)

5'0"152-153cm

SPORTe 44w, 44

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