FRD stands for “Felt Racing Development.” It’s more than a fancy acronym, and it represents so much more than only three words can convey. It’s a badge of honor that we bestow upon only the most advanced bicycle framesets that emerge from our laboratory. It’s a declaration that we unshackled our mad scientists and engineering virtuosos to create something unhindered by the expense of materials, unconfined from rushed testing and development timetables, and unrestrained by the limits of what’s come before.
Bicycles emblazoned with the FRD marque are created from a holistic process that focuses on the specific performance needs of athletes in a particular discipline, with research and feedback gleaned from our stable of world-class professional athletes and race teams. For triathletes, this means enduring up to a 112-mile ride in between grueling swim and run splits. For criterium racers, this means powering through a peloton and staying fresh for a finish line sprint. For road racers, this means attacking your rivals up a mountainous climb and extending your gap down a harrowing descent. Felt engineers investigate every racing scenario and decipher how to push a bike to its technological limits in order to maximize the rider’s every watt, reduce every bit of aerodynamic drag, and save every second of time.