The original Q Series bike was created for daily rides only but its technology was extraordinary. All the models in this series came with 6061 aluminum tubing. For 2008, however, the Q Series was redesigned to lower weight and capitalize the latest tube forming tech.
Now, all models of the Q Series Overview ’08 have a brand new rear triangle that was stiffened and slimmed down through the use of an A-stay design. Meanwhile, the frame geometry is less aggressive and more upright for the most comfortable ride in any condition.
If you are in the search of a bike that can handle any riding condition but still maintains amazing performance and riding experience for you, this is the perfect model that you must try.
Frame & Fork
The Q series has seven models, all of which feature a 6061 butted aluminum frame with straightforward tube configurations, which is a positive change from the flares and flutes that have been used for existing budget models in the market.
The series also has an oversized head tube featuring an integrated headset and an ovalized downtube. While the seat clamp faces forward, it features two sets of bottle bosses along with rear rack mounts.
In terms of the fork, it’s worth noting that the Suntour XCM requires regular care to keep running smoothly during wet times. However, it behaves better than the standard XCM fork and it helps enhance comfort.
The steering provides a good feeling with the fork sagged to around 1/3 of its travel, which is normal for a moderate rider. The top tube is shorter than other brands but it’s well fitted with our 105mm stem.
In a bike, the brake acts as a mechanical device to inhibit motion. To do this, the brake absorbs energy from a moving part of the bike, depending on the type of brake. In general, there are three main types: drum brakes, rim brakes, and disc brakes.
The Q series, in particular, comes with disc brakes to offer the most stopping power, specifically the budget hydraulic brakes from Shimano. It works decently enough.
Aluminum alloy is a favorite material in the industry because it can be cold-worked, butted, as well as formed into complicated shapes. Therefore, it’s also a good material for making tubing in bicycles to obtain lightweight features.
Felt relies on the most advanced forming technologies like Hydroforming. In this technique, we used high-pressure liquid in tubing making from the inside out, allowing for complex, unusual shapes while we can still use double-butted tubing internally.
As a result, you will get a set of tubes that’s lightweight but extremely strong without needing reinforcement for gusseting. The tubing can also be directionally tuned to obtain desired riding characteristics.
Overall, through the use of aluminum alloy, we offer you a balance between comfort, super lightweight, and performance.
Who Can Benefit From The Q Series?
Women, in general, are shorter than men. This means they tend to look for smaller bike sizes with a lower seat than men do. Therefore, when suggesting models for women, we look into bikes that come in smaller frames.
Within the Q series, we recommend the Felt QW 2 2012 and the Felt QW 5 2012, both of which max out at 18.5 inches in size. Additionally, these bikes also come in more color options, which is suitable for women who have varied styles.
Men tend to be taller and have larger bodies than women, so they tend to need taller seats with larger frames. This is the key difference between men and women when it comes to bike choices.
With that in mind, the Q220 2012 and the Q520 2012 are two of the best models in the Q series for men with frame sizes of up to 21.5 inches.
When it comes to children, they are, of course, much smaller than adults and their bikes often come in one size only with adjustable seat height.
Besides, the need for specialized riding for children is not as large as adults, so their bikes tend to have fewer speed settings.
For girls, there are two Q series models you can pick including the Q24 Girls 2011 and Q20S Girls 2011.
There are nearly no differences between boys and girls in choosing bikes. Our bikes made for boys also come with a single frame size and only 7-speed settings.
However, while girl models have pink color features in the frame and wheels, boy models focus more on black and deep blue colors.
Highlight Models of Felt Q Series
The Felt Q 920 is one of the highest-rated models. It’s mostly praised by users for its lightweight body, good package, and great components.
Many claimed the bike is strong and durable that can handle different types of roads they rode on. Especially, some pointed out this is the perfect bicycle to get for cross-country riding.
We build all of our bikes with the same amount of care and attention, so this is just another model that’s said to deliver excellent value for the price. Some also said the bike corners amazingly on fast downhills and climbs well, partly thanks to the lightweight frame.
The lightweight characteristic is probably the best qualification of this bike as all the users with a review comment mention the frame and how lightweight it is. This advantage is attributed to the use of carbon fiber and related technologies.
In short, this bike has a good-looking frame and offers decent rides for you. The model features thin tube walls along with a sorted chassis design, delivering a svelte feel as soon as it’s all wound up to speed.
Thanks to the long stem, your weight is well pulled over the front wheel of the bike, which means more stability for your rides.
There is a lot of room for you to move about over the bicycle, boosting your confidence when riding on tricky trails. This model allows for riding in moderately muddy conditions and dry dirt due to its narrow profile as well as open tread patterns.
This bike has got a lot of positive comments from users. Overall, it features an outstanding frame, an attractive look, and smooth rides. It offers great value for the money. At the same time, some other users compliment the bike for its durability and smooth shifting.
Several users also said that this bike rides fast. Sturdiness is another strength of this bike with some saying that the bike performed well in excessive use. It’s also praised for its responsiveness on the trails either up or down.
All in all, this bike has got many 5-star reviews from users. One of the most complimented features of the bike is the brakes, which proved very effective even after years of use.
Besides, the bike does a decent job on the trail with amazing shifter, crank, and derailleurs. This is an excellent bike for riding on the street and recreational riding.
Last but not least, this bike is a great value package for the money and worth the amount you spend on it.
How To Choose
When it comes to choosing a type of bike, you need to look at all the options:
- Aero bike: this type is focused on speed, featuring deep-section wheels, large tube profiles, as well as component integration.
- Endurance bike: this type features a relaxed geometry with a focus on comfort and stability. It comes with stable handling and an upright riding position.
- Lightweight bike: this type is an all-rounder and suitable for racers.
- Gravel bike: this type can handle any type of road you ride on due to its superior durability, comfort, and performance.
- Touring bike: this type is heavier than the others and focuses more on longevity, comfort, as well as the ability to carry gear.
The reason why you need to pick the right bike size is that it has a direct influence on your riding performance, comfort, and your overall experience when using the bike.
More importantly, choosing a bike that’s not too big for your body or too high for you will help ensure your safety throughout the ride.
However, it’s not always easy to choose the right bike size. In addition to different units of measurement used, the way a bike frame is measured may also vary among manufacturers.
Therefore, it’s important to check the exact size on the web of the brand you intend to shop at.
At the same time, our website also provides multiple tables with specific numbers for each case. To make the best use of our tables, you need to keep in mind that the bike size is determined by two main factors, rider height, and rider inseam.
There are a number of materials that are currently used for making bikes. However, our top choices include aluminum and carbon fiber.
- Carbon fiber: being directional, this material can be molded easily into complex shapes, allowing for creating different tubing systems and frames. Frames made from this material tend to be lightweight, stiff, comfortable, and aerodynamic. This is currently the best material for a bike.
- Aluminum: This material is a strong metal that can also form stiff, lightweight bikes. It has a lower labor requirement than carbon fiber, resulting in lower prices.
In terms of the braking system, you will most likely have to choose between disc brakes and rim brakes.
- Rim brakes work by applying braking force directly to the sides of the wheel or the rim. This type of brake is simple and more lightweight.
- Disc brakes: this is the type you see in many of our bikes as it’s a newer technology, originating in motorbikes and cars. It offers instant brake control as well as consistent power.
At Felt, you can find bikes of different price ranges, from affordable points like $400 or $600 to high-end models that cost up to $3000. As a rule of thumb, the exact price depends on the model, series, and features, among other factors.
Where To Buy
To get yourself a Felt buy, you can visit our website and online store anytime to choose a model that meets your needs the most. Here, you can view all the models we offer for different ages and types of users.
When clicking on each model name, you can view its full specifications and product images to see real-life colors.
Our website also has a reviews section where you can read detailed comments on each model as well as the star-based rating for its performances.