I've been watching Craigslist for months, looking for a full suspension XC Trail bike, and instead I end up buying an old CX bike. I guess that says something about how my brain is wired. There's just something about drop handlebars and double triangle frames that gets me going.
It's a 2006 Felt F1X, alloy frame and carbon fork. 55cm top tube and seat post length, I usually ride a 56cm, so this will a little more upright which is probably good for offroad. Bottom bracket drop is only 55mm, so it's got a lot of clearance. Bottom of the top tube is flattened for carrying. Construction is quite beefy, and it has mount points for fenders and racks which is a nice touch if I want to use it for touring. Threaded SRAM GXP bottom bracket and Truvativ GXP cranks. It also has a replaceable rear mech hanger which is good because I'm sure I'll be crashing a lot.
It was listed as a 2008 but it's not, and he said he bought it new, so that's a bit fishy. And there are some oddball parts on it so maybe it's been in an accident or two. On the plus side, the 2006 F1X doesn't seem to be affected by the Felt F1X fork recall
- 2x10 Ultegra 6600 shifters and mech
- Comes with pretty good DT Swiss R450 wheels, straight and lots of life left on braking surface.
- Recently replaced bottom bracket, runs smooth.
- It's the right size for me and I love the matte black paint.
- It's filthy. I spent the better part of a day washing off the caked-on grease and grime.
- Shifting and braking is awful, all cables and housings and brake pads need to be replaced.
- The chain snapped on my first ride. Might as well replace cassette too.
- The jockey wheels are so worn they are as sharp as shark's teeth. Didn't noticed that before buying.
- The front derailleur has been replaced with an old Dura-Ace FD that doesn't match the chain ring profile.
- Chain rings are an odd 50-38 combo. Going to have to buy a new 110 BCD compact crankset for non-race use.
- It's a bit of a porker, weight without wheels is 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs). Nothing that some $$ won't fix.
- Goes great on gravel, even with these 28mm Continental Touring Plus tires
- Very responsive handling with the 75mm stem. I might put on the original 110mm stem at some point just to compare.
- Ultegra shifters feel really positive and crisp. Hope the braking performance improves as these new Tektro pads bed in.
- Shimano PD-M515 pedals are ok for now. We'll see how they do with mud clearance.
- Bar top brake levers are an interesting touch. I can see how they would be useful for really gnarly descents, but add weight.
- 50-38 chain rings and 12-28 cassette is not so good for spinning up steep hills. Low gear ratio 1.36 - high 4.17
I'm a sucker for a deal, I almost always buy used. Plus, buying into the last generation of tech means you can upgrade to top of the line components for a fraction of what it cost a few years ago. However unless you add up all the money you spent fixing it up to a 8/10 condition, you won't really know if you're coming out ahead. Adding up the bills is always the painful part. Of course, I'm planning to upgrade some things like the seat, seatpost, brakes, etc when a deal comes along, but I'm not including those, just the "true base cost" for now.
2006 Felt F1X, as bought off Craigslist - $550
Shop work: Replace all cables and housings, chain, cassette, brake pads, pulley wheels, check dropout alignment - $300
New handlebar tape - $20
Used Truvativ Elita Crankset GXP 110bcd 50-36 compact, eBay - $90
Used Ultegra 6600 front mech, eBay - $20
New DT Swiss rear QR skewer - $20
TOTAL: $1,000 on the dot, which was my budget. I can live with that.
In comparison, I could have bought a brand new Ridley X‑Ride 15 Disc from MEC for $1,850 after tax (plus pedals). I would have gotten a warranty, service, disc brakes and maybe a slightly lighter frame, internal cable routing, and 11 speeds instead of 10. On the minus side, they would be mechanical disc brakes which don't sound so great, and I feel like disc and axle technology and common specs haven't really been sorted out yet. I won't have any trouble spending the extra $800 on some good race wheels and tires (maybe a few sets).
How about some photos?
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