Jim Felt started his storied career making one off tri bikes for select clients in the motorcross industry, eventually gaining enough of a following to catch the eye of Easton Sports. Easton hired Jim to design a triathlon bike for their sponsored athlete, the legendary Paula Newby-Fraiser, and that year she captured her fourth Ironman World Championship on the Jim Felt designed B2.
From there, the Felt brand blossomed and grew, expanding into all avenues of the cycling industry. Felt makes superb mountain, road and city bikes, but their roots are unquestionably in the world of triathlon.
This is a brand that's always taken a highly technical approach to their bikes, pushing the the boundaries and questioning the placement of every cable, tube and junction. The IA line of bikes is the perfect example of this. It’s a collection of bikes created expressly for triathletes. And no, the IA is not UCI legal. Not even close. The tube shaping is much too extreme for standard time trial applications. If you have a half or full Ironman on your bucket list, though, an IA may just be your new best friend.