Felt Breeds a capable gravel monster

All you gravel lovers out there now have another choice to get your fix! Picking up where their single speed CX bikes left off in terms of the name, the Breed lineup from Felt is now designed for gravel roads, long bikepacking hauls, and everything between. The group consists of the Breed 20 and 30 each built for versatility in wheel selection and packing methods.

Frame Details

Felt Breed Geometry

Both versions of the Breed have hydroformed aluminum tubes, T47 – 86 bottom brackets, 12 x 142 rear thru axles, and internal cable routing. Also, it takes a 27.2mm seat post. Flat mount disc brakes are formed into the frame and fork. Speaking of the fork, it features a carbon construction, 1.125 – 1.5″ tapered aluminum steer tube, and a 12 x 100mm thru axle. Both versions are compatible with 650b and 700c wheels.

A closer look at the Breed 20

Felt Breed 20

The top end of the line is Felt’s Breed 20 ($2,650). It comes stock with a 1×11 Sram Force CX1 drivetrain – geared to 40 x 11-42t – and a Praxis Works Zayante crank. Naturally, it has Sram Force hydraulic disc brakes with 160mm rotors front and back. The Breed 20 is setup 650b Devox GRDB3 SL wheels and WTB Byway tires. Its cockpit consists of Devox bars, stem and seat post, and paired with a Prologo Nago X10 saddle.

Breed 30 specs

Felt Breed 30

photo c. Felt Bicycles

The Breed 30 ($2,000) comes with a 2×11 Shimano 105 drivetrain – geared to 48/32 x 11-34T – coupled with a Praxis Works Alba crank. Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes use 160mm front and 140mm rear, rotors. Still rocking the 650b wheels, the Breed 30 has Devox GR2.1 tubeless ready wheels and WTB Byway tires.

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JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

Does this have rack mounts?
In this category I am not sure why anyone buys anything other than a Jamis Renegade other than lack of local availability.

Any gravel bike I buy will likely double as my commuter. Is this minority position?

Woody
Woody
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Looks like there’s an upper rack mount built into the seatpost clamp. Not sure at the dropout end of things…

Scott
Scott
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

@JBikes, there is a small parts kit to mount a fender and/or rack to this bike. Felt opted not to have welded mounts in order to keep the frame as clean as possible.

fogd0r
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

I just bought a Cannondale Topstone 105. The gearing Jamis chose for the Renegade is absurdly high for me. Otherwise, nice bike.

JMAN
JMAN
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Another one of the many gravel bikes that mention “bikepacking” in the marketing literature but do not have any mounts on the fork.

Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson
4 years ago
Reply to  JMAN

Breed 30 has fork mounts.

Scott M
Scott M
4 years ago
Reply to  Tyler Johnson

Both the Breed 20 and Breed 30 will come with fork mounts in production, but only the Breed 30 is pictured with them.

XTP
XTP
4 years ago
Reply to  JMAN

I haven’t found many racks that mount easily to a fork; what racks are you all trying to mount?

Scott M
Scott M
4 years ago
Reply to  JMAN

Juan, to be fair, FELT has another model called the Broam that is better suited for bike packing. This model has braze on mounts for rack and fenders, a slightly longer wheelbase to allow for better clearance when running panniers, and lower gearing to help when loading up the bike. The Breed is meant to be focused more on the performance market in its gearing and geometry.

Dylan Sutton
Dylan Sutton
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Totally agree about the rack mounts.

Fred Gravelly
Fred Gravelly
4 years ago
Reply to  JBikes

Also agree about the rack mounts.

Seriously, what percentage of ‘gravel bike’ purchasers only use them to race??? My guess: 0%

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago
Reply to  Fred Gravelly

I can understand omission for CF framed gravel bikes (although again, Jamis does this).
Nobody can really explain to me what well integrate rack mounts do that hampers functionality on a bike that is not aero-optmized or used where aero is paramount.

josep selga san jose
josep selga san jose
4 years ago

la grava no es aventura o cicloturismo.
la grava es como una salida en carretera de un domingo mañana de 100 o 150 km pero mezclando caminos.
Para que quiero un rack?
si quiero atravesar el desierto ya me comprare una Jamis.
No podemos mezclar tendencias.

Ron Smith
Ron Smith
4 years ago

JBikes, check out the Norco Search XR. Fully tricked out for fenders and racks

Michael McAleer
4 years ago

I’m encouraged by the increasing number of these bikes that are actually spec’d with 650b wheels. We’ve been taught to always want bigger wheels, but there are so many ways in which a 650×47 tire on an all-road bike makes sense. Riding one is believing!

JBikes
JBikes
4 years ago

I know! I started with a 12″. Then 16″. Graduated to 20″ BMX. First mtb was 26″. Then road bike at 700c. Bought my first 29er…

Now I ride a quiver killing penny farthing!

satanas
satanas
4 years ago

The geometry chart appears to have the seat tube C-C and top tube C-C dimensions flipped around – no way do the listed numbers make any sense.

PC Mountain
PC Mountain
4 years ago

As someone mentioned, Felt also just released the Broam which appears to be more of a bikepacking rig. The Breed is what you’d want for fast gravel riding, think Dirty Kanza. I love the 650b and the huge tire clearance. It comes with 47’s but can handle even larger tires. This guy has his Breed set up as a commuter and you can see how he’s utilized the rack and fender mounts: http://ridinggravel.forumchitchat.com/post/felt-breed-20-bike-ideas-9831455?pid=1305919652