When Team USA heads to the velodrome this summer at the Tokyo Games, they will be racing aboard a bike which has seen them to great success.
The Felt TA FRD pursuit bike, notable for its left-side drivetrain, was ridden to a silver medal in women’s team pursuit at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. And since then, the team, comprised of Jennifer Valente, Chloe Dygert, Emma White and Lily Williams, has won the world championships in the event aboard the bike, making them favorites this summer. All told, USA Cycling’s women’s team pursuit squad has won four world championships on the bike.
The bike was originally developed in collaboration with USA Cycling in advance of the 2016 Olympics as a no-holds-barred, cost-is-no-object superbike with the goal of being the fastest machine on the boards. Its price, an eye-watering $25,999, reflects that pursuit and highly specialized nature. And there’s no second-tier version.
That’s not the only bike that Team USA is bringing along. For mass start events like the omnium, madison, keirin and sprint, American athletes will race on the Felt TK FRD, which takes on many of the material and aerodynamic advancements of the TA, but uses a more traditional right-side drivetrain. It also is a much more attainably priced model, costing $5,499 for the frameset.