Sarah Hammer’s Felt TK1 Endurance (Courtesy)
California brand Felt Bicycles has a number of
Team USA athletes competing on its bikes in the London Olympics. Here, we take
a look at the Jimmy Watkins’ TK1 Sprint bike and Sarah Hammer’s TK1 Endurance
Felt’s TK1 Sprint and Endurance frames are essential
the same bikes, but with different lay-ups. The Sprint features a stiffer (and
slightly heavier) lay-up.
Both frames feature Felt’s Bayonet 2 fork that
tucks neatly into the front end of the frame.
The TK1 is similar to the Felt
DA, which Kristin Armstrong used to win the Olympic time trial. The DA also
has Felt’s Bayonet fork, horizontal drop-outs, and front and rear wheel wells.
Felt has eight track athletes racing in
London: Jimmy Watkins (USA) and Njisane
Phillip (TRI) on the Sprint, and American endurance athletes Sarah Hammer,
Jennie Reed, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo are on the Endurance, along with
Canada’s Zach Bell and Germany’s Roger Kluge.
Hammer’s Endurance bike pictured here has a carbon
3T drop bar with one of Felt’s machined aluminum stems.
Watkins, who took a sabbatical from working as a
firefighter to train for the Olympics, is racing his first Olympics.
Hammer’s 3T drop bar