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  • Felt Broam 40
  • Felt Broam 40

Felt Broam 40

 

BROAM | 40 | 2020

 Oftentimes, the journey matters more than the destination. Meet the Broam, our most capable road bike ever. It’s an all-purpose, drop-bar beast, one equally at home on pavement, dirt trails, and gravel roads. Dual-wheel compatibility? Check. Mounts for racks and fenders? Check. A comfortable ride quality for all-day pedaling? Check. It’s everything you want in a road bike, and then some. Just make sure to bring along your sense of adventure.

Buy it if:

You’re looking for the most capable drop-bar bike on the planet, one that doesn’t shy away from fast group rides nor all-day excursions in the saddle, nor whether adventure takes you on the road or the gravel.

Don’t buy it if:

You want the latest drivetrain technology—You should check out the Broam | 30, which features Shimano’s new GRX groupset. Or, if you’re looking for a gravel bike with more aggressive geometry, check out the Breed series.

Highlights:

  • Dual-wheel compatibility (650b and 700c)
  • Massive tire clearance for all road and trail surface types
  • Sleek storage solutions, and rack- and fender-ready

Upgrades over Broam | 60:

  • 10-Speed Shimano Tiagra Groupset

For as long as people have been riding bikes, there have been people riding bikes over long distances, traveling across the land, and experiencing the unique perspective that only pedaling can provide. That long-heralded mystique of bike touring thrives today in the form of the Broam. But whereas the touring bikes of the past were relatively limited in scope in terms of what roads they could traverse and what gear they could carry, the Broam is an unbridled bikepacking machine. It’s only limited by its rider’s spirit of adventure. It’s the loyal companion you always dream about, one that will be with you through thick and thin, no matter what the road of life throws your way. Be it freshly paved tarmac or dusty gravel, superfast descents or strength-sapping ascents, the Broam will not only get you to your destination, but also make the journey worthwhile.

More about the  BROAM | 40

  • 10-Speed Shimano Tiagra Groupset

For as long as people have been riding bikes, there have been people riding bikes over long distances, traveling across the land, and experiencing the unique perspective that only pedaling can provide. That long-heralded mystique of bike touring thrives today in the form of the Broam. But whereas the touring bikes of the past were relatively limited in scope in terms of what roads they could traverse and what gear they could carry, the Broam is an unbridled bikepacking machine. It’s only limited by its rider’s spirit of adventure. It’s the loyal companion you always dream about, one that will be with you through thick and thin, no matter what the road of life throws your way. Be it freshly paved tarmac or dusty gravel, superfast descents or strength-sapping ascents, the Broam will not only get you to your destination, but also make the journey worthwhile.

The Broam | 40 frame is constructed from our SuperLite aluminum, which isn’t just a silly moniker—this frame truly is amongst the lightest on the market compared to bikes with similar riding goals. More importantly, however, our engineers worked tirelessly to ensure that the Broam frame is both incredibly durable with precision welding and construction, as well as comfortable enough to mitigate vibrations for all-day riding comfort. The Broam | 40 frame is paired with a carbon fiber fork crafted from our UHC (Ultra Hybrid Carbon) Advanced carbon fiber, and was specifically tuned to handle the rough, high-frequency chatter and big hits of gravel roads. It’s high-modulus, meaning that it’s incredibly stiff to maximize rolling efficiency and handling feedback. But the fork’s layup has been finely tuned to create the ideal contact with the riding surface for both stable, responsive handling, and a precise level of compliance to ensure maximum front-end traction and comfort over the rough stuff. The Broam’s geometry is best described as relaxed, with slack head and seat angles, a long wheelbase, and a tall stack height. All of these combine for a ride that is incredibly stable at high-speeds, as well as a comfortable riding position that can be enjoyed all the way until the sun goes down and beyond.

The Broam | 40 frame is built around a good ol’ fashioned BSA threaded bottom bracket, making for easy maintenance and a creak-free ride. The Broam was designed to work flawlessly with two different wheel sizes: the traditional 700c wheels found on most regular road bikes, and the slightly smaller 650b wheel size prized by mountain bikers looking for that magic combination of incredible traction and agile steering. In order to produce the best riding experience possible on any surface, the Broam | 40 can accept up to a 45mm-wide tire on 700c wheels, or up to 2.0-inch tires on 650b wheels. A top tube-mounted storage solution with standard water bottle bolt spacing gives riders a spot to secure additional nutrition, tools, or any other accessories needed to tackle a long day in the saddle. The Broam | 40 is also capable of accepting racks and fenders, making it a delightful companion for wet weather riding and commuting. And because we all know hydration is key, all Broam bikes that are size 51cm and bigger feature three water bottle mounting locations inside the front triangle.

We partnered with several fantastic component brands to offer three complete bikes in the Broam series. Along with the Broam | 30 model that features Shimano’s newest 11-speed GRX gravel groupset, as well as the Broam | 60 that sports an 8-speed Shimano Claris drivetrain, we’re thrilled to offer this mid-level build, the Broam | 40. It’s highlighted by a 10-speed Shimano groupset comprised of Tiagra shifters and derailleurs, but includes a higher-end GRX600 crankset. It features a sub-compact 46/30 chainring combination mated to a cassette with an 11-34-tooth spread. This means that the Broam | 40 sports a climbing gear even better than the hallowed 1:1 ratio of the most seasoned mountain goats, thus giving its rider the most capability no matter how steep or loose the road becomes. The cockpit components come from our in-house brand Devox, with the latest Adventure model handlebar providing incredible control, confidence, and comfort. The Broam | 40 rolls on size 700c Devox Adventure 2.1 Disc wheels that are tubeless-compatible and are shod with a set of Maxxis Refuse tires in size 40c.

The Broam is a jack of all trades, yet it is also a master of nearly every type of drop-bar riding. Racers seeking the lightest and fastest carbon wonder bike should check out our Performance category of models, but for everyone else, the Broam is an incredible steed that offers phenomenal value. It sports a smooth, stable ride quality that can be enjoyed all day long, and it’s decked out with enough options to help carry all of your gear for whatever adventure you have in mind. Whether that’s an all-day spin on tarmac, a rough and tumble gravel grinder, or even a multi-day bikepacking trip to parts unknown, the Broam is ready.