Like its predecessor, the Bayonet 3 is all about aerodynamics and handling precision. By using an even narrower steerer tube, which is now housed inside a bearing with an inner diameter of just 19mm, Felt engineers were able to reduce drag even further over the Bayonet 2. And because of its innovative design—which pairs the external steerer tube with the teardrop-shaped headtube—the Bayonet 3 offers not only superior aerodynamics but, without compromising stiffness or handling, is approximately 18% lighter than the Bayonet 2.
Other updates to the Bayonet 3 include reshaped fork blades, which feature a more gradual taper for significantly improved aerodynamic performance. And compared to the Bayonet 2, the Bayonet 3 has a lower stack height, which allows riders to achieve a more aero position—something our ProTour athletes required for maximum efficiency.
Designed to optimize the performance of the DA time trial/triathlon frame, the Bayonet 3 was developed through a combination of advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics computerized modeling and actual wind tunnel development. While many manufacturers employ after-the-fact wind tunnel testing, Felt takes it a step further by utilizing wind-tunnel analysis to develop the product.