Felt Bicycles is pleased to announce that it will produce a new period-specific themed cruiser in conjunction with Mike Wolfe of the hit TV show American Pickers. Mike is the creator and Executive Producer of the show, which centers on his antique store Antique Archaeology. The new bike is named the Red Wolfe and will be unveiled at the 2014 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, CA April 10-13 at the Felt Bicycles’ booth.
“This is a particularly exciting project for us”, says Alan Foster, Felt’s Lifestyle Product Manager. “Mike is well-known to have deep cycling roots, not just as a collector, but in his life prior to becoming a television celebrity. He raced bikes and owned a shop for 11 years. He was also a rep in the industry, so his love for bicycles is genuine. He was actively involved in every aspect of the Red Wolfe’s look and knew exactly want he wanted going in. We are thrilled with this project and the relationship.”
“I’ve wanted to build a consumer bike for a while and I reached out to Felt because of their killer designs and history in producing unique, high-quality products”, says Mike Wolfe. “It was very important to me that this bike capture the core culture that is central to Antique Archaeology and my 25 years of collecting antique bikes. This was my inspiration and together I feel like we really nailed it with the Red Wolfe. I could not be happier.”
The Red Wolfe comes with a hydroformed tank top tube, 1-1/8’ threadless double crown fork, 3-speed Shimano coaster brake w/50mm super-wide aluminum wheels, 26” Quick Brick tires, Felt Drillium 44T aluminum chainring, full-length fenders and a rear rack. The paint scheme mimics a post-war balloon bike era with long clean pinstriped lines that follow the top and down tubes. It also features an oversize springer seat with embossed Antique Archaeology logo. The Antique Archaeology logo also appears on the top tube. Bikes are limited edition and each comes with an individualized plate bearing Mike’s signature and a unique production number. The expected MSRP is $749.99 and it will be available through Felt dealers across the US in early fall.