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The Falath Pro is an open mold aero road bike frame branded by a relatively young Chinese brand called Elves.
I asked one of its owners to share his experience to help you, potential buyers, with the purchasing decision.
So, in this Elves Falath Pro review, you find whether you should consider it and what to expect.
Hi, I am an entrepreneur trying to have cycling as a new hobby because all my friends here (in Indonesia) ride road bikes. So I started with a folding bike, MTB, and now, I finally fell in love with road bikes.
Leo’s Elves Falath Pro Build Summary
Elves Falath Pro is an aero, open-mold carbon road bike frame. Elves’ main added value is the exceptional paint finish and unique design. Their Elves Vanyar (rim) is even UCI approved.
The Falath Pro is also available for rim and disc brakes. Here is Leo’s build summary.
Leo’s Elves Falath Pro Build Main Features
- Official Frameset Weight (size 46): 1080g (frame), 380g (fork)
- Build weight (w/o pedals): 8.1 kg (frame size M – 49 cm)
- Wheels: Superteam 50 mm UCI approved clincher wheels
- Groupset: Shimano Ultegra R8000
- Handlebar: Orome (Elves) integrated handlebar 400mm wide, 100mm stem
- Saddle: Bontrager Aeolus comp
- Tires: Continental Ultra Sport 3
Elves Falath Pro Pros & Cons
Together with Leo, we summarized the pros & cons of the Falath Pro below.
Elves Falath Pro Frameset Pros
- Available for rim or disc brakes
- Available in 6 sizes (46, 48, 50, 52, 54, and 56 cm)
- Available in multiple original color options
- Excellent paint finish
- Meets EN 14766 and ISO 4210-6:2014 standards
Elves Falath Pro Frameset Cons
- The frameset doesn’t include a handlebar
- The sizes between Elves road bike frames differ (e.g., Elves Vanyar M doesn’t match the M size of the Elves Falath Pro)
- There are no inner plastic tubes (housing) for the cables, so the cables need to be wrapped to avoid unpleasant noises by hitting the frame
Elves Falath Pro Build Process
In this section, we dive deeper into Leo’s build. You find out why Leo decided to go for Elves Falath Pro if he encountered any issues when building its new machine, and much more.
Why did you decide to buy Elves Falath Pro and not Vanyar, for example?
Because I like its aero look and love the color, of course, it acts as a chameleon.’ The paint changes under different angles and light conditions.
Why did you opt for rim brakes instead of disc brakes on an aero road bike?
I opted for rim brakes because they are cheaper and lighter than disc brakes.
Indonesia is a pretty humid country. Were you worried about a bad braking performance in descents?
No. I wasn’t afraid. Braking performance is no problem because I always use waterless chemicals to clean my bike and special braking pads for carbon rims.
Did you build it yourself, or did you let somebody make it for you?
I built it at a bike shop of an authorized dealer here in Indonesia.
Did you experience any issues, for example, with the bottom bracket area?
No. Everything went fine – the tolerances were on point. But unfortunately, the frame doesn’t include inner plastic tubes for cable management, so I had to wrap the cables with tape to prevent them from causing noise inside the frame.
Leo’s Riding Experience with Elves Falath Pro
The Elves Falath Pro is an aero frame. Is it stiff?
I feel good when I ride Falath Pro, but I still think Canyon is better. Elves Falath Pro is a good option for beginners. I will probably sell it soon and buy a new bike, haha!
It is hard to tell if the frame was tested in a wind tunnel. So, does it feel aero? How does it accelerate, maintain speed, and handle crosswinds?
I don’t have as many experiences with other bikes. However, I lent it to a friend who had already ridden a few aero bikes. He told me that it feels pretty good, stiff, and is easy to handle.
Can your friends on lightweight climbing bikes keep up with you?
Yes, they do. Unfortunately, I am not as strong a rider, so I can’t drop them on flats from the draft, haha.
DID YOU KNOW THAT
The text “Nai tiruvantel ar varyuvantel i Valar tielyanna nu vilya,” on the top tube means: “May the Valar protect you on your path under the sky.” The Valar are characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s legendarium. (Source: wikipedia.org)
How comfortable is it on a scale from 1 to 10? Does it absorb road vibrations? Does the riding comfort change on a rough tarmac?
The Falath Pro feels very comfy. I would rate it 8. But, of course, the riding comfort is also influenced by other factors like tire pressure.
What do you like the most about this bike?
I think it is no surprise when I say the finish. The Elves’ color combinations and designs are so unique and well-made that I think they are one of their main selling points.
Is there anything you don’t like about it?
I don’t like the drop of the Elves (Oromo) handlebar. They have a drop of 6°, which doesn’t suit me too well. But this is highly subjective.
Elves Falath Pro Alternatives
Here are a few alternatives to Elves Falath Pro worth mentioning:
- Winspace T1500 (use ‘cyclistshub10‘ discount code to get 10% off) is a high-end Chinese road bike frameset with more attention to detail than Falath Pro (learn more in this Winspace T1500 review).
- YOELEO R12 (also available at yoeleoeurope.com) is a more endurance-oriented all-rounder road bike, offering up to 32mm tire clearance and great riding comfort. The frameset also includes a handlebar (learn more in this YOELEO R12 review).
- YOELEO R21 (also available at yoeleoeurope.com) is a lightweight yet aero frame with a performance geometry. The frameset also includes a handlebar (learn more in this YOELEO R21 review).
Elves Carbon Products FAQ
Would you recommend buying Elves Falath Pro? Why yes, why not?
I would recommend this bike for beginners looking for an affordable aero road bike to build themselves. However, if you don’t want to get your hands ‘dirty,’ you probably should buy a complete bike like a Giant or Canyon.
What are the overall costs of your build?
It was around 3,100 USD.
Thank you, Leo, for your time and for sharing your experience! You can follow Leo on his Instagram.
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