FELT EDICT NINE LTD
The Felt Edict Nine 29er chassis sits in the sweet spot for big-wheel mountain bikes. By utilizing 100mm of rear wheel travel, the Edict designers were able to finely tune its numbers to give the best possible qualities that the 29in wheel could offer to hard-core XC trail riders. The Felt Edict frame utilizes the new Formula One technology for molding, which minimizes the under cut profiles in order to put as much of its carbon fiber frame as perfect as possible. They use term Convex design for this and its easily seen in the tapered head tube, and near the bottom bracket where the stress is so high.
A few other details with their high-tec carbon, Felt describes that its designers chose to use woven carbon fabric inside and out on the frame for impact protection, saying that this type of fiber will transfer shock to a wider area than the uni directional material does. So they used both 3K and 5K carbon inside and outside the down tube and on the top tube where the brake levers hit against the carbon frame in a crash. This is utilized throughout the Felt carbon mountain bike lineup.
Their newest FAST rear suspension, that is defined as Felt Active Stay Technology, utilizes the natural flexible quality designed into the carbon swing-arm to eliminate the use of the dropout pivot. By going this route they have saved quite a few grams and reduced the complexity at the same time. Prior to this year Felt has used pivotless rear end on their 130mm travel Virtue Equilink MTB frame, so have some confidence that the 100mm Edict suspension will not be stressing the carbon.
The Felt Edict swing arms are one piece and do not use a rear pivot at the bottom bracket area. This suspension design is a big step away from their five-link Equilink for their shorter-travel XC suspensions. This suspension concept is reliant on the flexibility of its carbon stays and the exactness of its carbon layup schedule to give it enough range of movement and yet, keep the torsional rigidity needed for aggressive riders throwing down power, when riding technical terrain.
To scrape weight away, Felt designed DU bushings in the Edict rocker link. These bushings take less space than ball bearings and reduce the size of the rocker link and increases its strength. The main swing-arm pivot rotates on ball bearings. These 29er bikes are delivered at five different price levels: The Nine LTD at $9299, the $6199 Nine 1 and $3629 for the 3 version that is decked out in carbon as well, along with $2899 for the 50 alloy version and the 60 as well at $2039 with an alloy frame. While the top-tier model shown here as the frame and shock will list at $3099.
Fox designed a 46-millimeter offset for their 29er mountain bike fork, that gave the Felt engineers reason to update the Edict’s steering geometry one degree slacker and still maintain 75 millimeters of trail – a dimension that keeps the steering of 29er bikes feeling lighter with dexterity. The Edict Nine LTD has Shimano XTR throughout and a Reynolds carbon wheelset.
– Frame: Ultimate Plus Nano carbon, 100-mm front and rear travel, FAST pivotless suspension, standard quick release rear dropouts.
– Front Fork: Fox Float 32 CTD Fit, 100mm travel, 15mm through axle
– Rear Fox Float CTD
– Drive System: Shimano XTR Shadow+ with two x ten, and 11 – 36 cassettes
– Disc Brakes: Shimano XTR Trail, 160 millimeter rotor
– Component Selection: Easton Carbon 29er wheels, Kenda 24-Seven tubeless tire, Felt carbon bar and seat post
– Weight: 24.1 lbs
– Frame Sizes: Sm, Med, L, X-L
– Suggested retail price: $9299, frame only- $3099