New Felt Edict Nine – Lightweight XC 29er Full Suspension Racer

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

Felt just outed their latest super lightweight mountain bike, the Edict Nine.

“We took everything we learned from the Nine hardtail 29er series and the Edict full suspension bike and combined them,” said Doug Martin, Felt’s sports marketing director. “Our athletes have loved it on their first ride.”

Visually, it’s almost a magnified mirror image of the 26″ Edict. Read on to see what makes it move…

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

The suspension is built around their FAST (Felt Articulating Stay Technology) design, which uses a pivotless rear triangle. When it’s just sitting unsprung it’s actually under tension slightly. When your weight’s on the saddle, it goes to the neutral position.

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

Frame is woven carbon using their “inside out” construction which uses a removeable polyurethane bladder to keep the tubes smooth inside, yielding a stronger frame.

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

All fasteners are titanium on the LTD, others get tempered steel bolts in the pivots. They rotate on sealed cartridge bearings.

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

The front derailleur cable runs internally. Oddly, the rear shift cable runs externally with full length housing. Martin said it’s to keep it simple, reduce entry points for dust and crud into the frame and minimize holes in the frame, which can potentially be weak points.

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

It’ll come in five models. The top three are carbon, the bottom two are alloy and will have a pivot in the rear. Top model is the LTD shown here and will retail for around $9,900 (final price isn’t set yet). Delivery is late summer. Alloy models will start around $2,400 depending on final spec.

2013 felt edict nine full suspension 29er race mountain bike

Weight for the medium (18) frame was just under 24lbs with full XTR, the new Fox CTD fork and shock, house brand cockpit with Prologo carbon railed saddle and Reynolds’ new carbon tubeless 29er wheels…which are just now starting to ship.

Comments

ascar larkinyar - 04/20/12 - 3:36am

where is the “pivotless rear triangle”? i just see a single pivot rear triangle.

Andy - 04/20/12 - 11:24am

There is no pivot at the rear axle.

This one might be out of my price range, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing some of the lower spec’ed models!

JoeKing - 04/20/12 - 11:46am

I believe they were referring to the swingarm being a single piece with no Horest link type pivot, not that the swingarm ITSELF wasn’t pivoted…

mkrs - 04/20/12 - 1:15pm

Edict does not have the Horst link but the rear triangle does work like it had one. The shape of the seatstays as well as carbon layup is designed in such a way that it works like a Horst link but still is a monocoque construction so it’s lighter. That said, I can’t agree that Edict is nothing more than a single-pivot platform, sorry.

Blooseville - 04/20/12 - 1:37pm

The bike is beautiful but… lightweight? Not so much… lets see: a carbon frame, fox top shock and fork, ultra-hightech reynolds carbon wheels, full xtr drivetrain and titanium bolts everywhere… could be ligther no? As for Andy, this one is too expensive for me so I hope the alloy one doesn’t weight 30+ pounds.

Steve M - 04/20/12 - 2:04pm

“Our athletes have loved it on their first ride.”

Wow- the dumbing down of the American cyclist is in full effect.

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