New Felt Edict Nine – Lightweight XC 29er Full Suspension Racer
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…
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.
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.
All fasteners are titanium on the LTD, others get tempered steel bolts in the pivots. They rotate on sealed cartridge bearings.
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.
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.
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.