2013 Felt Road, Mountain Bike Highlights – Details & Actual Weights

2013 Felt Bicycles Nine FRD hardtail carbon 29er details and actual weight

Felt’s 2013 bicycle lineup was formally introduced this summer, but we wanted some weights and a few more pics.

The Nine FRD carbon fiber 29er hardtail (above) is their first bike under their new Felt Race Development program. It uses a 12k woven carbon outer layer with TeXtreme to increases toughness and save weight. It makes the frame just as strong and stiff a the 1000g standard Nine frame but lighter. This complete bike with Fox fork, XTR built and ENVE cockpit comes in at 18lb 10oz.

Available as a frameset only, and more things are in the works…hopefully the Edict Nine is high on the list. Check the actual frame weights below, plus actual weights for the rest of their new bikes…

2013 Felt Bicycles Nine FRD hardtail carbon 29er details and actual weight

This one had steel hardware, it ships with alloy hardware, so it’ll be a little lighter than the 1020g shown on the left. Just for fun, they wanted us to weigh it with only the alloy headset races and threaded inserts remaining, all other hardware removed. It came in at just 870g. This one’s an 18″ frame, as is the complete bike at the top.

2013 Felt Bicycles Nine FRD hardtail carbon 29er details and actual weight

How particular were they about saving weight on the FRD? Jeff Soucek, director of R&D, says they used a direct mount rear dérailleur because it saves about 10 grams over a standard set up when you factor in the lack of the B-knuckle.

2013 Felt Bicycles Nine FRD hardtail carbon 29er details and actual weight

2013 Felt Bicycles Nine FRD hardtail carbon 29er details and actual weight

The standard Nine frames also get their new cable guides, which bolt on. This actually adds just a few grams, but it’s a much more elegant looking solution than molded in curves that’d require unsightly zip ties.

2013 Felt Bicycles Nine hardtail carbon 29er details and actual weight

A standard Nine 1 comes in at 22lb 13oz with a much less expensive cockpit and XT/XTR drivetrain. Tires aren’t to spec, they wanted something beefier for rolling over the rocks at Bootleg Canyon.

2013 Felt Bicycles Edict Nine 1 carbon fiber 29er full suspension mountain bike

Moving into XC full suspension, the new Edict Nine 1 comes in at 26lb 4oz.

2013 Felt Bicycles Compulsion trail mountain bike details and actual weight

The long travel Compulsion tips the scales at 31lb 9oz.

2013 Felt Bicycles Compulsion trail mountain bike details and actual weight

It’s running a thru-axle on the alloy rear end. Depending on the spec level, the front triangle is either carbon fiber or alloy.

2013 Felt Bicycles Compulsion trail mountain bike details and actual weight

The shock mount on the rocker arm has two positions, changing travel from 150mm to 160mm. Counterintuitively, it does actually steepen the head angle a bit in the longer travel mode. If you’re running  TALAS or other adjustable travel fork, you can overcome this.

2013 Felt Bicycles Compulsion trail mountain bike details and actual weight

ROAD & TRIATHLON

2013 Felt Bicycles Z-series carbon fiber endurance road bike details and actual weight

The redesigned Z Series is their performance endurance bike. In testing, there’s a full 3cm of wheelbase compliance built into the frame. The fork and frame are designed to move in the proper ways throughout all the tubes to provide a comfortable ride without giving up stage race-able performance. The Ultegra Di2 equipped model comes in at 17lb flat.

2013 Felt Bicycles Z-series carbon fiber endurance road bike details and actual weight

That includes a climber’s shifter pod mounted to the handlebar. Installation could be a bit cleaner than zip ties, but position is good.

2013 Felt Bicycles Z-series carbon fiber endurance road bike details and actual weight

The Z3.

2013 Felt Bicycles Z-series alloy endurance road bike details

The alloy Z bikes are redesigned, too, and look really good but lose some of the frame compliance. The Z85 shown here. Not shown, the ZW series is a women’s specific version of it.

2013 Felt Bicycles B2 carbon fiber triathlon bike

The B Series also gets redesigned to bring the cost of their Tri bikes down without giving up too much of the aerodynamic advantages of the more integrated DA bikes. Frame is UCI legal, the TorHans water bottle is not.

2013 Felt Bicycles cruiser bikes

They still make some of the coolest looking cruiser bikes, too. Despite pushing 50lbs for many models, we’ve been able to outsprint some friends on one.

Comments

Yeahaaa!!!_ - 09/26/12 - 1:29pm

I would be upset with that hardtail, people would think its a Chinese no name import.

Brandon - 09/26/12 - 2:52pm

The climber switches are mounted by zip-ties as instructed by Shimano

RUSTYDOGG - 09/26/12 - 3:05pm

Does the Nine 1 use the FRD frame?
Were those ENVE wheels on the FRD XTR Build?

RUSTYDOGG - 09/26/12 - 3:08pm

Oops. I didn’t read correctly. The Nine 1 doesn’t use the FRD frame.

marcello - 09/26/12 - 4:15pm

Currently all new hard tail 29′ ers frames want to be Scott Scale.

Ted - 09/26/12 - 5:21pm

Felt, Soucek, and most of all Bill Duehring are nothing but blatant thieves. Ripped off the ‘equilink’ design from Kavic. Pictured here at Interbike in 2007.

http://thylacinecycles.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/kaviksuspension.jpg

DO NOT SUPPORT THESE @ssholes!

dimples - 09/26/12 - 8:16pm

Dude weighing the bikes looks less than enthusiastic, hope he wasn’t the rep for the day.

Rhys - 09/27/12 - 5:32am

Nice Z eeries bikes. Didn’t know that shimano released climber’s shift pod for the ultegra di2…. Is this new or an OEM thing only?

Chris - 09/27/12 - 8:54am

@Ted: Soucek filed a patent for the equilink design in 2005…

Radiant Ultralord - 09/27/12 - 12:41pm

Felt’s web page about its suspension designs is way too fluffed with marketing to be useful. I was surprised not to see their equilink thingy on here so I had to look it up.

The marketing fluff might work to help convince some shmoe in a bike shop but here on the internet you need some graphs and numbers to be taken seriously.

Nathan - 09/27/12 - 3:32pm

I agree. The guy holding up the bikes looks as if showing how much they weigh is a huuuuge inconvenience for him. Yeah, OK.

Bishop - 11/25/12 - 12:22pm

Oh Ted, if they were so smart, they would have gotten a patent, and two years before Interbike, like Felt did. http://www.google.com/patents/US7066481

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