Felt Compulsion LT3 and Nine FRD Carbon 29er

29er Interbike

Felt Bicycles is a brand that is well known in the road cycling world for their carbon work especially in the Tri and TT categories. But that doesn’t mean their mountain bikes aren’t pretty special too. They are able to take that knowledge of carbon and port it over to their MTB offerings as well. The two carbon mountain bikes featured here are very different, one is a 6 inch travel, all mountain carbon bike that comes in many different levels to fit differing budgets. The other is a purpose-built, light weight 29er with a frame weight of 900 grams. Both carbon, both different, both fun.

In this video, Eddie McDonald of Felt Bicycles shows us some highlights of the all new Compulsion LT3 and Nine FRD for 2013. The Compulsion LT3 is their mid-level all mountain carbon mountain bike with 150-160mm or rear travel. The Nine FRD is their 29er carbon hardtail frameset.

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Felt Compulsion LT3

Aggressive enough to shred gnarly descents, agile enough to power up technical climbs, the Compulsion LT 3 is a game changer. With a strong, lightweight and perfectly balanced UHC Performance frame and 150 or 160mm of adjustable Equilink suspension travel, Compulsion LT 3 inspires confidence in all conditions. A 160mm RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Ari fork, powerful Avid hydraulic disc brakes, and SRAM drivetrain keep you going, no matter how rough the trail.

  • Mid level carbon fiber 6″ All-Mountain bike
  • Frame: Felt Compulsion Equilink carbon/aluminum All Mountain series, adjustable 150/160mm travel suspension frame, UHC Performance front, triple butted/hydroformed 6061 aluminum rear triangle, Felt/Shimano 142 x 12mm E-Thru dropouts w/ Shimano SM-AX75 QR axle, Monarch R rear shock, set at 160mm
  • Fork: Rock Shox Lyrik RC Solo Air, adjustable compression, adjustable rebound, tapered aluminum steerer tube, 20mm Maxle dropouts, 160mm travel
  • Drivetrain: SRAM X-7 30 Speed trigger shifters, SRAM X-7 front derailleur, SRAM X-9 T2 R.B.C carbon rear derailleur, Sram X-7 2 x 10 bashguard crankeset, Sram PC1031 chain, Sram PG-1030 11-36t cassette
  • Components: Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc brake, Felt MTB All mountain 25mm riser bar, Felt MTB All mountain stem 3D-forged design, Crank Bros Kronolog 125mm adjustable height seatpost, Felt All mountain design low profile saddle w/hollow cromo rails
  • Wheelset: WTB Speed disc I23 32h aluminum 32h disc-brake rims, Felt 20mm Thru front hub, Felt 142 x 12 cassette 32h rear hub, w/ 6-bolt disc mount, stainless 14/15g spokes with alloy nipples, WTB Bronson folding tires
  • Finish: Matte Carbon
  • Sizes: 26″ x S, M, L, XL
  • $3,999
  • Available Mid October
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Felt Compulsion LT3

Aggressive enough to shred gnarly descents, agile enough to power up technical climbs, the Compulsion LT 3 is a game changer. With a strong, lightweight and perfectly balanced UHC Performance frame and 150 or 160mm of adjustable Equilink suspension travel, Compulsion LT 3 inspires confidence in all conditions. A 160mm RockShox Lyrik RC Solo Ari fork, powerful Avid hydraulic disc brakes, and SRAM drivetrain keep you going, no matter how rough the trail.
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Felt Nine FRD

Steamroll rocks, carve turns, and fly up climbs faster than you ever thought possible with the incredible ride quality of the Felt Nine FRD. Engineered with an all new premium-grade, this frameset is pure performance. It blends the speed and stability of larger 29-inch-wheels with the quick handling of a lightweight XC hardtail. The Nine FRD Frameset is the perfect platform for any custom build.
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Felt Nine 1

Steamroll rocks, carve turns, and fly up climbs faster than you ever thought possible with the incredible ride quality of the Felt Nine 1. Engineered with an all new premium-grade UHC Performance carbon fiber, the 2013 Nine 1 is pure performance. It blends the speed and stability of larger 29-inch-wheels with the quick handling of a lightweight XC hardtail. A 100mm Fox 32 Float fork, race-ready Shimano XT components—including a 2x10 crankset—and WTB Stryker TCS 29 wheels round out this dream setup. MSRP: $5169
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Felt Nine 3 29er

Stiff yet compliant, lightweight yet durable, this is the all new Felt Nine 3. The UHC Performance carbon fiber frame of the Nine 3 provides all the characteristics you dream of in a fast, race-ready hardtail. Factor in the smooth, surefooted ride of its 29-inch wheels plus a smart mix of durable SRAM components and a RockShox Recon Gold SL fork- you have a bike that makes riding singletrack more fun than ever before. MSRP: 2799
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Felt Edict Nine LTD

ou’re looking at the fastest XC race bike on the planet. Featuring the Felt FAST suspension platform—designed specifically for World Cup-level performance and speed—and 29 inch wheels, the 2013 Edict Nine LTD has changed the rules of XC racing. The frame, made from UHC Ultimate+Nano carbon fiber, is an engineering marvel that was years in the making. And the parts, including the Fox F32 Fork and Shimano XTR drivetrain, are all about getting to the finish line first. MSRP: $9299.00
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Felt Cruisers - Felt Deep Six

Felt Cruisers with the Felt Deep Six model in front. Instructions: Take a Felt Aluminum Tank Cruiser and add equal parts Sci Fi and Cafe Racer. Ride. With a black cherry finish and custom drillium frame plates, chainguard, and chainring, the Deep Six is a unique and all new offering for 2012. The Up on the Downside Handlebar and Lo-Pro custom saddle make for a perfect riding position. The oversized double star hub and wide aluminum rims wrapped with Antique White Thick Brick Tires track straight and true. MSRP : $779
About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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