Mtbr and RoadBikeReview are covering the Felt 2013 Bike Line-up Announcement today in Irvine. The first bikes we got to take a look at were the Felt Edict Nine Series full suspension 29ers. Felt has developed an interesting rear suspension design that has helped create a very effective XC racing machine. Even if you aren’t a racer yourself, you should take a closer look at the technology behind both the rear suspension and the frames themselves (available in carbon and alloy versions).
The goal was simple: Create the fastest full-suspension XC bike in the world. It took several years, much experimenting and many different prototypes to achieve this goal, but the Edict Nine has arrived for 2013.
Designed to burn up World Cup courses and tame the most rugged, grueling marathon XC courses, the all new Edict Nine Series brings a new level of refined Felt performance to the gritty, unpredictable world of off-road riding and racing. Incorporating Felt Active Stay Technology (“FAST”) suspension and the efficiency and stability of 29” wheels, the Edict Nine is the next generation of XC racing.
To meet the lofty standards established for the Edict Nine, Felt adapted the proprietary FAST suspension system to the geometry of a 29” frame. FAST offers 100 millimeters (4”) of smooth, predictable travel and delivers unequaled suspension performance in a lightweight, race-ready package. Of course, adapting FAST to different geometry is a task in itself. Engineers carefully tweaked geometry and tube shapes to insure an ideal union between the suspension performance and the frame.
The genius behind FAST is its simplicity. By creating a frame and suspension system that work in unison to achieve specific goals—namely, unparalleled XC speed, control and efficiency—Felt engineers were able to pinpoint their efforts. FAST makes the most of the Felt’s considerable experience working with cutting-edge materials and construction techniques, and utilizes the design of the frame to optimize the bike’s overall suspension performance.
The Edict Nine’s seatstay and chainstay work together, offering just enough flex to optimize rear suspension activity. The whole rear end is custom shaped and engineered to provide both a stable pedaling platform and a smooth trail feel. It helps keep your tires on the ground when climbing or pedaling through smaller stutter bumps—situations where suspension affects traction—and adds just enough compliance to reduce fatigue.
The Edict Nine will be available in 5 offerings, ranging from the full carbon fiber Edict Nine LT to the alloy Edict Nine 60. All Edict models are light and quickhandling with a stable, neutral feel that inspires confidence on steep, technical climbs, screaming descents and whatever else the trail throws your way.
2013 Felt Edict Nine Series Pricing
Edict Nine LTD: $9,299
Edict Nine 1: $6,199
Edict Nine 3: $3,629
Edict Nine 50: $2,899
Edict Nine 60: $2,069
Edict Nine LTD Frame: $3,099