Are you ready for some bike porn? We’ve received many dream bikes in our test garage but this latest one from Felt is a showstopper. It is a Felt Nine FRD 29er hardtail frame built up with the finest components available, mostly from Enve and Shimano XTR. The result is an ultimate racing rig that weighs in at 19.8 lbs with pedals.
Video: The Angry Singlespeeder rode this bike in a full-on all mountain trail with some pro riders. Nobody got hurt.
We will let the photos speak for themselves but it looks like a stealth bike with understated opulence. There’s no loud colors but the bike will draw you in for a closer look at every opportunity. This setup is sold as frame-only in the FRD model and it retails for $2899. But the beauty of this system is there’s a lot of trickle-down options as there are several options on the Felt Nine series. The Nine series ranges from the aluminum frame Nine 60 at $1029 to the carbon Nine 1 at $5169. Check HERE for the full range of Felt Nine hardtail bikes.
The FRD Frame
Let’s talk a little bit about the frame as it is quite an achievement. Using an advanced material called TeXtreme, Felt was able to achieve a weight of 900 grams which is a hair under 2 lbs. And this comes with no compromise on stiffness or durability. During our test, we hammered on climbs and this bike accelerated up like no other. On sprints, power transfer was immediate as the massive bottom bracket minimized any power lost to frame flex. We also threw it down some drops and took a few rock hits on the down tube. The bike was not bothered at all.
Video: Eddie MacDonald talks about the Felt Nine FRD frame