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60-second Tech: Felt Edict

2011 Interbike Outdoor Demo
Felt's Edict, one year after its introduction, already has a good race pedigree. At $5,500 you get a lot of bike for the money in this great all-around carbon, 100-mm travel, 26" bike. Photo: Nick Legan © VeloNews

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (ST) — Felt launched the Edict last year at Interbike and since then the bike has racked up some good results, including a U-23 world championship thanks to Switzerland’s Thomas Litscher. The carbon fiber, 26er, 100mm dualie is a nice bike, there’s no doubt. After a few laps of the Outdoor Demo’s flowing, fast trails I was dually impressed by the confidence the Edict inspired.

For 2012 Felt is offering two versions of the frame: the same Ultimate UHC+ Nano frame that the company unveiled last year and a more affordable Advanced UHC model. While the 4.4-pound (size large frame with shock) Ultimate has titanium hardware and more expensive carbon and resins, the new Advanced uses stainless steel hardware and slightly heavier materials which results in a 5-pound frame with shock weight.

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Both models share molds, geometry and assembly process. Details like a down tube protector allow the use of lighter carbon tubes (though that logic seems a bit thin … pun intended. A heavier tube may well be more impact resistant without the use of a protector). The rear derailleur cable is routed on top of the chainstay to keep cables out of the elements and a protector looks out for the cable housing and chainstay. Lastly a bottom bracket drain keeps everything dried out.

The FAST rear suspension design works well without the use of a four-bar linkage. Instead Felt engineers utilize flex in the rear stays to help the suspension return quickly to optimal ride height after movement. This reduces weight and keeps the drivetrain feeling efficient.

One other tweak for 2012 is the location of the main pivot. It is now optimized for 2×10 drivetrains. The placement, just in line with the top of the small chainring, helps minimize pedal-induced suspension bob. Raising the pivot to match the industry’s move towards 26 and 28 tooth small rings seems to have worked well. The bike felt nice and active over the rough stuff without bobbing at all under hard pedaling.

Felt offers the bike in four sizes, S, M, L and XL. The Shimano XT-equipped medium that I rode behaved exceptionally well over Bootleg Canyon’s loose, rocky terrain. The rear suspension felt spot on and I never felt the need for a rear lockout (or a front one for that matter). Even the Continental tires seemed perfect for the trail conditions outside Boulder City. The Felt-branded cockpit worked well, with a nice bend in the riser bar and nice bolt-on grips. Even the saddle was surprisingly comfortable for the hour I played on the bike.

The Edict is no featherweight at 24 pounds, but with a price tag of only $5,500 for a full XT bike, including wheels, I’d say it’s a fantastic value. With some tuning and tweaking a racer could bring the weight down, but the average rider simply needs to keep the bike in good rubber and cables to thoroughly enjoy the Felt Edict.

Verdict: if you’re looking for a bike capable of tearing up a cross-country course on the weekends but ready for longer adventures during the week, the Edict is definitely worth a look. $5,500 is a great value for a carbon mountain bike with full Shimano XT components.

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