Felt 2014 mountain bikes - first look

Virtue Nine trail bikes plus Edict Nine FRD

While Felt might be better known for its high-performance road and triathlon bikes, it also has an extensive line of short  to mid travel mountain bikes. For 2014, the California-based company is expanding its MTB range by introducing the Virtue Nine series and creating a pure-bred racer in the Edict Nine FRD.

Virtue Nine long travel 29er

Felt’s Virtue platform has been reborn around 29in wheels. The new Virtue Nine series of 29er trail bikes sport 130mm of rear suspension travel via Felt’s Equilink suspension system. Up front, the bikes have 140mm travel forks (save for the entry level Virtue Nine 60, which comes with a 130mm Suntour fork).

The Virtue Nine is on the steeper end of the 29er trail bike spectrum. Shared measurements across the four-bike size range include 69-degree head tube angles, 74.5-degree seat tube angles and 450mm (17.7in) chainstays.

The Virtue Nine 1 has a full carbon frame, SRAM X01 drivetrain, Avid X0 Trail brakes with 180mm rotors, Easton Haven wheels, a RockShox Revelation RLT Solo fork, Monarch RT3 shock, and Stealth Reverb seatpost

There will be two carbon and three aluminum bikes in the Virtue Nine lineup. The two carbon models feature internal routing through ports on either side of the head tube. All Virtue Nine bikes have 142x12 thru axles, tapered head tubes, post-mount disc brake tabs and high direct-mount front derailleurs.

Virtue Nine pricing (UK pricing TBA)

  • Virtue Nine 1, US$6,199
  • Virtue Nine 3, US$4,149
  • Virtue Nine 20, US$3,799
  • Virtue Nine 50, US$2,799
  • Virtue Nine 60, US$2,199

A carbon frame with a RockShox Monarch RT3 shock will also be available for US$3,499.

Edict Nine available in FRD version

Felt offers several of its high performance road and mountain models in no-expense-sparred, race-ready versions. Bikes with the FRD (Felt Racing Development) designation feature the company’s premium carbon construction and top-shelf components. The 100mm travel Edict Nine is the latest bike to get an FRD makeover.

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The Edict Nine FRD is equipped with a SRAM XX1 drivetrain, SRAM XX disc brakes, Easton EC90 carbon wheels, a RockShox SID XX World Cup Solo Air fork, and Monarch XX shock with RockShoxs new Full Sprint remote

There are three carbon and two aluminum bikes in the 2014 Edict Nine line. Geometry is unchanged from the 2013 Edict Nine; the head tube angle is still a very steep 71.5 degrees, the seat tube angle is 73 degrees, and the chainstay length is 450mm (17.7in).

Edict Nine pricing (UK pricing TBA)

  • Edict Nine FRD, US$8,999
  • Edict Nine 1, US$5,499
  • Edict Nine 3, US$3,599
  • Edict Nine 50, US$2,799
  • Edict Nine 60, US$2,099

As with the Virtue Nine, Felt will offer the Edict Nine FRD as a frame with rear shock for US$3,999.

See our image gallery, above right, for more pictures of the Virtue Nine and Edict Nine FRD, as well as the Burner 29 and Rail 29. And for more information visit www.feltbicycles.com.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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