Felt Edict 3 review

Fast and flowing 29er ready to tackle its XC competition

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £2,600.00 RRP | USD $3,199.00

Our review

Felt’s easy riding Edict is laugh out loud fast on the tightest technical trails or map crossing marathon missions
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Felt might not be the first name you think of for fast mountain bikes but the electrifyingly quick, yet effortlessly enjoyable Edict could well change all that.

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  • Highs: Light yet stiff frame with speed boosting suspension and cost effective spec
  • Lows: Limited mud clearance, twitchy high speed handling
  • Buy if: You want a rare-breed speed machine that’ll make the competition extinct with insouciant ease

Ride and handling: an effortless speed merchant

Using engineered flex in the rear stays to save weight compared to a ‘proper’ rear pivot is a common race bike concept, but results can be mixed to say the least. Felt’s combination of main pivot point, rocker linkage and custom tuned RockShox shock really works well though.

There’s none of the usual stiction or random rebound issues, just a broad working pressure band between staccato smoothing plush and a firmer, more power friendly feel. Wherever it’s set the shock action doesn’t obviously interrupt power transmission and if you’re determined to stomp, just flick the lockout lever across and go for broke. That’s unlikely to happen much though, because the way the suspension flows and follows the ground seems to actually drive the bike forward faster if you relax and let it cruise rather than forcing the pace.

This all meant that as we hit the rough it was only a matter of time before the Felt strolled into the distance with insolent ease. The soothing buoyancy could easily be amplified by adding rim strip, valve and sealant to exploit the trail width tubeless ready rims too.

Frame and equipment: impressively stiff and honed for agile accuracy

Don’t prejudge the Edict’s retro racer throwback geometry. The 71.5-degree head angle certainly creates a busy steering feel that needs a lot of looking after on fast or rocky/rooty descents. It’s a real advantage when it comes to whipping the 29er front wheel in and out of tight turns or weaving through technical trouble, particularly uphill. Combined with the 720mm bars and 80mm stem it’s excellent for grabbing the regular sudden traction slips from the hard compound semi-slicks too.

Unlike most low slung, lightweight race frames the UHC carbon frame is impressively stiff where it needs to be. There’s tons of feedback and accuracy in the front end to keep it tracking right even at higher speeds where the steep steering starts to get twitchy. The seat angle and flat bars put plenty of weight forward for an aggressively keen feel too and the Felt absolutely loved weaving through flat-out tree-swerving singletrack.

The big bottom bracket block and 142x12mm rear thru-axle mean it never struggles to inject speed either, and on smooth trails a flick of the compression lock lever and remote fork lockout let it trade summit hunting or final sprint punches with hardtails.

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By investing in the frame, wheels and suspension that matter and trusting in the remarkably cost effective performance of Shimano Deore stop-go gear the Edict 3 is excellent value too.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Edict 3 (15)
Brand Felt

Available Sizes S M L XL
Saddle WTB Silverado cro mo
Wheelbase (in) 43.43
Top Tube (in) 23.74
Standover Height (in) 27.76
Seat Tube (in) 17.99
Chainstays (in) 17.72
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 12.4
Weight (lb) 27.42
Year 2015
Wheelset WTB SpeedDisc i23 29in rim, alloy disc hub (F&R), 15mm axle (F) 142x12mm axle (R)
Weight (kg) 12.41
Stem Felt MTB, 80mm
Shifters Shimano Deore
Seatpost Felt Butted
Seat Angle 73
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29x2.25in
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech II
Rear Shock RockShox Monarch RT, 100mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow +
Headset Type FSA No. 42
Head Angle 71.5
Handlebar Felt MTB Flat, 720mm
Grips/Tape Felt Wing Lock
Front Tyre Schwalbe Racing Ralph Performance, 29x2.25in
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Frame Material Felt UHC Performance Carbon
Fork RockShox Reba RL, 100mm
Cranks Shimano Deore, 38-24T
Chain Shimano HG50
Cassette Shimano HG50, 11-36T
Brakes Shimano Deore, 160/160mm rotors
Frame size tested M