The 2013 Edict Nine 50 is built around an all new double butted full-suspension aluminum frame. A RockShox Recon Gold 100mm fork and Felt’s 100mm rear travel smooth out trail harshness. Shimano Deore 10-speed shifting insures that you are always in the right gear, and the 29in WTB/Shimano wheels roll over obstacles with ease. The Edict Nine 50 is one great XC bike.
Strengths: Handling, Brakes, Tires, rides like its lighter than it is. The suspension has taken what I have sent its way so far without complaints, great all around for me (newer rider).
Weaknesses: No rear lockout, brake levers don't seem to feel right no matter how I adjust them (might need to bleed the brakes after some miles)
This is all coming from a relatively new rider (started 1.5 years ago), I started with a cheapo Mongoose FS walmart bike. I rode that for a few months and quickly realized its limitations then went to my LBS and picked up a 2010 Hardrock Disc and thought I was in Heaven. I loved that bike until riding the Felts at a Demo day. I have been improving my HR for the 14 months I rode it, tires, pedals, bars, stem, fork and I thought it was greater than ever. I picked this Edict 50 up from the LBS and the difference was literally like the mongoose to my HR setup the way I liked today. I was immediately faster and more confident on this bike. Now to be honest this was a purchase to get me over until I can get a really good carbon FS bike in a few years but I am happier with my purchase every time I ride the bike. I actually don't dream about my future bike every ride like I did with the HR, actually I am seriously thinking about delaying the purchase longer now. If this bike will hold up better than the HR than I am set for years.