Felt Nine 1 29er Hardtail
|MSRP : $5169.00|
Product DescriptionSteamroll rocks, carve turns, and fly up climbs faster than you ever thought possible with the incredible ride quality of the Felt Nine 1. Engineered with an all new premium-grade UHC Performance carbon fiber, the 2013 Nine 1 is pure performance. It blends the speed and stability of larger 29-inch-wheels with the quick handling of a lightweight XC hardtail. A 100mm Fox 32 Float fork, race-ready Shimano XT components—including a 2x10 crankset—and WTB Stryker TCS 29 wheels round out this dream setup.
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Date Reviewed: June 19, 2014
Strengths: Out of the box, the Nine 60 is an easy bike to absorb a multitude of terrain on. With the 100mm of travel front shock, 42/32/22 chainwheel, and 60TPI WTB Nano Race tire, even the most novice of riders like me can be an off-road hero. I purchased this bike as an upgrade from my 12 year old GT. What a massive difference 12 years in technology can make. The Felt handles extremely well on all surfaces and made the transition to a 29er very easy. Being 6’5” and about 238lbs. on this bike I can still hang with lighter riders on much more expensive and lighter bikes and I am on. I have punished this bike like a teenager driving a Porsche and all the Felt asks is “huh…is that all you got?” So far so good – nothing damaged except a small paint chip on the chain stay. Even with that, Felt was kind enough to provide touch up paint so I can repair the bike after it gets flogged in the woods. For a beginner, you could not ask for much more for a bike in this price range.
Weaknesses: Some of the component messiahs will scoff at the Felt’s lower-line elements. The Suntour XCR crankset and no-name brand bottom bracket is about as basic as you can get for a decent level of thrashing. There is an XC30 RockShox 100mm travel shock, but it’s not the uber expensive air version. The derailleur is a decent Shimano Deore Shadow 9-speed that so far has yet to miss a beat but is a bit more sloppy that others I have used. The bike is not light. I have not weighed it but just from a seat of the pants feel, it’s significant. I don’t see this as a fault, others will.
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2014
Strengths: Merely a smiling visitor here to share the adore , btw outstanding style. Audacity, more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. bfeakebefgeddagb
Weaknesses: Merely a smiling visitor here to share the adore , btw outstanding style. Audacity, more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. bfeakebefgeddagb
Duration Product Used: Merely a smiling visitor here to share the adore , btw outstanding style. Audacity, more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. bfeakebefgeddagb
Similar Products Used: Merely a smiling visitor here to share the adore , btw outstanding style. Audacity, more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. bfeakebefgeddagb
Bike Setup: Merely a smiling visitor here to share the adore , btw outstanding style. Audacity, more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. bfeakebefgeddagb
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2014
Strengths: Solid Foundation. With a few choice up-grades, this turns into a rocket.
The handling is intuitive and balanced. It climbs like a goat without having to contort your body or shift your weight too much, and the bike instills confidence while descending. There's just enough flex in the stays to take the edge off the rough stuff and the front end is obscenely over-sized and stiff which instills confidence in the twisty stuff. Also, Threaded BB! No squeaks whatsoever!
Get if: You are a fitness/competitive oriented mountain biker that are looking for a value package that is race-worthy from day one. (again, a few choice up-grades and you quickly are in pro-territory)
Avoid If: You are a thrill seeking type mountain biker that shuttles up the hill, and don't need the pedals all day.
Weaknesses: As sold, the wheels are durable and serviceable, but quite heavy.
The recon fork gets the job done, but is quite heavy.
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: The Bike Mill in Lan
Similar Products Used: Giant XTC Composite
Niner Air Nine
Bike Setup: Reba Solo Air RL
Sun Ringle Black Flag Pro SL
XX1 Drive Train (I happened to win this)
Conti Race King Protections (As tubeless)
Date Reviewed: November 12, 2013
Strengths: Great geometry, comfortable, "shark skin finish"
Weaknesses: little heavy, takes work to flick around turns and the fork is not optimal
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2013
Strengths: Great spec for a really good price. Geometry is spot on! Super small bump compliance.
Weaknesses: The use felt's proprietary bars, stem, seatpost. Not that this is a bad thing but they don't use name brands. Not a huge deal.
Overall it is an awesome bike with great spec. Very fast and the geometry is very comfortable and compliant while still being very very fast. This is an awesome bike that they sold out of last year. I know this company is mostly known for their road bikes, but this is and INCREDIBLE mountain bike!
Date Reviewed: July 17, 2013
Strengths: Nimble bike. Responsive. Confidence inspiring for newer riders. Strong brakes. Decent derailleurs and shifters which aren't junk for the price point.
Weaknesses: derailleurs not great but better than entry level. a little heavy for younger riders.
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2013
Strengths: handles great, picks up speed fast
Weaknesses: chain kept skipping ,tossed it and upgraded, tires arent the best for climbing but are good stock tires and it is a bit heavy but with upgrades you might be able to shed a pound , but hey its a better work out ! lol.
Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013
Strengths: Quick and entertaining handling, stiff frame, good looks, well rounded package, neat detailing.
Weaknesses: Very minor points - XC28 fork is slightly flexy, lack of seat post quick-release.
For me this was an upgrade from the Nine Trail and the Rock Shox XC28 fork makes a big positive difference compared to the Suntour XCM/XCT etc. It basically turns the bike into a proper mtb. The Tektro hydraulic brakes are very good too.
Cant's say much more than that this is a worthy winner of the previously mentioned group test, the bike as a whole works well and should be a good base for upgrades.
Similar Products Used: Nine Trail
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2012
Strengths: handling is very well, comfortable, fun to ride!
Weaknesses: it is a bit heavy, forks are not that great but they do the job
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2012
Strengths: Weighs 22ish lbs (without pedals). It amazes me everytime I ride just how fast this thing rolls. Besides that it is super comfortable, I honestly enjoy riding much more now (I upgraded from a GT Avalanche that I beat up for 8ish years). Also the XO components are fantastic! My first 29er, this climbs like a machine.
Weaknesses: I have had to re-learn how to ride because I am going so much faster!
I'm not sure if I had to adjust to the 29er or adjust to the fact that that this is a completely different bike, but I definately earned some good wounds from some good quality crashs.
Price Paid: $2800.00
Purchased At: Roll Models, Allen P
Bike Setup: Pretty much stock. I had to take approx. 25mm off the width of the handlebars.
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2012
Strengths: - Saddle is more comfortable to me than WTB Rocket V or Body Geometry Henge Comp (stock on Stumpjumper FSR Comp).
- Great geometry for climbing.
- Drive-train is decent. Once you get used to how hard to hit the front derailleur it's better.
Weaknesses: - Tires: Geax AKA; They roll fast, but they don't grip that well or last very long.
- Brakes get squeaky fast.
Date Reviewed: August 2, 2012
Strengths: Once this thing is rolling get out of the way. Rides super smooth and quiet, the vulpine tires are so fast, but im not sure a few wipeouts I had were not due to those things being slippery. The Devox bars are very sweet looking and the Mavic rims that came with mine are solid. I love this bike.
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2012
Strengths: *Great climbing prowess. I've gone up 18% grades without issues.
*Decent components for the price.
*Beautiful color on the frame. Get a lot of compliments on the trails.
*Won BikeRadar's best 29er under $1000 shootout.
Weaknesses: *The front derrailleur is the weak link in this setup.
*Entry-level XC28 fork
My favorite thing about it is the Tektro brakes, they are simply amazing and have good modulation. The grips will definitely be upgraded because they beat up my hands after a while (no gloves). For the type of riding I do (mostly single/double track and rock gardens). it is a great bike.
I plan on upgrading to 2x10 XT over the summer, but that's mostly because I prefer a double setup and don't use my biggest ring often. I'll post a follow-up review when that happens. All in all, I feel purchasing a Felt Nine Sport for my first 29er was the correct choice for me.
The Nine Sport is a great contender in the world of entry-level 29ers.
Keep the rubber side down,
Price Paid: $900.00
Purchased At: Bicycle Warehouse
Similar Products Used: Giant Anthem 29er.
Bike Setup: Stock
Date Reviewed: March 2, 2012
Strengths: This is a really great all around trail/ recreational use bike! It doesn't race well because of its weight,it tends to get left behind during xc racing and it is kinda held back because you can't really carve and rip with others. As far as a recreational all rounder the bike is amazing! The Carbon Frame is really stiff, and the ride is very top notch. The spec is pretty good although at 3000 (current retail) I think this bike and the frame really deserve a better drivetrain, like an XT setup. However, having said that the drivetrain and brakes work really well and it'll take a beating and keep right on going without having to think about it. Brakes are really strong and the SLX brakes grab hard and are very consistant. This bike really excels on the down hills and flat sections that are really technical.
Weaknesses: The spec while great is really on the heavy side. The wheels (WTB all mountains) are very heavy (2100 grams for the Wheel set!!!) SLX brakes and drivetrain work great but are very heavy. However this bike is very upgradeable and I've upgraded many parts of the bike with great results. The Handlebar, seat post, saddle again suffer from the same issues.
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $2100.00
Purchased At: Top Gear
Similar Products Used: Focus Black Forrest 29er HT - Junk, this bike was ALWAYS in the shop.
Bike Setup: Drivetrain, Race Face 36/26 double, XT Front Derailer, XT rear cassette, XTR Shadow Plus rear Derailer, XT pedals
Brakes, still stock for the moment
Wheels, Stan's Notubes Crest and ZTR Hubs
Tires, Rocket Rons, tubeless
Seatpost, Thompson Elite
Saddle, Specialized Phenom Comp gel
Handle Bar, Race Face Carbon
Fork, RockShox Reba 120mm with remote hydraulic lockout
Chris King Headset
Salsa race lightweight bash guard.
Date Reviewed: January 20, 2012
Strengths: Good gear ratio, entry level shocks do the job
Weaknesses: The tires are awful
I gave 4 and 3 scores due to the tire grip and need for upgrades
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Price Paid: $800.00
Purchased At: EMS
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