Stiff yet compliant, lightweight yet durable, this is the all new Felt Nine 3. The UHC Performance carbon fiber frame of the Nine 3 provides all the characteristics you dream of in a fast, race-ready hardtail. Factor in the smooth, surefooted ride of its 29-inch wheels plus a smart mix of durable SRAM components and a RockShox Recon Gold SL fork- you have a bike that makes riding singletrack more fun than ever before.
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.
I bought this as a foundation. I swapped out the drive train for XX1, the fork for a Reba RL, and the Wheels for a set of Black Flag Pro SLs set up tubeless with conti race kings at the moment, and I went from the high 27 pound neighborhood to the mid 22 pound neighborhood (with improved performance no less). For similar set ups from different manufactures (Giant, Niner, Specialized), I have friends that spend nearly twice as much as I did, and they all like my rig more (and this rig can still loose a lot of weight over the next couple years by swapping out the bars and post for carbon bits and upgrading the breaks). This is an aggressive X-C rig. The top tube is a bit longer than it's competitors, and the bottom bracket is a bit lower. I do occasionally get some peddle stroke strikes, but the lower BB is an overall a plus. It just feels so stable. I get all the positive climbing characteristics I could want, but the descents have become much less scary (and a whole lot faster).
I haven't seen much about these bikes and was wondering if anybody had any info on them. My local shop has one priced a $3200 and the detail of the bike is awesome.
I am looking for a better cross country bike. My current bike is an 11 Fuel EX9. I want something that will climb well and ride we ... Read More »
I'll be back in LA for a wedding just after the new year. I'm wondering which dealer might have the 2013 Felt Nine 3 and/or the Edict nine 3. Don't know when my LBS might get either of them. Leaning heavily to the hardtail, but need to compare. Just to sit on it and see if I'm interested.
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[FONT="Arial Black"]THE FINAL ROUND OF THE SOLO CUP SERIES with championships up for grabs in all solo categories! This event is a benefit for the Shasta County Search & Rescue Team
Maps, info, online entry, etc. are here: [url]http://www.teambigfoot.net/24HrWT09.htm[/url]
SOLO CUP SERIES
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THE FINAL ROUND OF THE SOLO CUP SERIES with championships up for grabs in all solo categories!
[B]SOLO CUP SERIES[/B]
May 23, 12 Hours of Weaverville, Weaverville CA
June 14, 12 Hours of Rim Nordic, Running Springs, CA
July 4, 8 Hours of Independence, Philomath Oregon
Aug. 1, Kirkwood Nine to ... Read More »