Felt Nine 3 29er Hardtail

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $2799.00


Product Description

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.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by InWyo a Cross Country Rider

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.


Bottom Line:   
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).

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Favorite Trail:   Locally I like Johnny Behind the Rocks near Lander Wyoming

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   The Bike Mill in Lan

Similar Products Used:   Giant XTC Composite
Giant Trance
Specialized Epic
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)

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