We could summarize our flagship model with just seven simple yet powerful words: Scandium. Carbon. XTR. Sid. CrossMax. Lockout. Tubeless. The RXC Team just may be the lightest, fastest, most comfortable, energy-efficient, and technologically advanced cross-country production bike the world has ever seen. Weighing in at just 20.1 lbs (17.5”), utilizing Felt proprietary Easton Scandium tubing & Carbon Fiber seatstays, the RXC Team is assembled with some of the finest components known to mankind.
Bike Setup: have changed derailers to sram xgen front sram x9 rear brakes to avid v-brake single seven stock front fork, spinergy spox carbon spindle wheels
from Ventura, CA
Date Reviewed: December 4, 2006
Strengths: A light, well balanced, nimble hardtail. Great race geometry. Fantastic balance. Fully loaded w/ components (Full XTR, X-Max, etc). Sweet matte black finish. Carbon rear stay to take some edge off. Scandium....sounds exotic.
Weaknesses: BB routed cables on an MTB? C'mon! Paint chips easily. Almost no mud clearance at rear tire to brake arch. Felt no longer makes this exact frame. Felt is a little slow.
Instructions: Remove from box, adjust saddle, race it hard!
This bike is faster than you are. Be worthy! A fully loaded HT racer with a carbon rear to take the bite out of the rock gardens, but still apply power to ground.
Great balance. Good climber with quick steering. Stable enough to rip downhill, flicks nicely into shape when you get outta line. Feels good when airborn. Only real gripes are the BB routed cables, the lack of clearance between rear tire & brake arch. Felt is a little slow on warranty, and supplying Der. Hangers. Get spares before you need them.
Similar Products Used: C-Dale F4000 Team Issue, Diamond Back Apex, Performance Access.
Bike Setup: Pretty much stock from the website except: Stem is Ritchey WCS. Saddle is S.I. SLR Ti. Cheapest Eggs, and UST Hutchy Pythons. Weight 20lbs.
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2005
Strengths: Very well balanced. Geometry is great for racing, very responsive. Comfortable for a XC race rig. Very light. Outstanding acceleration and climbing.
Weaknesses: 'Felt' components aren't the greatest. The handlebar grips were terrible. Stem also had a problem with loosening up.
Felt initially impressed me with how light their components were. But after riding the bike stock for a while, not all of the components performed well. That and I felt that Easton had some products that offered greater benenfits than the stock 'Felt' components. So, all of the Easton components on the bike either replaced problem components (the stem) or were upgrades over the 'Felt' components (bars/post). Ironically after the upgrades, the bike is now more Easton than Felt(Easton Scandium tubing for the frame, Easton tubing in the SID, Easton components(post, bars, stem))
On a more positive note. The rest of the components on the bike are top notch. Full XTR down to the chain(you will have to purchase pedals, so you could make it XTR down to the pedals if you so desire). CrossMAX SL Ceramic wheels complete with UST Continental Twisters. Rock Shox Sid Team with remote Poploc (adjustable). And while I had issues with Felt's components, their saddle has been treating me very well and it's also very light.
Bottom Line: Felt engineered and built a great frame with tubing from Easton. Felt then paired that amazing frame (2.86 lbs.) with an almost incredible set of components.
Value rating: 4 red things due to the not quite top notch Felt components.
Overall rating: 5 red things since this is an amazing ride if you don't mind tweaking it a bit more to your liking.
Similar Products Used: Airborne Black Widow (Ti hardtail).
Bike Setup: 19.5in RXC Team. SID Team with upgraded BlackBox carbon steerer/crown. CrossMAX SL Ceramic Rims. Full XTR, down to the chain and cables. Eggbeater Twin Ti's. Easton CNT Carbon bars and seatpost. Easton EA70 stem. ODI Yeti lock on grips. Planet Bike carbon bottle cages. Felt Superlight racing saddle (the only 'Felt' part worthy of keeping besides the frame. Assortment of Continental Tubeless tires.
a Cross Country Rider
from Lexington, SC, USA
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2005
Strengths: Awsome acceleration, quick handling, and light! Climbs like a mountain goat. Rock Shock SID Team fork has performed great.
Weaknesses: Paint is chipping after several hard rides due to chain slap.
This bike can be described in only one word - AWWWWSOME! If I ever become worthy of this bike, I'll probably hurt myself. It wants to go and I mean fast. I have never ridden a bike with the kind of handling, quick acceleration and climbing the RXC Team provides. It is a bit pricey but I'm very satisfied. I can't wait to race this thing. Who knows I may podium on this one. If you're into racing and looking for something fast, this is your bike. If you're looking for comfort and freeriding, this is not the bike for you. There was some adjustment for me to move from a full suspension to the hard tail but I was surprised how much peddling efficiency I gained on this bike. Kudos to Felt on the design of this bike.
Similar Products Used: Changed from Stumpjumper FSR Expert. I have never had a hardtail of this caliber.
Bike Setup: XTR all over, Rock Shock SID Team fork, Speedplay Frog TI peddles, Conti Twister Pro Tubeless tires, Mavic CrossMax SL wheels.
a Cross Country Rider
from Omaha, NE, USA
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2005
Strengths: An outstanding climber, great in corners, certainly not as fast on downhills as a FS bike but still handles quite well. The semi matte black finish is eye candy.
Weaknesses: Extremely tight tire clearance, especially at the top of the rear brake bridge. You really need to run low profile 2.1 tires or less or you will be collecting mud, grass, at the top of rear triangle by the brake bridge. Wish Felt made a 29er frame. Frame only fits V-brakes. Noise is amplified through the carbon seat stays and the scandium frame.
The weaknesses are really no big deal if you are using the bike as a full time XC racer. The bike corners sooo much better than my other bikes, especially the Titus RX 100. The Felt is perfectly balanced and just loves to climb. It challenges you to stand and jam (every little bit of energy goes into forward motion). Most important of all is that the bike is just plain fun to ride and begs to be pushed faster. It is a very stable mount and my 19 1/2" Felt Team weighs in at 21 and 2/3rds pounds with pedals and heavy tires. Even though I have named several areas where improvements could be made the bottom line is that this bike is a top hard tail performer and has very nice handling. Consider this frame or bike if you like to race XC on relatively smooth single track that incorporate alot of climbing. If you like to stand and jam this is your bike. There is no flex while standing. Stay away from a Felt if you are more of an agressive freerider. This bike appears rather frail, but so far so good and I will post another review when I have a season on it.
Looking for a new hardtailbike, and got these two identical priceofferings?
Ride mostly dirtroads and singletracks (60/40)
Have had 2 Spec Stumjumper before but feels a little 'mainstream', Felt gets great reviews and feels more exotic (..at least here in Norway) :rolleyes:Read More »
I'm in love with the Felt RXC Team frame. Price I can get it for is $850. What type of build kit you think I should do if I want to keep this under $2000. Keeping in mind I can and will upgrade parts in the future. So in trying to keep it in the $1700 - $2000 range, would love it in the ... Read More »