If you haven’t ridden Felt’s latest Edict platform, you’re missing out. I rode the Edict Nine 3 extensively last season and left that feeling impressed with the platform overall. For 2014, Felt revised the rear triangle — giving it a 142×12 thru axle along with a post-mounted rear brake.
For 2015, the changes are essentially cosmetic and spec. And, the new Felt Edict FRD not only looks fast, but features an amazing parts spec that’s sure to please even the most discerning rider’s tastes.
As with all FRD framesets, the Edict FRD utilizes Felt’s highest grade carbon fiber, UCH Ultimate and is finished off with TeXtreme. The outermost TeXtreme layer makes the bike even stiffer, lighter and more durable. The perpendicular nature of the TeXtreme layers make for extra durability and look really cool to boot.
Much has been said about the RockShox RS-1 and this custom-painted one aboard the Edict FRD looks spectacular. To make things easy, Felt has chosen to spec the FRD with a set of SRAM Carbon Rise 60 wheels that include the Predictive Steering hub.
The only choice that may not sit well with every rider is the option to spec the Grip Shift with the XX1 drivetrain.
2015 Felt Edict FRD Features:
- UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon fiber
- InsideOut construction to eliminate excess material
- 100mm rear travel via Rockshox Monarch shock
- RockShox RS-1 fork with 120mm travel
- SRAM XX1 drivetrain
- Raceface carbon Next crank
- SRAM Carbon Rise 60 wheelset
- Weight: 22 lbs
- Price: $8999
The Bottom Line
The Edict may not enjoy the same popularity as some of the other XC race bikes, but I’m here to tell you that it should. With a beautiful and lightweight UHC Ultimate frameset that’s topped off with TeXtreme, well-heeled buyers should seek out the Edict FRD for a test ride.