In a new weekly feature, we’re going to take a look at money-no-object mountain bikes that would make all your friends very jealous if you turned up to the local ride on it. And we start this week with the new Felt Decree.
What the Felt Decree is is a carbon fibre full-suspension mountain bike packing 140mm rear/150mm front travel and weighing just 24lb (11kg) in the most bling of builds. You really don’t want to be asking how much that bike costs though, but if you really must know, it’s a whopping, eye-watering, $10,000. Ay caramba!
Of course it’s got 27.5in wheels because that is the way the mountain bike industry is going this days. The frame is all carbon fibre and the rear suspension has a pivotless rear stay design with flex coming from the carbon chainstays and seatsays, along with a short rocker linkage driving the rear shock.
There’s an element of geometry adjustment. Flip Chips in the seatstay pivot can be swapped to slacken the head angle out to 66.5 degrees, or steepen it up to 67.5. That’s useful if you want to tune the bike to your style of riding or your trails, which might favour a slacker or steeper setup.
If the $10,000 top-end Decree FRD build is making your brain hurt, there are cheaper models available, with the range start at $3,499 for the Decree 30.
In Felt’s own words:
As with all Felt FRD bikes, the Decree FRD is the pinnacle of our trail racing bikes. Felt engineers developed the best carbon layup possible for trail riding using UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme, delivering a light, stiff and incredibly durable frame. Felt’s FAST suspension technology with a 140mm rear shock provides incredibly efficient suspension, made even better by the Rock Shox Pike RCT3 fork. Seamless and fast SRAM XX1 drivetrain works flawlessly with the Easton Haven 27.5 carbon rims. For the paramount trail bike, there’s only one option: Decree FRD.