Bought an Edict Nine 50 today.
I haven't seen much posted about these so I thought I would put something in the Felt thread.
A few months ago Felt and my LBS (Elite Bicycles) here in Tyler, TX had a demo day. I was excited as I had just started riding about a year before and hadn't rode what I would consider a "real" bike. My wife and I rode the Edict Nine 1 that they were demoing and fell in love. I am a little over 6'4 215lbs and have been riding a 23" Spec Hardrock 29er and thought I loved the bike.. until that day. I decided to try the 20" and 22" frames and was amazed to find that the 20" just blew the 22" away once I got into the woods. If I was out on the road I preferred the extra cockpit space of the bigger bike but in the woods it was drastically slower, I expected to feel little a circus bear but it never happened. I was floored by the brakes, suspension, handling etc etc, it was just so far above and beyond what I had ever experienced. After the Demo day I have been eyeballing the 20" Edict Nine 50 that Elite had on the floor, rode it a few times and knew I liked it but just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. I have been going to the shop a lot lately to fix things on the Hardrock that I bent/broke/wore out and the Felt was calling me every time.
Well today I pulled the trigger and had them take it straight back and make it tubeless and set it up for me. I didn't even take it home, I went straight to the trail I demo'd the others on and gave it a go. I was afraid I would feel the extra +/-5lbs of the Edict 50 over the Edict 1 but it never happened, it just felt right, you know that feeling you get in your favorite chair or driving your favorite car that was it. Even though the Hardrock and Edict 50 are close to the same weight it was amazing the difference, I never felt the weight one bit, after the ride if I didn't know different I would have told you the Edict was 5lbs lighter. I honestly used my brakes 50% less as it cornered on rails and never left me thinking I was going in to hot, climbs that I would have been a little winded on were easier than I have ever had them and the suspension was amazing. I was so used to standing all the time for rocks/roots that it amazed me how much easier it was to ride sitting most of the time. The trails lately have been covered with gumballs from the tree's/storms and it was like a looney tunes cartoon on my Hardrock, it would skip and slide everywhere. The Edict plowed over them like they weren't there, I know this might seem petty but it was such a drastic difference it amazed me.
Well thats my story, a beginner tale I know but I am sure everyone was there at some point and can relate. Thanks Felt and a Huge Thanks to Elite for getting me in this bike. It now parks right beside my Felt Z6 road bike and looks at home :).