I'm picking up my Felt Nine Elite today from Leawood Bikes in Kansas City.
I had a test ride on Saturday and it felt pretty good overall. It's my 1st 29er so I don't have much to compare it to, I'm just loving how the big wheels roooooll. I'll do a write up in reviews when I've put a few miles on it.
Overall it seems like a great bike for the money ($1350) and it looks awesome. I had them change the crankset/BB from the stock Truvativ Fire-X (cheeeap) to a Deore. I may end up switching that again after a few rides though. I'm also not sure about the Avid Juicy 3 brakes, I couldn't find any reviews on them, time will tell I guess. The bars felt a bit strange too so I'll probably try and eBay some better ones.
SIZES 15.5 17.5 19.5 21.5"
FRAME 29er specific MTB frame. Double butted 6061 tubes with Hydroformed Top Tube, Forged dropouts, Oversized Integrated Head Tube, Curved Seat Tube, Replacable Derailleur Hanger, Disc specific
REAR SHOCK N/A
FORK Reba SL Dual Air 29 80mm Travel, Air Spring, Motion Control Damping,External rebound, external compression and lock-out. Butted Aluminum Steerer
HEADSET Integrated 1-1/8" Aheadset--Cane Creek Type 45 Degree Sealed Cartridge Bearing, w/Custom Felt Spacer Kit
STEM One-Piece CNC Machined Cold-Forged Aluminum, 1-1/8" Threadless, 4-Bolt, 5 Degree,15.5=90mm; 17.5=100mm; 19.5=110mm; 21.5=120mm
HANDLEBAR Felt Butted Aluminum, 30mm Rise, 6 degree Bend, with Felt Laser Logos. Widths: 15.5-17.5=580mm; 19.5=600; 21.5=620
GRIPS: Felt Soft Kraton, 130mm Length, 30mm OD
BAR END CAPS N/A
SHIFTERS Shimano Deore SL-M511 Rapidfire, 27 Speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore LX FD-M580 Top Swing Top Pull
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore XT RD-M761 Top-Normal Version
CRANKSET Truvativ Firex 3.2, 2-Piece Crank Giga-X-Pipe External Bearing Design, Cold-Forged AL-66, 44/32/22T, 7075 Outer and Middle Rings, Lengths: 15.5=170mm; 17.5-21.5=175mm
BB SET Truvativ GPX Team XR, Super Oversized Heat Treated Cr-Mo Included w/Crank
FREEWHEEL Shimano HG-50-9, 9-Speed Cassette, 11-34T CHAIN: Sram PC-951 (9-Speed) Silver Outer
CHAIN: Sram PC-951 (9-Speed) Silver Outer
BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 3
BRAKES: Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic, Rotors: 160mm Front & Rear, Graphite grey anodized
CABLES: Felt Black Derailleur Cable Set
SADDLE: Felt "Facade" Race,Double-Density Base, Tubular Cr-Mo Rails
SEAT POST Two-Bolt Alloy Micro-Adjust 30.9mm x 350mm
SEAT POST CLAMP Felt Bolt-Type, Cold Forged + CNC, 6061 Aluminum, with Steel Barrel Nut, 34.9mm
F/HUB Shimano FH-M475 IS 6 Bolt Disc, 32H
R/HUB Shimano FH-M475 8/9 Speed Cassette freehub, IS 6 Bolt Disc, 32H, with Quick Release Black anodized
RIMS WTB SpeedDisc All Mtn 700c x 26mm x 32hole, Single eyelets, Black Anodized
TIRE Maxxis Ignitor 29 x 2.1 60TPI Kevlar Folding Bead, with Superlight Inner Tubes
SPOKES Black Stainless 14G/15G double butted w. BLK Brass Nipples
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