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    My new 2012 Felt NINE Sport

    Just got delivered last Friday and I'm pretty stoked to get out and ride it, but an injury is holding me back right now. When I get some miles on it I'll post a review, but for right now I thought I'd 'share' her with the readers. It's a 19.5" frame for a guy who's 6'1", 190lbs. If anyone wants to read the specs, they're posted here:
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    I will say this, Felt does a nice job on the aesthetics and the attention to details is pretty impressive (i.e. color-coded and/or branded spacers, top cap, spoke nipples, grips, fork graphics and even subtle branding on the cables and saddle) Anyway here are some pics.
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    Nice bike, I'm still enjoying my 2011 Sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmh View Post
    Nice bike, I'm still enjoying my 2011 Sport.
    Thanks. Have you made any upgrades to yours? If so, what?

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    Nothing major, Stan's tubeless conversion and a pair of Ergon GX1's.

    Trying to decide on a FD\RD and Crankset. The current setup does alright but I want some that responds quicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmh View Post
    Nothing major, Stan's tubeless conversion and a pair of Ergon GX1's.

    Trying to decide on a FD\RD and Crankset. The current setup does alright but I want some that responds quicker.
    Yea, the crankset on the bike is the glaring weakness. I'm not sure I like the curve of the crank arms all that much. Interesting you got Stan's to work on the bike. When I ordered my bike I paid my lbs up front to make it tubeless when it came in. When it arrived, the shop owner stated that he had changed his mind due the fact that the WTB SX-17 stock rims may not be tubeless compatible, and refunded my money. I guess he didn't want the liability, which I understand. That said, what rims came on yours and how difficult was it to do a Stan's conversion? Were the tires UST? Sorry for the peppering of questions but right now I have the slime tubes and I would love it if the Stan's conversion works well on this bike.


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    Sweet! I just bought one too along with a Q24 for my 11yo son. Unfortunately, its still at the shop. I asked them to hold it until x-mas so I can sneak it under the tree.

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    The bike looks nice. I hope you enjoy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander179 View Post
    Sweet! I just bought one too along with a Q24 for my 11yo son. Unfortunately, its still at the shop. I asked them to hold it until x-mas so I can sneak it under the tree.
    Have fun with it. The color makes them a head-turner on trails. Love mine thus far.

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    nice bike

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    I'm ordering a 2012 Felt Nine Sport on Wednesday! I'm pretty excited to get back into the MTB scene. I've only been doing road riding for the past year and a half, but used to hit the MTB trails before then. What's a good 29er fork to upgrade to when I destroy mine?

    Felt said they're shipping to dealers in March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloswithac View Post
    I'm ordering a 2012 Felt Nine Sport on Wednesday! I'm pretty excited to get back into the MTB scene. I've only been doing road riding for the past year and a half, but used to hit the MTB trails before then. What's a good 29er fork to upgrade to when I destroy mine?

    Felt said they're shipping to dealers in March.

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    Congrats Carlos, you'll love the bike. That said, I'm looking to upgrade to a RS Reba if I can find one in black. Good all-around fork with air, lockout, and rebound adjust that will shave at least a pound off the stock fork. Your options are greater if you are willing to put a white fork on the bike, but I can't bring myself to do this on my Nine Sport. The whole bike is a black/orange scheme and it looks bad-ass, and imo a white fork won't look right. Fox also makes black fork (Talas) but its about the same price as the bike itself.

    Another thing to consider when you decide to pull the trigger is a thru-axel fork, at least for the front. This will mean a wheel set change. In the coming months I'll be switching out the stock WTB SX-17 wheels for Stan's Arch wheelset so I can run tubeless and have the option of keeping my current fork, then changing to a TA at some point. A wheelset change will also shave weight.

    Finally, the bike uses a straight 1 1/8" steerer for the head tube, so a tapered steerer won't work. Post some pics when you get it and congrats again!
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    Ordered it this morning. It won't be here until the second week of March! I'm sure it'll be worth the wait! I'm a full-time roadie until then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloswithac View Post
    Ordered it this morning. It won't be here until the second week of March! I'm sure it'll be worth the wait! I'm a full-time roadie until then.
    Be (a little) patient. Mine took 6 weeks to arrive but it sounds like you're on par for that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloswithac View Post
    Ordered it this morning. It won't be here until the second week of March! I'm sure it'll be worth the wait! I'm a full-time roadie until then.
    I ordered mine Friday and I got the samething they wont be here till mid March.

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    I got a call from my LBS this morning.

    Look what I picked up today. Can't wait to break it in on Monday.

    Pardon the mess.

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    Question, I just noticed this space in between the frame and crank arm.

    Is it supposed to be there? Shouldn't it be flush?

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    Hey did yours come with the orange pedals and I ordered mine arround the sameyime as you so I should be getting it soon too I hope

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailripper84 View Post
    Hey did yours come with the orange pedals and I ordered mine arround the sameyime as you so I should be getting it soon too I hope
    Hi, no it didn't come with the pedals. I got Wellgo MG1s from Ebay ahead of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloswithac View Post
    I got a call from my LBS this morning.

    Look what I picked up today. Can't wait to break it in on Monday.

    Pardon the mess.

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    Question, I just noticed this space in between the frame and crank arm.

    Is it supposed to be there? Shouldn't it be flush?

    Carlos


    Same on my bike. Just a byproduct of the square-taper BB, I think. Congrats on your new NINE. I like the orange pedals, btw. Nice touch. If you haven't had a chance to mess with the rebound yet, try the midway point of your fork feels like its a bit pogo stick-ish. I also had to drop the nose of the saddle one 'click' for better male comfort.

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    Those are nice looking bikes. I just picked up a Felt Nine Comp yesterday. I was not that familiar with the Felt brand so I was hesitant but at only $600 I think I got a good deal (does this appear to be a good deal to others as well?). He told me is was last years model but doing a little research I think it is 2010 as there does not appear to be a comp model in 2011. I hope felt works out for you and for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tranar View Post
    Those are nice looking bikes. I just picked up a Felt Nine Comp yesterday. I was not that familiar with the Felt brand so I was hesitant but at only $600 I think I got a good deal (does this appear to be a good deal to others as well?). He told me is was last years model but doing a little research I think it is 2010 as there does not appear to be a comp model in 2011. I hope felt works out for you and for me.
    Sounds like a great deal to me!
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    I've been looking/riding 29ers a lot lately, and narrowed my choices down to two w/in my price range: so very close in scoring, but the Specialized Carve Comp just lacks a certain something on a visual level that the Felt Nine Sport absolutely nails in simplicity. I think one of the finest looking bikes on the floor these days. Great choice!

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    Newer look with Stan's Arch wheel set and Ritchey grips.
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    I have a 2011 Felt Nine Trail. I upgraded the fork to a Manitou Tower Expert. So far it's a good improvement. The fork was on sale and I couldn't pass it up at $200. The only other issue, if it is one, is that there is very little clearance between the tire and the front derailleur when in the granny ring. The lbs (I moved so not where I bought it) adjusted it, trued the rear wheel, and told me it was due to the frame. I'm thinking it might have more to do with the chainline of the cheap crankset. The sport has a different (but still SR suntour) crankset so maybe yours is different.

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    From this morning's ride.
    The more I ride it, the more apparent it is I need to upgrade the front derailleur. I'm probably going all XT over the summer. I am surprised at how good the Tektro brakes are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBen View Post
    I have a 2011 Felt Nine Trail. I upgraded the fork to a Manitou Tower Expert. So far it's a good improvement. The fork was on sale and I couldn't pass it up at $200. The only other issue, if it is one, is that there is very little clearance between the tire and the front derailleur when in the granny ring. The lbs (I moved so not where I bought it) adjusted it, trued the rear wheel, and told me it was due to the frame. I'm thinking it might have more to do with the chainline of the cheap crankset. The sport has a different (but still SR suntour) crankset so maybe yours is different.
    Well, the positioning of the rear tire to the front derailleur depends on the FD geometry. Felt does have pretty short chain stays on their nine series. You could move to something like an XT derailleur which has a lower profile than the stock one, allowing for more tire clearance. If you're looking to change tires then you might want to start with the FD and seeing if this will remedy a tire clearance situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloswithac View Post

    From this morning's ride.
    The more I ride it, the more apparent it is I need to upgrade the front derailleur. I'm probably going all XT over the summer. I am surprised at how good the Tektro brakes are.
    My brakes jut started making noise in the rear, but it could be the pads. I think a drivetrain changeout on this bike is certainly warranted. Yes, the Tektro brakes are pretty good. Mine modulate well and still stop me quickly at 190lbs. Candidly Carlos, changing the wheelset made a pretty big difference on this bike. It's tubeless on Stans Arches and it feels snappier, yet stiffer. I'm gonna switch out the FD and the crankset eventually, but the wheel change made a big difference.

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    I'm saving the wheelset for last when the fork finally gives out. I know how much of a difference lighter wheels made in my road bike, but my road bike has good components on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCMTB View Post
    Well, the positioning of the rear tire to the front derailleur depends on the FD geometry. Felt does have pretty short chain stays on their nine series. You could move to something like an XT derailleur which has a lower profile than the stock one, allowing for more tire clearance. If you're looking to change tires then you might want to start with the FD and seeing if this will remedy a tire clearance situation.
    I'll have to post a picture when I get back from traveling. I don't think a different FD will solve the issue. When in the small front big back ring configuration there is almost no clearance between the tire and the FD yet no room to move the FD outboard because of the position of the chain. I'm thinking going 1x8 or 1x10 when I have the money will allow a wider rear tire. For now it's not a real issue. Just can't run wider than a 2.1 rear tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBen View Post
    I'll have to post a picture when I get back from traveling. I don't think a different FD will solve the issue. When in the small front big back ring configuration there is almost no clearance between the tire and the FD yet no room to move the FD outboard because of the position of the chain. I'm thinking going 1x8 or 1x10 when I have the money will allow a wider rear tire. For now it's not a real issue. Just can't run wider than a 2.1 rear tire.
    I think I'm misunderstanding the issue, so I'll wait for the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBen View Post
    I have a 2011 Felt Nine Trail. I upgraded the fork to a Manitou Tower Expert. So far it's a good improvement. The fork was on sale and I couldn't pass it up at $200. The only other issue, if it is one, is that there is very little clearance between the tire and the front derailleur when in the granny ring. The lbs (I moved so not where I bought it) adjusted it, trued the rear wheel, and told me it was due to the frame. I'm thinking it might have more to do with the chainline of the cheap crankset. The sport has a different (but still SR suntour) crankset so maybe yours is different.

    Did you experience a big change in the steering response? I ask because the stock fork offset is 38mm and the Manitou offset is 48mm. As it comes from the factory it has a mechanical trail of 3.1 inches and with the different offset it would reduce it to around 2.8 inches. I have been contemplating buying a Felt Nine Trail, but am nervous about making it twitchy, but I did like how it handled on a test ride I did with the stock fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonz7 View Post
    Did you experience a big change in the steering response? I ask because the stock fork offset is 38mm and the Manitou offset is 48mm. As it comes from the factory it has a mechanical trail of 3.1 inches and with the different offset it would reduce it to around 2.8 inches. I have been contemplating buying a Felt Nine Trail, but am nervous about making it twitchy, but I did like how it handled on a test ride I did with the stock fork.
    Truthfully, I didn't even realize the offset would be different when I bought the fork. I haven't noticed any difference that I would have attributed to the fork offset difference. However, the fork is better enough that a steering difference might be disguised as well.

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    Chain Clearance

    Here is a picture of the clearance between tire, FD, and chain in small chain ring and large cog in back. As you can see there is very little clearance between the FD and the tire. Also, if you look at the middle of the FD, you can see there is very little clearance between the chain and the FD. What this ends up meaning is that the FD can't be adjusted away from the tire any more.

    The SR Suntour crank has a 48mm chainline. I was thinking that a different crank with a bigger/wider? chainline would allow the FD to be adjusted farther out away from the tire. The SRAM X7 2x10 has a 51mm chainline, for example. Obviously with a 3x8 now, there would need to be some other changes to run a 2x10 setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBen View Post
    Here is a picture of the clearance between tire, FD, and chain in small chain ring and large cog in back. As you can see there is very little clearance between the FD and the tire. Also, if you look at the middle of the FD, you can see there is very little clearance between the chain and the FD. What this ends up meaning is that the FD can't be adjusted away from the tire any more.

    The SR Suntour crank has a 48mm chainline. I was thinking that a different crank with a bigger/wider? chainline would allow the FD to be adjusted farther out away from the tire. The SRAM X7 2x10 has a 51mm chainline, for example. Obviously with a 3x8 now, there would need to be some other changes to run a 2x10 setup.
    Yea, that's an issue for sure. Looks like different clearances than the Nine Sport. In the same ring config as you I still have approx 0.300" clearance at the tightest point with the stock Suntour XCR crankset running a 2.2 tire. What tire size do you have in the pic?
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    Also wondering if maybe an EBB would alot for better clearance.
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    Its the stock WTB Prowler and is a 2.1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedBen View Post
    Its the stock WTB Prowler and is a 2.1.
    To my knowledge, the frame is the same geometry throughout the Nine AL series. That said, a crankset, BB, and FD change might solve the issue. I personally would like to put a 2.3 or a 2.4 rear tire on mine but I don't think I could do it. Right now my 2.2s clear ok. Ask your lbs what they think about that.
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    I am shocked at the low level of clearance between the tire and front derailleur. I have seen some 29ers that were tight in the chainstays like the Specialized Carve, but I did not look at the derailleur clearance. With me about to do some riding in southern California, mud clearance is not an issue for me, but that looks like it will bury the derailleur quickly once it gets moist. This will not discourage me from purchasing a Felt Nine Trail in the near future, but shouldn't detract from my style of riding as I do not ride mud often.

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    I have to say I haven't had much problem with it. I got the rear wheel out of true and I think it was rubbing a bit once, but got that fixed. I love the bike though. I plan on getting a different crank and going 1x8 with a 28t front ring. That will cover the gears I actually use, although on long fast downhill sections I might spin out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgonz7 View Post
    I am shocked at the low level of clearance between the tire and front derailleur. I have seen some 29ers that were tight in the chainstays like the Specialized Carve, but I did not look at the derailleur clearance. With me about to do some riding in southern California, mud clearance is not an issue for me, but that looks like it will bury the derailleur quickly once it gets moist. This will not discourage me from purchasing a Felt Nine Trail in the near future, but shouldn't detract from my style of riding as I do not ride mud often.
    Looks like Felt has removed the Nine Trail from their website. Not sure if it's available for 2013.
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