In the world of biking, one of the most grueling events in cross country cycling. Unlike long-distance riding and competitive racing, cross country cycling not only tests the rider’s skill but also the bike that the rider uses. These events typically take place in extremely rough terrain, so the rider must not only prepare mentally and physically, but they also have to choose the right bike and gear to tackle these arduous events.
This is where the Felt Edict comes in which is specially designed to take on cross country racing head-first. Felt has been one of the reputable bike manufacturers out there and with the Edict line of bikes, they are catering to the cross country biking crowd. So let’s see, how well the Felt Edict holds up in this review.
The very first criterion for cross-country racing is that the bike must be lightweight. Felt delivers in this category by manufacturing their Edict lineup of bikes with full-carbon instead of the standard aluminum. For the rider who is newly getting into carbon bikes, the Felt Edict is an excellent choice for newcomers.
The next criterion for cross-country biking is the handling of the bike where again Felt has done an impressive job at keeping the bike very responsive to the rider. Even despite its longer frame, riders can steer their bikes and keep it firmly planted to the ground with almost a thought. And this is especially important when riders have to tread through extremely long distances of rough terrain and weather conditions.
However, as an entry-level bike lineup for beginners, there does seem to be a lot of cost-cutting measures, especially in the components that have been used for the Edict. It’s not like the brakes and gears don’t work perfectly fine, cuz they do, however for cross country biking, they may not be the best fit.
And on top of that, one of the most major criticisms of the Edict is its poor suspension, which can make riding over rough terrain feel more physically exhausting than it already needs to be. And to add to the matter, the Edict is quite a bit heavy for a full carbon bike, which riders may not find too appealing for cross country biking.
|||Full carbon body.||Very pricey.|
|||Very durable.||Components are not that great for the price you are paying.|
|||Great handling and steering.||Poor suspension|
Final thoughts on Felt Edict
So we went through some good and some bad. But the key takeaway point here is, amongst so many reputable bike manufacturers who specialize in mainly road bikes, mountain bikes, and racing bikes, there is a gap in the market for premium quality cross country bikes for newcomers. And Felt does fulfill that gap with their Edict bike. It’s not perfect, but it does do its job properly.
- Frame-Material: Carbon
- Frame-Travel: 100mm - 100mm
- Suspension Fork-Travel: 100mm - 100mm
- Fork-Brand: Fox
- Gear set-Brand: Shimano