The Felt Edict 1 sits one level down from top of the range FRD modal priced at £5300 and 22lbs in weight.  The bike comes with a strong specification of sensible race day components such as; Sram XO Eagle groupset, SR Suntour's brand new Axon 34mm stanchion  100mm fork and Edge RL, an XC specific rear shock and  Stans NO-Tubes Crest wheelset. Grip is handled by Schwalbe Racing Ralph’s in a 2.25"  variety, which have been absolutely faultless all season.

To finish the build I am using matching USE Ultimate Evo seat-post and bars. The reason I choose USE is due to it’s supreme lightweight, yet sturdy construction, giving me the confidence send it when needed. Lastly I have my favourite additions in the form of orange (of course!) ESI grips, and Fizik Antares saddle. Comfort and control in a package.

The frame is constructed with Felt's own UHC advanced carbon fibre and comes with an external screw in BB, which I personally prefer for the ease of service in conjunction with typical UK conditions! One nice thing in particular  about the frame is how well Felt have thought about all the internal cable routing. With a lot of bikes, internal cable routing can be a pain, but Felt have made everything internal yet very accessible and  easy to maintain.

The Edict is super fun and playful to ride and really is a bike  you can ride everything on. When it comes to racing you have something that is made for the job, very responsive with just the right amount of stiffness begging to just go fast. But as soon as you hit the downhills and open up the suspension it really comes into it own. This is probably what I like the most about the bike, the fact you can ride it just on every type of trail that gets thrown at you.

I am very lucky in the fact that most of the products I use come from fantastic sponsors but if I was to have a bike which I had buy it would look exactly like the one I am riding now!

Words by Joe Griffiths.