Felt De­cree FRD

Let­ting you flow fast down the trail

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - TRAIL TEST - Re­viewed by

FBrad Hunter

elt’s top-of-the-line, sub-25 lb., 27.5" trail bike even­tu­ally showed me why the com­pany’s logo, a pair of wings, is ap­pro­pri­ate. Felt an­nounced the new trail bike in the sum­mer of 2015. Mod­els – which range in price from $3,899 for an alu­minum front tri­an­gle frame to $11,199 for the De­cree frd – came out later that year.

On my first out­ing on the De­cree frd, with the ge­om­e­try set to its slacker and lower set­ting, I made good use of the pro­tec­tive rub­ber bumpers on the Race­face Next SL crankarms while navigating my chal­leng­ing Squamish, B.C., test loop. On smoother trails, this slack setup may not be an is­sue. For my next ride, I de­cided to forgo the ex­tra

“This bike seemed to like the higher speeds. It def­i­nitely re­wards a rider who will push it to the limit.”

for­give­ness on the de­scents by steep­en­ing the an­gles slightly and rais­ing the bot­tom bracket height by ad­just­ing the flip chips. (Just a word of warn­ing: do not try this trail­side un­less you have a sec­ond set of hands to help line things

With quite a few out­ings on the De­cree, I think this bike would match up well with a con­fi­dent, skilled rider who needs a ver­sa­tile bike to race or just to en­joy trail rid­ing in a va­ri­ety of lo­cales.

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