The final production version of the Decree
took Felt almost three years to develop and
involved several prototypes. The initial prototype
was known as the Verdict and was an alloy
frame. When Felt received the frame from the
factory overseas, the head angle was 1 degree
slacker than Felt had initially planned. Felt went
ahead with testing, and after getting positive
feedback from its athletes, the company decided
to adopt the slacker head angle.
The carbon prototypes were tested with
RockShox suspension, and this led to the
custom-tuned suspension platform that is
available at every level of the Decree lineup.
The rear triangle uses FAST (Felt Active Stay
Technology), which uses a flex-stay concept. Felt
actually molds its seatstays in a sag position,
which requires them to preload the stays before
inserting the shock.
Felt took its time designing what it believes
to be the best all-around trailbike available. Our
initial impressions on the steep, technical trails
of Lake Garda were positive and left us wanting
more. We hope to do some in-depth testing of
this machine down the line.
A hands-on company: Felt employees don’t just sit behind desks and push papers all day; they were out on the trails setting the bar
for the rest of us. This company has been built on the idea of building a strong racing brand, and the employees are the individuals who
put the passion of riding above all else.
A variety of terrain: Most of the trails in Lake Garda, Italy, are littered with jagged,
steep rocks and push the limits of riders. A variety of banked corners and loamy
chutes gave us a nice break from the usual treachery.