A fresh platform: Felt took their time in
designing a new platform for the Decree
line. Not only does it use a completely new
frame, but a custom-tuned suspension
All of the fuss: We immediately noticed just how well the rear end
performed on the Decree. From small bumps to big hits, the rear
suspension felt active and well-tuned for the frame design.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
Regardless of price and frame material, the whole line uses
the same carbon rear triangle, which incorporates Felt’s proprietary FAST design. The rear triangle is molded in the sag setting,
which preloads the shock, giving the back end a very active feel.
With its top-of-the-line RockShox suspension, carbon DT Swiss
wheels and SRAM XX1, there is no doubt that this bike falls into
the dream-bike category; however, there are three variations of
the Decree: the entry-level aluminum version, the mid-level carbon version and the top-of-the-line FRD carbon frame.
The Decree FRD frame uses Felt’s TeXtreme carbon fiber
layup that gives the bike a unique checkered look. Felt claims
this process makes the bike lighter and stiffer while maintaining
Felt built plenty of modern technology into the Decree, with
internal cable routing and a chip system that allows riders to
change the travel. The Decree uses a 73-millimeter threaded
bottom bracket, which we think is a plus for durability.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
Out of the box, the Decree is a dream come true. We are
no strangers to the drivetrain and wheels on this bike and
generally have a hard time finding any issues with them. The
custom-tuned RockShox suspension is the biggest standout
on the FRD, with the adjustable travel on the Pike fork and the
effective tune on the Monarch shock.