For more on the new Felt Decree, check out our First Look here.
Obviously, Felt has a lot of confidence in the Decree, a bike they described in their launch packet as “the ultimate trail bike.” Doing the launch in Garda, on terrain that seems more appropriate for a freeride bike, was a bold move. However, mountain bikes have evolved considerably and current 6-inch bikes are fully capable of handling terrain that used to be the exclusive domain of dedicated downhill sleds. Versatility is the name of the game now. Improved design and materials mean bikes can be both excellent climbers and great descenders. It’s clear that was Felt’s goal with the Decree was to be a great all-rounder that performs at a high level regardless of the terrain.
I think they hit it out of the park.
The “Flip Chips,” located on the inside of the Decree’s seat stay links, allow riders to switch the bike’s geometry between “low and slack” and “steep and high.” All that’s needed to make the switch is a hex wrench. However, Felt recommends doing it with the bike on a stand because a bit of pressure is required to flex the seat stays to remove and install the shock bolt (click to enlarge).
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