Felt Decree 3
The beautiful, sports car red Felt Decree 3 is one of our favorite bikes right now. It’s a 27.5 carbon fiber trail bike with 140mm of travel in the back and a 150mm RockShox Pike fork in the front. The whole PCBD crew has either been riding and loving the Decree, or waiting their turn to get some trail time on it. The Decree combines the weight and pedaling efficiency of a cross-country bike with aggressive all-mountain geometry and suspension to match. The result is a bike that climbs like a billy goat on meth and handles rough descents like a hungry cheetah chasing an antelope.
The third model in the Decree lineup, the Felt Decree 3 has a carbon fiber frame with adjustable geometry, front and rear RockShox suspension, a dropper post and a Shimano XT 1x11 drivetrain. One of the main things that sets the Decree 3 apart from other 140/150mm trail bikes is geometry. The Decree was originally designed around a 140mm fork but while they were field testing they bolted on a 150mm fork and discovered they loved it. The longer fork gives the Decree a 66.5° head angle (or 67.3° in the steep / high geometry configuration). That’s half a decree slacker than most 140 and 150mm trail bikes and makes the bike a standout when you point it downhill. Combined with relatively short chain stays, lots of standover and a perfectly-placed bottom bracket, the Decree is a super playful bike that just loves to tear up singletrack, rail berms and float over and through the rocks.
Felt Decree 3 Carbon Fiber Frame
Felt is one of the most advanced carbon fiber manufacturers in the bike industry and under the Decree 3’s sexy red paint there’s a carefully engineered, durable and lightweight carbon frame. Since the Decree is a brand new trail bike platform, a huge amount of thought went into the frame design. From the adjustable, trail-friendly geometry to the cable-management plugs, every detail has been carefully considered and refined to perfection. The Decree 3 frame is made from Felt UHC Performance carbon fiber. It’s not the sexy woven TeXtreme carbon used in the Decree 1 but Felt says their UHC Performance carbon is comparable to what’s used in top-level race bikes from other bike makers.
Felt Decree 3 FAST Suspension
One of the most interesting things about the Decree 3 is Felt’s flex stay suspension system. The FAST suspension system (Felt Active Stay Technology) is simple, light and very effective. It’s basically a single-pivot linkage with carbon fiber chain stays tuned to flex up to 10mm in either direction. The result is outstanding traction when pedaling with a precise yet active feel on rough trails and big hits. Fewer pivots in the FAST linkage system also mean less weight and less maintenance. Riders who do a lot of pedaling and love steep, technical singletrack will be very pleased and impressed with how well the Decree’s flex stay suspension performs on both the up and the down.
Felt Decree 3 – The Bottom Line
We’re totally sold on the Felt Decree as one of the best all-around mountain bikes for Park City riding. It climbs for days and it’s crazy fun on the descents. If you like big days on the trail where you’re pedaling as much or more than you’re descending, but you don’t want to compromise when it’s time to send it, you’re going to have hard time finding a bike that can compete with the Decree 3. With a slightly lower build, heavier carbon frame and a much smaller price tag than the higher-spec models, the Decree 3 is the working-man’s version of the Decree. Don’t let that fool you, though. At just over 27 pounds with a RockShox Pike, dropper post and aluminum wheels, the Decree 3 is by no means a chunky bike. Eat a few less cheeseburgers and super burritos this summer and you’ll make up that 1.5-pound (680g) difference and have $2000 in your bank account for road trips (to Park City, of course) and other adventures.
For a first-person ride report from the Felt Decree launch last fall, read Photo-John’s Felt Decree First Ride Review on Mtbr.com.
Felt Decree 3 – Where It Fits
We hand pick our bikes because we believe they’re leaders in their class and we don’t think there’s another bike that compares to the Decree 3’s unique combination of efficient pedaling, long travel and slack, aggressive geometry. Within our 27.5 mountain bike lineup, it fits in between the Devinci Django, a 130mm front/120mm rear short-travel trail bike, and the Devinci Troy, a 150mm front/140mm rear all-mountain/trail bike.
To see how the Felt Decree 3 fits in with our entire bike lineup, check out our Mountain Bike Guide.
|Drivetrain:||Shimano XT 1×11 – with XT 11-speed shifters, XT rear derailleur, Race Face Ride crankset and XT 11-42T cassette|
|Wheels:||Stock: Alex Rims wheelset with aluminum rims, forged aluminum hubs and double-butted spokes. Carbon Wheel Upgrade: upgrade your rental bike with Reynolds Cycling carbon wheels for just $14 a day. Carbon wheels are stiffer, more durable, accellerate better and can reduce rolling weight by half a pound (227g) or more (depending on the wheelset they’re replacing). Park City Bike Demos is an official Reynolds Cycling Demo Center and we’d love to give you the opportunity to feel the difference Reynolds 2016 Mountain Wheels make.|
|Tires:||Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25|
|Sizes:||SM (16″), MD (18″), LG (20″), XL (22″)|
|Sizes in our fleet:||All sizes|
|Finish:||Fluoro Red with lime green graphics|
|Weight (actual):||12.33 kg / 27.18 lb.|
|Frame:||Felt Trail, UHC Performance carbon fiber, MMC w/ InsideOut construction, Full carbon dropouts, 140mm travel, FAST suspension, ControlTaper head tube, post disc mount, replaceable derailleur hanger, standard 73mm threaded bottom bracket, 12 x 142mm|
|Fork:||150mm RockShox Pike RC Solo Air|
|Rear Suspension Travel:||140mm / 5.5″|
|Shock:||Custom-tuned RockShox Monarch RT3 Debonair|
|Brakes:||Shimano Deore M615 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotor front and 160mm rotor|
|Front Derailleur:||None: 1×11 shifting|
|Stem:||Felt MTB 3D-forged with +/- 7° rise (60mm or 70mm)|
|Handlebar:||Felt MTB 6061 aluminum Flat top with 5mm rise and 9° sweep (760mm)|
|Seatpost:||KS LEV Integra DX internally-routed dropper post|
|Saddle:||WTB Volt Race – chromo|
|Grips:||Felt Wing lock-on grip|
|Your Height||Recommended Frame Size||Frame Seat-Tube|
|Size||SM (16″/ 406mm)||MD (18″/ 457mm)||LG (20″/ 508mm)||XL (22″/ 559mm)|
|Virtual TT||22.2 in. / 565mm||23.4 in. / 595mm||24.6 in. / 625mm||25.8 in. / 655mm|
|Seat Tube Length||16 in. / 406mm||18 in. / 457mm||20 in. / 508mm/td>||22 in. / 559mm|
|Head Tube Length||3.5 in. / 90mm||4.1 in. / 105mm||4.9 in. / 125mm||5.7 in. / 145mm|
|Head Angle (Slack / Steep)||66.5° / 67.3°||66.5° / 67.3°||66.5° / 67.3°||66.5° / 67.3°|
|Seat Angle (Slack / Steep)||73° / 73.8°||73° / 73.8°||73° / 73.8°||73° / 73.8°|
|Bottom-Bracket Height (Low)||13.4 in. / 340mm||13.4 in. / 340mm||13.4 in. / 340mm||13.4 in. / 340mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height (High)||13.8 in. / 350mm||13.8 in. / 350mm||13.8 in. / 350mm||13.8 in. / 350mm|
|Bottom Bracket Shell Width||73mm||73mm||73mm||73mm|
|Chainstay Length||16.9 in. / 430mm||16.9 in. / 430mm||16.9 in. / 430mm||16.9 in. / 430mm|
|Stack Height||22.3 in. / 567mm||23.2 in. / 590mm||24.0 in. / 609mm||24.7 in. / 627mm|
|Reach Length||15.4 in. / 391mm||16.4 in. / 417mm||17.4 in. / 441mm||18.3 in. / 465mm|
|Standover Height||27.3 in. / 694mm||28.5 in. / 725mm||30.5 in. / 774mm||32.4 in. / 822mm|
|Wheelbase||43.6 in. / 1107mm||44.8 in. / 1139mm||46.1 in. / 1171mm||47.4 in. / 1203mm|
|Adv. Frame Weight (Medium)||N/A||5.4 lbs. / 2.48kg||N/A||N/A|
Check our Demo Bike Sale page for deals on lightly-used Felt Decree demo bikes.
|Felt Decree FRD Eagle||Felt UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon||SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12||150mm Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Dual Position Air||Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair with custom tune||DT Swiss XMC1200 Carbon wheelset||$9,999|
|Felt Decree FRD||Felt UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon||SRAM XX1 1×11||150mm Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Dual Position Air||Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair with custom tune||DT Swiss XMC1200 Carbon wheelset||$8,999|
|Felt Decree LE||Felt UHC Advanced + TeXtreme carbon||SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12||150mm DVO Diamond||DVO Topaz||Spank Oozy Trail wheelset||$6,499|
|Felt Decree 1||Felt UHC Advanced + TeXtreme carbon||SRAM X01 1×11||150mm Rock Shox Pike RC Solo Air||Rock Shox Monarch Plus RC3 Debonair with custom tune||DT Swiss M1800 wheelset||$5,999|
|Felt Decree 3||Felt UHC Performance carbon||Shimano XT 1×11||150mm Rock Shox Pike RC Solo Air||Rock Shox Monarch RT3 Debonair with custom tune||Felt aluminum wheelset||$3,999|
|Felt Decree 30||6061 aluminum with carbon rear triangle||Shimano Deore 2×10||150mm Rock Shox Revelation RL Solo Air||Rock Shox Monarch RT Debonair with custom tune||Felt aluminum wheelset||$2,999|
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