The 4.7-inch Vee Rubber Excavator tires float well, and also the cornering handles are high enough to hook up in snowy corners without the tire rinsing. The suggested rolling instructions for these tires makes sense out back, but I 'd probably run the front tire in the other instructions to improve rolling resistance also braking grip. Or else, the ramped handles are directing the wrong direction for a front tire.
This big ring requires additional spacing at the bottom brace so the ring clears the chainstay. It must be kept in mind that this additional spacing put the chainline simply beyond SRAM's advised 66.5-millimeter mark. Keeping that, I really did not have any shifting troubles throughout the examination duration. Running a 30- or 32-tooth chainring would eliminate the need to room the bottom bracket. With this construct, the bike weighs in at a remarkably little 26 pounds.
Right weird just how our brain can save a short, one-time discussion for life, yet that very same mind can't recall the reason that we dashed upstairs from the kitchen to the bed room? It was conservatively Ten Years back, but I plainly recall Niner bikes owner Chris Sugai informing me he thought that, in the near future, all performance mountain bikes would have 29-inch wheels.
The Criterion frame is constructed to last. It uses changeable dropouts, so you do not need to stress over destroying your frame if you mangle a derailleur wall mount on a log throughout off-trail explorations, or if you choose to swap/upgrade wheels as well as have to adjust to a different axle criterion. I did see a little flex from the back brake install under tough stopping, yet it wasn't sufficient to actually trouble me, especially on snow where the wheel will certainly lock up before it becomes recognizable.
The lengthy keeps do somewhat suppress the Felt's speed on limited, benting routes, yet then add security on descents as well as aid the bike remain on track during slippery, technological climbs up. This is one compromise that's most definitely worth it on snow. The Double Dual 30 weighs in at a hair over 31 pounds, which is relatively affordable at this price point, yet the lightweight, fast-rolling tires integrated with the stiff framework as well as strong geometry make the Felt feel a pair extra pounds lighter than what the scale says.
Felt is likewise increasing down on fat bikes, a year after entering the market. It's included a top-level, $3,000 alternative with a Bluto fork, 1 × 11 drivetrain as well as Race Face cranks, in addition to the existing 2 versions, all which are compatible with tires approximately 4.8 inches wide.