The 160-millimeter-travel Obsession line of alloy-framed bikes gets a couple of minor tweaks in its second year. That line contains three designs the 2 × 10 Compulsion 50 for $3,000, the well-priced Obsession 30, which gets you a Pike fork and Shimano XT 11-speed, single-ring drivetrain for $3,500 and also the $5,000 Compulsion 10. The suspension on all 3 designs has actually been overhauled to improve conformity throughout the stroke, said Rob Pauley, MTB item supervisor.
Those bikes keep it deep as well as soft, while the Hole really felt much more natural when ridden high as well as firm. I at some point added a volume spacer to the fork, which kept the habits of the fork and also shock balanced. Make indisputable: the SLIT will get you out of difficulty should you obtain right into it, as well as bikers who choose aggression over skill will value its limitless appetite for tough hits. Yet it has the mindset of a long-legged route bike that keeps an enduro bike hidden up its sleeve in case you need it.
Going into this test, I was a bit unconvinced of suspension on a fatbike. Snow-packed trails are naturally quite smooth, plus the reduced tire stress helps to ravel any route impurities. Although, 20 years ago no one assumed mtb required suspension, and look what occurred. Suspension is incredible also when tracks aren't especially harsh. The 100-mil-travel RockShox Bluto fork helped maintain the front end of the bike tracking smooth via sections of trail that were 'post-holed' by human (as well as pet) feet as well as through all-natural trail dips and divots.
Consequently, Pauley added the Debonair cylinder to the Emperor shock and also changed the rebound and also compression. "It makes a huge distinction in how the bike rides," he stated. So far, Felt has actually not provided a carbon fiber version of the Obsession, although it gets on the concern checklist for the second model of the bike, which is presently in growth, Wilson said. That claimed, the present 6601 alloy frame, with a reported weight of 29 extra pounds in the 10 develop, is usually competitive in regards to weight with other carbon bikes in the exact same category, he included.
Trip did a fantastic job choosing components for this bike. I'm a big fan of single-ring drivetrains for fatbikes particularly since front shifting is normally the initial thing to fail in sloppy problems. The Jackalope wheel and also Hodag tire combination are additionally truly good. If 11 extra pounds of hoops and rubber seem like a lot, it's actually not the combination is one of the lightest available and also establishing it up tubeless is crazy simple, even compared to non-fatbike setups. The only specification adjustments I would certainly make would be carbon-fiber handlebars and also brake bars except the bling factor, however because they actually assist maintain hands warmer.
Keeping that in mind, Felt's mtb designs received mostly small changes for 2016 repaint color, a couple of specification swaps here and there and also a small rate increase with the biggest information of the year to come in October. That's when Really felt will release the Decree full-suspension route bike to replace the existing Merit line of 130- to 140-millimeter-travel bikes. Felt's item group was tight-lipped concerning the Mandate, however probably it will certainly reflect the arising patterns of plus-sized wheels, 148 Boost rear-axle spacing and also 110 front-axle spacing.