Felt Mt. Bikes...
...anyone got any feedback on these bikes? Never hear of any talk around here about them and I've only seen them in magazines. A friend of a friend owns a bike shop close by and deals in trek, gary fisher and felt.
Oh and any "more" feedback on a Kona Hoss Deluxe would be much appreciated. I've done a search on this model and have not found much on it. I'm interested in the Hoss Deluxe and this dealer "MAY" be able to order me one. I hope.
my lbs told me that felt frames aren't great
I have owned a Gary Fisher Big Sur, Kona Kula, Trek 8500, a Specialized Stumpjumper, and a Felt RXC Pro (mid level). The Felt is by far the best bike I have ever ridden. Light, fast, climbs like it has a motor, very comfortable for long rides. But if you are in the market for a Hoss I am not sure that a light weight-weenie race bike is going to fit the bill....but I think the Felt is the best overall of what I have owned...not to mention the great value of Felt Bicycles.
Originally Posted by Benman
OK benman, can you qualify your LBS's statement on Felt frames? I for one highly doubt that Bill Duerhing of all people would put a crappy frame on a bike that was in his companies (Felt's) line-up. Many of you may not know about Mr. Duehring. He is regarded by most people, who have been in the industry for a while, as the most(or one of the most) product savvy people in the bike industry. In case you aren't aware of his background, he was the VP of Product Development with GT. The original GT before Richard Long passed away. This is the guy that brought the Xizang to Rishi Grewal and Juile Furtado. The man that brought the 700D wheel to market(Gee and just think all the talk is about 29er's these days). A man before his time. The man at the head of industries best product development team. The one that brought Jim Busby on board to help revolutionized suspension. RTS, LTS, STS, ever heard of these? Talk with any factory head in Taiwan or the mainland and they can all tell you stories of the genius of this man, the product ideas and designs he and his past product teams have brought to production. benman, I think you need to find a Felt dealer and take one for a ride before posting someone else's opinion for them. Especially one from a dealer that doesn't sell them. P.S I don't own one, but ride Duehring's past creations and have witnessed his current stuff and they look great to me! Felt is a company on the grow and will be one to watch in the near future.
Wow, thanx for the history lesson gm! <=P
Now that I know all there is to know about the Felt line of bikes, besides actually riding one, unfortunately I will drop them off of my list and pursue the Hoss. I am not looking for a light racing bike but for a durable strong framed build and the Hoss seems to fit my needs.
Lemme slip another question in here real quick like. The Hoss and Hoss Deluxe are the same frame correct? Only componentry differences correct?
Thanx again for the info on felt (checked their site, woowee expensive!) and any more personal experiences on the Hoss would be greatly appreciated.
Let me add, <tearing up>=P that reading these post and learning more and more everyday is a great inspiration to us begginers who want to enter this sport and well learn as much as possible about bikes in general. I've learned so much in the past 6 weeks and have much more to learn in the future. Visiting this site (literally) everyday has inspired me to ask more questions at my few local bike shops, not shy anymore about what may be a "dumb" question and test ride some great bikes.
Thanx again for all the support to us newbs!