Felt bikes are produced by Felt Racing, a company based in Irvine, California. Felt Racing was started in the 1990s by Jim Felt, a former motorcross mechanic. He built his first bike for Johnny O’mara, a motorcross champion who participated in triathlons as part of his training regime. Felt worked at Easton Sports for a while, developing bikes for Ken Souza, John Tomac and Wolfgang Dietrich before branching out on his own in 1994.

Felt’s bike distribution was handled by Answer Products for 7 years, and his business nearly collapsed when the two entities disagreed on business matters. In 2001, Felt Racing partnered with Bill Duehring and Michael Müllmann and went international. It has patents on the Bayonet fork and the Equilink Suspension System.

Felt Racing has five series of mountain bikes, each with Equilink suspension, carbon frames, and long aluminium travels. The Virtue series has three bikes. It’s a versatile machine, good for both cross country riding and trail biking. The Virtue 1 is a light, double butted bike with an aluminium front and a carbon back triangle. The Virtue 2 is a 2010 update for XC trails that throws in hydraulic disc brakes, while the Virtue 3 has a WTB wheel set that makes it excellent for steep climbing.

The Compulsion series uses a 150 mm travel and is good for all round mountain riding. The Compulsion 1 has double butted aluminium frames with a hydroform top tube. The Compulsion 2 has 7oo5 aluminium frame and hydraulic disc brakes, and the Compulsion 3 has components made by Shimano Deore and WTB SpeedDisc All Mountain wheels that make it equally good at sprints, climbs, and dives.

The Nine series contains five 29 inch bikes. The Nine Team bike has an Ultra High Monulus Carbon frame to reduce weight and maximise speed. The Nine Elite uses Monocoque Carbon and Shimano SLX components. The Nine combines double butted aluminium with hydraulic disc brakes for super starting and stopping power, while the Nine Solo operates of double butted Superlite aluminium and dual air fork suspension. Finally, the Nine Comp has a Superlite aluminium frame and hydroform tubes.

The Six series has three bikes. The Six Ltd is a super light super fast bike at just under 20 pounds. It’s made of UHC Nano-carbon with a fork Rock Shox SID World Cup suspension and Shimano XTR components. The Six Team bike uses Ultra High Modulus Carbon for steep climbing and sprint finishes. The Rock Shox SID Race fork and monocoque frame improve stability. The Six Elite bike uses Shimano SLX components for reduced weight.

The final bike line is the Q Series. The Q720 has double butted aluminium and hydroform frames and hydraulic brakes. The Q620 has a Suntour suspension and a 24 speed gear system. The Q520 utilises a Shimano drive train while the Q24 combines adult power with child-friendly size. It has 24 inch wheels, a triple chainring crank, and Shimano shifters. Felt Racing clearly has mountain bikes for all tastes, shapes, ages, and sizes.