The professional racers who depend on Felt’s Six Series bikes to compete on the World Cup Cross-Country circuit demand a lot from their bikes. They must be light enough to fly up steep, technical climbs, quick yet stable enough to track flawlessly through everything from rock gardens to slimy roots, and durable enough to withstand the abuse week in and week out.
That, in a nutshell, describes the Six series. Even if you’re not a racer, these are the qualities that make a great hardtail mountain bike. Each of the Six series models—from the sub-20 pound carbon fiber LTD that’s raced by the pros to the well-rounded Elite model—is designed to meet stringent performance goals.
To achieve such the perfect blend of efficiency, ride quality and durability, Felt relies on its unmatched experience in building high-performance carbon fiber bicycles. The framesets featured in the Six Series offer the best balance of strength, durability, stiffness and light weight that’s currently on the market. Race-proven in Europe by the Felt Ötztal X-Bionic World Cup team, and in North America by the Kenda-Felt and Mafia Racing programs, each Six combines tried-and-true hardtail efficiency and performance with the unmistakable ride quality that defines every Felt bike.
All of the Six carbon fiber frames feature an integrated chainguard as well as a Kevlar-reinforced rock guard that protects the downtube from getting dinged. The frame is built with proven race-oriented geometry. Riders wanting the most aggressive handling can use an 80mm fork, while those looking for a plusher, more stable ride can run 100mm of travel up front without compromise.
Like the carbon fiber Nine models, the Six uses a one-piece integrated carbon fiber seatstay/dropout/chainstay section that increases strength and stiffness while decreasing weight. Carbon fiber’s ability to be radically shapes allows Felt engineers to create excellent tire clearance without sacrificing chainring clearance. As a result, the Six offers the best combination of drivetrain efficiency and tire clearance of any Felt mountain bike.
Each of the 2012 Six models are race-ready right out of the box. The parts have been chosen with one eye on lightweight World Cup race performance, and another on everyday durability. Even though it’s right at home with the world’s top cross-country athletes, Six is more than just a disposable, one-season race bike. Race it one week, take it on an epic trail ride the next. Find out for yourself how the Six Series redefines the possibilities of a competitive cross-country mountain bike.