On October 28th, Karsten Madsen will be competing at the 2018 Xterra World Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii. This year, Madsen has collected seven podium finishes on the Xterra circuit, including a win in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.

This weekend, Madsen will be riding on the 2018 Felt EDICT FRD.

— by Karsten Madsen

I’ve been on this bike since its release in March. It’s by far the best all-around bike for climbing and defending, with great power transfer and stability. I had been riding the FRD hardtail for about a month, but I decided to stay with the full suspension model for this course. The bike weighs in at 23 lbs, which is very light for an XL full suspension frame.

I’ve added grip skateboard tape to my shifters, which helps me grip the shifters in humid races. With the addition of a full carbon seat post bar and stem, it keeps the bike light. The pedals are Shimano XTR, the same model I’ve ridden on my entire mountain biking life.

FRAME: 2018 Felt EDICT FRD

  • 100mm travel
  • full carbon dropouts
  • post disc mount
  • replaceable derailleur hanger
  • 73mm threaded BB
  • carbon fibre rocker links
  • 1x specific
  • 12 x 148mm Syntace style thru axle
  • Internal derailleur cable routing

SHOCK:

RockShox Deluxe RT Full Sprint remote, Debonair, custom tune, 190 x 40mm

FORK:

RockShox SID, World Cup Debonair with Charger 2, 100mm travel, OneLoc full sprint, 15 x 110mm Boost thru axle

STEM:

Enve 100mm

HANDLEBAR:

Enve sweep 740mm

GRIPS:

ESI XC Grip

SHIFTERS:

SRAM XX1 Eagle, 1×12

REAR DERAILLEUR:

SRAM XX1 Eagle 12-speed

CRANKSET:

SRAM XX1 Quarq Eagle, 34T, 175mm

CHAIN:

SRAM XX1, 12-speed

FREEWHEEL / CASSETTE:

SRAM XG1295, 12-speed, 10-50T

BRAKE LEVERS:

SRAM Level Ultimate

BRAKE (FRONT):

SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor

BRAKE (REAR):

SRAM Level Ultimate hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor

SADDLE:

Bontrager Montrose elite

SEATPOST:

Enve 30.9 zero offset

RIMS / WHEELSET:

ENVE m525

THRU AXLES:

Front 15mm x 110

Rear: 12 x 148

TIRES:

To Be Decided

Front – Maxxis Ikon, 3C/EXO/TR, tubeless ready, 29 x 2.2”

Rear  Maxxis Rekon, 3C/EXO/TR, tubeless ready, 29 x 2.2”

Karsten Madsen’s 2018 Results

  • March 25th – Xterra Costa Rica – 3rd
  • May 5th – Xterra Uruguay – 1st
  • May 13th – Xterra Brazil – 3rd
  • May 19th –  Xterra Oak Mountain – 2nd
  • June 3rd – Xterra Dominican Republic – 3rd
  • July 21st – Xterra Beaver Creek – 8th
  • Aug 4th – Xterra Mexico – 3rd
  • Aug 18th – Xterra Quebec – 2nd
  • Sept 15th – Xterra Pan Am Championship – 4th

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