Don’t let the all-new Felt Edict steal all the glory… Felt’s new carbon version of the Virtue is bound to generate plenty of attention as well. Both bikes take advantage of new carbon layups to maximize performance (laterally stiff with just the right amount of vertical compliance).
While Felt has built superb carbon fiber road bikes and 29er hard tails for years, this marks the first full-suspension bikes to be built from carbon. I admit that I’m a carbon snob, so these two new rigs are capturing my attention in a big way. I covered the Edict yesterday, so today it’s the Virtue’s turn.
For 2011, the Felt Virtue comes into its own with a complete re-design. The both the aluminum models and the full-carbon models sport refined angles, tapered head tubes and built-in travel adjustments from 120mm to 130mm rear travel. With the increased travel and full-carbon frame options, the Virtue is moving into territory dominated by some of the finest trailbikes on the market — like the Ibis Mojo.
The Virtue carbon is one impressive machine with large, triangular-shaped tubes and clean lines. It uses Felt’s now-refined Equilink suspension platform that’s been re-tooled and lightened-up. Instead of needle bearings, it also now sports DU bushings. I’ve been very impressed with Equilink as I reviewed the Compulsion 1 earlier this season and look forward to getting ahold of a Virtue for testing at some point.
The carbon Virtue is available in three trim levels while the new aluminum model can be had in two more affordable trims. The frame-only option sports a different carbon fiber layup and titanium hardware, but it comes at quite a premium. The two aluminum models feature aluminum front triangles with the entry-level Sport trim also featuring an aluminum rear end in place of carbon. Here are the details of each:
- Virtue LTD (with upgraded carbon fiber and titanium hardware) is $8999 with Shimano’s new XTR group top-to-bottom
- Virtue Team is $5999 with a 3×10 SRAM X0 group and Mavic Crossmax ST wheels
- Virtue Elite is $3499 with a 3×10 SRAM X7/X9 package and traditional wheels built with Mavic X317 rims
- Virtue LTD frame only (with upgraded carbon fiber and titanium hardware) is $2999
- Virtue Expert (hydroformed aluminum front triangle) is $2799 with SRAM X7/X9
- Virtue Sport (full aluminum frame) is $1999 with Shimano Alivio and Deore components
More Info: Visit FeltBicycles.com