Felt Q520 XC Hardtail

4.24/5 (21 Reviews)
Weight : 31.4 lbs


Product Description

  • Frame: Felt 6061 PG Aluminum
  • Fork: SR Suntour XCT-D2 75mm travel
  • Stem: Alloy One-Piece Melt-Forged Design
  • Shifters: Shimano Altus ST-EF50 EZ-Fire Plus
  • Brakes: Tektro IO, Stainless Rotors 180mm Front & 160mm Rear


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cameron a Weekend Warrior from Athens, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2012

Strengths:    Great components for the price! I have ridden it numerous times in the past month and I have had not had any problems. I am a big guy too, and everything has held up way better than expected.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I have ridden this bike on four different types of trails. One primarily downhill, the other really rough and sandy, the other had a lot of obstruction, and the other was a little bit of everything. This bike has held up exceptionally well. I could not have asked for a better bike; I mean it truly is one of the coolest thngs I have ever owned.

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Favorite Trail:   Blankets Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Sunshine Cycles

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by S-WorksLewis a Cross Country Rider from Nebraska

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2011

Strengths:    SR Suntour XCT-V3 fork works well and does it's job on the trail. Shifter's work amazing as well as the crank and f/r derailleurs. Cool looking Frame and I haven't had a problem with any of the components.

Weaknesses:    None, considering the price.

Bottom Line:   
Great Trail Bike first race with it is in a few months.

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Favorite Trail:   Swanson

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Joyride Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Scott Scale 29er Team

Bike Setup:   Everything it came with except I switched the stock pedals out for my eggbeaters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wbrookes520 a Cross Country Rider from chard,somerset,england

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2011

Strengths:    frame is very good and stock headset is amazing for handling.
I would recommend this bike for a cross country trial but its not good for jumping.


Weaknesses:    stock pedals are rubbish and cranks are very heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic price for an all round good bike.

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Favorite Trail:   bedgebury pinetum red route

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   cycles cranbrook

Similar Products Used:   saracen mantra 2

Bike Setup:   most stock but have changed wheels and derailliers and pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jan jakoubek a Cross Country Rider from Clonme,Ireland

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2011

Strengths:    frame, breaks,weight

Weaknesses:    shifters,front derailleur and absolutely terrible SADDLE

Bottom Line:   
Great looking bike with nice design and very good price for model 2011. Dont even think to go far with original saddle because this need to be replace immediately. Front derailleur is not great and together wit shifters should be replace. But for this price is this great bike because all series Q is using the same frame. So,you get components exactly how much you pay ;o))

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   all about the bike.c

Similar Products Used:   Carraro daytona

Bike Setup:   almost the same from purchase

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mcarrasc a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA, US

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2011

Strengths:    Solid frame. Excelent for street and recreational xc. Price is fair for what you get.

Weaknesses:    Considering the price, none

Bottom Line:   
Bough this bike because I didn't know how serious I wanted to ride. As soon as you start to get into technical riding such as climbing, DH, and long rides you will se the parts you need to upgrade.

First, the fork isway too heavy.
Saddle too hard
drivetrain is just 8 speed and crank is also way to heavy
tiers are not good for cornering
wheelset also heavy
and I could go on with each and every part.

So now I jus have the original frame, which I like, but I practically have changed every other part.

This iis a good bike if you want to upgrade later or for light xc rides.

After all, remember is just $400.

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Favorite Trail:   Noble Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle warehouse

Similar Products Used:   Specialized hardrock

Bike Setup:   Dt Swiss exm 150 fork, SRAM x0 drivetrain, Easton haven wheelset, pranacer xc ust tires, wtb silverado saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by irollomaha a Racer from Omaha, Ne

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2011

Strengths:    Shifting, Geometry, Weight, Style, Frame

Weaknesses:    Pedals, Front Suspension

Bottom Line:   
I'm not sure why this bike is priced so low. The Components are great, the weight is Ideal and the geometry could not be better. I could have easily spent more than $1000 on a Trek or Specialized but this bike won me over.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $549.00

Purchased At:   Bike Masters Omaha

Similar Products Used:   Fuji Nevada

Bike Setup:   Mostly Stock. Shimano M520 SPD Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FuzzLinc a Weekend Warrior from Cairns, Qld, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2011

Strengths:    The frame lines look awesome and the colour is great (black and red). Good components for entry level bike. Brakes are excellent for mechanical. Shifters work a treat. Tyres are a good allrounder. Strong and stiff.

Weaknesses:    Forks aren't the best, grips started slipping after a few rides, no QR seat clamp.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome entry level hardtail. Frame is a great base and I have already started upgrading. Could have easily bought a whole new bike to upgrade but I love this frame. Rockshox Sektor forks, Deore hydro brakes and shifters, SLX rims and Maxxis Ignitor tubeless tyres and I now have a rocket. Did my first eva race (Triple R, Cairns) and bike excelled. Could not have asked for a better bike to start off MTB. I'm hooked on the sport because of this bike. If you wanna start off on the right foot, the Q520 fits perfectly.

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Favorite Trail:   Smithfield, Cairns

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Discovery Cycles Smi

Bike Setup:   As is but changed grips to Maxxis lock on after a few rides.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob S a Weekend Warrior from Miller Place, NY US

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2010

Strengths:    great disk brakes, strong frame

Weaknesses:    shifters could use an upgrade - doesn't hold alignment as well as I'd like

Bottom Line:   
bought this bike in the spring when I decided to get back into the sport and don't regret it for a second. tried a few better-known mountain bikes before settling on the q520 - it just fit me really well. love the disk brakes & balance front to rear. read a lot of negatives on the fork, but it's fine for me right now. if anything, I'd plan on upgrading the rear shifter first. great bike for the money

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Favorite Trail:   Cathedral Pines

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Rocky Point Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback, GT

Bike Setup:   pretty much stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mike koby a Racer from michigan

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2010

Strengths:    light frame fast bike shifts very smooth.

Weaknesses:    front forks, tires too skinny,hydro brakes are the way to go. these are mechanical.

Bottom Line:   
great bike for first time riders i like to beat the crap out of it as much as i can.

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Favorite Trail:   potawatomi trail mi

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $469.00

Purchased At:   roll modles

Similar Products Used:   G.T. avalanche 2.0 felt q720 06,


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will728 a Weekend Warrior from Murfreesboro, TN

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2010

Strengths:    Great frame. Bike looks sick!

Weaknesses:    saddle needs to be replaced immediately. Grips. Fork.

Bottom Line:   
I love the look of this bike. It has a great frame that I'm looking forward to upgrading. The first time I rode the bike, the saddle couldn't have been more uncomfortable. I'd highly recommend this bike for a new mountain biker.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $480.00

Purchased At:   MOAB

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   stock except for WTB Speed V Comp saddle

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BikeMaster a Cross Country Rider from west Bend WI, Us.

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2010

Strengths:    The Frames is a Nice, reliable frame, and the overall bike has no objections to being bunny hopped over a log or two. The disc brakes are a plus.

Weaknesses:    The Tire choice is an odd choice, seeing that The Rear tire bobs on rocky climbs, and gives me high road resistance. Also, the grips Suck And the fork could do withreplacing.

Bottom Line:   
The q520 is a reliable, mountain bike sutable for Off and on road. i say to buy it and back it up with 2 thumbs up.

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Favorite Trail:   john muir & Emma carlin

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Wheel &sprocket

Similar Products Used:   Trek 220


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by NerdSpecialK a Weekend Warrior from Rochester, NY

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2010

Strengths:    Inexpensive, decent parts, solid frame, good base for upgrading

Weaknesses:    Decent parts aren't the best (front fork could use a replacement), Little heavy

Bottom Line:   
This is a solid bike to build upon over time. The stock parts are decent, but you can swap them out over time. It's the same frame as the higher level Felts in the Q-series. I personally couldnt afford a higher end bike up front, so I am upgrading what I want, with what I want over time. Eventually, will probably swap out this frame for a FS, and build this one back up, and hang onto it as a loaner/back up.

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Favorite Trail:   Dryer Rd Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   Towpath Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Tried a friends Specialized 29er with front susp. (Dart 3)

Bike Setup:   2010 Marzocchi 44 RLO, Avid BB7, Blackspire Ring God

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jennie_b a Weekend Warrior from cordova, tn

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2010

Strengths:    agile, jumps well

Weaknesses:    frame is not as strong as I would have expected, parts are chipping away after less than three months weekend use

Bottom Line:   
I'm not sure I'd buy this bike again. It isn't holding up as well as a cheap hybrid I purchased from Target some years back that I used for a number of years on the same trails.

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Favorite Trail:   wolf river

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   r&b cyclery


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fluffy95 a Weekend Warrior from Milwaukee, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2010

Strengths:    Very nice bike for the money. Gears shift easily and brakes are good. I like the tires because they're not to knobby for riding on the road but knobby enough for dirt and offroad. Very fast and again brakes provide a very safe and slow but not to slow stop. I also like that both tires are quick release.

Weaknesses:    The seat is kind of hard. Hard to adjust seat height.

Bottom Line:   
A very nice bike all round. More pros than cons. An american name. Great for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Elroy Sparta

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Wheel and Sprocket

Bike Setup:   Maybe a softer seat for those people with sensitive butts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by allen.coulson a Cross Country Rider from Chelmsford UK

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2009

Strengths:    Solid and does well over reasonable cc trails. Excellent fat tyres make wet off road a bit easier. Excellently set up and kitted out by the shop - street legal. Gears just snap in straight away even when wet and muddy. Good seat. Looks good. The touch up paint included is a nice thought!

Weaknesses:    Front sus is not much good. It collects mud rather than throws it off. Brakes are not very good - they certainly work but I'd prefer blocks rather than disks as it would mean a bit more safety without the added cost of better disks. Would have preferred an 18 inch frame but actually the 17 1/2 was good!

Bottom Line:   
I cycle CC a lot in Gambioa and have returned to the UK and needed something to keep me fit! This bike is excellent value for money but the brakes are not up to much. I enjoy the ride - I take it out for a couple of hours every day and enjoy.

It is a low cost option but a good bike for the price.

Buy it again Yes of course!

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Favorite Trail:   Gambia

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Internet Bike Shop,

Similar Products Used:   Muddy Fox Adventurer.


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