Felt Q720 XC Hardtail

4.59/5 (17 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Q Series 6061 Aluminum Frame
  • RockShox Dart 2 Turnkey Lockout, 100mm Travel Fork
  • Shimano 27 Speed, Deore XT Rear Derailleur
  • WTB SX-24 Double-Wall Eyeleted Rims
  • Truvativ ISO-Flow Crank
  • Butted Aluminum Handlebar
  • Felt Facade Dual Density Saddle
  • Hayes Sole Hydraulic Disc Brakes


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Derkson91 a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2014

Strengths:    Components & Durability.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy

Bottom Line:   
I have owned this bike for three years and have put it through 'the ringer' on my local XC trails (Chicago-Land Area). I have crashed this bike several times and pushed the drive terrain hard and it has stood up to everything I have thrown at it. I don't think Felt makes this model anymore but their Mountain Bike line seems to be getting better and better.

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Favorite Trail:   Saw Wee Kee (Oswego, IL)

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   It was a Gift!


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EAGLE42 a Cross Country Rider from Geneva, IL USA

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2012

Strengths:    Solid frame, geometry - Durability for daily commuting terrific!

Weaknesses:    Cheap fork and hubs - Would go to a Reba or Fox for a fork and to a minimum Shimano 575 hubset

Bottom Line:   
Bought this in April, 2007, after looking for a good everyday, durable bike for about 2 months. Best bike I've have ever bought hands down for the money. I ride 98% year round (from 100 degrees to minus 15), daily 10 miles to work on a river trail, and have been all over the country on rail trails from Pennsylvania to Idaho. This bike has endured all the grit, gristle, mud, flood and high speed bug impacts of all in an outstanding fashion. After 16,000 miles, with typical annual maintenance (since I am a bike mechanic of 15 years) , I finally had to replace the bottom bracket, wheel hubs (cones were nasty), and shifters which had worn out. I did the upgrades/changes as per above and am ready and looking forward to another 16,000 adventurous miles......
Would recommend this bike as a great starting platform for a truly lifetime bike for the more savvy recreational enthusiast.
If you intend jumps of more than 18" or have CAOB (Crazy Agressiveness On Bikes) I'd pass on this one since the upgrades needed would buy another more suitable bike.

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Favorite Trail:   HiawathaTrail, Montana

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Mill Race Cyclery, G

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Homegrown, Trek Y50, Gary Fisher HKEK

Bike Setup:   Upgraded shifters and front derailleur to new XT 9-speed, cranks to 2pc Firex, brakes to mech Hayes BB7 180mm fr and rear (much better for control in rugged terrain!), carbon bars/ends, seat, rack, panniers, Cygo lighting

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by theotagoboy a Downhiller from Dorrigo Nsw Australia

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2011

Strengths:    it has great balance easy to throw around and is tough

Weaknesses:    Non so far

Bottom Line:   
the bike is awesome it is one of the best bikes so far i have riden it has taken a pounding as i am a intermediate rider and it suits me well

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Bob willis

Similar Products Used:   Felt Vault 2011

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BurnNotice a Weekend Warrior from Asheville, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2010

Strengths:    Decent components for the money.

Weaknesses:    Fork if you need something for minor jumps.

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2009 model which I got from the great folks at Carolina Fatz. The bike was fairly well equiped other than the fork. The fork sufficed but really should be a better one for Felt's top of the line Q series hardtail. Don't get me wrong the Dart 2 worked well for easy trail riding and minor technical areas but could use an upgraded fork for more hardy stuff. The brakes work very well and are responsive. Never had hydraulics but they are similar to mech. disc to me just a little more fancy. The frame is a beautiful hydroformed process. The crank suffices and shifts fairly smooth. I would suggest a more aggressive tire from the factory as well. The wheelset is more than sufficient for the price range bike. The only thing is......on Felt's site they say a 180mm front rotor and 160mm rear. The bike had 160 front and rear???? No real problem on my part. I did upgrade the fork; crankset; wheels; and tires; and a few other tid bits. Now that $750 deal of a bike is more like a $1700 bike now! But hey, that is what it is all about in the end. Wish bike companies would let you design your own frame to components so you would get what you want factory! Now there is a novel idea! Overall I would have given this bike an actual 4.75 out of 5.......but since that is not possible here I gave Felt the benefit of the .25 and rounded up to a perfect 5! The 2010 version is identical in all ways except paint scheme. So consider the 2010 reviewed here as well.

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz

Similar Products Used:   Marzocchi; Manitou

Bike Setup:   Stock minus a few upgrades.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dave from NH a Weekend Warrior from Northwood, NH USA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2010

Strengths:    Good drivetrain, tough frame.

Weaknesses:    Poor components, pedals, grips, seat, tires. Weight.

Bottom Line:   
Incredible value for a single track bike for people with a modest budget(i.e. 500 to 1k for pricing). I spent around 200$ total to improve the small things; seat, pedals, grips, tires. After that I've found a bike in my budget that does everything I want for moderate trails without going with a full suspension or outside the budget of a weekend warrior.

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Favorite Trail:   Bearbrook

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Philbricks Sports, D

Similar Products Used:   Trek 930

Bike Setup:   Shimano MX30 pedals, Ergo GR2 Magnesium grips, WTB Speed V saddle, Panaracer Fire XC Pro tires. The weight seems like a trade off, it's heavy but feels incredibly strong and well built - like something I could upgrade for years of use.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amateur_Solider a Weekend Warrior from Alicante, Spain

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2010

Strengths:    Light, affordable, comfy

Weaknesses:    Hardtail design makes big drops a bit jarring, Upshifts could be smoother

Bottom Line:   
This bikes works very well for pedaling around the city, to school etc, but with some coaxing can compete with even the most heavily modified bikes. Like I said on the Weknessess, on some of the biggger drops, if you don't porperly anticipate them, the jolt can a bit much. I would buy this bike again if it got stolen or broken beyond repair.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $677.00

Purchased At:   Sprinter

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rider4jesus a Cross Country Rider from Asheville N.C.

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2009

Strengths:    Good build kit,Strong frame,Looks Great, Good Price.

Weaknesses:    Front Fork

Bottom Line:   
My bike is the new 2010 model. This is a great bike for the price. The fork is the only weak point on the bike and thats only if your a Clydesdale like myself (220lb). A U-Turn Tora would be awsome on this bike. I would have gladly paid $100-150 more for this bike if it had the upgraded fork. The hydraformed frame is strong and looks great. I'll have to ride it for awhile before I'm able to give a fully informed review I'll post another one in a few months.
God Speed, Mark

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Favorite Trail:   Clawhammer/Black mnt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz

Similar Products Used:   Haro 8.3, Haro V-4, Trek 4500

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Manitou Relic to replace Dart Fork
And put on a Bash Guard

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TFKDave a Weekend Warrior from Berkley, MI

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2009

Strengths:    Strong, but lightweight frame; great geometry (for me anyway); good for big dudes like me - instantly made me a better climber.

Weaknesses:    The Felt seat that came with it was crap.

Bottom Line:   
I went in expecting to buy either a Rocky Mountain or Salsa, also tested a Cannondale. None of those matched the comfort and value of the Felt and I couldn't be happier with my decision. I'm not a small guy (6'3"/205 lbs) and this rides great for me - not too top heavy, but not too compact either. It's light enough that climbs are easy, and it isn't too harsh on the descents. The quality on the Felt has been great, and the paint doesn't chip too easily. However, Felt seat that came with it was already starting to tear at one of the edges and then it collapsed while riding within the first year. Other than that, the bike has been great!

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Favorite Trail:   Lakeshore Park or Pontiac Lake

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Trails-Edge

Similar Products Used:   GT Karakoram

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock except: added Ergon grips, switched to Kenda Small Block tires, added Crank Brothers eggbeaters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mach10 a Racer from worth il

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2009

Strengths:    very strong stiff frame,good components

Weaknesses:    dart2 fork

Bottom Line:   
i recomend that machine.but if you hit it hard gotta do some upgrades like a 1000 bucks extra

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Favorite Trail:   palos orange trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   harteys cycle shope

Similar Products Used:   specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   i did some upgades,fox float forks,shimano XT hydraulic brakes,wtb rocket racing saddle,sette carbon seatpost,shimano SLX hallowtech 2 cranksetand tires panaracer fire xc pro tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brent Parker a Cross Country Rider from asheville nc usa

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2009

Strengths:    Very strong and light frame for the money, strong wheels and very good brakes

Weaknesses:    only weakness on mine was the factory tires,

Bottom Line:   
This is a great handling and very fast light mountain bike for under $1000.00. Just an all around great bike. Very happy and proud to own a FELT!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz

Similar Products Used:   mongoose,giant

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock except continental vertical tires and cateye computer

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Futuregrace a Weekend Warrior from Kansas City, KS

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2009

Strengths:    Light, Solid, good components

Weaknesses:    Front fork is not as nice as the rest of the components.

Bottom Line:   
I rode many bikes before making a decision, KHS, Kona, Trek, Gary Fisher, etc. It rides similar to Gary Fisher, my previous favorite bike. So far I really love it. Only wish it was not such a boring color.

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Favorite Trail:   Swope Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Midwest Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Big Sur, Gary Fisher Marlin Disc


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fishboy9995 a Weekend Warrior from Bend, Oregon

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2008

Strengths:    Relatively light, responsive geometry, great feel over many trail conditions, shifts smooth, most components above average

Weaknesses:    Not much to complain about

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, my favorite ride in its price range although I'm not that experienced. If you are a strong XC rider or planning on becoming one, this machine should do the trick. Well built, and Felt seems to be a good company to support, nice to ride a brand that is pretty new to the scene. I think it is a great value and built to take more than I can dish out for sure. Would reccomend.

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Favorite Trail:   Phils Trail complex

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bend Bike & Sport

Similar Products Used:   Old Nishiki Backroads 21 speed

Bike Setup:   Pretty much stock + Shimano PD-M520 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Larry Moore a Weekend Warrior from Bristol, TN

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2008

Strengths:    Good component group for price, XT read-D, SOLE hydraulic disc brakes,

Weaknesses:    Ditch the Felt Facade seat and the Rocky Wolf Duro tires.

Bottom Line:   
Killer looking bike, gloss charcoal paint, excellent handling ,kinda neat riding something that the masses aren't, FELT is new to the MTB market but they hit the mark, 07 is first year. MTB Action called it mountian bikings best kept dirty little secret.
It is well worth putting on your short list if looking for a mid range hardtail, beginner or seasoned riders both should be satisfied.

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Favorite Trail:   Steele Creek

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Boyds Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose IBOC steel rigid.

Bike Setup:   SALSA RED PEPPER grips, PANARACER FIRE XC PRO tires, WTB PURE saddle, CATEYE MICRO wireless computer, SPECIALIZED RIB CAGE CARBON bottle cages.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johnny a Racer from Brookhaven, MS, USA

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2008

Strengths:    Light, fast, excellent handling

Weaknesses:    took 4 weeks to get her from Felt

Bottom Line:   
Most excellent hardtail! This bike is fast and light. very responsive..this one is a 17'5" model...I'm a 5'11 190lb male and this bike fits me great. I'm no beginner, this is my 5th bike and the best hard tail in the corral.. Good for anyone wanting a hi quality hard tail, seasoned rider or beginner.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Zion Trails Brookhaven, Mississippi

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Brookhaven Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Old Schwinn GSX


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jorge a Cross Country Rider from Chih, Mexico

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2007

Strengths:    Excelent

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
It is a good option to get a Felt Q720 bicycle.
I recommend it.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   El Paso Tx. Vinci Bike

Similar Products Used:   Trek 6000

Bike Setup:   good components, (deore XT, Deore, Hidraulic Brakes,Shimano,Rock sox Dart 2,etc)

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2011 Felt Q720

Been thrashing on a Q720 lately and have to say I am very impressed this bike, just overall feel is awesome on the trail. It's all stock for now except for some pink lizard skins stuff, and a pink arundel cage, since the photo was taken it has some clipless pedals too. Making the most of it in Abi ... Read More »

2009 Felt Q720>>>Price check.

Friend of mine is looking at this bike and since I'm closer than he is,he wants to know if it is even worth the time for me to go check it out for him.I'm only around 45 mins away from the seller. He wants $700 and here's the specs.... Race Face Evolve handlebar stem 110 mm (upgrade) - Shimano D ... Read More »

My Felt Q720 and its Journey

This will be my official thread for the life and times of my new FELT q720. The bike is nice stock BUT, I tend to have a serious case of upgraditis with all of my bikes so It wont stay stock for long. You can follow the evolution of my Q720 right here. I am currently awaiting the bikes arri ... Read More »

felt Q720

any clyde's have experience with the felt Q720? I am 6' and around 320, think this bike would hold up?Read More »

felt q720 with 120 mm?

Dear friends: i have a felt q720 2010 hardtail and i would like to change the original fork of the bike (an entry level dart 2, 100 mm) for one 120 mm fork, in order to do a little more agressive trail. 1- Is that a good idea? 2- if i do it, wich fork would be the right for that bike? Thanks f ... Read More »

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