Felt Virtue 2 XC Full Suspension

4.71/5 (17 Reviews)
Weight : 28.4lbs


Product Description

FRAME: Virtue Race/Trail Full Suspension Featuring Equilink, 130mm Travel, 7000 Series DB Aluminum w/Hydroform TT, Oversize DT & ST, Carbon Fiber Sub-Frame, Fully Integrated Head Tube.

FORK/SHOCK: RockShox Recon 351 U-Turn Lockout, 130/85mm Travel Adjust, Motion Control Damping, 32mm Aluminum Stanchions, Rebound Adjust; Fox Float RP2 Air Pro Pedal, Rebound Adjust

DRIVETRAIN: Deore XT “Shadow” Rear Derailleur, XT Front Derailleur, LX Hollowtech II Crankset, Deore Rapid Fire Shifters, Sram PG-950 Cassette, PC-951 Chain

WHEELSET: Mavic XM-117 Double-Wall Rims, Shimano RM65 Centerlock Hubs, Stainless Steel 14/15G Spokes, Maxxis Ignitor 2.1 Folding Kevlar Tires

COMPONENTS: Deore Hydraulic Disc Brakes 180mm FT/160mm RR Rotors, Fully-Integrated Headset, Felt Façade Dual Density Saddle, Alloy Seatpost, Oversized Forged/CNC stem, Oversized Butted Alloy Bar, Dual Density Grips

SIZES: S (15.5) / M (17.5) / L (19.5) / XL (21.5)



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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Scott

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2012

Strengths:    Its a light weight x/c bike with great handeling. I have mine set up stiff front and rear. It drives like a slot car on the trails. Once I diled in my tires it got fun to ride!

Weaknesses:    Creeks and squeeks. It requires deep cleaning to keep all parts moving

Bottom Line:   
I got this as a year before close out. Wow what a difference a nice bike does for your ridding.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bryan a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2012

Strengths:    I am on a 19.5 (Large) frame and I am about 6'1 and 160lbs. I have been on this bike for about a year now and I have it set up for "All Mountain" use. So it's a bit slack in feel. I have found that this is a solid bike. It is fast up on climbs, and descends like it has a parachute. The key to this frame is your set up. It reacts to minor changes in rear shock pressure, fork pressure, tire pressure etc.. And let me tell you, tires make this bike! Choose wisely! Once you get a feel for it you will keep up with any high dollar bike. Hard tails included. Felt has several other frame sets with the Equilink configuration. Try a few models at your LBS first to find a geometry that fits well. Overall, I would recommend this frame to anyone.

Weaknesses:    Eats rear bearings like a champ! Noisy suspension if you don't clean it. You have to clean it... I mean C.L.E.A.N. it, often.

Bottom Line:   
Overall the bike is fantastic, and I have no complaints. Felt has been even better in assisting with bearing replacements, and I have had a great experience with the frame-set.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Diamond/Cottonwood Nevada

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll, Trek Fuel, Giant Reign, Santa Cruz Bullit, Cannondale Prophet, Niner Hard tail, Cannondale Flash 29

Bike Setup:   Fork: Manitou Drake 130mm,
Cockpit: Raceface evolve XC bars and stem, Specialized saddle, Bontrager carbon seat post
Brakes: Hayes Nine
Drive-Train: Sram GXP 3x10 with X7 shifters
Wheels: Bontrager Race Lite
Tires: Michelin Wild Race'r's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marty a Cross Country Rider from Seattle

Date Reviewed: June 27, 2011

Strengths:    I loved climbing on this bike and compared to my hard tail the down hill was amazing. I dropped in of of some crazy high drop (for me 3-4 feet) sideways, and the bike seemed to self right itself when I landed.

Weaknesses:    Cleaning the link is a bit of an issue n the muddy NW.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic all around mountain bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   From a Friend

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Full XTR upgrade.
Crank Bros. Colbolt Wheels
Rock Shox Reba

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joeworrall a Cross Country Rider from phoenix, az

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2010

Strengths:    duralink rear suspension design, geometry/handling, quality component group for the price

Weaknesses:    stock grips, tires, seat and Rock Shox front fork. The screws on the stock seatpost stripped within weeks after purchase. The bottom bracket is a bit low thru rock gardens... And it has developed some chain slap, but what bike that's been ridden hard doesn't?

Bottom Line:   
bought this as the 2009 models were being cleared out to make way for the 2010's. Huge improvement over my old Diamondback: better shifting and handling really improved my confidence on the technical trails. Stock front fork and tires have to go if you expect to ride on technical trails. Felt is better known for their road bikes, but I would buy another Virtue if I could get one for this price!

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Favorite Trail:   trail 100

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback x2

Bike Setup:   manitou minute 3:00 front fork, spinergy front wheel, ergon style grips, WTB ExiWolf rear tire, Hutchinson Python front tire, WTB seat, Thompson seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MJBiker a Racer from Provo, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2010

Strengths:    Great agronomy, light and robust frame, great 130 mm travel

Weaknesses:    Extra care has to be paid to the carbon fiber triangle. In a case of crash, inspect for scratches and cover them with paint ASAP to avoid getting water/moisture there.

Bottom Line:   
A great race bike. It greatly handles uphills and very technical downhills.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   At ski resort sale


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GB_Rider a Weekend Warrior from Granite Bay, CA USA

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2010

Strengths:    Equilink rear suspension works. Great for climbing and cross-country, holds its own on the downhill.

Weaknesses:    No lockout on the Front Rockshox Recon shock. SRAM X-7 shifters. At 28 lbs it isn't the lightest thing out there.

Bottom Line:   
I got a good deal on a '09 Virtue II and have been really happy with it. The bike geometry makes it comfortable and nimble for climbing and cross-country, and the equilink rear suspension does a great job w/o having a dedicated lockout. I've had issues with the SRAM X-7 shifters, and may upgrade them, but otherwise am really happy with the bike - especially factoring in the price paid.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale RZ One Forty 4

Bike Setup:   Stock except for XTR pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by White Lightning a Cross Country Rider from foothill ranch, CA, United states of America

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    this thing climbs very well for a bike without lockout on the rear shock. the suspension is very solid.

Weaknesses:    the SRAM x.9 derailluer. and x.7 shifters broke :/ but no worries, ii upgraded to a SRAM x.o derailluer and x.9 shifters now it rides like a dream.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is really reliable and good quality. i would watch out for the x9 derailuer, it is very hard to adjust, thats why i got an x.o derailuer instead. otherwise, this bike rules!

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Favorite Trail:   whiting ranch.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   neighbors house

Bike Setup:   stock (upgraded shifters and rear derailluer)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shane444 a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010

Bottom Line:   
This bike is well balanced and climbs incredibly well. Upgrading from a hard tail I was concerned about it's climbing abilities and the effectiveness of the Equilink suspension and pedalling efficiency. Under heavy load energy seems to be translated into forward momentum as good as my hardtail, with the suspension still able to respond to trail input if needed. Downhill the bike is awesome, it sticks to the trail and allows me to take lines I wouldnt have thought possible. The Felt tyres it ships with are holding up well in the wet and loose trails I take it on. Avid Elixir R brakes can be a little noisy but I believe this is a common issue with this brake.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mikepenciner a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2010

Strengths:    Climbing, sprinting, anything in between

Weaknesses:    head-angle doesn't inspire confidence going down steep technical elements.

Bottom Line:   
Climbs like a goat. The rear suspension in incredibly efficient even without lock-out. Sprints like a hardtail, but the suspension is plush enough to take most rough trails and technical elements. If you like to ride hard and fast, from cross-country to just short of all-mountain, this is the bike for you.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Vertigo

Similar Products Used:   Marin East Peak

Bike Setup:   Stock 2009

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pieter Claassen a Weekend Warrior from Cape Town

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2009

Strengths:    Climbing is good, down hill is like a bat out of hell. No kick in the pedals from rear suspension, rides like a hardtail.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This is the best behaving bike I've ever owned. Every ride is an adventure on it's own. I WON'T PART WITH THIS ONE SOON!!

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Favorite Trail:   Jonkershoek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Mavericks

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Standard except for Schwalbe tyres, 2.25 Nobby Nick front and 2.1 Racing Ralph rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rbid a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2009

Strengths:    The Equilink pattent FELT bikes use.
Maximum pedaling efficiency (like a hard-tail-bike), but still having a full suspension bike!


Weaknesses:    The handlebar is to sensitive to the ground changes when you are going down a single trail. (I guess that this can be reduced by calibrating front Rock Shok fork.

Bottom Line:   
Although the prices here in Israel, the bike provides all what I expected from it, it is light, better performance than other similar products (GT Marathon for example)

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Favorite Trail:   Cziv

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   www.4x4bike.co.il

Bike Setup:   With Crank and Brother pedals + cleats.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Coop29 a Weekend Warrior from Rogers, AR

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009

Strengths:    Suspension is above and beyond any that I have ridden.

Weaknesses:    As compared to the $2700 MSRP, components could be a little better, but hey, who pays MSRP anyway??

Bottom Line:   
Equilink is the real deal!! If you have an opportunity to ride one of these, give it a shot. I have now put a few hundred miles on the bike and am completely impressed. It climbs like a mad man, and with 130mm of travel it decends like no other XC bike. It's hard to say this is a pure XC bike due to the 130mm of travel. It acts like a trailbike with the weight and control of XC.

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Favorite Trail:   Slaughter Pen

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Mojo Sports

Similar Products Used:   There really isn't anything similar.

Bike Setup:   Full XT drivetrain and clipless. DT Swiss 4.2 Wheelset. Thomson Masterpiece post and X4 stem. FSA Carbon bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KOmen a Weekend Warrior from Auburn, CA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2009

Strengths:    Climbs like a goat, only reason it stops is "legs on fire" Tracks great, smooth on the rough stuff. Feels lighter than the hardtails. Equilink truly works as advertised, great design.... will soon push it to my limits but I have to adjust from the shockless wonders I was riding! What was I thinking? Feeling fantastic about my deal...The bike listed at $3,000.00...half off....do your homework and search all options....it will pay off.

Weaknesses:    Not too sure....narrow bars, grips

Bottom Line:   
So far the bike has been a super buy. I've put it through the test for 4 days straight and have no issues. My body says othewise. I should spend time with the wife when she's not at work....I might be in for a long summer!

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Favorite Trail:   Clementine Loop Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1499.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Cycle Center

Similar Products Used:   Older hardtails, rockhopper, etc...

Bike Setup:   As purchased. RoxShox Recon 351 Fork, Fox Float RP2, Mavic XC-17 wheels, Shimano Deore LX crank & chainrings, Deore XT front derailer, Shimano XT Shadow rear derailer, Shimano disc brakes & levers(love em) Shimano RM65 Centerlock Hubs....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jayroda82 a Weekend Warrior from Rockland NY

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2009

Strengths:    stock components, stock weight, widely adjustable suspension settings all around

Weaknesses:    no complaints so far... wait the stock grips suck.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. Tracks well uphill, absorbs well downhill. It does everything as advertised. It's relitively light, smooth and forgiving. Rear suspension is much more functional than my last bike (cdale rush) Very happy with purchase.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   BIKEWAY

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Rush

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jtompilot a Cross Country Rider from Pontiac, MI

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2009

Strengths:    The wheels are round

Weaknesses:    Poor rear suspension. Worst grips ever.

Bottom Line:   
I rented a new bike for a week. The second day out the bikes rear suspension started making a clunking noise. Also started ghost shifting in the two largest and two smallest cogs. Returned the bike to the shop but they couldnt fix the bad links. After they adjusted the shifting I still have problems shifting. Bottom line, I hated this bike. To be fair my friend also rented a Virtue 2 and he likes the bike. So you have a 50/50 shot at a good bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Highland

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Bike Setup:   Brand new stock Virtue 2

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