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    FELT Virtue 2

    I am looking at purchasing a used Felt 2007 Virtue 2 and have not really seen any detailed reviews (good or bad) regarding the rear triangle. I am looking to see if people have had any issues with the carbon rear triangle. I don't know how I really feel about a carbon frame on any part of the bike as I have always ridden aluminum.

    I usually ride on rooty, rocky single track and don't really do that many drops 1' max. I am 5'11" 215lbs.

    With Felts warranty not being the "best" out there and it being used should I maybe shy away from this? The bike is about 2 months old and selling for almost half off as it was sued as a rental bike in Moab.

    Thoughts or questions that I should ask the seller?

    Thank you in advance for your replies.

    tom

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    Are people not riding this bike?

    I have always been interested in these bikes but I am not about to drop $3500 on a new one. I have a chance to buy a used one and would like to see what people are thinking about it.

    tom

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    I think its because its a really new suspension and not that many people
    have ridden them or know about them. If youre sure that the bike has only
    2 months of use, it would probably be a good risk. I would see if they offer
    a no fault discounted rear triangle replacement. Some companies will do this
    even if youre not the original owner, and that makes it a lot easier if something
    does go wrong then you can repllace it w/o having to buy a whole new frame.
    I will say that the second generation equilink bikes they came out with this
    year at interbike look like much of an improvement over last year

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    The Virtue 2 was nomitaed gear of the year 2007 by outside online! Beating plenty other trail bikes for the title. I have demo'ed one and it's killer. Doesn't have to stand back an inch for my Titus MotoLite II

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    Felt’s Virtue 2 awarded Gear of the Year!

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    May 2, 2007 - Felt Bicycles is extremely excited and proud to announce that its 2007 full-suspension Virtue 2, with patented Equilink technology, has been named Outside Magazine's mountain bike Gear of the Year! This prestigious designation comes in Outside’s just-released 2007 Annual Buyer's Guide. This 200(+) page perfect bound piece from what is widely considered the world’s preeminent outdoor source, hit newsstands April 24 and will remain on display all spring and summer, and through October 1.

    Using patented Equilink technology, the Felt Virtue 2 shares the identical design platform - which completely separates and isolates the drivetrain from the working suspension - as the rest of the Felt Virtue family including Virtue models 1, 3 and 4. To see the details of Equilink technology log on to: www.feltracing.com/tech/equilink.asp

    Outside Magazine test editors were thoroughly impressed with the Felt Virtue 2 and among other things had this to say:

    "The Virtue II debuts a radical new suspension system (dubbed Equilink) that offers more than five inches of active travel but has none of the drawbacks - no pedal feedback, no bob, and no extra weight - that plague most long-travel systems. It's super-plush and, amazingly, still handles like a hardtail."

    "The Equilink system rides superbly yet requires virtually no TLC."

    "The value can't be beat...everything on this bike is built to perform well in all conditions - for years to come."

    "The Virtue performed just as well on technical trails with television-size boulders and three-foot drops as it did on buffed out singletrack with whoop-de-do rollers. Credit the Virtue's geometry which rides firm - stretched out forward, and hard charging - yet still feels stable and cushy in the rough."

    In conjunction with being named Gear of the Year, the Felt Virtue 2 will begin a 3-city tour with the magazine called The Outside Buyer’s Guide Gear Experience. This inaugural Stay 30 Forever Tour will visit three urban markets this month – designed to help unlock the secrets of preserving a healthy active life and beating the clock with everything from stamina to state of mind. The 30 x 30 Buyer’s Guide tent will offer consumers a hands-on experience with the best gear on the market.

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    I just picked on up.

    $1900 on ebay, it had hardly been ridden. Since not many people really know about them, they're priced very well for the components.
    I'm still trying to dial it in for my size, etc.

    I like it, it's a nice bike. I rode it 22 miles yesterday Thunder Mountain and Losee Canyon.

    The one thing I didn't like was the saddle, it is not comfortable.

    What size are you looking at?

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    I am looking at a large. It was a rental in Moab and is used for about 2 months. Is there a lot of flex in the rear? I ask this since there is not a pivot at the wheel hub so the triangle has to maintain its shape. The bikes that I am looking at (Stumpy Elite, Giant Trance X1, and 2008 Trek EX8) all have a pivot point on or around the rear axel. I am just thinking that the carbon would stress more and break. Being that I would be the 2nd owner it would not be under warranty. Probably would not be if I was the first owner either (see their warranty restrictions).

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    I dont know if youre aware of this but the new '08 AM models such as
    the Compulsion and Redemption (more of a downhill/freeride) have
    a pivot at rear dropout and are all aluminum bikes. The warranty thing
    has been brought up before, its pretty much the standard warranty that
    most bike companies have, anyway good luck with your decision.
    I'd definitely go with the equillink, it may be the next generation
    of full susp. design, the others you mentioned may be well made, but are
    not outstanding in this regard, IMO

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    I bought a used Felt Virtue 2 this summer and have been loving it. I ride mostly single track with lots of roots and plenty of small drops. I have been loving it the more I ride it. The frame feels so light, yet handles great on down hill sections. Up hills have been excellent as well. No problems with the rear triangle and I am the second user. I feel no play in the rear triangle at all. If the handle bars are factory, you will most likely want to change them as they are too small and narrow. Several reviewers agree with that. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ral83178
    I am just thinking that the carbon would stress more and break.
    Carbon is an extremely resilient material, If you're ever under the rear end of a Corvette (like that's something you do everyday) check out the Carbon Fiber transverse spring. The amount of stress that the Virtue rear triangle goes through, pales in comparison to what a 430Hp car can do...

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    Hi guys good to see some fellow virtue owners, ive just took my new virtue 2 out for a spin (im from uk), was pleased with how it handled.

    was wondering how difficult it is to ammend the front derailer as it was getting slightly caught when in top gear?
    Also, ive heard people talking about changing the handle bars from standard, do you think if i did this, i would notice a big difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by red14
    Hi guys good to see some fellow virtue owners, ive just took my new virtue 2 out for a spin (im from uk), was pleased with how it handled.

    was wondering how difficult it is to ammend the front derailer as it was getting slightly caught when in top gear?
    Also, ive heard people talking about changing the handle bars from standard, do you think if i did this, i would notice a big difference?
    Glad to hear you like your V2, it's a great bike for UK riding, hilarious fun on the twisty stuff!!

    Anyhoo, it should be pretty easy to take care of the F/Der rub. When new the cables will stretch a little, just unscrew the adjustor on the left shifter 1/4 turn at a time until it goes away (not too much or you'll effect the low gears)

    The bar swap depends on how you ride, narrow trails = narrow bars, BUT a wider bar would help increase the amount of control you have, I run a 680mm wide bar with no issues of my knuckles hitting trees!!!

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    I would change the handle bars only if you don't feel comfortable on your current bars. I felt like my natural hand position was forced together too much and it bothered me from the start. If it is comfortable for you now, leave them be!

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    thanks for your responses lads, ive been looking at the easton xc bars, but i can't see how they would be any diff from the standard felt ones supplied, as they just look the same.

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    thanks for your responses lads, ive been looking at the easton xc bars, but i can't see how they would be any diff from the standard felt ones supplied, as they just look the same.

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    thanks for your responses lads, ive been looking at the easton xc bars, but i can't see how they would be any diff from the standard felt ones supplied, as they just look the same.

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    thanks for your responses lads, ive been looking at the easton xc bars, but i can't see how they would be any diff from the standard felt ones supplied, as they just look the same.

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    thanks for your responses lads, ive been looking at the easton xc bars, but i can't see how they would be any diff from the standard felt ones supplied, as they just look the same.

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    The width was key for me. The ones that come with the Virtue 2 are 21" and I changed to 25". Much more comfortable to me.

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    Check frame sizing. I am 177 with a 83cm inseam and usually rides a 17" / Med, but the 19,5" L was a perfect fit for me

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