Just after some help for my wife. She has the opportunity of getting either a 2010 Felt Virtue 1 or a 2011 Giant Trance X2 for basically the same price. She loves riding Single Track and wants to move on from her GT Avalanche and go to a dual suspension bike.
She is 5' 7" and around 155pounds and is not into big jumps or AM but just loves windy single track etc. Unfortunately we can't test ride either of these bikes and we are just after some opionions from you guys.
Thanks in advance for any advice or input and I have also posted this in the Felt forum to get some input from Felt riders
The specs of the bikes are as follows;
FRAME: Felt Equilink "Trail" Full Suspension, 7005 Double-Butted Aluminium with Hydroform TT & Carbon Fibre Sub-Frame, 130mm Travel
SHOCK: Fox Float RP23 Pro Pedal
FORK: FOX 32 RLC 120mm
HEADSET: Integrated 1-1/8" Aheadset--Cane Creek Type 45 Degree Sealed Cartridge Bearing, with Alloy Laser Top Cap, Custom Curved 1 x 15mm + 2 x 5mm Straight Washers
STEM: FELT RXC STEM
HANDLEBAR: FELT RXC
SHIFTERS: Shimano XT SL-M770 Rapid Fire Shifter, 27-Speed
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano XT
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Deore XT "SHADOW"
CRANKSET: Shimano Deore XT FC-M770 Composite middle ring, Hollowtech II 44/32/22T, Lengths:17.5 = 175mm
CHAIN: Shimano HG-73
FREEWHEEL/CASSETTE: Shimano XT, 9-Speed Cassette, 11-34T
BRAKE LEVERS: Shimano Deore XT BL-775 Free stroke adjustment, Servo Wave pivot system
BRAKES: Shimano Deore XT
SADDLE: Felt RXC Lite,
SEAT POST: Felt Two-Bolt 6061 Alloy Micro-Adjust, 100% Black, 30.9x400mm, 300g
SEAT POST CLAMP: Felt QR
RIMS/WHEELSET: Shimano Deore XT HB-M775 Wheelset,
and the Giant
Frame ALUXX SL FluidFormed™ alloy Maestro 5.0” travel
Fork Fox 32 F125 RL w/15QR axle & tapered steerer, 4.9”/125mm
Shock Fox Float RP2 w/XV sleeve & boost valve
Handlebar Giant Connect SL oversize alloy 670mm x 19mm rise
Stem Giant Connect SL
Seatpost Giant Connect SL
Saddle Fi’zi:k Gobi XM w/Manganese rail
Pedals Shimano M520 SPD clipless
Shifters Shimano SLX rapid fire 30 sp.
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX 10 sp. 34.9
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT Shadow 10 sp.
Brakes Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic w/7” front & 6” rear rotors
Brake Levers Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic
Cassette Shimano HG81 10 sp. 11-36T
Chain Shimano HG74 10 sp.
Crankset Shimano SLX 24x32x42T
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB71, press fit
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