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  1. #1
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    2011 Giant Trance X2 v 2010 Felt Virtue 1 adivice

    Hi Guys,

    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;
    Pictures: below

    WEIGHT: 25.5lb/11.6kg
    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
    GRIPS: Felt
    SHIFTERS: Shimano XT SL-M770 Rapid Fire Shifter, 27-Speed
    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
    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

  2. #2
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    Trance x is a sweet trail bike. Have not ridden the felt. But rode the Ibis, Tracer, and Rocky Mountain Altitude and came away liking the trance the best.
    "I think it's rad, when Balls beats Natural talent" - Shaun Palmer

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    I would get the Trance X2, heck I already own one too! However all personal preferences aside I would argue that the Trance X2 has two three big advantages:

    1. 15mm Thru Axle Fork
    2. Tapered Headtube
    3. Shimano Ten Speed Drive System

    However at the price points in question I think the Anthem X3 29er is unquestionably the best deal. It's a full suspension 29er with all the features of the Trance X2 and it's cheaper! The Anthem X3 29er is a very fast bike on the descents and is capable of riding some very gnarly terrain. Three foot drops are no problem with the Anthem X 29er. The Anthem X 29er is awesome bike to have for cross country or even all mountain riding,it's more than capable of handling anything short of some very crazy riding.

  4. #4
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    Thanks for the advice. Even more choices now

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