Felt Virtue FRD
The Felt Virtue FRD delivers all the best 29er trail bike technology in one single package. It’s light, efficient and confident, flies uphill but still descends with speed, comfort and precision. Quite simply – the Felt Virtue FRD is the fastest all-around trail bike we’ve had the pleasure of pedaling.
There are three things that make our Virtue FRD bikes so special – the carefully considered parts kit, Felt’s industry-leading TeXtreme carbon fiber frame, and the outstanding Equilink™ suspension.
The Equilink suspension is engineered especially for aggressive trail and all-mountain riders. It’s a 6-bar system that equalizes drivetrain and weight-transfer forces for a distinctive, plush-yet-precise feel with no pedal feedback and excellent small bump absorption. For the Virtue, Felt replaced the rear pivot with carefully-tuned flexible carbon seatstays that make the bike even lighter, stiffer and more precise. It’s one of the smoothest, most efficient suspension systems we’ve ever experienced.
Combine Felt’s Equilink technology with the super light, stiff TeXtreme carbon frame, SRAM Eagle 12-speed drivetrain and top-shelf RockShox suspension and you’ve got an unbeatable trail bike package that will have you grinning from ear-to-ear every time. The Felt Virtue FRD is so versatile and capable you’ll find yourself pushing your limits, going faster, looking for bigger lines and setting new standards for yourself, uphill and down.
PRICING & OPTIONS
PCBD BUILD – $7999
Top-tier build with SRAM X01 Eagle™ 12-speed drivetrain, Reynolds Cycling carbon wheels ($2599 MSRP), and the Felt Virtue FRD UHC + Ultimate TeXtreme carbon frame ($4499 MSRP). All other components are the same between the two builds. Retail value: $10,500.
GX EAGLE™ BUILD – $5999
Expert build with SRAM GX Eagle™ 12-speed drivetrain, Stan’s NoTubes MK3 aluminum wheels, and the Felt Virtue FRD UHC + Ultimate TeXtreme carbon frame ($4499 MSRP). All other components are the same between the two builds. Retail value: $8,000.
HOW TO GET ON ONE
Only $119 per day to demo a top-tier “PCBD Build” FRD bike; or just $99 for an expert-level GX Eagle™ FRD bike. Up to $600 of demo rental fees can be applied towards the purchase of any bike, new or used, for up to 6 months. Try one bike or many – if you buy a bike from us within 6 months of your demo, your rental was free.
Can’t make it to Park City but still want to try one of our amazing PCBD Build Felt FRD mountain bikes? No problem – with our mail order demo-rental program, we’ll ship you a bike so you can try it. For just $600 (round-trip shipping and insurance included) you get a 6-day trial run on your home trails with the Felt Virtue FRD or Felt Decree FRD. If you love the bike, keep it and we’ll bill you, minus the $600 you spent for the demo-rental.
All of our demo bikes are for sale all the time. We have nearly two dozen FRD program demo bikes available for purchase Pricing is based on the number of days a bike has been rented.
FAST, EFFICIENT & FUN
A testament to the Virtue’s overall speed, efficiency and versatility, our buddy Arnaud recently raced one of the PCBD Build Felt Virtue FRD’s in the 2017 Park City Point 2 Point. Arguably one of North America’s most-difficult single-day mountain bike races, PCP2P is 75 miles of mostly singletrack with 12,000 feet of climbing. It’s a real mountain bike race and a true test of mettle for both bike and rider.
This was Arnaud’s first Park City Point 2 Point race and he did very well, finishing 83rd in a field of 400 with a final time of 8 hours and 33 minutes. That put him in 5th place and on the podium for the Men’s 29 and Under category. We should add this wasn’t just Arnaud’s first Park City Point 2 Point race, it was actually his first cross-country mountain bike race. He’s done a couple of local enduro races but never a proper cross-country race. So the fact that he finished at all is impressive, let alone finishing on the podium.
Most PCP2P racers rode more traditional, short-travel or hardtail XC race bikes. But Arnaud made it a point to tell us how much of a difference the Virtue’s great pedaling and all-mountain build made for him during the race. Looking at mid-race, finish line and post-race photos of Arnaud, it’s clear he didn’t just survive the Park City Point 2 Point, he had his way with it – railing berms, boosting lips and wrapping it up with a huge manual at the finish line. It wouldn’t be fair to give the bike all the credit but the Virtue FRD’s light weight, efficient pedaling and great suspension kept him smiling from start to finish.
Arnaud Petament charging on his Felt Virtue during the 2017 Park City Point 2 Point race.
AND IT'S FAST, ON EVERYTHING
2015 was the first year we had the Felt Virtue and we were impressed from the beginning. The bike felt great and was undeniably fast. The Virtue 1 (one step down from the Virtue FRD) became PCBD founder Andre Shoumatoff’s main dirt rig and from the get-go he found he was crushing his old Strava records. It was clear the Virtue, a 130mm rear/140mm front trail bike, was making a difference, uphill and down.
The Virtue was originally spec’d as a lightweight trail bike, with narrower wheels and a 32mm stanchion fork. We experimented with different setups and found a longer, beefier fork and bigger wheels really woke the bike up and broadened its capabilities. That got us thinking about how we’d build up the Virtue if money was no object and we could do anything we wanted. Two years later and we have our 29er all-mountain dream bike – the PCBD Build Felt Virtue FRD with Felt’s strongest and lightest UHC Ultimate TeXtreme carbon frame, RockShox Pike RCT3 fork, a revalved and custom tuned RockShox Monarch RT3 Solo Air shock, Reynolds Enduro carbon wheels, extremely fast tires from Continental, SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed drivetrain, and Thomson cockpit and dropper post.
The proof is in the pudding and the Strava results (left) from our PCBD Build Felt Virtue FRD (left) show the Virtue FRD really can make you faster. Andre has been riding and collecting Strava data on our prototype PCBD build Felt Virtue FRD since early 2017. Swipe left and right or use your arrows to see his Strava results on trails he’s been riding for years. When he started consistently clocking his fastest times ever on the Virtue FRD, we knew our Virtue FRD build was special.
Your results may vary but we are very pleased and impressed with the uphill, downhill and smile-producing capabilities of our Virtue FRD 29ers and think the Strava records speak for themselves. If you demo or buy a PCBD Build Virtue FRD from us and have a similar experience, please e-mail and let us know!
Andre Shoumatoff’s PCBD Build Felt Virtue FRD Strava records (left): we’ve marked some of the sustained climbs with a red “C” and long technical descents with a blue “D.” We also circled some notable rides where we have multiple 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place achievements in a single ride.
WHAT FELT SAYS
The current Felt Virtue design was first introduced in 2014 as the Virtue Nine. This is Felt’s official launch video and is a good overview of the bike, although the top-of-the-line FRD model hadn’t been introduced at that time.
A great video overview of Felt’s suspension platforms and technology. The specifics of Felt’s Equilink suspension start at 1:50.
A Felt video describing the carbon materials they use and detailing their approach to carbon fiber bike design. All Felt FRD bikes use Felt’s very best and lightest UHC Ultimate carbon fiber with TeXtreme.
An excellent video detailing Felt’s bicycle design process and methodology and how they apply that methodology to mountain bike design.
The Felt Virtue’s geometry is engineered for trail riders and offers excellent stability, solid cornering and comfortable uphill and downhill handling. A current trend with 29er trail bikes is very short chainstays (shorter than 17 inches/432mm). They make the bikes able to handle tighter corners but sacrifice some stability at speed. The Virtue’s 17.6-inch/447mm chainstays are short enough for good cornering yet keep the bike stable and well-behaved at speed. They’re also much shorter than the 18-inch+ chainstays that gave full-suspension 29ers such a bad reputation just a few years ago.
Standard bottom bracket height for the Felt Virtue is quite low for a 29er at 13.1 inches/334mm. That’s very cutting edge and contributes to the bike’s stability and makes it corner like it’s on rails. The downside is there’s an increased chance of pedal strikes on rocky trails. That’s one more reason we like the 150mm fork on our PCBD Build Virtue so much. Besides making the bike approximately ½ degree slacker for better downhill handling, it also raises the bottom bracket slightly (about 5mm), decreasing the chance of pedal strikes.
Another notable geometry detail is the seat tube angle. It’s quite steep at 74.5°. The more upright seating position keeps you from sliding backward on the saddle when you’re going uphill and makes the Virtue very comfortable when you’re climbing.
The Felt Virtue FRD uses a 6-bar suspension system that Felt calls Equilink™ for the dogbone link that connects the short lower link and upper rocker. On the surface it appears similar to dual-pivot suspension designs like the DW Link™ (Pivot, Ibis and Turner). The key difference is the link that joins the upper and lower bars, the “Equilink,” equalizes pedaling and weight-transfer forces for a smoother, more civilized feel than other suspension systems.
The Virtue adds another element to the Equilink system. Felt replaced the rear pivot on the Virtue with tuned carbon seatstays (flex stays). They make the bike lighter, increase lateral stiffness and simplify maintenance. They also add to the Virtue’s ultra-stiff, precise character.
The Equilink suspension pedals exceptionally well, propelling the rider forward efficiently with no perceptible bob or pedal feedback. Small bump absorption – the key to good corner traction – is excellent. And when the trail gets rowdy, it soaks up bumps and big hits with a plush-yet-precise feel we’ve come to think of as distinctively Felt. Mountain bikers who like to cover a lot of ground pedaling, and make big, challenging descents should appreciate the unique feel of the Equilink suspension. We don’t think there’s a better all-around, all-mountain suspension system out there.
Suspension setup can be the difference between a great mountain bike ride and a horrible bike experience. It’s always worth taking a few extra minutes to make sure you get your suspension set up right. The basic goal of suspension setup is to get full travel from your fork and shock without bottoming out. When you get it right, your suspension will absorb bumps and drops, provide great traction and help you climb without wasting any energy.
Suspension setup always begins with sag – that’s how far down into the travel your bike “sags” when you sit on it. Always set the sag with your bike gear (including pack and water) on. Have someone hold the bike by the handlebars so you can balance with your weight properly centered. Slide the O-ring on your fork to the bottom of the stanchion and the O-ring on your shock to the shock body. Carefully climb on, get in the downhill position with your weight over the bars and give the bike a little bounce (emphasis on little) to break any stiction in the suspension. Dismount without disturbing the suspension and your O-ring positions will indicate your sag (RockShox has provided convenient hard-anodized guides on the shock and fork stanchions).
Ultimately, suspension settings are a very personal thing. Depending on the type of trails you ride, your riding style, even your tires, you may end up with very different settings from another rider. For the Felt Virtue FRD, we recommend starting with 33% sag for the shock and 20 to 25% sag for the fork. Follow the directions above to find your sag then make air pressure adjustments as necessary (with a proper shock pump) to reach the sag setting you want.
For a firmer, more pedal-efficient feel, try setting the shock sag to 30%. Our buddy Arnaud set his Virtue FRD rear sag to 27% for the 75-mile Park City Point 2 Point race. However, the Equilink suspension system pedals so well, unless you’re doing a big race like Arnaud, you really shouldn’t need the shock any firmer than that. In fact, the Virtue is so efficient, most people won’t even need to use the climb switch.
Be aware your initial sag setting is just a starting point. Once you get out on the trail you may need to do some fine-tuning to get the ride you want. A perfect setup will have the fork and shock O-rings pushed all the way to the end of their stroke without you ever feeling them bottom out. If you’re not getting full travel from your suspension, your bike isn’t performing as intended and you aren’t getting the experience you read about on our website. We want you to have the same awesome experience we’ve had with the Felt Virtue FRD. So if you need suspension help, don’t hesitate bring the bike in to the demo center or give us a call so we can help you get it properly tuned.
That’s a personal question – different strokes for different folks. Both bikes are excellent in their own way. But if you’re an advanced rider who likes to go fast, we recommend the Felt Virtue FRD over the Decree for Wasatch Crest because the big wheels, longer wheelbase and more sophisticated Equilink suspension make it smoother and more stable at speed. That’s especially true on rough, rocky terrain, of which there is no shortage on the Crest. The Decree really excels on tighter, smoother singletrack trails. However, we have some employees who ride the Decree everywhere, including Wasatch Crest. Again – different strokes…
We keep a real-time inventory of our FRD bikes, here. Visit the inventory page to see available sizes, build specs, number of days each bike has been used, and adjusted prices (if used).
We do not stock small Virtue FRDs because of their minimal standover clearance. The Virtue’s relatively tall design means some people have trouble with the small frames.
There are two factors that allowed us to price these bikes so well:
- Several brands came together to support our Felt FRD program. They offered us great pricing and we’re passing that on to you.
- We’re not sure when, but another generation of Felt Virtue will be coming down the pipeline – probably in 2018 or 2019. For that reason, Felt gave us great pricing and we’re passing that on to you.
The goal of this website and our Felt FRD demo program is to sell our FRD mountain bike inventory fairly quickly at these excellent prices.
Yes, absolutely. We welcome any questions and you’re welcome to contact us any time.
|Size||SM (16″/ 410mm)||MD (18″/ 460mm)||LG (20″/ 510mm)||XL (22″/ 560mm)|
|Virtual TT||22.2 in. / 563mm||23.3 in. / 591mm||24.4 in. / 620mm||25.6 in. / 649mm|
|Seat Tube Length||16.1 in. / 410mm||18.1 in. / 460mm||20.1 in. / 510mm||22 in. / 560mm|
|Head Tube Length||3.9 in. / 100mm||4.3 in. / 110mm||4.7 in. / 120mm||5.1 in. / 130mm|
|Head Angle (Trail Build / All-Mountain Build)||69° / 68.3°||69° / 68.3°||69° / 68.3°||69° / 68.3°|
|Seat Angle (Trail Build / All-Mountain Build)||74.5° / 74°||74.5° / 74°||74.5° / 74°||74.5° / 74°|
|Bottom-Bracket Height (Trail Build / All-Mountain Build)||13.1 in. / 334mm | 13.25 / 337mm||13.1 in. / 334mm | 13.25 / 337mm||13.1 in. / 334mm | 13.25 / 337mm||13.1 in. / 334mm | 13.25 / 337mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Height (All-Mountain Build)||13.75 in. / 349mm||13.75 in. / 349mm||13.75 in. / 349mm||13.75 in. / 349mm|
|Bottom-Bracket Drop (Trail Build / All-Mountain Build)||36mm / 34mm||36mm / 34mm||36mm / 34mm||36mm / 34mm|
|Bottom Bracket Shell Width||73mm||73mm||73mm||73mm|
|Chainstay Length (Trail Build / All-Mountain Build)||17.7 in. / 450mm | 17.6 in. / 447mm||17.7 in. / 450mm | 17.6 in. / 447mm||17.7 in. / 450mm | 17.6 in. / 447mm||17.7 in. / 450mm | 17.6 in. / 447mm|
|Stack Height||24.6 in. / 624mm||24.9 in. / 633mm||25.3 in. / 643mm||25.7 in. / 652mm|
|Reach Length||15.3 in. / 389mm||16.3 in. / 415mm||17.4 in. / 441mm||18.4 in. / 468mm|
|Standover Height||27.8 in. / 706mm||29.3 in. / 745mm||30.5 in. / 774mm||31.1 in. / 790mm|
|Wheelbase||43.9 in. / 1114mm||45 in. / 1143mm||46.2 in. / 1173mm||47.4 in. / 1203mm|
BUILD COMPONENTS / SPECS
|Felt Virtue FRD – PCBD Build||Felt Virtue FRD – SRAM Eagle™ GX Build|
|Drivetrain||SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 – with X01 12-speed shifters, X01 Eagle rear derailleur, X01 Eagle crank w 32 teeth, XX1 chain in black and XG1295 10-50T cassette||SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 – with GX 12-speed shifters, GX Eagle rear derailleur, GX Eagle crank w 32 teeth, GX chain in silver and XG1275 10-50T cassette|
|Frame||Felt Virtue FRD – UHC Ultimate + TeXtreme carbon fiber, MMC w/ InsideOut construction, full carbon dropouts, 130mm travel, Equilink suspension technology, ControlTaper head tube, post disc mount,replaceable derailleur hanger, standard 73mm threaded bottom bracket, 12 x 142mm w/ Syntace style thru axle, internal derailleur cable/brake hose/dropper post routing, Ø30.9mm seatpost size, high direct FD mount|
|Frame Finish||Ultra-Matte TeXtreme with grey, red and light blue highlights|
|Wheels||Reynolds Black Label Carbon – Enduro 29er, approx 1735g for complete wheelset, Industry Nine Torch hubs, 28mm internal width. 110mm width (boost) front wheel, 142mm rear wheel (non-boost), centerlock.||Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3 27.5 wheelset – 29mm internal width, 1807g, 110mm (width) front wheel, 142mm (non-boost) rear, 6 bolt hubs.|
|Tire – Rear||Continental Mountain King 2.4 29er Black Chili, ProTection, Tubeless|
|Tire – Front||Continential Trail King 2.4 29er Black Chili, ProTection, Apex Casing, Tubeless|
|Weight||26.2 to 27.4 lbs depending on frame size and Trail Build (carbon bars and 140mm fork) or All-Mountain Build (alum bars and 150mm fork)|
|Fork||2018 RockShox Pike RCT3 140mm Travel, Solo Air, 29er (Trail Build) or 2017 RockShox Pike RCT3 150mm Travel, Solo Air, 29er (All-Mountain Build)|
|Rear Suspension Travel||130mm/5″|
|Front Suspension Travel||Trail Build: 140mm/5.5″ All-Mountain Build: 150mm/6″|
|Shock||Rock Shox Monarch RT3 Solo Air with High Volume Eyelet, custom tune, 200 x 57|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide RSC||SRAM Guide R|
|Rotors||Shimano SM-RT70 Centerlock Rotor 180mm||Shimano RT56M 180mm 6-Bolt Disc|
|Stem||Thomson Elite X4 Stem 50mm M and L, 60mm for XL|
|Handlebar||Thomson Trail Carbon (215g) 12mm Riser 6° Back 4° Up 31.8mm 750mm (Trail Build), or, Thomson Downhill Alum (323g) 12mm Riser 6°back 6° Up 800mm (All-Mountain Build)|
|Seatpost||Thomson Covert Elite Dropper (internal), 125mm (L and XL), 100mm (M), 30.9 x 375mm (M)|
|Saddle||WTB Volt Comp|
|Headset||FSA NO.42/CF/ACB-A w/8.7mm Carbon custom cone spacer|
|Grips||Park City Bike Demos by Lizard Skins lock-ons, your choice of Northshore, Logo, or MacAskill|