Felt's prototype Virtue
was caught on the Pinkbike camera during the last day of Interbike's outdoor demo. Inside you'll find photos, information, and a video that lets you glimpse into the near future!Read on...Watch the video to learn more about Felt's 2011 Virtue:
While the new Virtue does use Felt's Equilink to control its suspension action as in previous years, the frame has received a ground up going over that left nothing untouched. Lighter weight, smoother lines, a stiffer front end, and adjustable travel were all ticked off the wish list for 2011. The result is the bike you see above, a much more refined Virtue that lets you choose between 120 mm and a slightly more forgiving 130 mm of rear wheel travel that is mated to a 120 mm fork up front. While the travel difference may be only 10 mm, Felt's engineers were looking for the option of having a slightly more forgiving stroke while still retaining the bike's sprightly feel. As you can tell by looking at the photo above, the 2011 Virtue features a lot of tube shaping, even the one piece seattube is hydroformed to curve where the main rocker link pivots from. Also changed for the upcoming season is the switch to a tapered headtube up front in the name of stiffness. This is the shapely aluminum model, but an aluminum front triangle and carbon rear end model will also be available, as well as mega trick full carbon (both front and rear triangle) version that will be the lightest Virtue yet.
At first glance the rear of the Virtue looks like many other full suspension bikes out there, but there is more to it than that. Have a closer look and you'll spot the bike's Equilink, the vertical upright just aft of the seattube that connects the two suspension links together. Felt claims that this link acts to cancel out pedaling forces and allow the shock to remain more active and function well without a lockout feature. Felt updated the Equilink system with new DU bushings and larger diameter polished pivot axles made from stainless steel as well.
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