First Look: Felt Virtue Nine 1 – 130mm Travel All Mountain 29er

29er All Mountain Trail

We visited the friendly folks of Felt USA at their headquarters in Irvine, CA and they proudly showed us their new 130mm travel 29er.

“We initially tested prototypes of this bike with 140mm travel but we found the handling a little bit slow for our liking. So we ended up with 130mm travel in the rear and 140mm in the the front”. They seem to have hit a sweet spot with this bike as it sports a 69 degree head angle and chainstays of 450mm or 17.7 inches. The Nine 1 is spec’d with SRAM X01 1×11 gearing, Rockshox Reverb Stealth Post and Easton Haven Tubeless wheels.

Other features include a high direct mount front derailleur for shorter stays, 142 mm rear thru axle and internal cable routing

Pricing Virtue Nine Series (MSRP)

Virtue Nine 1 $6,199 – featured in photos
Virtue Nine 3 $4,149
Virtue Nine 20 $3,799
Virtue Nine 50 $2,799
Virtue Nine 60 $2,199

Geometry Chart

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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  • Joe says:

    I don’t see a pivot at the rear drop outs. Is Felt incorporating their carbon fiber FAST suspension seat stays into their longer travel Equilink suspension 29ers that are built from carbon fiber?

    • pseudoelf says:

      The Virtue series has had a carbon fiber rear triangle. I had an ’08 and a ’10 model both pivot-less at the drop-out. The Edict came out afterward.

  • John says:

    No need for a pivot at the rear drop outs. Felt’s Equilink is a short, dual link (virtual pivot) arrangement similar to Maestro, DW-Link, VPP (except the links rotate in the same direction). The Equilink serves to keep the links oriented and rotating together, and prevents the stays from spreading out. While some previous iterations have had a pivot at the rear dropout, I suspect that felt have determined that with smart placement of the Equilink they can maintain the geometry of the rear triangle without flexing the stays.

    • pseudoelf says:

      If they are using carbon in the rear triangle like the earlier iterations of the virtue, the flexibility of the CF allows a pivot less drop out.

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