First Look | The Felt Virtue FRD 2016 Carbon Trailbike
Standing for Felt Racing Development, FRD is the new acronym by California-based Felt, reserved solely for their latest top end collection, representing a pedigree that Felt boast is both visible and tangible when you get your hands on one of their new models, whose uncompromisingly top quality spec and stunning carbon frames essentially embodies the best of the best. But what does FRD really entail when it is applied to the Virtue FRD 2016? Here’s where to find out.
Exclusively specced with premium components from the respective brands, the Shimano XTR Di.2 electronic shifting system steals the show as its small bar-mounted display and downtube-mounted battery give it a certain aesthetic. In the same vein, the Shimano XTR brakes come as stock too.
Felt have gone all in for the wheels too, opting to combine ENVE 60 Forty Carbon rims with DT Swiss spokes and a Chris King ISO hub to produce a remarkably lightweight and high quality wheelset. Like the extremely popular Reverb Stealth dropper post, the suspension hails from RockShox too, with a Monarch RT3 rear shock controlling the rear and the Pike RCT3 Solo Air forks ensuring traction at the front.
On the cockpit you’ll find carbon in full force for the Race Face Next Flat bars with 10mm rise, while the Race Face Turbin threadless stem is made of aluminium. Both front and back tyres come from the house of Schwalbe, with Nobby Nic at the front and Rock Razor at the rear promising minimal rolling resistance and great traction.
The Felt Virtue should hit the market by the end of the year, and there’s no sign of a definite RRP yet. The Virtue 1, it’s cheaper sibling, will retail at 6,450 €, and the FRD model will ask for more than that.
For more information visit feltbicycles.com.
Words: Martin Stöckl Pictures: Robin Schmitt