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2012 Diamondback Sortie 1 vs 2012 Felt Virtue Elite

The Diamondback Sortie 1 and Felt Virtue Elite are both Cross Country bikes. The Diamondback Sortie 1's frame is made from Aluminium / Alloy, while the Felt Virtue Elite's is Carbon. The Diamondback Sortie 1 has wheels, while the Felt Virtue Elite has wheels. Both bikes have forks from RockShox. The Diamondback Sortie 1 comes in S, M, L, XL, while the Felt Virtue Elite comes in S, M, L, XL.

  • Description
  • Buy
  • Frameset
  • Frame Material
  • Frame
  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Motor
  • Battery
  • Wheels
  • Hubs
  • Wheels
  • Wheel Size
  • Spokes
  • Tires
  • Drivetrain
  • Chain
  • Crank
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Front Derailleur
  • Rear Derailleur
  • Shifters
  • Cassette
  • Pedals
  • Components
  • Brakeset
  • Brakeset Brand
  • Handlebar
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost
  • Stem
  • Grips
  • Headset
  • Sortie Trail 5" 6061-T6 Weapons Grade Aluminum w/ Hydroformed Top Tube , Butted / Formed Down Tube / Seatstays, Under Arch Seatstay bridge, Knuckle Box Technology, 9mmx135mm Verticle Drop out
  • Rock Shox XC 32 120mm travel coil spring,
  • Rock Shox ARIO R 200x57mm Air w/ rebound adj
  • (F) 32h SL-6 Alloy w/ CNC Disc Mount (R) 32h SL-6 Alloy Cassette w/ CNC Disc mount
  • 32h SL-6 Doublewall Disc
  • Black 14g Stainless Steel
  • KENDA Slant 6 26x2.1
  • 435, , 24/32/42t, Shimano HG54 10spd
  • Shimano Alivio 9spd Hollowtech
  • 336, Shimano BB-ES25 w/Octalink spindle
  • Shimano Alivio
  • Shimano Deore SGS
  • Shimano Alivio
  • Hayes Dyno, Hayes Dyno
  • DB Lazer Series 31.8mm low rise
  • WTB VIGO comp
  • Easton EA30 Double bolt clamp 31.6mm, , ,
  • Easton EA30 31.8mm
  • DB4L 135mm Kraton
  • Zerostack, shallow steel cups, Loose ball bearing 1 1/8"
  • Felt Virtue UHC Performance carbon Equilink series, adjustable 120/130mm travel suspension frame
  • RockShox Sektor TK Solo Air 15 130mm travel: w/ turnkey lockout,
  • RockShox Ario R: solo air spring, hydraulic damping w/ IFP and rebound adjustment, w/custom valving
  • Forged alloy 6-bolt disc mount, Sram Mountain MTH 406
  • WTB SX-17 disc brake doublewall aluminum: w/ single eyelets
  • stainless 14g w/ brass nipples
  • Continental X-King RS 2.4 folding bead: w/presta valve tubes
  • 425, , 42tx32tx24t, Shimano CN-HG74 for 10-speed
  • Shimano XT FC-M780 3x10:
  • 10, w/ crankset
  • Shimano SLX
  • Shimano Deore XT
  • Shimano SLX
  • Avid Elixir 5, Avid Elixir 5
  • Felt MTB XC 25mm riser bar
  • Felt mountain design
  • Felt 6061 alloy post twin clamp micro adjust, , Felt qr style: seat clamp cold forged + cnc , 6061 aluminum 35mm, , Felt qr style: seat clamp cold forged + cnc, 6061 aluminum 35mm
  • Felt MTB 3D-forged design
  • Felt dual-density wing grips
  • Fully Integrated 1-1/8""/1.5"" Aheadset for tapered Head tube

Why it pays to compare

Mountain Bikes are complicated machines.

They have parts from hundreds of different manufacturers, come in all shapes and sizes (and colours) and are all suited for different purposes. Choosing the right new (or used) Mountain Bike is a complicated, confusing and highly emotional (think buying a new car- the shiny red one is the best choice right?).

Comparing mountain bikes helps bring a bit of logic and reason into the decision process. Not only will comparing mountain bikes save you money, but you'll also find the bike most suitable to you, your riding style and your budget. Plus, when you do hit the Buy Now button, you'll have the confidence you're choosing the perfect bike for you.

It's easy to get carried away by the most rad looking frame, with the coolest paint job and the most aggressive new geometry, but the components are one of the most important things to consider.

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What to compare

Components

It's essential to know which components make up a bike. From there you can compare the differences, such as build quality, performance, features, weight and price. This takes some of the guesswork out of buying a mountain bike.

Here are the components that have the biggest impact on your ride. You should be paying particular attention to these:

  • Fork
  • Shock
  • Drivetrain (Derailleur, shifter, cranks, chain etc.)
  • Brakeset
  • Wheels
Price

Ultimately, for most of us, price is the deciding factor and you want to get the most bang for your buck. Comparing the price of mountain bikes, along with which components you're getting, helps you determine what you're actually paying for. Are you spending your hard-earned dollars on a quality bike frame, with quality components and a solid warranty? Or are you simply paying for a brand name?

Reviews

Nothing is more helpful than what real people think about a bike. It's the next best thing to riding one yourself. Reviews give you a real insight into how a bike actually rides, instead of just what the numbers seem to say about it.

Warranties

Different bike companies have different warranties. It's important to compare the length of these warranties, what they'll cover and who's covered.

How to compare

  1. Search for mountain bikes that you'd like to compare.
  2. Tap Compare. You're done. No really, you are.
  3. A huge comparison table comes up, allowing you to compare components and specs for each bike.
  4. Want to delve into a bike a bit more? Click on the bike's name to view in-depth info, reviews, prices, specifications, images and more.