MTB - Virtue Series
The new Virtue features 130mm (5") of fully active travel

When we introduced our patented Equilink™ suspension, the Virtue was the platform it debuted on. Based on 5 inches (130mm) of user-tunable travel, the Virtue combines the agility and performance of a full-suspension cross country bike with the bump-eating travel of a trail bike. From our blend of cutting-edge frame materials to the ultra-efficient Equilink suspension, the Virtue is one of the most versatile bikes on the market.

For ’09 we have refined the front triangle for even better performance. We dropped the bottom bracket height, shallowed the head angle and increased the seat tube diameter. This results in a more torsionally stiff frame with geometry to inspire your confidence on any trail. Our Superlite Alloy front triangle features forged and integrated gussets at the most highly stressed frame junctions to maximize strength while keeping weight to a minimum thanks to our detail-oriented design that doesn’t overlook a single detail. We include an internally machined BB shell and head tube to maximize stiffness while keeping weight down.

In addition to the carbon fiber rear triangle, for ’09 we are offering an aluminum rear triangle to make an even more value-packed edition of the Virtue available. We have also beefed up the cold-forged links to increase strength and lateral stiffness in order to make the Virtue’s great handling even more crisp and precise. each and every pivot uses sealed cartridge bearings for smooth and precise travel. We have changed the pivot axles to a new custom thru-shaft for improved durability and strength.

The Virtue uses custom-valved Fox Shocks, designed to let the bike remain active through all terrain. While many frame designs rely on platform damping to remove unwanted suspension movement, the addition of the Equilink™ allows the shock to do its job, and absorb trail imperfection, while removing the rider’s influence on the suspension. On the Virtue One and Two the addition of adjustable propedal allows the rider to further tune the ride, depending on whether a wide-open flowing ride or a firmer ride is preferred. After all, shock tunability should be determined by the rider’s rider’s style, not the factory’s need.