Not sure about the higher end Felt’s, but I’ve had a Q620 for about 4 months now, ridden it approximately 30 times, and I can tell you from first hand experience I’m very happy. I’m also 245 pounds, and I ride fairly hard I would say. 3 foot air, rocks, 32 mph downhill at Mount Pisgah, you name it. Honestly, for the price I thought this bike would have broken already. My RS Dart 3 fork has blown twice on me, but everything else is golden. No bent rims, no busted tubes, no broken deraillers, etc. IMO, buy a Felt. You won’t be disappointed.
Nothing wrong with Felt, they make some nice stuff. But, at that $1,000 price point I think there are better options. The Giant Talon 29er has similar level components but has a 15mm thru axle front wheel/fork (the Felt has a standard quick release). Never heard anything good about the Tektro brakes on the Felt, but, also don’t know anything about the Giant brakes.
Glad to see this post! I ride a Felt Q520 and i love the thing. Very rugged and I like the frame geometry, feels like I just get on and am naturally comfortable. As stated, the brakes could use an upgrade but that is the only thing. I know a lot of people who ride FELT road bikes but I think the mountain bikes they make deserve more credit, I say get out there and test ride one
I searched the net for deals all one winter and built my Giant Trance 1 for $1,300. It retailed for $3,500. This past spring I scored a deal on a really nice Fox fork and a set of Easton XC One wheels, bringing the total invested to $2,000…still reasonable.
I bought a Q520 a few months ago. Love it except I keep getting flats in the front tire. Everything else is holding up pretty well for how much I throw it around. Solid frame and is the same as the higher end models I think.