FAT COMES TO FELT
First look at Felt’s Fat tire e-bike
If you are just being introduced to Felt Bicycles because of their entry into the electric-powered world, a little
background on the company and Jim
Felt himself is in order.
It all started in the late 1980s when
motocross star Johnny O’Mara asked
his team mechanic, Jim Felt, to build
him a time-trial bike. Johnny was competing in triathlons as training for motocross. Jim, never a guy with a shortage
of ideas, focused on optimizing rider
position to maximize aerodynamic efficiency for Johnny O’s “works” bike. It
worked. Johnny started winning triathlons (in addition to motocross races),
and the world’s top triathletes noticed,
begging Jim to make bikes for them.
When Paula Newby-Fraser won the
1991 Kona Ironman on a Felt, Jim found
himself officially in the bicycle business.
Since those days of hand-making
frames, the Felt brand has grown far
beyond its triathlon roots, and today
includes a complete bike line that touch-es all of cycling’s various disciplines.
THE 2015 JUICE
Felt plans to offer four electric-assist
models in America for 2015. The NINEe
and DUALe are straightforward moun-
tain bike-based e-bikes. The SPORTe is
intended for the city dweller/urban com-
muter. And finally, the LEBOWSKe is
based off the exploding segment of fat
bikes, sort of the rock crawler of moun-
Felt electric models are expected to
retail between $4000–$6500 and should
be available in July. The bikes will be
available from select Felt Bicycle shops
as well as electric bike retailers.
LEBOWSKe product manager Zach
Krapfl (left) and Jim Felt with their
bike that is claimed to get between
14–18 miles when ridden at the high-
est assist setting and a little over 40
miles on the Eco setting.
“Giving the fat bike rider that extra power allows him to not only recover
from a slide but to use the
power to extend the slide
out of the corner. ” 38 www.electricbikeaction.com