FELT SPORTE 95
make for a crisp ride and light handling.
For our use, a quick clamp for seat
adjustment would be nice, but no complaints. We ran the tires with 70 to 80
psi. As a result, the Felt rolls easily, and
it literally jumps to the top speed right
near 20 mph. On flat ground, a consistent speed of 20 is easy to maintain.
This Bosch drive programming doesn’t
feel like it fights pedaling over 20 mph
like some of the MTB models do.
The Bosch Intuvia display normally
displays mph, assist level and battery
state of charge. On the far right side
there is a vertical display next to the
assist-level setting. That bar shows how
much battery power you are drawing at
the moment, and you use it to see how
much load your riding is putting on the
battery. As you approach 20 mph—and
again, that is very easy to do on this
bike—the gauge typically bottoms out.
In other words, the drive system helps
you get to 20 mph, but staying there or
going above that is all up to you.
As a result of how often you are
pushing the bike to a speed that uses
no battery power, the battery happily
propels you for a goodly distance. The
ride to shoot the photos for the story
1.) The kickstand may look like it is just hanging out there, but the mounting is very
clean and the rear positioning is out of the way. 2.) Felt makes nice grips, and they
complement the clean controls. In addition to the strong and smooth Shimano brakes,
there is only a single shifter to worry about.
Our wants were pretty
minor: a quick clamp
for the seatpost. Felt
will offer a kit that adds
lights, fenders and a
rack for a more Euro-city bike look.