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As a fat bike, the Felt is bound to be behind on lightweight and good looks but what it does offer is a unique sense of character and capability. Despite the minor setbacks, there is still a lot that this bike has to offer.
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Felt Fat Review
From the onset, you need to employ a different approach when reviewing a fat bike. You have to remember it is not designed to do exceeding well at the things that other bikes are capable of. However, Felt has still managed make some mainstream performance accessible to its fat bikes as we would later find.
Felt fat bikes traditionally use a 6061 aluminum frame that is hydroformed and TIG-welded as is the fork. Shimano Deore provides most of the components – brake levers, shifters, and hydraulic brake calipers. All the components are of a very high build quality and are expected to perform consistently over a long period of time without needing much in the way maintenance or replacements. The cockpit on the other hand, is entirely by Felt. Like the frame, the seat post is also made from 6061 aluminum and handle bars are carbon fiber.
If you have a mind to buy one, do not expect to be blown away by speed or acceleration. Felt’s range of fat bikes is designed ideally for difficult terrain like snow and sand. Happily, the bike handles well in these conditions courtesy of its impressive brakes and fat tires. Even though it weighs over 30 pounds there are a few tricks you can use on those tires to shed a few pounds from the overall weight. In fact, upgrading the wheels to carbon and switching to tubeless tires can rid the bike of around 4 to 5 pounds.
The three main models in Felt’s range of fat bikes are the DD10, DD30, and DD70. They are all reasonably priced and can be modified further to maximize performance. But even as stock versions, they are impressive.
- Handles well on loose terrain
- Reliable construction
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- Stock versions are relatively heavy
- Slow on acceleration
Felt provides a stiffly constructed and reliable range of fat bikes that are impressive as they are but can be further improved if desired.