Felt OUTFITTER Review

Felt Outfitter Electric Bike Review 1
Felt Outfitter
Felt Outfitter Bosch Off Road Sprocket
Felt Outfitter Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
Felt Outfitter Riser Bar Bosch Intuvia Display
Felt Outfitter 15 Mm Maxle Quick Release Dropout
Felt Outfitter Bosch Centerdrive 350 Watt Motor
Felt Outfitter Felt Grips Sram Guide R Levers
Felt Outfitter Integrated Led Light
Felt Outfitter Old Man Mountain Front Rack
Felt Outfitter Old Man Mountain Rear Rack
Felt Outfitter Sram Guide R Hydraulic Brakes
Felt Outfitter Sram X1 11 Speed Derailleur
Felt Outfitter Wtb Saddle
Felt Outfitter Ebike
Felt Outfitter Stock Front
Felt Outfitter Stock Head Tube
Felt Outfitter Stock Bosch Centerdrive
Felt Outfitter Electric Bike Review 1
Felt Outfitter
Felt Outfitter Bosch Off Road Sprocket
Felt Outfitter Bosch Powerpack 400 Battery
Felt Outfitter Riser Bar Bosch Intuvia Display
Felt Outfitter 15 Mm Maxle Quick Release Dropout
Felt Outfitter Bosch Centerdrive 350 Watt Motor
Felt Outfitter Felt Grips Sram Guide R Levers
Felt Outfitter Integrated Led Light
Felt Outfitter Old Man Mountain Front Rack
Felt Outfitter Old Man Mountain Rear Rack
Felt Outfitter Sram Guide R Hydraulic Brakes
Felt Outfitter Sram X1 11 Speed Derailleur
Felt Outfitter Wtb Saddle
Felt Outfitter Ebike
Felt Outfitter Stock Front
Felt Outfitter Stock Head Tube
Felt Outfitter Stock Bosch Centerdrive

Summary

  • A stylish fat tire electric bike with unique camouflage paint job, stylish Old Man Mountain cargo racks and integrated Motion Stella 300 headlight
  • Offers 11 speeds with a quality SRAM X1 drivetrain, second generation electronic systems by Bosch
  • Large 180 mm SRAM Guide hydraulic disc brakes with 4-piston caliper for managing heavy loads, 12 mm Maxle thru-axle dropouts for strong responsive handling

Video Review

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Introduction

Make:

Felt

Model:

OUTFITTER

Price:

$5,499 USD

Body Position:

Forward

Suggested Use:

Trail, Sand and Snow

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Warranty:

Lifetime Frame, 2 Year Drivetrain and Electronics

Availability:

United States, Canada

Model Year:

2015

Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

53 lbs (24.04 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Double-Butted 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Frame Sizes:

16 in (40.64 cm)18.5 in (46.99 cm)21 in (53.34 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

Small 16" (Head Angle 70 mm, Seat Angle 73 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 580 mm, Head Tube Length 105+16 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 406 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 65 mm, Chain Stay 495 mm, Wheelbase 1130.1 mm, Standover 720.2 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 396 mm, Stack 603 mm), Medium 18.5" (Head Angle 70 mm, Seat Angle 73 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 610 mm, Head Tube Length 120+16 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 469.9 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 65 mm, Chain Stay 495 mm, Wheelbase 1160.9 mm, Standover 773.7 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 421 mm, Stack 617 mm), Large 21" (Head Angle 70 mm, Seat Angle 73 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 640 mm, Head Tube Length 135+16 mm, Seat Tube C-T 533.4 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 65 mm, Chain Stay 495 mm, Wheelbase 1191.7 mm, Standover 825.2 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 447 mm, Stack 631 mm)

Frame Types:

High-Step

Frame Colors:

Camo Green

Frame Fork Details:

Felt Fat Tire Rigid, Oversized Hollow Crown, Hydroformed 6061 Aluminum Blades, Aluminum Tapered Steerer

Frame Rear Details:

12 x 197 mm Thru-Axle

Attachment Points:

Front and Rear Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

11 Speed 1x11 SRAM X1 with X-Horizon Rear Derailleur, 10-42T Cassette

Shifter Details:

SRAM X-Actuation Triggers on Right Bar, MMX Mount

Cranks:

MTB Bosch-Specific, Forged Aluminum 15T Cog: SM = 170 mm, MD/LG = 175 mm, Felt Electric MTB Bosch-Specific Forged Aluminum Crank Arms

Pedals:

Plastic Platform

Headset:

FSA No. 57E / 62 1.125" - 1.5" Aheadset, Semi-Integrated Upper & External Lower Extender Cup: ACB Water Sealed Bearings, Felt Tornado Aluminum Top Cap, Custom 1 x 12.3 mm Curved, 2 x 5 mm Straight Washers

Stem:

Felt MTB SL 3D-Forged Aluminum, 4-Bolt Handlebar Clamp, 1-1/8" Threadless: Ø31.8 mm Handlebar, 7° Rise, Black Cr-Mo Hardware SM = 80 mm MD = 90 mm LG = 100 mm

Handlebar:

MTB Buted 6061 Alloy Riser Bar 15 mm Rise, 6 Degree Sweep, 9 Degree Bend 31.8 mm Bar Bore

Brake Details:

SRAM Guide R Hydraulic Disc with 180 mm Rotors, 4-Piston Calipers

Grips:

Felt XC Trail Single Aluminum Clamp Lock-on, Wing Print with Felt F-Wing End Plugs

Saddle:

WtB Silverado Race

Seat Post:

2 Bolt Micro Adjust, 15 mm Offset

Rims:

Felt Double-Wall Fat Tire Wheelset, 26" x 80 mm with Machined Cut-Outs, Forged Aluminum Hubs 32 Hole 6-Bolt Disc Mount

Spokes:

2.0 / 1.8 mm Double-Butted Stainless Steel

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Evolution, LiteSkin, Folding, 26" x 4.0"

Wheel Sizes:

26 in (66.04cm)

Tube Details:

Presta Valve

Accessories:

Motion Stella 300 Headlight, Old Man Mountain Front and Rear Sherpa Racks

Other:

ControlTaper Headtube, Full Internal Cable Routing with CNC Aluminum Ferrules, 197 x 12 mm Maxle Disc Brake Specific Dropouts, 15 x 150 mm Thru-Axle Front, 12 x 197 mm Thru-Axle Rear, SRAM PC-X1 Chain with Powerlock, SRAM PC-X1 X-Sync Freewheel, Locking Removable Battery Pack, Quick Release on Front and Rear Wheels

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Bosch Gen2 with Shift Detection

Motor Type:

Mid-Mounted Geared Motor
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Motor Nominal Output:

350 watts

Motor Peak Output:

550 watts

Motor Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Samsung

Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

396 wh

Battery Chemistry:

Lithium-ion

Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

30 miles (48 km)

Estimated Max Range:

60 miles (97 km)

Display Type:

Bosch Intuvia, Removable Backlit Grayscale LCD

Readouts:

Speed, 4 Assist Levels, Battery Voltage, Odometer, Estimated Range, Clock, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Time

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad on Left Bar

Drive Mode:

Advanced Pedal Assist (Combined Torque, Cadence and Speed), (Eco 50%, Tour 120%, Sport 190%, Turbo 275%)

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

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Written Review

The Felt OUTFITTER is a cargo-oriented fat style electric bike that captivated my imagination and seems to challenge the stereotype for what an ebike should or could be. This ebike is ready for dirt trails, sand dunes or even snow fields as demonstrated in the video review. I did get stuck once as my momentum slowed but no other fat tire ebikes have performed as capably as the OUTFITTER, it’s cousin the LEBOWSKe and others that use the Gen 2 Bosch Centerdrive motor system. Torque and power have never been an issue, I haven’t been concerned about overheating or straining the motor and weight distribution is spot on which improves balance and makes the bike easier to maneuver. In case you love snow footage, here’s a cool promotional reel from Felt starring BMX rider Gregory Laucht that was shot in Braunwald Switzerland. He does a better job showing off the hardware than I did and while this second video features the Felt DD 30 (which is non-electric) I think it still applies here… and maybe you wouldn’t have to take a chairlift, helicopter or snowmobile to the top as he likely did. With the OUTFITTER you get a unique camo paint job, two sturdy cargo racks for stowing gear, an integrated headlight, an eleven speed SRAM X1 cassette and three frame sizes to choose from. It’s really an awesome setup in my opinion and aside from the added weight of the racks and lack of a bottle cage mount, I don’t have any complaints here.

The motor powering this bike is a 350 watt Gen 2 Centerdrive from Bosch. It offers 60 Newton meters of torque for zippy starts and capable climbing with a peak output of ~550 watts. I love the way it’s mounted in place of a traditional tubular bottom bracket, relying on an adapter plate which has been custom fitted between the down tube, seat tube and chain stays. This plate has been CNC cut to fit the motor perfectly and reduce extra weight… The “fat tire” wheelset requires wider dropouts and thus, the mounting plate is also a bit wider at parts as you can see in the images. The front sprocket has been sized a bit smaller for improved leverage in climbing and hauling applications, it offers 15 teeth and comes in 170 mm for the Small and 175 mm for the Medium and large. In terms of performance, the motor is quick to respond, relatively quiet and fairly light weight at ~5.5 lbs. The system is measuring your rear wheel speed, pedal speed and pedal torque at ~1,000 per second to optimize output. As a result, the bike is able to use higher quality brakes (SRAM Guide R hydraulic 180 mm disc with 4-piston calipers) that don’t offer motor inhibitor switches built in. You don’t need the cutoff switch because the motor stops itself so quickly and even offers built-in shift detection to protect the chain, cassette and derailleur.

Powering this ebike is a 396 watt hour Bosch Powerpack with Samsung Lithium-ion cells. It’s a standard design that’s used across most of the Gen 2 Bosch systems and as such, is easy to find and replace. The pack isn’t integrated into the downtube for a perfectly clean aesthetic but it doesn’t look too bad as a black rectangular add-on. My biggest complaint is that it takes up most of the triangle above the down tube and in so doing, blocks all possible mounting points for bottle cages. Given the front and rear Old Man Mountain racks and the fork-blade bosses, you can easily add water storage elsewhere which is nice. The battery mounting point features a locking core by ABUS and the pack itself removable which helps with weight when transporting the frame around. You can charge this pack on or off of the bike and the charger is relatively light weight and fast (90 minutes gets you ~50%). The battery has an integrated LED readout that shows charge level and I recommend keeping it between 20% and 80% during times of disuse. By avoiding extremes, the battery will last longer and this also applies to temperatures. Extreme cold will reduce the energy you get out by ~30% so keep that in mind if you plan to ride a long distance in the snow (store and charge the battery inside before the ride). Extreme heat is more prone to damage the cells and reduce their capacity but the system is designed to monitor this and shut itself off if it reaches dangerous levels. In general, it’s worth checking and charging the battery every few months if you haven’t used it.

Activating the electronics on this bike is simple and easy to do, even when riding. Once the pack is charged and clicked onto the mount, just press the power on button at the lower left of the LCD screen. This brings up your riding speed, pedal assist level and several other readouts. The display itself is fairly large which makes it easy to see when riding. It swivels forward and back to help reduce glare and the panel itself can be easily removed for safe keeping. There’s a set screw that goes in under the panel which can be taken off to enable this. Don’t force the display if it feels like it isn’t coming off, this may be the result of the set-screw being in place under the unit. The Bosch Intuvia display panel actually runs on its own battery so you can turn it on without actually mounting it… though I don’t think it’s wireless and you won’t really be able to do much with it off the bike. I noticed that there’s a little rubber cover at the lower right edge and this is a USB charging slot which can either charge the Intuvia display or power a portable electronic device when riding. The display is backlit and also powers the headlight on the OUTFITTER when you press the bulb icon on the lower right. Reset clears your trip meter when held for a few seconds and the i symbol replicates the one located on the break out button pad near the left grip. In practice, this button pad is really where you’ll be focusing your time and it’s very easy to reach while riding. I enjoyed the tactile “click” that it made when navigating up or down in pedal assist mode. You can choose from no assist, which leaves the Intuvia on acting as a cycle computer, or navigate through four levels of power output. The higher output you use, the faster you’ll drain the battery but the less work you’ll have to do pedaling. I’ve found that in the lowest level “Eco” you can literally get 60+ miles of range riding on hard flat surfaces. Pressing that i button mentioned earlier lets you explore the odometer, max speed, average speed and estimated range readouts. The range thing is cool because it lets you approximate whether you need to back off the electric assist as the battery is depleted over time. Here’s a quick video overview I filmed along with the official manuals and some more photos of the Intuvia system.

The OUTFITTER electric bike seems custom made for hunters, backpackers or adventurers who want a quiet, efficient way to get out into the wilderness. I’ve enjoyed gas powered four wheelers and ATV’s as a young person but also appreciate the sights and sounds of nature… and my friend on treks through the wilderness. Gas powered vehicles aren’t legal on most beaches and in many parks. The Felt OUTFITTER is just plain fun and much more capable than a lot of lower or mid-level electric fat bikes. The range, power, balance and components are performance level and should last well but the two year warranty doesn’t hurt. I like that they chose a smaller front sprocket and went with an enormous 11 speed cassette in the rear with durable SRAM X1 derailleur. You can easily climb with this bike even in no-assist mode, just very slowly. It’s nice to have more than just one frame size so you can really dial in fit and it’s great to see more than one option from Felt in terms of Fat ebikes. The OUTFITTER is heavier than the LEBOWSKe but also costs less. Both have sturdy thru-axles, light weight “punched out” rims and capable hydraulic disc brakes that won’t make your hands and wrists tired. This bike is great fun but if you’re concerned about your wrists and are considering other mid-drive fat bikes then check out the Haibike Fatsix which has a suspension fork and also comes in three sizes.

Pros:

  • Quick release on front and rear wheels come sin very handy for moving this larger bike given the “fat tires”, battery is also removable to reduce weight
  • Excellent storage options, front and rear carry racks with four mounting points each and three fork blade bosses on each side for adding bottle cages or other accessories
  • Integrated headlight is powered by the main battery pack, it’s small and blends into the handle bar but puts out great light while staying out of the way
  • Felt is a mainstream performance brand known for high quality bicycle builds, strong emphasis on frame and component quality with a solid two year warranty (lifetime on the frame)
  • Quality electric drive system by Bosch known for efficiency and climbing ability, works very well for this heavier fat bike designed to take on sand and snow
  • Nice cushion provided by the larger 26″ x 4″ tires with “punched out” wheelset, sturdy thru-axles keep wheels stiff and straight, avoid disc brake squeaking
  • The bottom bracket mounting point for the Bosch Centerdrive was cut using CNC vs. being cast or hydro-formed which means it’s lighter weight while still providing strength, this contributes the relatively light weight of the bike (light for a fat ebike)
  • 11 speed rear cassette offers incredible range for climbing or reaching higher velocity, most mid-drive electric bikes I’ve tested have a 9 or 10 speed cassette
  • Bosch display panel is removable for safe storage, backlit for night use and includes a breakout button pad so you don’t have to take your hand off the left grip to navigate menus or change assist level
  • Purpose built frame conceals most wires for shifting, braking and motor systems on the bike as they are internally routed
  • Having the battery and motor mounted low and center on the frame improves balance and also makes servicing the wheels and drivetrain akin to traditional bicycles which makes it easier for you and shops to do work
  • Pedalec system is extremely responsive (measuring pedal torque, cadence and bicycle speed) cuts out quickly which is important when riding off-road terrain
  • Hydraulic disc brakes provide excellent stopping power while minimizing hand fatigue in off-road environments

Cons:

  • Front-mounted Old Man Mountain rack is attached to the fork and may be less stable when loaded than a head-tube mounted porteur rack, no deflopilator spring to keep the front from turning under weight
  • This bike does not include a kickstand and mounting one near the bottom bracket motor may be difficult, you might have luck with a chain stay mounted kickstand or something like the click-stand
  • Because the battery pack is mounted to the downtube and the top tube is sloped downward there was no place for water bottle cage braze ons there, consider adding something to the bosses on the fork or getting a CamelBak
  • No throttle mode available here, this is a pedalec only and requires rider pedaling input to activate the motor

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Comments (4) YouTube Comments

Richard
4 years ago

Can you please allow us to zoom in on the text? Im on an ipad mini and the text only fills 2/3 of the screen and it doesnt allow zooming in. We cant zoom in to see pictures larger either. Many readers tend to stop visiting pages that dont allow zooming in because its a huge frustration.

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Court
4 years ago

Hmm… thanks for the feedback Richard! I’m sorry to hear that the text and images are difficult to read on your iPad. I’ve setup the site to be “responsive” and scale to fit mobile devices but the font is indeed fairly small. I’m in the midst of a redesign effort and will take your feedback into consideration and try to make the future versions of EBR more legible on tablets and phones. How do you usually “Zoom” on text and images? I sometimes pinch on my iPhone and use the View > Zoom In feature on my desktop. How do you do it and what sites have you visited that you felt were great in terms of font size or utilities that let you zoom?

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Joe
4 years ago

Hi EBR, Thanx for the review. I must say this is a nice fat bike. Everything but the power is above average. Ok now given the purchase price and also this bikes purpose,it fails miserably. This Felt bike is grossly under powered both in battery size and motor size.Both the batteries and motor would need to be at least double their out puts.There is simply no excuse for whats under the hood now. Anyone who knows e-bikes would notice these 2 cons immediately. THANX EBR for the review. Joe.

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Court
4 years ago

Cool, thanks for sharing your opinion! I respectfully disagree, the torque output on the Bosch Centerdrive 350 is pretty great at 60 Nm and 350 is just the nominal power rating, it peaks well above that and in my experience the battery offers enough capacity for 20+ miles in the highest assist with off-road conditions. I’m sure we’ll see improvements in power and range in the future but for now this is pretty solid in my opinion :)

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