Felt SPORTe Review

Felt Sporte Electric Bike Review 1
Felt Sporte
Felt Sporte Bosch Centerdrive
Felt Sporte Bosch Powerpack Battery
Felt Sporte Bosch Display Grips
Felt Sporte Gel Saddle
Felt Sporte Heat Resistant Saddle
Felt Sporte Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Felt Sporte Aluminum Fork
Felt Sporte Kickstand
Felt Sporte Nylon Pedals
Felt Sporte Rim Wheel Reflective Sidewall
Felt Sporte Shimano Deore Xt
Felt Sporte Electric Bike Review 1
Felt Sporte
Felt Sporte Bosch Centerdrive
Felt Sporte Bosch Powerpack Battery
Felt Sporte Bosch Display Grips
Felt Sporte Gel Saddle
Felt Sporte Heat Resistant Saddle
Felt Sporte Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Felt Sporte Aluminum Fork
Felt Sporte Kickstand
Felt Sporte Nylon Pedals
Felt Sporte Rim Wheel Reflective Sidewall
Felt Sporte Shimano Deore Xt


  • Light, stiff and fast with efficient frame, wheel and tire design that strike a balance between city and road performance
  • Plenty of bosses for adding your own fenders or a rear carry rack, Felt offers their own matching hardware and lights as add-on options
  • Excellent frame balance, powerful and efficient motor system, removable battery pack

Video Review







$3,999 USD

Body Position:

Forward Aggressive

Suggested Use:

Road, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Pedal Assist (Class 1)
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Lifetime Frame, 2 Year Drivetrain and Electronics


United States, Canada

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

40 lbs (18.14 kg)

Battery Weight:

5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)

Motor Weight:

8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)

Frame Material:

Double-Butted 6061 Aluminum

Frame Sizes:

17.32 in (43.99 cm)18.89 in (47.98 cm)20.47 in (51.99 cm)21.65 in (54.99 cm)22.83 in (57.98 cm)

Geometry Measurements:

XS 17.32" (Head Angle 70 mm, Seat Angle 74 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 540 mm, Head Tube Length 150 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 440 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 55 mm, Chain Stay 470 mm, Wheelbase 1077 mm, Standover 729 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 381 mm, Stack 553 mm), Small 18.89" (Head Angle 70.5 mm, Seat Angle 73 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 560 mm, Head Tube Length 160 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 480 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 55 mm, Chain Stay 470 mm, Wheelbase 1082.1 mm, Standover 747 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 387 mm, Stack 566 mm), Medium 20.47" (Head Angle 70.5 mm, Seat Angle 72.5 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 575 mm, Head Tube Length 170 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 520 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 55 mm, Chain Stay 470 mm, Wheelbase 1092.1 mm, Standover 779 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 395 mm, Stack 576 mm), Large 21.65" (Head Angle 70.5 mm, Seat Angle 72.3 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 585 mm, Head Tube Length 190 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 550 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 55 mm, Chain Stay 470 mm, Wheelbase 1100.6 mm, Standover 806 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 395 mm, Stack 594 mm), XL 22.83" (Head Angle 71 mm, Seat Angle 72 mm, Top Tube Horizontal 600 mm, Head Tube Length 210 mm, Seat Tube Center to Top 580 mm, Bottom Bracket Drop 55 mm, Chain Stay 470 mm, Wheelbase 1107.3 mm, Standover 834 mm, Rake 45 mm, Reach 400 mm, Stack 615 mm),

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Gloss Black with Red Accents

Frame Fork Details:

Felt Rigid Hydroformed 6061 Aluminum Blades, Aluminum Tapered Steerer, Disc-Brake Specific, Eyeleted

Attachment Points:

Fender Bosses, Rack Bosses

Gearing Details:

10 Speed 1x10 Shimano Deore XT Shadow 11-32T, (Shimano CS-HG 62 Cassette)

Shifter Details:

Shimano SLX Rapid Fire on Right Bar


Felt Electric Bosch-Specific Forged Aluminum


Felt Low-Profile Nylon Cage and Body with Rubber Grip, Taper Head Cr-Mo Axle


FSA No. 42 1.125" - 1.5" Integrated: ACB Water Sealed Bearings with Felt Tornado Aluminum Top Cap, Custom 1 X 15mm Curved, 3 X 5mm and 1 X 10mm Straight Washers


Felt SL Design 3D-Forged Aluminum with 4-Bolt Handlebar Clamp


Felt 6061 Double-Butted Aluminum Flat Bar

Brake Details:

Shimano BL-M615 Hydraulic Disc with 160 mm Rotors


Felt Ergo Grip Dual-Density Kraton Rubber, Wing-style


Selle Royal LookIn Athletic Gel

Seat Post:

Felt Twin Clamp Micro Adjust 6061 Alloy

Seat Post Length:

300 mm

Seat Post Diameter:

27.2 mm


Shimano 28H Clincher with Quick Release


Shimano WH-RX05

Tire Brand:

Schwalbe EnergizerLife, 700 x 32c (28" x 1.25")

Wheel Sizes:

28 in (71.12cm)

Tire Details:

Kevlar Guard, Reflective Sidewalls

Tube Details:

Presta Valve


Extended Chain Cover, KSA 40 Style Kickstand on Rear Dropout Mount, (Optional) Felt QX Style Fenders with Stainless Hardware, (Optional) B&M Lumotec IQ Eyc DC 50Lux Headlight and B&M Toplight View DC Rear with Linetec Wires


Shimano CN-HG54 Chain, Internally Routed Shift Cables with CNC Aluminum Ferrules

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 Torque:

60 Newton meters

Battery Brand:


Battery Voltage:

36 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

11 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

400 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

3.5 hours

Estimated Min Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Estimated Max Range:

65 miles (105 km)

Display Type:

Removable Backlit Grayscale LCD


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

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad with Tactile Feedback

Drive Mode:

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

Top Speed:

20 mph (32 kph)

Written Review

The Felt SPORTe is part road bike, part city bike. You get a stiff, relatively light weight aluminum alloy frame (though not as light as their NINEe hardtail) with efficient narrow tires mounted on a 700c medium-dish rim. While aluminum is known for being durable, it’s not super comfortable over extended distances at higher speed… That’s why many road bikes offer a carbon fork and some city bikes, like those from Surly, opt for Steel. Given the soft gel saddle, ergonomic grips and five frame sizes this ebike strikes a balance between power transfer and comfort but I’d consider adding a seat post shock for daily use with 10+ miles of riding. There are plenty of mounting points for fenders and racks and Felt even offers their own as add-ons along with quality lights from Busch & Muller that can run straight off the main battery pack. At ~$4K this bike is well priced given its use of the Bosch Centerdrive but similarly priced electric bikes like the Haibike Trekking include fenders, rack and lights as well as a suspension fork for the same price. The only downside there is 11 pounds of additional weight… I’m so excited to see Felt entering the ebike space because they produce quality gear with an emphasis on performance. The question with this particular bike for me is, why doesn’t it have drop bars if it’s meant to be a road bike and if not, why isn’t there more emphasis on comfort?

The drive system in use for the Felt SPORTe features a 350 watt geared center drive by Bosch. It’s their second generation system built for the US market capable of reaching 20 miles per hour with pedal assist mode only. I love how responsive this system is; it senses your pedal torque, pedal speed and wheel speed on the fly. I also love that Felt has added a custom chain guard cover that conceals the front cog and keeps your pants clean. The motor itself is mounted low and center which creates excellent balance (especially since the battery is mounted just above) and it leverages the 10 speed cassette in the rear to perform optimally as you switch from low to high gears. One downside to this system is increased noise when compared to a gearless direct drive motor like that found on the Specialized Turbo S or Stromer ST2. The mid-drive wins out when doing wheel, tire and tube maintenance and it also reduces unsprung weight… but for a road bike like this, that doesn’t really matter as much and I prefer the quiet with some motor systems even offering regenerative braking. The Bosch system is smart, sensing when you shift gears to limit strain on your chain, but most ideally suited to climbing and distance applications in my view.

Powering the motor and optional lighting kit is a 400 watt hour Lithium-ion battery pack. It mounts directly to the downtube and is so narrow that it won’t touch your legs when pedaling. I love that in addition to the pack there are braze ons in the central triangle space (on the seat tube) so you can add a standard bottle cage. I’m actually a big fan of the battery pack and mounting design for the aforementioned weight distribution and balance benefits. I love that the pack can be charged on or off the bike and includes a solid metal core lock (by ABUS) for security. Considering how light this bike is to begin with, if you choose to remove the 8.8 pound battery you can actually enjoy riding in non-electric mode just as you would with a regular bike.

To turn on this bike you simply connect a charged battery and then press a power button at the lower left corner of the display. The large backlit console is mounted front and center for easy viewing and offers several readouts with a constant show of speed, battery and assist level. I love that the display is removable in case you’re parking in a rough area or want to reduce sun exposure. There’s a button on the top right of the display, as well as the remote button pad fixed near the left grip, that has an “i” on it and this lets you cycle through overall distance, trip distance, max speed, average speed, estimated range, and time. My favorite readout is range because it dynamically adjusts as you arrow between four levels of assist. The higher levels provide more power and torque but also drain the battery more quickly. So, using the left mounted button pad you can literally change assistance without taking your hand off the grip and without even looking down. It’s a great design that lets you focus on riding the bike vs. interpreting menus and it’s native to all Bosch Gen2 systems.

Overall this bike features some excellent hardware accessories (Shimano hydraulic brakes, Deore XT derailleur, Selle Royal saddle) and a solid frame setup (stiff light weight 6061 aluminum, rack and fender attachment points, CNC ferrules for integrating wires through vs. on top of tubing) but I’m left with a few gripes. Sure, I’m being extra hard on Felt because they’re a leading bike manufacturer and this is their “regular” edition bike that most people will gravitate towards (the others are fat tire or mountain / trail specific). Electric bikes tend to be ridden more often, over further distances and at higher speeds than traditional bicycles and this one could have been designed with a greater emphasis on comfort in my view. On the flip side, if it’s a road bike then comfort could be less of a focus but the geometry isn’t aggressive enough and it should have drop bars and weigh even less. What remains is an in-between solution that’s meant to be an affordable catch-all and uses nylon pedals that aren’t as stiff or grippy, ergonomic grips that don’t have lockers and can end up shifting and rotating as you ride and some great city “options” that cost extra money to add. Frankly, I’m a bigger fan of the Felt NINEe hardtail for commuting because it’s more comfortable but still fairly efficient given the large 29″ wheelset and suspension lockout for reduced bob.


  • You can really dial in the fit by choosing from one of five frame sizes! There’s also a step-thru version of the bike in two more sizes
  • Felt is a mainstream performance brand known for high quality bicycle builds, strong emphasis on frame and component quality
  • Gel saddle provides added comfort on longer rides and bumpy terrain, designed to stay extra cool in hot temperatures
  • Front and rear wheels have quick release which is handy for service and transport, the battery pack is also removable for convenient charging and to reduce the weight of the frame during transport, for security the battery has a built in locking core made by ABUS
  • 10 speed rear cassette offers good range for climbing or reaching higher velocity on paved tarmac
  • Bosch display panel is removable for safe storage, backlit for night use and includes a breakout button pad that clicks when you press down so you don’t have to take your hand off the left grip or eyes off the road to navigate menus or change assist level
  • Rear braze-ons provide versatility for mounting a rack, Felt offers an optional lighting and rack kit designed to fit and match the bike, this model also includes bosses for mounting a water bottle cage on the seat tube
  • Purpose built frame (CNC Aluminum Ferrules) conceals most wires for shifting, braking and motor systems on the bike
  • 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
  • Solid two year warranty on drivetrain, components and electronics with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a good reputation from Felt
  • Includes a well positioned kickstand so you don’t have to worry about leaning this up against walls or having it tip as easily


  • Stiffer ride (great for power transfer) can feel uncomfortable on rough surfaces when riding longer distances, consider adding a seat post shock
  • No throttle mode available here, this is a pedalec only and requires rider pedaling input to activate the motor
  • This is one of the pricier city or road type electric bikes I’ve reviewed but you do get quality and a solid warranty
  • Lower end plastic pedals that can slip when wet and ergo grips that don’t have lockers that can spin


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Comments (19) YouTube Comments

Greg Harm
8 years ago

I bought mine on September 22 and it has bosses in place for the water bottle on the vertical seat post, facing the battery. I ordered a plastic bottle cage from Amazon that was less that 10 bucks. Felt had supplied to bolts for the bottle cage and it only took a moment or two to mount it. For my 10.6 mile commute, I use a Camelbak, which I find less distracting to drink from while pedaling.

Great review. My only “con”‘is that they didn’t include a shock-absorbing set of forks. When asked, an employee at the bike shop said that it was not possible to purchase a shock-fork for it, but sometimes they are mistaken. If anyone knows whether the bike can accept a different Felt fork, let me know. On balance, I have never owned a bike I have enjoyed riding as much as this SPORTe 95. It simply rocks!

Court Rye
8 years ago

Great feedback Greg! Glad you were able to mount a bottle cage to your seat tube. Maybe they offer those bosses on larger frames? I realized that the one I was riding may have had them but there was an ABUS lock attached to the seat tube… probably right at those mounting points (I’ll update the review). Glad you’re enjoying yours so much. Consider a seat post shock vs. suspension fork as it will be less expensive and still smooth out the ride pretty well.

8 years ago

Thanks, Court. My frame is a 48, so smaller than the one reviewed. I did add a Thudbuster Seat Post which has a shock/vibration-damper type device in it. So far, I give it a thumbs up, as it works but does not impose a bouncy feel to it.

Inasmuch as these are major purchases, you do all consumers a major service by honestly reporting your reviews in a welcoming unbiased fashion. I’ve told many people how satisfied I am with this investment and I have your guidance in part to thank for helping me make an informed major purchase decision.

We all owe you a debt of gratitude for all of your reviews, especially the manufacturers who seek your educated and well qualified opinions. Kudos to you, Court, from all of us who read up your commentaries!!!

Chris Nolte
8 years ago

Greg – It’s definitely possible to add a suspension fork. We just got a RockShox Paragon fork that we plan to test on the Sporte but there are several others that would work as well. RST also makes many forks that are made for a bike like this. I’ll try to update here when I get one installed but feel free to reach out if you’re interested in the meanwhile. I’ll be happy to help. I’m really into customizing bikes as it opens up the capabilities of the bike and you can reach me through http://longislandelectricbikes.com/

Jon Smith
8 years ago

Is the motor noise distracting? Would you be able to hear it when riding in a suburban environment? Or in a city bike trail?

Court Rye
8 years ago

Great question Jon… I usually ride these bikes in level one, occasionally level two for short distances, and in these reduced-power output modes the noise is not bothersome. Now that I think about it, that might be a subconscious incentive to pedal that I hadn’t realized before! In any case, I’m very sensitive to noise myself and at high pedal cadence the motor is more audible (as you probably hear in the video review for this and other Bosch powered ebikes). Ultimately, I’ve gotten used to it and am thrilled with the Bosch Gen 2 drive system. There are times that I purposefully arrow down to “no assist” when passing other cyclists or riding around lots of pedestrians, it makes me feel less threatening and I feel like I’m drawing less attention and this is probably due in part to the sound thing. I’d recommend testing one of these out in person if you can. Any Bosch powered ebike will give you a good idea for what to expect, just keep in mind that you may only be using the lower assist levels and that this could significantly reduce the noise. I hope this helps and I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve ridden some!

6 years ago

I bought one a couple of months ago and have been using it as my “daily driver” since about 700 miles in. You can hear the motor any time it is running. Completely quiet it ain’t. But “whisper quiet” is pretty accurate for it most of the time. It’s not much louder than the sound your tires make on wet pavement.

I rode a bike path with a friend and intentionally turned it on TOUR just to check, and we had a perfectly normal conversation at 18MPH cruising speed and he could barely tell it was running. It was audible, but not much more than our tires on the damp pavement.

Even when you are climbing a steep hill and all 350W are engaged, it’s quieter than a normal conversation. I’m not good at gauging such things, but if I had to guess I’d say it maxes at low 50s decibels when flat out at 350W and is in the low 40s when providing minimal assist.

Court Rye
6 years ago

Well said NEight, I agree with your description of the noise level made by the Bosch drive syste. Sounds like you’re enjoying the bike!

Andrew Weinfeld
8 years ago

Can you add a stack to the front stem?

Court Rye
8 years ago

Hi Andrew, I’m really not sure. You may be able to swap out the stem for something shorter and with a higher angle. This would be a great question for dealers and if you find out please share back here :)

Stu Berman
6 years ago

Hi Court, I can’t believe how much I’m learning about e-bikes from reading your reviews. I’m now beginning to focus on some FELT and Trek offerings. I just rode a FELT SPORT e-95 and really liked it a lot. Is the SPORT e-95 an updated version of the SPORTe in this review? Do you have any plans to review the SPORT e-95?

Court Rye
6 years ago

Hi Stu! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the site and becoming more informed. My goal is to review “everything” but time is limited. I like Felt products and have been keeping an eye out to cover them, I can’t say whether the e-95 is different. Many times companies will keep most of the bike the same and just refine portions or increase power/battery size but if it’s using Bosch systems that may not have changed. Hopefully I’ll find one and be able to provide and updated review soon :)

6 years ago

I can’t say for sure, but I own the SportE 95 and I am unable to tell a single difference between it and the bicycle reviewed on this column. It wasn’t until I read your comment that I realized this was not a review of the 95.

4 years ago

I just purchased a new Sport E-95s! Only had a test ride, go back tomorrow for custom fit. The dealer tells me Felt has switched to Shimano motors and battery pack, pedal assist only (legal on bike paths in AZ). It’s VERY quiet but I can’t compare it to a Bosch as Felt no longer uses them.

I was told its ALL ABOUT riding distance! Bosch was ‘snappier’ but Shimano 11 speed has close to a 100 mile range??? That will have to be tested ;)

The 2019 NEW models now come WITH a front suspension fork. I could add on to my 2018 but for about $1000. List on bike was $2999 / paid $2000.

Christine Frank
6 years ago

Does the Felt Sport E E-Bike have a quick-release axle for trailer attachment? I am searching for a compatible freight trailer and don’t know which type of attachment to purchase–one for a quick-release axle or another kind.

Court Rye
6 years ago

Hi Christine! I believe it does have quick release on both the front and rear wheels. I reviewed the photos and video I shot during this review (which was from 2015) and both of them used 9 mm quick release skewers, the standard type of wheel attachment you’d find on most non-electric bikes. Having QR on both wheels is a big benefit of mid-drive. I hope this helps you out and I wish you good luck :)

Oren Jay
5 years ago

Hey Court, Everyone,

Just wanted to report on this bike. I purchased one of these a few weeks back from a local dealer. It’s a great bike, but I ended up returning it for a Class 3. One of the things I liked the most about this bike was a how light it is. Compared to most eBikes, this thing is super light! It made it easier to maneuver on public transport. It rode very solid and comfortable. I liked the way they paint the battery to blend in to the frame.

In the end, there were two issues I had — less with the bike and more with the Bosch mid-drive. One was simply that I realized I needed something that goes 28mph. It was very easy to get up to 20mph on this and then I found that I couldn’t go much faster. It felt almost as if the motor was slowing me down or preventing me from going faster (though I know that’s probably not actually true). The other thing that I didn’t enjoy so much was how loud the Bosch system. I read great reviews about the Bosch motors, and the techs at all of the bike shops I went to rave about how great they are… however, in terms of the actual riding experience, the continual whine really took away from the pleasure of riding it for me.

I ended up getting a sweet deal on a Raleigh Redux iE from my local dealer, and love it. I’ll leave a few comments on that bike’s review as well! Thanks for all your reviews & this great online community!

Court Rye
5 years ago

Awesome! The Brose motor used on the Raleigh Redux iE should be quieter, I’m glad you found it and were able to make an exchange. Kudos to your local shop and thank you so much for sharing your feedback here with us. I love how lightweight the Felt SPORTe is too, but it also wasn’t as comfortable as the big tire setup on the Redux iE. Thanks Oren!


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