New bike order: (Feb 2017)
My new Felt Sporte 95 S E-Bike for Touring is being built and will be tested.
Pedal Assist Bikes could become the new normal in Touring.
The Shimano Steps Systems to extend touring miles and create new options for routes.
The new bike will be built up from the standard Felt Sporte 95 S with the optional rack, fenders and battery powers lights. The Geometry is similar to the LHT. But the flat bar would not alway the needed hand positions for long touring and an more upright position that I have become accustom to.
I talked with Jeff Jones about the H-Bar options for me based on the bike and my experience with touring and riding positions. Jeff is really knowledgeable and knows the bicycle industry. Jeff guided me to the Jones SG 2.5 Aluminum
This bar hopefully will provide the touring upright position with multiple hand positions, can use the standard brake and shifters that come with the Felt Bike .... and plenty of room for the Shimano Steps Computer and any other accessory. Many touring bikes are now going with the Jones H-Bar and I am excited to try them.
I will be able to compare with the Salsa Woodchipper drop bar that I have on the Long Haul Trucker and the Salsa Fargo.
Details on the Felt:
Shimano Steps e-bike design,
double-butted 6061 aluminum,
Hydroform down tube,
Dynaform seat & chain stays,
integrated kickstand & Basta lock mount,
full internal cable routing,
Battery: Shimano Steps 400Wh
frame type battery pack/
Light System: B&M Lumotec IQ Eyc DC 50Lux headlight, B&M Toplight View DC rear w/Linetec wires/
Carrier: Felt 6061 tubular aluminum, integrated frame mount: w/ internal electric wiring, accessory attachment mount/
We will see how this bike does for touring.