Felt DD 10 fat bike review

Big wheeler hits sweet spot on geometry, spec — and price

Fat Bike Winter Guide
Short stem and wide carbon bars are another nice touch.

Short stem and wide carbon bars are another nice touch (click to enlarge).

This sense of control is further enhanced by a roomy cockpit (80mm stem, 760mm wide bars), and middle-of-the-road 455mm chainstays, which are long enough to feel stable at speed, but short enough that it’s easier to maintain uphill traction in a seated position.

Felt has also done a nice job with component spec. For a relatively modest $3000 you get a use-expanding 100mm RockShox Bluto suspension fork, crisp Shimano XT shifters, rear derailleur and cassette, a RaceFace 30t crankset, and house brand carbon bars and seatpost. The flipside, obviously, is an aluminum frame and generic wheels with so-so hubs and a lack of easy tubeless set-up. All together that adds up to a smooth operating, but slightly portly 31.8-pound bike (size large) that doesn’t have the fastest rear wheel engagement.

The Schwalbe Jumbo Jims are fast rolling but dont have great traction in softer snow.

The Schwalbe Jumbo Jims are fast rolling but dont have great traction in softer snow (click to enlarge).

Tire spec is also a good-and-bad proposition. The quick rolling 4” Schwalbe Jumbo Jims are collectively about a pound lighter than much of the competition. But their minimalist tread gets overmatched pretty quickly in soft snow situations, and the thin, flexible casing is a flat waiting to happen on aggressive dirt trail rides. The good news is that the DD 10 has ample tire clearance (at least up to 4.8”) so it’s possible to play around with various tires depending on how and where you intend to use this bike.

Other notable features include thru-axles front and rear, a stiffness enhancing tapered headtube, partial internal cable routing, solid braking performance (thank you 180mm front rotor), front and rear rack mounts if you decide you want to ride across Antarctica, good frame bag clearance, and an understated by attractive paint scheme that has a cool army tank-look to it.

We love the simplicity of the 1x set-up, but the 30t chainring combined with the 11-40 cassette is a tad tall.

We love the simplicity of the 1x set-up, but the 30t chainring combined with the 11-40 cassette is a tad tall (click to enlarge).

Points are taken off for the tall’ish standover height, the aforementioned overall heft, and a 1x gearing set-up with 30t chainring with 11-40 cassette that will simply be too tall for a lot of riders.

Niggles aside, the Felt DD 10 is a truly great option for the rider willing to make a moderate financial commitment to wintertime fat biking, but who isn’t looking to race at the top level — and wants to leave the door open for riding year round. Alternatively, if winter-only riding is your goal, take a look at the Felt DD30, which boasts many of the same features and components (save the RockShox Bluto) and costs $1000 less.

For more info visit www.feltbicycles.com.


About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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