Strengths: Almost everything! Stiff and solid frame, versatile suspension, Shimano XT drivetrain, real All-Mountain bike.
Weaknesses: Shimano XT wheels
Great all-mountain bike and very versatile for almost any riding style. Great climber as well as for downhill use. The bike's wheelbase is slightly longer than whatever I previously owned but you get use to it after few rides. The Shimano XT hydraulic brakes are great.
I just upgrade my bike with a Shimano XT 2 x 10 drivetrain and XTR brakes and I feel like I have a new bike!
Cons: Shimano XT wheels. Very stiff and solid wheels, UST, and light. The issues are coming from the spokes that won't keep their tension and the freehub that is not very reliable. But, to be honest, so far so good.
I highly recommend the bike to anyone who is looking for a state of the art bike that can do almost anything.
a Weekend Warrior
from Stockton, CA - USA
Date Reviewed: August 17, 2010
Strengths: Full XT drivetrain; Cranks, Wheels, Brakes, etc. Light and rigid w/ a plush ride. Suspension adjustablity is limitless.
Weaknesses: The cables being routed on top of the downtube pretty much make the waterbottle cage mounting bolts completely useless...
Absolutely love this bike. I'm 5'10" and the medium fits me perfect and feels so light and flickable underfoot. Plush ride downhill and screams up hill like no 150mm travel bike should. I got a new 09 on closeout for 2100.00 dollars off and I couldn't be happier.
Bike Setup: 100% stock w/ Deore XT clipless pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
from Franklin, NH, USA
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2010
Strengths: This bike is smooth as silk both up and down hill. The Equilink technology really works. Climbs like goat and bombs down on rails.
Weaknesses: The front end seem light when going up steep hills. I found using a taller gear corrected the problem.
I bought this as a frameset and built it up during the winter. With the early spring around here I have been out quite a few times in the past month or so. This bike is amazing. I have ridden a Jamis XLT for the past 4 years and really liked the bike alot. Until now that is. This Felt is so smooth and effortless to ride. The Equilink works perfectly. I have never found the need to use the pro-pedal, The suspension design is that good. This bike i definately worth checking out if you have the chance.
Bike Setup: XT drivetrain, Avid Elixir Brakes, Thompson Seatpost and Stem. Fox Fanilla RLC, Fox RP23. Maxxis Ignitors w/ stans tubeless
a Cross Country Rider
from North County San Diego, CA, U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2009
Strengths: Great bike climbs like a demon trying to escape from hell i.e. Great, but can still bomb most downhill with ease and handle small to medium drops and jumps.
Weaknesses: I only got to demo the bike for a week so I dident really get a chance to totally dile it in for my weight (over 200 lb's) and riding style, but it still perfomed great but if I had to find a weakness I would have to fault the over the front geometry that the bike has, on steep downhill the bike puts alittle to much weight on the front fork. I demo'ed the Felt's next step up bike the Redemtion the week before and it seemed to suffer from the same problem and after some research online it seems to be a common complaint I guess Felt measured the geometry in sag as aposed to measuring with know sag. By my last ride on the Compulsion I adjusted the fork settings and it seemed to help but it still felt like it wanted to put me over the bars every chance it could. But my demo dident have the Fox Talis fork like it was sposed to it had a Rock Shox P.I.K.E. Which is fairly similar but might not have helped the geometry of the bike much.
Great bike I fell in love with it. Felt hit one out of the park when they designed the rear suspension it climbs even better then a 29 pound bike should even if you leave the shock on, I dident even try it in pro pedal or lock out I dident need to and I hate to climb I ride to go fast downhill not to go slow uphill but with this bike it almost made climbing fun. Bombing downhill is also a blast on this bike, with 5 and a half inches of travel it soaks up most anything you can through at. The only thing I would change WHEN I buy this bike is the front fork I think if I put a longer fork on it would make the bike a 10 out of 10 instead of the 9.5 its at now. But even if I had to keep it the way it is I wouldent complain.
So i got this bike a few months back, built it up, took it to northstar a few days after the build was done, and rode it so hard a got an impact flat and dented the rim. Took it all apart, let it sit there while I got back into Big Bikes, and just recently i decided to get it built back up. my frien ... Read More »
I want an ALL MTN rig and have a tough decision basing it upon the two bikes' suspension systems. 2010 Trek Remedy 8 or 2009 Felt Compulsion 1. Both are the same price, as is why Im asking you guys to help me. I have ridden both, but not on dirt due to store restrictions. They both feel great. ... Read More »
Picked up a brand new 17.5" Compulsion on closeout last night. I'm very impressed with the build quality and XT drivetrain...
Anyone have any setup tips before I hit the trails ?
I initially set the rear at 14mm (they reccomend 14-17)... seems very plush but this is my first full suspension, ... Read More »
I'm looking at picking this Bike up for 2500.00 on closeout. This will be my first full suspension MTB and will serve duty as my AM and Trail bike. I raced BMX for years as a kid and have recently fell in love with aggresive trail riding... I currently ride a hardtail but would like to get a full su ... Read More »
Someone needs to grab this sweet Compulsion 1. Like new and only a handful of rides...
I paid my 2.00 so here is the linky...
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