Felt Compulsion 3 All Mountain Full Suspension

4.29/5 (7 Reviews)
Weight : 32.7 lbs

Product Description

  • Bar End Caps: Rubber Plugs w/Felt Bubble Decal
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M530 Rapidfire Plus 27-Speed
  • Crankset: Truvativ "Blaze", 3-Piece Crank, Cold Forged Aluminum
  • Chain: Sram PC-951 (9-Speed) Silver Outer

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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Moosey a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2012

Strengths:    suspension is amazing! bike handles well, jumps well, is fairly light, very strong. I love it.

Weaknesses:    None that I've really found, except you can't run a Roco Air on it... the piggyback is too big. Not the plushest I've ridden on Downhills, but I'm used to 8" travel bikes, and have a slopestyle tune on my shock...

Bottom Line:   
I technically have a 2009 felt compulsion 1, monarch in the back, fox 36 up front. It's a bit steep, so here's the kicker to my build... RUN A LOWERED SHOCK! i run a 7.5" shock instead of a 7.785" shock, or whatever the stock length is. I run a quarter inch shorter shock. It does leave me with less travel technically, but it's still like 5 inches. I run a 6" travel fox 36 up front. The BB is nice and low, the HA is slack enough.

This thing rips! Its great on dirt jumps. I dirt jump the hell outta mine, and can't be happier. Equilink is some of the best suspension I've ever felt. It's simply great. This bike has handled some pro-sized DJ's, Northstar (some of the double black trails) and even some 10'+ drops. It's amazing. I simply love this bike. It's not the best on the DH, but it's fun and doable.

I'm surprised how strong the frame is. Cam Zink only rode 1 frame (technically 2 frames) his 2009 season. His first frame broke in the pre-season because of a mechanical error, and was completely unrelated to the bike. The other frame he rode the whole season, no incident. I've crashed hard on mine a few times (Damn thing broke my collar bone) and it's still ready to go. I can't say enough good about it.

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Favorite Trail:   One Way

Duration Product Used:   about a year and a half

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Cam Zink

Similar Products Used:   RM Slayer SS, Karpiel Disco, Intense M1, Evil Revolt, Cannondale Rush, Haro Porter.

Bike Setup:   7.5" monarch in the back with slopestyle tune, Fox 36 Van R up front, 160mm.

Basic build other than that. Short stem, wide bars, low seat..


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by svmike a Weekend Warrior from Houston, Tx, USA

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2011

Strengths:    Review for the 2009 Compulsion 3:
Great parts kit out of the box. Easy set-up. Pedals better than I thought it would. Handles rough terrain with ease and pulls me through hairy situations when I get in a little over my head. Just point and go; she'll take the abuse and come back for more. No problems with suspension pivot points. Off the shelf fork and shock = easy to find parts and replacement units. Keeps me smiling :)

Weaknesses:    The stock tires...bleh!
Should come stock with white saddle and grips instead of the black units(petty I know).

Bottom Line:   
best $1900 I ever spent!!! Yeah, it's not as high tech as some of it's rivals, but the Compulsion 3 keeps a smile on muh face whether I'm cruising through downtown Houston, playing on stairs, hitting the trails or even playing on the dirt jumps. Huge BANG for the buck IMO.

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Favorite Trail:   Anthills

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Bob Cycle Center

Similar Products Used:   just a hardtail

Bike Setup:   wtb silverado saddle, wtb wolverine race tires, odi ruffian grips, kona wah-wah pedals. Only reason for the saddle and grip change were because I wanted them to be white. The oem Felt XAM saddle is pretty comfy and I should have kept it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FeltDH a Racer from Maine

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2011

Strengths:    Very good sus. design, strong, solid bike, nice fork (RS Pike) good climber and awesome descender.

Weaknesses:    Kinda heavy, but other than that best bike I've ever had

Bottom Line:   
I ride this bike in XC races and then slam the seat down and switch pedals to go hit some DH trails. This is a very solid bike and there really aren't any weak links in the spec list like most bikes. Eventuallly I will upgrade the Wheels and shox but they are very nice for now.

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Favorite Trail:   Snowbowl, Camden maine

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakota comp, Scott Nitrous 30,

Bike Setup:   Full Shimano SLX, RS Pike Fork, WTB AM wheels, Kenda Nevgals

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Patrick a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City, UT

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2011

Strengths:    Bomber on the drops, very comfortable at high speeds on smoother trails

Weaknesses:    Tora fork is inadequate for someone who rides more aggressively, am going to upgrade to something that is better

Bottom Line:   
This is a great entry level bike for the price and I'm going to make it a lighter setup

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Favorite Trail:   hard to pick just one

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Poison Spider

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   full XT,Maxxis and Tioga 2.25 tires,E.Thirteen bashguard, raceface front cog,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by prfp213 a Cross Country Rider from CT

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2009

Strengths:    Great Components for $, Equilink Suspension

Weaknesses:    Crap bash guard on on the blaze crank

Bottom Line:   
Haven't had the bike for very long, but love it so far. Couldn't ask for more at this price point.

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Favorite Trail:   Indian Ledge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Outdoor Sports

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by joel davis a Cross Country Rider from yorkshire

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2009

Strengths:    good brakes altho i had to have a change due to over use.sus front and back are very good to me sofened my land afew times

Weaknesses:    having problems with back chain slipping gears when back supension goes down

Bottom Line:   
very good bike over all

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Favorite Trail:   lady bower

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   je james

Similar Products Used:   none realy first time i have spent that sort off money on a bike

Bike Setup:   xt all round

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gungi a Cross Country Rider from south africa

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008

Strengths:    strong frame, equilink suspension is awesome (big travel, very little bob) very comfortable and agile.

Weaknesses:    don't really like the tora front shock, too soft.

Bottom Line:   
i am very happy with it so far. if you want an allround bike that can take a bit of downhill and but you also want to go long distances this is the right bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Giba Gorge

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Bike Setup:   stock standard, xt derailers, shimano hydraulics.

Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

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Compulsion 3 seat post clamp

New Comp 3 and I love it. The one thing that is a real pain is the seat post clamp. I like to adjust the height while on the go, but the clamp is very loose when I pull the quick release. Dismount is necessary for adjustment. Has anyone glued/epoxied/welded/brazed/taped/or removed and replaced th ... Read More »

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