Felt Compulsion – New 2013 All Mountain Trail Bike

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One of the highlights, if not THE highlight of the 2013 Felt Bicycles Product Launch today was the all new model: The Compulsion. The LT1 and LT3 versions are the UHC carbon frames (main frame) and the LT50 model is aluminum. The Compulsion has 6″ of rear travel and utilizes Felt’s Equilink suspension design.

Equally capable of tackling an enduro gravity event or an all-day, all-mountain epic, Compulsion is Felt’s do-it-all trail machine. With patented Equilink suspension and 6” (Adjustable 150mm or 160mm) of fully active travel, the Compulsion is the pinnacle of all-mountain performance. Get up the hill faster and devour the most technical descents with greater ease.

The Compulsion series is all new for 2013, featuring a full carbon fiber frame that yields a bike that is lighter, stronger, and stiffer than ever before. The weight of every model was reduced for more agile performance on the trail, and the new models feature head angles that are one degree slacker (now 67.5 degrees) for improved handling in aggressive, technical terrain. In addition, the stiffness and strength of every Compulsion frame has been bolstered by the use of all-new links and hardware, revised pivot placement, and tweaked tube shapes. Cartridge bearings ensure smooth travel, and the pivot axles have been updated with a new custom thru-shaft for improved durability and strength.

So how did we make the Compulsion as capable on the climbs as it is the descents? Easy. Felt’s patented Equilink suspension system completely equalizes all negative influences from pedaling and braking. This eliminates the need for a “clever” shock with lots of platform or compression damping to imitate true efficiency. With Equilink, the Compulsion produces such efficient and compliant pedaling you will feel like you are riding a 3” travel bike. That is, until you crest the hill, start your descent and absorb that first big hit. And that is the Compulsion’s secret: the pedaling efficiency of a true trail bike, combined with 6″ of travel.

2013 Felt Compulsion Series Pricing

Compulsion LT1: $6,199
Compulsion LT3: $4,149
Compulsion LT50: $2,899
Compulsion Frame: $3,099

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About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. Turning his insatiable passion of road biking from a hobby into a career, Thien joined RoadBikeReview in 2007 as Site Manager. A native of Calfornia, Thien enjoys the year round riding and great climbs the Bay Area offers. When not riding or putting products through their paces, he enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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