Whether uphill or through rock garden, the Felt Compulsion 2 is designed to handle it all. Boasting a patented linkage design and MBUK 20th Anniversary limited edition graphics, you can ride all day on your own piece of history.
Ride & handling: all day, active suspension
The Felt Compulsion 2 features the Equillink, a totally unique system in mountain bike linkage design. When pedaling, a balanced level of drivetrain force is transferred through the Equilink strut into the rocker arms (see frame/chassis below). This resists pedal-induced suspension bob, while not locking out the system.
The Float R shock has a minimum compression damping tune which results in the back end being very supple and active.
They call the Equilink an ‘all day’ system, so we rode it all day over a variety of terrains.
The steep seat angle (73.25 degrees) paired with a shortish cockpit length took getting used to, but made the bike feel very nimble.
The 14in-high bottom bracket allows for cranking it around corners – ideal with such an active suspension system.
Frame: innovative design, commemorative finish
Felt keep it uncomplicated for the Compulsion 2 with no uninterrupted tubing or extra beef around the frame. The front triangle is formed from 6061 aluminium with a hydroformed top tube and light double butted down tube, along with a one-piece bottom bracket/lower pivot housing.
At the rear, a 6061 heat-treated aluminium triangle pairs up with a set of pivots, utilising fully sealed cartridge bearings and needle roller bearings.
The Compulsion 2 delivers 5.8in (145mm) of rear wheel travel using a Stephenson six-bar linkage. The Equilink is a red aluminium strut running parallel to the seat tube that spans between the upper and lower pivots. It keeps the angle between the seat and chainstays constant, to isolate drivetrain movement from suspension activity.
Felt are the ﬁrst in the industry to use a Stephenson six-bar linkage, and have patented the design. The rear brake is cleverly situated on top of the chainstay, offering protection to the calliper.
The Complusion 2 limited edition model comes with a shiny gloss white front end, individually numbered and with Mr Mint Sauce graphics, celebrating 20 years of MBUK.
Equipment: SRAM family mixture
The Compulsion 2 rolls on a pair of WTB Speed Disc rims with Maxxis Ignitor 2.35 tyres.
Up front is RockShox’s Pike 409 U-Turn Coil with 95-140mm of adjustable travel and external ﬂoodgate compression/lockout and rebound control with a 360 20mm Maxle.
Gearing is a mixture of SRAM X-7 shifters, a long caged X-9 rear mech and a Shimano XT front mech shifting across a Truvativ Firex SX chainset.
A set of Juicy 3 brakes from Avid dish out generous helpings of reliable braking, with a 185/160mm rotor combo.
|Name||Compulsion 2 SE 2008 Mint Sauce Ltd Ed.|
|Rims||WTB Dual Duty FR Disc Doublewall|
|Rear Shock||Fox Float R Air 7.875 x 2.0|
|Rear Tyre Size||26x2.35|
|Front Tyre Size||26x2.35|
|Available Sizes||15.5 Inches 17.5 Inches 19.5 Inches 21.5 Inches|
|Available Colours||Gloss White|
|Bottom Bracket Height (in)||18|
|Stem||All Mountain stem|
|Shifters||SRAM X-7 1:1 Trigger Shifters 27-Speed|
|Seatpost||Alloy Micro-Adjust 30.9mm x 350mm|
|Saddle||Felt "Facade" Race|
|Rear Hub||FH-M525 Cassette|
|Manufacturer's Description||Limited Edition decals uniquely numbered,Limited Edition Mint Sauce certificate,Limited Edition white gloss finish and upgraded components,Limited Collector's Edition 20th Anniversary Mountain Biking UK Magazine|
|Rear Derailleur||200 X-9|
|Headset Type||Integrated 1-1/8" Aheadset--Cane Creek Type 45 Degree Sealed Cartridge Bearing|
|Handlebar||All Mountain Oversize 6061 Handlebar 31.8mm clamp diameter with 50mm Rise|
|Grips/Tape||AM Grip Custom "LOCK-ON" Design with Alloy Ends|
|Front Hub||20mm Thru Axle Cold-Forged Aluminum Body 6-Bolt Type Rotor Mount|
|Front Derailleur||XT FD-M770 E-Type|
|Frame Material||6061 Double-Butted Aluminum|
|Fork||RockShox Pike 409 U-turn 95-140mm U-Turn Coil. Damping: Motion Control ADJUSTMENTS: External rebound|
|Chain||PC-951 (9-Speed) Silver Outer|
|Brakes||Juicy 5 Hydraulic|
|Bottom Bracket||Giga X Pipe XR|
|Chainring Size (No of Teeth)||22 32 44|