While walking around the Sea Otter Festival, again we spotted another hot new bike for the 2015 season – the new Felt Compulsion. The new bike has been given a complete overhaul, with 160mm of travel (front and rear) and 27.5″ wheels, and it will be the machine of choice for the newly founded Enduro Team [we reported]. This will likely be a popular bike, and we are sure to see it in action at key races soon.

The popular Compulsion line has been completely redesigned from Felt and now comes with 27.5″ wheels. With a new modern geometry featuring a slacker steering angle, from 67.5 ° to 66.0°, and with an additional 10mm more travel on the rear, the bike has been tuned to offer a better downhill performance. The short, 436mm chainstays already promise (on paper) agile and nimble handling.

Das neue Felt Compulsion 10 mit schicker blau grünen Lackierung
The new Felt Compulsion 10 with a nice blue and lime paintjob.


The bike will be available in four different sizes from S (16 “) to XL (22”) and have the following geometry:

Size S M L XL
Top Tube 558mm 588mm 618mm 648mm
Chainstay 436mm 436mm 436mm 436mm
Head angle 66,0° 66,0° 66,0° 66,0°
Seat angel 73,7° 73,7° 73,7° 73,7°
BB Drop 4mm 4mm 4mm 4mm
Seat Tube 380mm 430mm 485mm 540mm
Reach 385mm 411mm 435mm 460mm

584mm 598mm 616mm 635mm
Mit gerade einmal 436mm Länge versprechen die Kettenstreben des Felt in Kombination mit dem flachen Lenkwinkel, schon auf dem Papier jede Menge Fahrspaß!
The short 436mm chainstays, in combination with the slack steering angle of the Felt, promise a lot of fun!
Das Steuerrohr des neuen Felt Compulsion wächst je nach Rahmengröße mit und varriert von 90 - 145mm.
The head tube of the new Felt Compulsion grows depending on the frame size and can vary from 90 – 145mm.
Auch wenn sich 1x11 fach Antriebe immer größerer Beliebtheit erfreuen hat der Kunde am Felt weiterhin die Möglichkeit einen Umwerfer zu montieren.
Although 1×11 drivetrains are growing in popularity, Felt owners will still be able to mount a derailleur.


Details of specification are still unclear, but the Compulsion 10 model, will be equipped with a RockShox Pike RC fork, a 1×11 SRAM X01 Drivetrain and WTB wheels. The Schwalbe tire combination consists of a Hans Dampf in front and a Rock Razor on the rear wheel, the perfect choice for rocky American tracks. The price will range between $4999 and $5499.

Gebremst wird am neuen Felt mit der gerade erst präsentierten SRAM Guide Bremse.
The brakes of the new Felt will be the brand new SRAM Guide brake.
Der Hinterbau wird von einem RockShox Monarch Plus Dämpfer im Zaum gehalten.
The rear suspension will drive a RockShox Monarch Plus shock.
Das gefällt! Der Bremssattel ist schön in das hintere Rahmendreieck intergriert.
We Like! The caliper is beautifully integrated into the rear triangle of the Frame.
Felt setzt beim Compulsion weiterhin auf extern verlegte Züge.
The Compulsion Felt sticks with the home mechanics favourite, external cable routing.

The new Felt Compulsion will be available in early 2015.

For more information visit the official website www.feltbicycles.com.

Words: Christoph Bayer Pictures: Robin Schmitt

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