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    My 09 Felt Compulsion 1

    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, alway been hardtail guy. Set sag on the fork to about 20%... rebound, compression and blowoff all set to the middle settings and I'll tweak w/ trailtime if noone has any better initial suggestions...

    Also I have a question... It should be fairly simple for me to switch the shifters inboard and brake levers outboard correct ... has anyone done this ? I'd really like the hook on the brake lever lined up with my index finger for one finger braking but this puts the shift controls too far away...

    Thanks.

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    I have a 3 model, also got it on closeout from my LBS. I have been very happy with the bike, I definately put it to the test.
    Rueben

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    I am very ahppy w/ mine as well... I don't have a lot of experience with high-end full suspensions; but this thing climbs like a Goat, eats up single track and takes drops like a champ. The fact that I got it for 45% off is just icing on the cake.

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    Are they XT shifter pods? Take off the shift indicators for more room to move your brakes outboard.

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    09 Compulsion

    I have a 17.5" as well. i got mine a year ago now. They are fantastic, I have however changed the brakes out for more powerful ones as the bike warrents them. It also benefited hugely from a 50mm stem. As far as the suspension set up goes I like quite a bit of slow speed damping, mid range rebound and the strongest pro pedal platform. I am considering changing the fork to a 160mm in order to slacken the head angle a couple of degrees. At high speed the bike could use a slacker head angle. All in all a great ride.
    If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

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    Yes they are XT pods... I decided against moving them inboard. Turns out i like it better with them both (lever and shifter) simply moved over quite a bit.

    What brakes did you change to if you don't mind me asking ? So far the XT 775's that came on it are phenomenal... light touch and massive grab.

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    Replacement brakes

    I swapped them out for Hope Tech 2 levers with a 7" X2 Caliper in the rear and a M4 caliper on the front, also 7" I went the whole hog and got floating rotors and braided hoses. They are like night and day from the xt's. I thought the xt's were good until I rode on the hopes. My mono mini's with 6" rotors on my single speed had more power than the 7" xt's.
    It is a sweet ride now. I also put a 50mm stem on it that made alot of difference. I'll post pics at some point.
    If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.

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    Wow... sounds like an upgrade I'll have to keep in mind when these XT's can't hang anymore, or I get fast enough to overpower them!

    As far as the 50 mm stem... how tall are you ? Which model did you go with ? I don't feel to stretched out on it now at about 5'11' but I'd be very interested to feel the ride with the bars a little closer...

    The only thing I was planning on doing was an adjustable seat post ...

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