Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

Words and Photos by Chili Dog

Having never ridden a Fezzari, we were curious about trying their new Cascade Peak 29er. Like many other brands, Fezzari is using a consumer direct model, but with a twist. With an increasing number of people shopping online, fewer people are going into bike shops to test ride bikes off the showroom floor. For us, the investment wasn’t an issue, and the risk of having a bike shipped to us that we may not like wasn’t a concern. However, for a consumer interested in dropping several thousand dollars on something they’ve never even seen in person, the fear may be paralyzing. Looking to ease potential customer’s concerns, Fezzari offers their customers some pretty neat options.

Instead of leaving the customer to guess what size bike they should buy, Fezzari asks for detailed body measurements in a form on their site. They also let customers customize their bike build with add ons like an upgraded Fox Transfer post, tubeless tires, frame protection stickers, or an upgraded bike box. Fezzari even goes so far as to offer helmets, accessory kits with water bottles, bike stands and shock pumps for riders that are just starting out.

One of the coolest parts about the process however, is their Love It or Return It promise. You’ve got 30 days to decide if you like the bike. If things aren’t working out, Fezzari will cover the return shipping and refund the buyer. The only catch is that the bike can’t be broken or be missing parts. Speaking of broken parts, Fezzari also offer a lifetime warranty on their frames.

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

The Lab

While billed as a trail bike, the Cascade Peak isn’t afraid of getting rowdy. The 66.9-degree head angle and 13.5-inch tall BB give it just enough gumption to handle some bigger stuff, without sacrificing the climbing or trail manners. The 16.69-inch chain stays felt long, but offer stability at speed, at the expense of easy manuals.

The Cascade Peak 29 Pro we tested uses Fezzari’s new Tetra-Link suspension design and GA-Link Geometry. The GA-Link is what allows the bike to switch seamlessly from 27.5” Plus wheels to the 29” set up we tested without drastic changes in the BB height. While simple compared to a lot of other bikes on the market, the Tetra-Link suspension does an impressive job.

The design delivers top-notch small bump sensitivity even from the modest 130mm of travel. It also remains active under braking. When comparing the new design to previous generations Fezzari claims that, “The suspension kinematics have been refined to increase pedaling efficiency.” We can’t vouch for the old design, but the current Tetra-Link system impressed going up and down.

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

Suspension spec is competitive for the price point and comes in the form of a 2018 Fox Float DPS Performance Series rear shock and a 2018 Fox Float 34 Performance Elite Series fork. Both have proven themselves to be reliable performers on this bike and other test rigs that have been through the Wolf Den.

Crisp shifting comes from a reliable SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 derailleur and shifter. We don’t love the fact the budget SRAM brakes don’t feature a tool-less reach adjust but understand the need to cut costs. Despite the inconvenience, we were actually pretty impressed with the brakes. Not a common statement from us when it comes to SRAM brakes. Power, modulation AND reliability.

For rolling stock, the Stans Flow MK3 29er rims and Stans Neo hubs got the job done without a hiccup, although we suspect they’ll require a bit more regular truing than their higher-priced siblings if you’re heavy or overly aggressive.

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

The Dirt

I’ll admit that when we initially unboxed this bike, I wasn’t sure what to think. The low price coupled with the questionable color scheme left me wondering. On the first ride, we were put off by the odd sweep of the in-house Fezzari bars–but there was definitely potential. After swapping out the bars for something that better suited my personal preferences it was game on. While the blue on acid green paint may be hard to like, the rest of the bike had me loving every second.

In 29 garb, this bike pairs 130mm of rear wheel efficiency with 150mm of fun up front. The Tetra-Link suspension continually surprised testers with its performance. Small bump compliance was a strong suit of the bike. While it didn’t reach NAILD levels of smoothness, it had no problem soaking up the trail chatter much better than a JS-Tuned bike. The low BB that some other reviews complained about was actually a benefit in my mind. The bike has a settled feel, giving the rider an “in the bike” instead of “on the bike” sensation. That translated well into cornering confidence and a willingness to charge above its pay grade. The low BB combined with the long rear end did however make the Cascade Peak a bit sluggish on tighter sections of trail at low speeds.

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

The SRAM drivetrain never let us down, delivering characteristic firm and snappy shifts throughout the test. For a bike that retails around the $3,500 price mark, the spec was impressive and performed exceptionally. The Fox suspension complimented the Tetra-Link linkage and the rear shock avoided fade on all but the longest descents.

We were especially wowed by the lack of pedal bob. For a simple suspension design with only a handful of pivot points, the Fezzari does more with less. That’s ultimately a good thing when riders only have to maintain three pivot points. While the efficiency impressed us on the way up, the ability to wantonly abuse the bike by picking up and sending into sections that we normally test 150mm bikes on brought smiles to our faces. We felt a bit bad for the bike, but justified the abuse in the name of science. Whether we sent it deep into rocks or slammed the bike hard into corners, the Cascade Peak continued to roll forward without much complaining. The rear end offers a nice progression and rides outside its price point.

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

The Wolf’s Last Word

As part of our Bitchin Budget Bike Roundup, we put the Fezzari under a tough list of criteria. Aside from judging on trail performance, the Cascade Peak 29 Pro also had to prove itself as a good value. Component spec and overall performance are weighed equally.

The Commencal Meta TR V4.2 comes in at almost the same price point with a better build kit sporting Factory Fox suspension, e.thirteen wheels and Shimano brakes. That almost too good to be true spec change means we have to take away points from the Fezzari in the value category. That said, no other bike in our budget round up offers detailed fitting and a user-friendly buying experience the way Fezzari does with the Cascade Peak. Add that to the top-notch ride and you have a truly difficult decision to make. If you value customer service, a personalized experience and stellar performance over a simple dollar comparison, then the Cascade Pro may be the right bike for you.

Price: $3,564 as tested
Weight: 30.19 lbs
Website: Fezzari.com/

How does the Loam Wolf rate the Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

Spec: ★★★.5
Value: ★★★★
Ride Quality: ★★★.5
Likely to Recommend: ★★★★

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

Frame: Aluminum; 130mm
Fork: Fox Float 34 29 Performance Fork; 140mm
Shock: Fox Float Evol; 130mm

Brakes: SRAM Level T
Handlebar: Fezzari Charger 35mm Alloy
Headset: FSA Orbit
Saddle: WTB Volt Comp
Seatpost: Fox Transfer Performance Elite; 150mm
Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle; 12s
Stem: Fezzari FRD Charger35; custom lengths

Hubs: Stan’s Neo Boost with Durasync
Rims: Stans Flow MK3 29er
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 29 x 2.3, DHR II, 2.3

Bottom Bracket: SRAM GXP English threaded
Cassette: SRAM XG-1275 Eagle; 10-50t
Cranks: Truvativ Descendant Eagle 6K
Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle 12 speed

Fezzari Cascade Peak 29 Pro

We Dig

Suspension Performance
Likes Abuse

We Don’t


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