Our riders had some mixed opinions when it came to the Wire Peak Pro. Even the same riders had mixed reviews based on different types of terrain. On one day the Wire Peak could have six thumbs up, and the next day’s trails could leave riders unsure if it was a half thumb or full thumb up kinda ride. Overall the Wire Peak is a very capable and good all-around ebike. The spec is competitive, the value and price are certainly highlights and the performance is there. We think the couple of noteworthy factors resulting in the mixed reviews are that it rides heavy, is a bit short, and has a slightly rough off-the-top suspension feel.
The Fezzari’s short chainstays and wheelbase help the bike feel light when transitioning from corner to corner, or when pushing the bike around obstacles on the trails, however trying to pop the bike off the ground was a bit of an effort. It manuals easily, wheelies nicely and these traits make the Fezzari Wire Peak Pro feel lighter than the 53 pounds it is. However if we wanted to do any trail jibs or pre-jump obstacles it definitely required some yanking and that’s when the bike felt heavy.
Climbing on the Fezzari Wire Peak was a lot of fun when we got on tighter and flowier trails. The shorter frame was nimble and well planted, allowing our riders to spin through sections that had longer bikes slowing down or hanging up. We did notice the bike struggled to find traction on steep, loose climbs where our other bikes were able to stick and ascend. The Shimano Steps system, as we’ve said in all our other reviews, is like vanilla ice cream. It tastes good and gets the job done, but it’s nothing like a Bosch sundae with sprinkles on top.
When it came time to let off the brakes and let the Wire Peak descend, our riders started comparing notes a bit more than usual. The shorter wheelbase and rear end worked great on flatter trails and let us slash corners and thread the needle much faster than longer bikes. Generally, we had a lot more fun on flatter trails and those with lots of snappy turns while riding the Fezzari than say the ultra-long Norco Sight. The bike is stiff, and we thoroughly enjoyed drifting that short back end into catch berms or rocks and shooting out the other side.
On higher speed and rowdier descents, our testers felt the shorter bike was a bit less composed than some others in the group. The TetraLink suspension was also not quite as refined and gave the riders a bit more pedal feedback and resistance on square-edge hits. This was also noted when some riders would use a trail obstacle, like a football-sized rock as a lip to gap rougher sections of trail. When the back tire would hit that kicker lip, it would buck the riders forward a bit and resulted in a few less than ideal nose-heavy landings. If this isn’t your riding style or the type of terrain you often encounter, then it probably won’t be an issue that matters much. Outside of these few scenarios, the bike is a pretty fun little machine.