FEZZARI DELANO PEAK
Words by Nic Hall & Drew Rohde
Photos by Cole Gregg
The Fezzari Delano Peak was released in 2020 with a pretty significant amount of buzz generated from the small, but rapidly growing Utah brand. Fezzari Bicycles is a relative newcomer in the bike world but have been making a ruckus with big growth year after year as they strive to fulfil their founding goals to offer high quality bikes, provide personalized customer support and offer a great value.
Fezzari’s Delano Peak is marketed as their “do it all” 135mm rear travel trail bike. On paper, it has moderate geometry, a 150mm front fork, and build kits to match almost any budget. After our initial surprise with how well the bike performed, check our Dissected Feature here, we have put it in our regular lineup for the past several months. In fact, it is such a versatile bike El Jefe, Drew Rohde just got back from a cross-country road trip, where it was his only pedal bike. After getting back from that trip he reached out to Tyler Cloward at Fezzari with some feedback and thoughts before writing our long-term review and were pleased to learn about an unofficial upgrade that sent us back to the trails. Read on to see what it is.
Our Dissected Feature goes into many of the finer details around Fezzari’s impressive 23-Point Custom Setup process, Love It or Return It policy and lifetime warranty, so we will skip those points in this review.
Fezzari started their development of the Delano peak by combining community feedback along with their own ideas of the perfect trail bike. Tyler Cloward told us they were looking to add a model in between their 120mm bike and their enduro-ready La Sal Peak while also bringing a high-end carbon bike to their lineup. The Delano peak is a 135mm rear travel do-it-all bike that’s just as happy playing and snapping as it is putting down power under heart-rate monitor wearing racer dudes.
Fezzari uses CleanCast carbon layup, a process that eliminates 30% of carbon waste while decreasing frame weight and improving strength. This translates into their testing exceeding 130% of industry standards for strength and impact protection. Looking to add to the protection and durability of the frame, Fezzari added replaceable chainstay and downtube protectors as well as an in-molded metal chainring protector. From our testing, we have yet to inflict major damage to the frame, however we have had some foot contact issue with the protector on the seatstays as the edge catches our right foot.
Geometry on the Fezzari Delano Peak is nothing wild but might just be the secret combination discerning trail riders have been looking for. The seat tube angle is 77.5 degrees and head tube angle is 65 degrees. Reach is 480mm, chainstay length 434mm, and stay is 628mm on a size large. It is hard to always know how a bike will ride just based on numbers, but these were our first hints that the Delano Peak would be good.
As with all their models, build options abound at the Fezzari factory and it is something many riders take advantage of. If you prefer, you can order a preset build from $3,499 to $8,999. We tested the Elite spec, which retails for $4,499. The Delano Peak Elite comes with a Fox 36 Grip2 Performance Elite fork, Fox DPX2 Performance Elite shock, a Shimano XT drivetrain, and Stan’s Flow S1 wheels. At half the price of the top end offerings, this is a solid spec that can hang with bikes retailing well over $6,500-$8k.
Fezzari spent time adding things like compatibility for two water bottles, a threaded bottom bracket, space for even the longest droppers, and ISCG-05 chainguide mounts to the Delano Peak. While none of these are game changers alone, when put together, they make a frame that can work for any build or riding conditions.