Nearly two years in the making, Fezzari knew the shoes they were filling were big. The replacement needed to be worth the effort, so all the stops were pulled with a ground-up redesign. Hoping to create a bike that would truly be capable of handling EWS tracks, bike parks or the gnarliest local trails you’ve got, Fezzari started by making a bike strong enough to offer a lifetime warranty and pass downhill bike stiffness and durability tests. They’ve got enough faith to give a green light for 170 or 180mm single crown forks or a dual crown fork with up to 203mm of travel.
The fully carbon fiber frame is significantly stiffer thanks to different tube shaping, a burlier rocker link and a lower slung top tube. To ensure the bike wasn’t only stiff in the laboratory, Fezzari had the bike under both factory racers and employee test riders across the US, an Enduro World Series race in Italy, BME enduro races and more.
Along with stiffness and strength goals, Fezzari added the features riders want, like a UDH derailleur hanger; ISCG-05 chainguide mounts; fully guided internal cable routing and custom frame protectors. Other fine touches include custom alloy hardware and laser etched graphics to leave a high-quality finish.
Carrying on with Fezzari’s Horst-style Tetralink suspension design, the Fezzari La Sal Peak 2.0 boasts more travel out back, now sporting 170mm of squish. Fezzari lowered the leverage ratio of the bike, meaning riders can ride a roughly 20% lighter spring rate – good news all around, especially for coil shock fans. Fezzari claims the bike has a better tuning range and provides a more consistent feel from sag into the mid-stroke, while still offering enough ramp-up at bottom out. We look forward to our long-term testing to verify this, but initial rides have us impressed.
By slightly modifying the suspension layout on the new La Sal Peak 2.0, Fezzari was able to drop the standover height by almost 2 inches across the Small-XL size range. This lowers the center of gravity slightly, while also increasing comfort and confidence, especially for shorter-legged riders. Reach numbers grew slightly across the board with a range of 435mm to 510mm, with our size large measuring out at 485mm. Chainstays also grew by 2mm to 437mm, which may have some drawbacks in certain areas, but will help with climbing and high-speed stability and maintain the balance with the longer front end.
Also updated is Fezzari’s seat tube angle concept. Rather than give every frame a 77.5-degree seat tube angle, which may or may not effectively end up at 77.5 degrees based on the frame size and saddle height. Fezzari looked at data from different frame sizes and average seat heights and slightly modified the frame’s actual angle to give the rider the 77.5-degree experience at the height they’re likely to be sitting at, keeping the seated feel consistent for every rider.
BUILDS AND BUYING
Starting at $3,999, Fezzari offers the La Sal Peak in a number of complete options, as well as frameset options. For our test bike we opted to run Crankbrothers Synthesis wheels, EXT suspension and SRAM AXS drivetrain with TRP brakes to give it a suitably high-performance build. We’ll share some of their factory builds at the end of this write-up.
As with all Fezzari bikes, their 23-point custom set up and bike building option lets you pick and choose the right parts for your budget and riding style. Every customer can spend on the components that matter, and save in areas that make sense to cut back. The choice is yours and we think Fezzari does a great job of letting you pick and choose the bike you want to own and build.