Prior to the Enduro Bike Shootout, we spent a good amount of time on Fezzari’s La Sal Peak, including the production of a video for our Dissected Series. We covered the details extensively in there, including spending some time with Fezzari employees to get the full low down on the La Sal Peak, so we’ll keep things a little briefer here.
The new La Sal Peak is an overbuilt carbon frame designed to greatly exceed DH-level strength tests, and sporting 170mm of suspension driven by their Tetralink Horst link setup. There is a high-low flip chip that takes the geometry from enduro-focused to something a bit more trail oriented, while leaving the suspension performance essentially unchanged. Speaking of suspension performance, the Tetralink Horst link rear end on the La Sal Peak packs leverage progression of 21.5% to give coil or air compatibility. There’s around 110% anti squat in all cogs to give a good pedaling compromise of support and compliance, and relatively high 93% anti-rise to preserve geometry at the expense of some comfort when braking in the rough.
On the geometry front, I’ll be focusing on the Low position, as it’s the one more suited to the rigors of enduro racing, assuming the terrain is there. The head angle sits at 64°, which is bang-on for the vast majority of bikes in this category now. Fezzari touts their steep actual seat tube angle, and the effective measures in at 77.5°, which is pretty ideal for modern bike fit. In the size large we tested, reach and stack are 485mm and 630mm, which both fall in the middle of our spread amongst the bikes in our roundup. The La Sal Peak does not have size-specific rear center lengths, so everything from small to extra-large comes with a 437mm chainstay.
Fezzari’s configuration platform allows for tons of build options, but we can only speak to the one that showed up at our doorstep. A 23-point Custom Setup ensures that every customer is given the size of components that should lead to the most ergonomic fit on the bike – a move that is quite unique thanks to Fezzari’s a la carte philosophy. The spec tested is a high-end collection of somewhat unusual parts and is by no means the budget build. With an estimated retail of $8,084, you get EXT suspension front and rear, a Crankbrothers Synthesis carbon wheelset, TRP DHR EVO brakes, a SRAM GX AXS drivetrain, Fezzari cockpit, and a PNW dropper post. Something of an eclectic group, but that’s the beauty of an a-la-carte builder, where you can choose exactly what you want to run, avoiding the need to swap parts after you’ve received the bike. Due to the wide variability in build kits, system weight of the La Sal Peak can fall on a pretty wide spectrum, but ours tipped the scales at 33.4 pounds with a suitably enduro-ready parts spec. Both the frame and the components look pretty solid on paper, but how do things shake out on trail?