THE WOLF’S FIRST IMPRESSION
As with all of our Dissected Features, the goal is to present new products and tell the story of their development, rather than offer a long-term review since we’ve only had a couple of rides on foreign terrain aboard the bike so far. The good news is our long-term review, Timp Peak loaner bike is currently on the way, and we are very excited to put it to work.
What we can say so far about the Timp Peak is that Fezzari has continued in their evolution as a mountain bike brand, offering better products year after year. The refinement of the finished product is competitive, pricing is respectable, and the performance seems to be on par with – if not better than – other major players on the market.
The trails we rode in American Fork Canyon, Utah were beautiful, fast, flowy and chunky. The Fezzari guys were kind enough to let me lead almost every descent and experience the “Oh crap” moments all day long. The diversity was a good mix and as someone who was riding the trails completely blind at pretty decent pace, the fact I wasn’t thinking about the bike as much as I was navigating the blind corners and unknown features ahead of me meant that the bike was doing exactly what it was supposed to. Now that I’m reflecting back, our days on the trail perfectly reflected the spirit of enduro: big mountain climbs and long high-speed descents on blind trails with a crew of smiling friends. It looks like Fezzari knew exactly what they were doing.
Overall, I found the bike to be very playful, fun and lively, which are all things I like very much, however it also felt like the rear suspension was a bit firm on fast, chattery hits, which is most likely just a lack of time to properly set up the suspension. The frame also feels pretty stiff, so I’d likely select a more compliant handlebar as I regularly seek out the rockiest and chunkiest descents possible, so comfort and compliance are things I value. It will be a lot of fun to get this bike on our home trails, tune it in and let it eat. Stay tuned for the long-term review, and in the meantime check out our other Fezzari Bicycles reviews here.