SETUP | Following some promising first impressions as well as some questions left unanswered during the short riding period when producing the Dissected feature, the crew was excited to log some more miles on the Timp Peak as part of the 2023 eMTB Shootout. Setup was easy, with the sag indicator which is easy to see on the RockShox shock shaft, so we were ready to roll in no time.
ELECTRONICS & INTEGRATION | As Shimano EP8-equipped bikes go, it’s on par in terms of integration, but falls behind the likes of the new Bosch system on the Orbea or the Rocky Mountain or Specialized systems.
CLIMBING | Climbing on the Timp Peak is pleasant thanks to a nicely centered seated position and plentiful support from the TetraLink rear end, though it’s not the most comfortable over square edges on the way up the hill and so favors a more active approach for line choice. When the gradient gets steep, the short rear end can allow the front end to lift, making it difficult to find the balance of front-end weighting and rear tire traction. Until then though, the Fezzari is a competent climber, aided by the low overall weight.
DESCENDING | On the way down the hill, the Timp Peak is a real blast to ride, with a great blend of stability thanks to that slack front, and snappiness thanks to the short and stout chainstays and surprisingly low weight. The square edged hang-ups from the way up the hill disappear into a smooth and sensitive rear end when pointed down, though the fairly stiff frame can transmit a little more feedback to the rider compared with some of the more damped competitors. This was only evident in the highest frequency bumps of the desert, whereas the softer soils of the coast really made the Fezzari come into its own and had us hooting and hollering every second. Speaking of hooting and hollering, the Timp Peak provided Robert with the confidence to hit the sketchiest and biggest send of the eBike shootout, during which he was thankful for the low weight as he had to hop as hard as he could to clear a sizable creek gap.
FINISH AND VALUE | Although $7,800 is by no means a small amount of money, the Fezzari Timp Peak represents some of the best value in the high performance eMTB world right now. There’s nothing to suggest that the frame is of a lower quality than any of the much pricier alternatives, and the build spec far exceeds anything else on test at this price point. We had no complaints with anything fitted to our Timp Peak, which we can’t say for all the other eBikes in the shootout. We have to tip our hats to Fezzari for achieving such an incredible bang for your buck with this 170mm travel ripper.
The Wolf’s Last Word
With an excellent value proposition, comparatively, and performance to make all of our testers happy, it’s safe to say we’re impressed by what Fezzari has achieved with the Timp Peak. Not only as a commendable improvement over their Wire Peak that we’ve previously tested, but as a product that’s now undoubtably one of the best eMTBs on the market with a value that has us wondering why we’d want to spend more.
WHO’S IT FOR?
We think there’s a wide range of riders who will enjoy Fezzari’s Timp Peak, especially with the part spec and performance you get for the money. The frame stiffness is high and so lighter riders riding rougher terrain may struggle a little with fatigue or finding traction, but for smoother terrain, heavier chargers or riders happy to run a more cushioned suspension setup, the Timp Peak is easy to recommend.
Price: $7,800 (approx)