The Nebo Peak you have come to love just got better. We asked our customers what they wanted in an all-mountain trail bike and the response we received: light, stiff, fast, and a 27.5" wheel size. We have completely redesigned the Nebo Peak from the ground up. We started with a 150mm travel suspension design that is specifically engineered for the purpose-built 27.5" wheel-size, giving you the large-wheel rollover capabilities, but the agility and maneuverability to shred the steepest, rockiest, technical sections of your favorite trail. We've added a wider rear triangle with a 142x12mm thru-axle, larger oversized alloy tubing, and a tapered fork steerer to keep the frame stiff for better power transfer and better cornering for a more responsive feel.
Strengths: Nice specs with thru axle front and rear. 150mm travel and CTD front and rear suspension from Fox. Love the 2 X 10 setup. Much simpler in the front. Gears and perfect and don't miss anything from my old 26er 3 X10. I was most concerned about the drastic change in gearing from 3 by to 2 by. The transition to 2 X 10 was smooth and painless. Specked out with Sram X9. The 1 : 1 shifting ratio is an improvement over the Shimano I had been using on my Rocky. I previously rode a cross country race bike with a shorter wheelbase. Although not as tight handeling in the narrow stuff, still good. Surprisingly good climber. With the handlebar remote for the rear, CTD or Climb Trail Descend is adjusted on the fly with just a push of a handlebar mounted lever. It has three positions. Open for downhill, trail for semi firm and climb for well, climbing. There is also a adjustment on the front fork to drop it to 120mm. Compress the front shock and while locked will only give you 120mm travel. Good to lower the front on a climb. The 650b wheel definitely rolls over stuff better, coming from a 26er. Bike seems to climb way better than my Rocky Mountain. It really shows its stuff on the rough downhill stuff. You can bomb just about anything here on Long island and possibly off the island.
Weaknesses: I would have to say tires and wheelbase. I am spoiled from years of riding a xc race bike. This bike seems to struggle in tight situations. Something I will deal with being that it is an all mountain bike. The great front fork more than makes up for it. You really get smooth travel with large and small bump compliance. Fork is very stable through tight and sweeping turns. I set the tires up with tubes but am going to convert to tubeless and run lower pressure. The bike seems to be 29 lbs. which is only 1 lb. more than the Rocky. The tires seem to wash out easier than my old bike. I had Velociraptors on the 26er with descent knobs. They were awesome when your on the edge of your tire in a turn. The new tires are not quite as grippy as the old ones. Might lower the pressure or go tubeless and see if that helps. Not a real big issue though.
Overall the bike and customer service has been exceptional. I got the 2014 Nebo Peak about three weeks ago and have ridden it religiously since I got it. I was leery of buying a bike online and abandoning a traditional bike shop. I have descent repair skills and was confident I could maintain it no problem. Fezzari was very helpful with setup and total customization. They have a 21 point fit system to fit the bike to you and your exact riding style. This bike fits perfectly and performs great. The bike comes basically ready to ride with inflated tires, sag set to your weight, adjusted bar, crank and stem length. Also saddle position is also set. I am short and they put 170mm cranks on instead of the standard 175mm. When your short inseam like me you give up the extra torque to reach the pedal better. The stand over height of this bike makes it very good for the shorter rider. Very comfortable bike. Had some minor issues when I got the bike but Fezzari rectified it right away, Thanks Tyler. I have had several high end bikes and this one looks and rides great. Front derailleur is direct mounted to frame, i.e., no clamp. A little easier to clean after a dirty ride. If your looking to step up the specs and not break the bank, this is your AM bike. I paid $3000 for this 2014 bike. I shopped several shops and could not match the specs with any commercially available bike for under $5000. The frame has a lifetime warranty! One of the reasons I didn't buy another Rocky Mountain. I had a 2004 Rocky Mountain ETSX-70 and the frame cracked. They replaced it in 2008 and the one cracked in 2013 forcing me to look elsewhere. Rocky wouldn't replace the frame the second time as it was just over five years and it came with a five year warranty on the frame. Fezzari is guaranteed for life. As long as they stay in business, it's good to go. If your looking to get a bike for about $3000 that would cost $5000 in a shop, go for it. Since your not buying it from a bike shop, you will need to be somewhat confident that you could do most adjustments and repairs yourself. That being said, anything major I would bring to the LBS anyway. I am talking basic mechanics here.
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Superlight, Rocky Mountain Element, Rocky Mountain ETSX-70
Bike Setup: Avid Juicy 7 Hydraulic brakes, SRAM X9 drivetrain. Fox Talas 32 CTD shock up front, Fox CTD rear with remote. 650b Stan's Flow EX wheels, 135mm x 15mm thru axle front, 142 x 12mm thru axle rear
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2013
Strengths: Unbelievably fast and responsive. Climbs great, corners great, descends awesome! Feels so light (I weighed mine fully built at 28 lbs, which is light for a 6 inch travel 650b bike, but it handles like a 23 lb bike). I can't believe how much better it handles than my Specialized 29er. It climbs every bit as good, but handles so much better. I can throw this bike around so easily.
Weaknesses: None, unless you say that it's keeping me from focusing on work too much. I'm always looking for an excuse to ride it.
I got wind that Fezzari was releasing a new 650b/27.5 bike in the spring. I was ready to pull the trigger on another bike, but decided to wait. I got it just about 3 weeks ago. It was definitely worth the wait. This thing rocks. The components are great - I love the Fox CTD suspension (who knew how much I would use it?), and the drivetrain is great. This is my second Fezzari bike, and the custom setup they did was spot on. I did adjust the brakes in on the bars just a bit (about a quarter inch), but that's a personal preference for me. I got the tubeless setup and I love it. Feels like I have more traction in the corners because I can run them at a little lower psi. Love the Stans Flow wheels, too. Very stiff. The bike looks solid, and more importantly feels solid. The finish is gorgeous. I love the components. There's not a thing I would change about it. I highly recommend this bike. It's the whole package.
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Well, I did it. Soon the Nebo Peak shall be mine. The sad part, I spent money I didn't/don't have aka credit card.
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