Upgraded and refined yet again. The new Fezzari Racing Design F6A tapered frame gives a stiffer chassis. Combine it with SRAM X.9/X.0 2x10 drivetrain, and upgraded hydraulic disk brakes to Avid Elixir 9 and you have a single track dream. We have also re-designed the bottom bracket shell. With more machining and refining, we have made it lighter stronger, and added ISCG mounts for more drivetrain options.
With the development of better frames and better shocks, Fezzari has been able to create all-mountain bikes that are as efficient in pedaling as the 4-inch cross-country bikes, but have the ability to absorb even bigger jumps and bumps because of the extra 2 inches of travel.
This all-mountain crusher is built for all conditions. It’s as much at home gliding through the pines on a cross-country singletrack trail as it is bombing downhill through a series of rocks and jumps. With silky smooth shifting of the SRAM X.0 derailleur, and the ProPedal on the best-in-class rear shock – the Fox RP2-- it will easily climb back up the mountain again and again. The Elixir 9 hydraulic disc brakes will also stop you quickly and efficiently on Slickrock's steep trails. You'll love this incredible ride.
Strengths: I find the bike excellent for the down hill ride and OK for mediocre climbs
Weaknesses: 1) personally found it a little challenging to ride with steep climbs.
2) the frame holds up good, but from a cosmetic point of view, didn't like the design of the back mount for the shock. because there weld on the outer side and bare on inside. It holds up fine but a little rough to me.
I got the bike a few weeks ago and spent some time adjusting it to my riding style. It's fun taking it down hill with speed and challenging on sharp corners. I ended up ditching the factory FOX shocks for the TALAS because dropping the front end makes so much better for climbing steep trails and gives me more front control. Over a few rides I ended up greasing up the front hub rubber o-ring i.e. dust cover, because dust made an annoying sound at the right cadence. I probably wouldn't go for the clipless until settle in with bike first, but a must down the road. I thought the company made a good choice for me on the frame.
Strengths: Direct purchase method saves you a lot of money. Great component choices. Lighter than one would expect. Custom setup provides a tailored fit. Bike arrives almost completely assembled. Fantastic customer support.
Weaknesses: No local support. Tires not really suited to all mountain riding. Waiting for the bike to arrive and worrying about all the things that could go wrong while in transit.
The Cascade Peak is a lot of bike for a great price. I have the 2011 model and have been enjoying it for a year now. Fezzari's customer support is excellent (with their business model it has to be), and the purchase process was really easy. I was initially hesitant to buy a bike online, but the custom setup means you get a cockpit that is designed to fit you in a way that a bike from a local shop wouldn't be (or would usually cost extra). I also priced out what I could get locally for the same amount, and the overall component setup wasn't even comparable with what the Fezzari offered. The downside is that you don't have local support like you would if you bought a brand that your LBS shills for. If you're into doing most of your own maintenance anyway, this isn't so bad.
Fezzari made some careful and excellent component choices on the Cascade Peak. The Fox suspension stands out as does the 2x10 X.9 drivetrain. The rest of the components provide a well-performing and stable setup to get a lot out of the bike, while also giving you some room to grow later on with future upgrades. This bike could easily be outfitted to be a much lighter and faster beast, or beefed up to be even more rugged. A few of the component choices were disappointing, especially given the care that went into choosing most of the parts. The flat pedals that came are junk, and the single bolt Fezzari branded seatpost is a weak spot. You just can't set a saddle up properly on a single bolt seatpost. The Maxxis Larsen TT tires are rubbish for the riding I do on the trails I have available. They're good on dry hard trails but rubbish in anything messy or on loose technical climbs or loose corners.
The geometry works well in a variety of riding conditions and the slack headtube inspires confidence on technical descents. While Fezzari's custom setup tailors some components to your measurements, it errs on the side of caution, so be prepared to do some fine tuning and tweaking of stem height, bar length, etc., to dial in your perfect setup. The learning curve on setting up the suspension has been a bit of struggle as this is my first full suspension. The Cascade Peak handles well uphill and down. It weighs less than you'd think and is a solid climber despite the tires.
If you're budget conscious but not necessarily brand conscious and want a bike that performs solidly but costs considerably less than a similarly spec'd big brand bike, the Cascade Peak is for you.
a Weekend Warrior
from SLO,CA, USA
Date Reviewed: June 11, 2011
Great bike. I demo'd the trek 8 and ended up buying the Fezzari due to the specs on both. the Fezzari had better specs, and was nearly $700 less when all was said and done. The custom set up they did was nearly spot on only needed minor adjustments. The suspension set up is great, and everything else is well put together. My only complaint is the wheels are a fairly entry level set of wheels.
Bike Setup: Fox RP2 rear, Fox Float 32, Elixir Brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from NW Missouri
Date Reviewed: June 2, 2011
Strengths: Versatility, stability, spec, value
Weaknesses: Rear hub, brakes
Purchased this 2009 model on closeout in January of 2010. I spent months comparing bikes from various companies and decided to give Fezzari a chance. The geometry seemed spot on for what I wanted and the spec was impressive. Being a relatively young company I was a bit skeptical but I figured they deserved a shot. I have not been disappointed.
Most of my riding consists of short XC trails and the Cascade Peak performs well. The short stem and wide bars do seem to lighten the front end a bit on climbs but it's not a huge problem. The suspension design does produce a bit of bob while climbing out of the saddle but I haven't found many hills that require me to stand and the propedal on the RP2 works when I do need to get up. The bike handles extremely well at slow speeds and is confidence-inspiring at higher speeds.
I haven't had the opportunity to use this bike on many technical trails but on the few occasions I've come across roots, rocks, small drops and jumps the bike has been great. The suspension, both front and rear, has soaked up all the bumps and let me focus on my line. And it's proven to be a lot tougher than I am in those sections I couldn't quite make it through.
The only problems I've had with this bike are the Shimano M475 rear hub and the Avid Juicy 5 brakes, neither of which seem to be found on newer models. The hub loosens up at inopportune moments and has caused a few crashes. The brakes, while functional, don't allow much modulation. They're either on or off and the amount of throw in the lever is unpredictable (some days they go all the way to the bar, other days just touch them and and they grab).
Overall I'm happy with my Cascade Peak. It's allowed me to become a better rider and I believe it will still be there for me as I improve further. I would recommend this bike to anyone.
Sorry for being so long-winded but I've held off for a year so I could give it a fair review.
Similar Products Used: Felt Virtue 2, Marin Quad XC
Bike Setup: Fox TALAS and RP2, X9 shifters and derailleurs
a Weekend Warrior
from Denver, CO
Date Reviewed: May 26, 2011
Strengths: Climbs great, corners great, great components, great fit
I bought this bike at the beginning of the year and have loved it. The 2011 version was a little more than the 2010 but it has a lot nicer components. The fit is great, too. I worried about buying it sight unseen but the bike is way beyond what I expected. Hands down, it's the best bike I've ever ridden. My next bike will be a Fezzari, too.
a Weekend Warrior
from Price, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2010
Strengths: Great component spec sheet. Suspension is smooth, plush and very stable; haven't even bothered locking out the shock or fork because the bike is so well composed even with full travel. Brakes are powerful but don't seem to bite too hard and lock up the wheel right away.
Weaknesses: Derailleur hanger and possibly the warranty - we'll see later this week on that one.
Enjoyed the first three rides on the bike and am getting used to the different riding position vs my old hard tail.
Unfortunately, the derailleur hanger snapped (right at one of the bolt holes) while I was riding on the street checking lever position adjustments; the derailleur is pretty mangled. Called Fezzari about it I'm definitely NOT getting the warm fuzzy feeling that they're going to take care of things for me. It sounds like I'll be buying a new hanger and derailleur for a 6 day old bike I've ridden three times. Right now, I'm back to the 8 year old low end GT hard tail that's been through hell and keeps going.
I'd LOVE to update my review with a better rating after seeing how the warranty process goes this week.
This bike is super comfy to ride and a great value. The fork and rear shock have adjustment enough to please everyone and deliver superior performance. Shifting and braking are also super. The stock tires(Maxxis LarsenTT) work great on packed singletrack trails but suffer when things get wet and muddy. Handle bars come too wide for eastern forest riding but are easily trimmed. Entry level wheel on rear fell apart on ride #3. Rooty eastern riding punished the entry level rim. An upgrade is definetly needed here. Something wacky going on at the front of the bike, too much lateral flex. Very noticable when turning in choppy conditions at higher speed. Still trying to zero in on the problem, Weak Frame? Head set and neck? Overall this bike is a great value. It is a guilty pleasure to ride on rooty,rocky,rough rides and see entry level, full susp. and hard tail guys getting beat up and bounced around. With minor upgrades this bike is unstoppable.
Similar Products Used: Fezzari Abajo Peak Pro,Specialized
Bike Setup: Fox Float RLC Front, Fox RP2 rear shock,Sram X7 shifter and front derailleur, X9 rear derailleur, Mavic XM117 wheels,Avid Elixir 5 Hyd. disc brakes.
a Cross Country Rider
from Salt Lake City
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2010
Strengths: Versatility. This is a jack of all trades kind of bike. It climbs great and feels super comfortable on the downhill. I'm not afraid to take it on DH courses or XC courses.
Weaknesses: The bike sits a little back for step climbs. I moved up a spacer and that has helped a bunch. If you are going to be doing a ton of steep climbing you may want a different bar with a little less rise. The stock pedals are crap. Plan on buying some clipless pedals when you are budgeting. I would probably prefer a little shorter stem.
I test rode about a dozen different bikes including the Fezzari before deciding. Some of the bikes seemed a little better at climbing and some seemed a little more suited for DH, but none captured the balance I was looking for at the price like the Fezzari. I liked the Giant Reign but it was literally $800 more than the Fezzari when speced out similarly and I felt like the Fezzari was just as good going up and down. If I could afford a stable of different bikes I probably would have a bunch of bikes for specific trails and rides, but since I can't I wanted a bike that was good at everything and this bike fit the bill.
The product service has been outstanding. I live in Utah and so I can take my bike directly in, and every time I have the staff has been extremely helpful.
I rode a Giant AC for several years which was a 5" front 6" rear all mountain bike. Sadly it was stolen. I really liked that bike and didn't think the Fezzari would be much better, however I underestimated the tech advances in the last 6 years. The brakes are now strong enough I never use two fingers to brake. Having an extra finger on the grips really helps with fatigue and handling. The front and rear are laterally much stiffer which makes it more stable and it seems to track better. The propedal does help when really hammering uphill although I still notice a bit of bob when out of the saddle. My giant was all XTR and weighed probably 2 pounds less, but I think the Fezzari may be faster on the uphill with the propedal on.
I have put about 300 miles on the Fezzari since I got it about a month ago. Here's the break down.
Rides 1-5 Getting to know my bike. I adjusted the suspension quite a bit until I found my sweet spot. I taped the front cables as they were making a lot chatter. The RP2 starts to leak a little from the top.
Rides 6-8 Moab. It thrived on Porcupine Rim and a few other Moab area trails. I did break my big chain ring, thus the recommendation for bash guard. I took the bike into the Fezzari shop and they were extremely helpful in maintenance recommendations and when I picked it up it was almost like new.
Rides 8-15. This bike is really starting to come into it's own. Very well balanced and extremely fun. This bike really breeds confidence.
The bottom line: If you have a fixed budget of around $2000 you will have a hard time finding a bike with this level of parts that's a better all around bike.
Similar Products Used: Giant AC, Specialized Pitch/Enduro, Giant Trance/Reign.
Bike Setup: I put the fox 32 Talas Fit on the front, the 317 wheel set, the bigger 7 inch disk up front, and got some shimano DX pedals. Don't be afraid to switch out different parts before you purchase. They were very cool about helping me get the set up I was looking for in my budget.
On burly rides I also recommend taking off your big chain ring and putting on a bash guard and chain guide.
If you like to take a lot hits more then 5 feet look into the DHX shock for the rear, I rarely do so the RP2 has been fine.
a Cross Country Rider
from New Hampshire
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010
Strengths: Great bike, love it. Good climber (thanks to pro pedal), stable on downhills but still nimble, cheap for what you get. Limited pedal bob w/ high psi and proper settings on the shock
Weaknesses: A bit heavy (32 lbs for large?) have some frame paint chips (my fault)
buy it if you want a cheap, versatile bike that can take a beating
Bike Setup: stock, x-7 derailer in the back (broke the stock x-9)
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2010
Strengths: So far I have a little over 200 miles on the bike. This is my first time on a full suspension bike, but I would have to say the whole bike is a Strength.
Weaknesses: The one thing I notice is that it has a little more weight then the other people i ride with but it is not too much and it does not slow me down.
If I could go back in time I would do the same thing again I bought it from there website and the shipped it right to my house and they did the 23 point setup and it fits me very well. I was nervous buying on line and at that time I don't think they were out there that far so i was not able to get much dirt on them but I must say A+++ on the full line up. If you are looking at getting one and have questions shoot me an e-mail.
Similar Products Used: Honda CRF 450r motocross bike
Bike Setup: all stock other then the Shimano XTR PD-M970 pedals
from Ogden Utah
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2009
Strengths: The fezzari cascade peak is a great MTB. I have was going to go buy a $3000 name brand bike (insert name here) but when i compared it to the Cascade it was a no contest. You get all the right parts in the important places. Great buy!
Weaknesses: Hubs abd rims... even though i have not had any problems with these if you swapped them with higher end parts the bike can compete with all the big boys!
Similar Products Used: garry fisher joshua, specialized jump stumper(or similar)
a Cross Country Rider
from Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: August 23, 2008
Strengths: Custom Fit, Great value in components, Price, Rides great, quality is evident in the bike and ride
Weaknesses: None that I can find
This bike is awsome, plus you can't find a better deal, even building a bike yourself won't yield this level of parts for the price. It rides great, climbs well, and can handle some big drops/bumps with no problem. If you are in the market for a true All Mountain bike you won't find a better build for less than $2800 (I know, I tired for over 3 months before purchasing from fezzari). Plus customer service is great as well, with no automated answering service telling you to press 1 for this or 2 for that, just real live people who care about delivering the best, whether it be in customer service or in the product they build. Bottom line, get a Fezzari, you won't regret it.