Tested – FEZZARI ALTA PEAK
CUSTOMIZED JUST FOR YOU
Fezzari, a Utah-based bicycle company, is passionate about getting more riders on bikes, whether they are seasoned veterans looking for a great deal or entry-level riders interested in trying a new sport. Fezzari is a consumer-direct brand, but it strives to offer as much support as possible. The company offers a free, 23-point fit program that takes detailed measurements of a rider’s height, arms, legs, weight and much more, so Fezzari can customize each bike to fit its rider. These measurements allow Fezzari to build you a bike with the correct-size handlebar, stem, chainring and other components. Fezzari takes it a step further by allowing riders to choose upgrades, such as a dropper post, tubeless wheels, pedals, spare tools and everything else a rider might need to hit the trails. We decided to see just how well Fezzari’s 23-point fit program works, so we took out our handy measuring tape and sent Fezzari all the details they needed.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
Fezzari sent us its Alta Peak, a bike that sells for $1999 without upgrades. The bike fits well into the all-mountain category with its 150 millimeters of travel up front and 140 millimeters in the rear. The Alta Peak is designed for the rider who wants an inexpensive bike that doesn’t compromise its ability to shred trails. The Alta Peak, according to Fezzari, would retail for up to $3420 in a local shop, but since the company sells direct, the Alta Peak can be yours for much less. As a bonus, you can even finance the bike for only a little over $90 a month.
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
The Alta Peak has an aluminum frame with a four-pivot suspension system and trail-ready geometry. It has 27.5-inch wheels, a 12x142mm rear axle, a Boost 15×110 front axle and external cable routing. Fezzari designed the Alta Peak with its Tetra Link suspension system that uses oversized rocker arms and bearings, along with a custom-tuned shock to optimize suspension travel. The Alta Peak has modern geometry with a forward-leaning seat tube, slack head angle and relatively long top tube.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
For our test bike we opted for two upgrades: a tubeless setup and a Fox Transfer dropper post, which brought our total cost to $2360. The Alta Peak, however, comes stock with a nice list of components. Our bike had an SLX 11-speed drivetrain and Race Face Aeffect crankset, along with a pair of SLX brakes. It also had a Fezzari house-brand handlebar and stem that were customized to fit our measurements. The Alta Peak was outfitted with a WTB saddle and wheelset, along with budget-minded suspension from RockShox.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
The Fit: The Alta Peak had a natural fit thanks to Fezzari’s custom 23-point system. The handlebars felt like they were placed in just the right spot, and our saddle height was almost dialed right out of the box. The correct fit on any bike is essential for boosting a rider’s confidence; however, the Alta Peak’s entry-level parts quickly reminded us that we were riding a budget-minded bike.
Setting sag: Our entry-level RockShox components took little effort to dial in, allowing us to set up the suspension and forget about it. Up front we set our sag at 25 percent and slowed down our rebound from the fastest position until the front tire no longer bounced into the air after being compressed. We then turned our high-speed compression knob over two clicks. We first hit the trails with 20-percent sag, but quickly found it kept us too high in the travel, so we reduced it to 30 percent and were more than satisfied with the result.
Climbing: The Alta Peak defies the idea that you get what you pay for. Even though this Fezzari is fairly hefty, its low-range gearing and efficient suspension allowed our testers to conquer all of our local climbs. We found the Alta Peak climbed well with the shock in the open position and noticed it gave us added traction on more technical trails. On smoother climbs, the suspension could be nearly locked out, giving our riders great support out of the saddle.
Cornering: Fezzari built the Alta Peak with a fun and playful geometry that makes twisty trails a blast to ride. We highly recommend spending the extra money on a dropper seatpost, because the lower center of gravity helps this bike come alive. The Alta Peak’s 67-degree head tube and fairly short chainstays helped create a balance between stability and agility when ripping around the trails.
Descending: Fezzari’s attempt to keep the Alta Peak affordable forced the engineers to use a few budget-minded parts, such as the RockShox Sektor fork. This fork does have a surprisingly plush feel, with its Motion Control damper that’s seen on some mid-level RockShox forks, but the steel upper tubes come at a bit of a weight plenty. Although the Alta Peak is a price-conscious bike, it’s more than willing to give its best effort when ripping down the trail.
Braking: The Alta Peak is not an all-out speed demon like some of the other dream bikes we’ve had the pleasure of riding; however, this bike can move the speedometer in a hurry, so a quality set of brakes is needed to help slow this bike down. Fezzari, staying on budget while hunting for the best performance, decided to use Shimano SLX brakes. These brakes had enough power to slow our most daring test riders, and the tool-free reach adjustment put the levers in a comfortable position for everyone.
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
Fezzari offers a list of upgrade parts and accessories that can be purchased through its website. Once you click the add-to-cart button, you will be given a choice of dropper posts, pedals, whether you want your bike set up tubeless or not, and much more. Fezzari even sells a house-brand work stand and a cleaning kit from Park Tool. The upgrades we recommend for the Alta Peak would include a dropper post and a tubeless conversion kit. We opted for a Fox Transfer post, since we’ve had many positive experiences with the Fox post on other bikes. Riders brand new to the sport will find Fezzari’s website has everything they need to hit the trails.
The Alta Peak is a bike that balances value and performance really well; however, hard-core riders may find themselves wanting a little bit more. Thankfully, Fezzari offers plenty of upgrades to satisfy your high-performance needs, as long as you’re willing to pay for them. That said, riders with a limited budget will find tons of value with the Fezzari models, and particularly with the Alta Peak. Bikes at this price point can be hard to find, especially with a 1×11 drivetrain and components from highly reputable companies. Newer riders will also find a bike that’s primed and ready to upgrade as they build their skills. If you’re looking to score a great deal on a bike that’s literally custom-built to your specs and measurements without digging too deep into your pocketbook, the Alta Peak may just be the bike for you.