First Ride: Fezzari La Sal Peak

Direct-to-consumer brand, Fezzari welcomes in a new long-travel 29er

Action photography by @markcleblanc

The La Sal Peak is an all-new bike recently welcomed into Fezzari’s lineup, named after a peak located near the top of the Whole Enchilada Trail in Moab. If you happen to follow Fezzari’s model line, you’ll notice every bike is named after a mountain, and that’s not by accident. In fact, long before we got our turn to ride Fezzari’s new La Sal Peak, its engineers were out in Moab pushing this all-new long-travel 29er through its paces.  After a few tweaks, Fezzari was ready to showcase their new big-wheeled monster to the world. We met up with Fezzari in Park City, Utah, to shred park laps and climb mountain peaks aboard their new high-performance machine.

Fezzari had a long checklist the La Sal had to meet, including a progressive suspension design with small-bump compliance and big-hit capability, along with pedaling efficiency, a 5-pound frame weight, and the strength to be able to carry a lifetime warranty.

Frame highlights:

  • 150 mm rear travel / 160 mm front travel
  • 65-degree headtube angle with short-offset fork
  • 78-degree effective seat tube angle
  • 435 mm Chainstay
  • Holds two standard water bottles inside the front triangle
  • CleanCatch cable routing
  • Threaded bottom bracket
  • CleanCast Carbon layup — reduced weight and improved strength

Suspension

Fezzari designed the La Sal to smash through the roughest enduro courses and efficiently climb back up. A new 150-millimeter Tetralink suspension offers a progressive ratio adding small bump compliance with a supportive mid-stroke and a firm bottom-out for big hits. Up front, the La Sal features a 160-millimeter travel fork.

“We went through iteration after iteration on the suspension linkage to dial in the feel,” said Tyler Cloward, director of product at Fezzari Bicycles. “The La Sal had to excel on the downhill and uphill, and I feel like we hit a home run.”

Geometry

The La Sal was designed to provide confidence on steep descents and over rough terrain. It was built with a 65-degree headtube angle, combined with a short 42 mm or 44 mm offset fork, depending on your choice of Fox or RockShox fork. Fezzari then gave this bike short 435 mm chainstays and a long and low geometry. The La Sal features a steep 75-degree seat tube angle with an effective angle of 78-degrees. This forward seated position was added to aid in climbing efficiency.

Development

Fezzari set out to build a top enduro race bike, while not overlooking any of the small details like cable management, dual bottle cage compatibility, 29×2.6-inch tire-size compatibility, a 36T max chainring, ISCG-05 mounts for chainguides, a short seat tube for longer dropper posts, and flush-mount fit and finish on bolts and bearings.

Fezzari 3D-printed a prototype frame during the development process to make sure everything would work in the real world.

“3D Printing has really allowed us to speed up our production timeline. It has allowed us to find mistakes early in the process at a time when they can be easily corrected before opening a carbon mold,” Cloward said. “Things like cable routing, tire and chainring clearance, and tube shaping aesthetics can all be double-checked with a full-scale printed prototype before any carbon fiber is actually laid. It is a huge advantage in building a better bike.”

First ride

Park City offers some amazing trails from flowy jump lines to old-school, technical downhill tracks. We challenged the all-new La Sal to each of these conditions over our weekend of testing. After two long days pedaling and shuttling chairlift laps, we came to find just how capable this modern long-travel 29er could be.

The La Sal doesn’t skimp on features a rider wants and needs such as the ability to carry two water bottles or its ability to swap between 29 or 27.5+ inch wheels, thanks to a geometry flip-chip. Our test bike came ready to rip with a full Fox Factory series treatment and a SRAM Eagle drivetrain which together, provided our test bike with top-notch performance.

The size medium frame we tossed our leg over had a comfortable fit thanks to its long 445mm reach. The long reach was then met with a steep seat tube angle in order to evenly balance rider weight, aiding in steep climbing. A low bottom bracket height, combined with an aggressive 65-degree head angle, reminds riders this bike was built for all-out speed. In fact, this Fezzari charged over everything we pointed it at without question or concern. The suspension offered support whether hitting jump trails or skimming down technical descents. The La Sal builds off modern geometry trends and prioritizes performance and design. It’s an all-around fun enduro bike built to conquer climbs and slay singletrack on the way back down.

 

Build Options

La Sal Peak Pro $6,599

  • SRAM X01 Eagle Drivetrain
  • RockShox Lyrik RC2 160mm Fork or Fox 36 Factory Grip2 160mm Fork
  • RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 or Fox Float X2 Shock
  • SRAM Code RSC Brakes
  • Reynolds TR 309 S Carbon Wheels
  • RockShox Reverb or Fox Transfer Dropper Post
  • *Fox X2 and 36 Grip 2 fork available for $200 upgrade
  • **Enve Wheel with Industry 9 hubs, Bar, Stem upgrade available for $1,300

La Sal Peak Elite Race $5,599

  • SRAM GX Eagle Drivetrain
  • RockShox Lyrik RC2 160 mm Fork
  • RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 Shock
  • SRAM Code RSC Brakes
  • Reynolds TR309s Carbon Wheels
  • Fox Transfer Dropper Post

La Sal Peak Elite $4,599

  • SRAM GX Eagle Drivetrain
  • RockShox Lyrik RC2 160 mm Fork
  • RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 Shock
  • SRAM Code RSC Brakes
  • Stans Flow MK3 Wheels
  • Fox Transfer Dropper Post

La Sal Comp $3,599

  • SRAM NX Eagle Drivetrain
  • RockShox Lyrik RCT3 160mm Fork
  • RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 Shock
  •  SRAM Guide T Brakes
  • WTB i29 Rims
  •  X Fusion Manic Dropper Post

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