Fezzari La Sal Peak long travel 29er

150 rear and 160 front with progressive geometry and top components

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78 degree seat tube and 65 degree head angles make their presence known on this side profile. Photos by Fezzari and Mark C Leblanc at @markleblanc

Finally, Fezzari entered the long travel 29er market and they’re doing so with a bang. Known for offering excellent consumer-direct value in the past, Fezzari wanted to compete at the highest level with a capable bike that stands out in this very competitive field.

Named after La Sal Peak near the start of the Whole Enchilada trail in Moab, the La Sal is built to descend with confidence and climb with authority. Point it downhill and the La Sal will tackle any mix of rocks drops, and even tight singletrack, then turn around and climb up the steeps like a trail bike. You’re not gonna win any XC races but the bike will not stop you from tackling steep, long hills. A capable Enduro racer, a 5 lb frame, and a lifetime warranty were some of the design objectives of the La Sal Peak.

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 2 short water bottles inside front triangle for size Large and beyond
● CleanCatch cable routing cinches down the cables to prevent rattling
● Threaded bottom bracket
● CleanCast Carbon layup – reduced weight and improved strength

Two waterbottles on a large frame is quite a feat on a long travel 29er

Suspension

Designed to tackle rough Enduro courses and efficiently pedal 6k ft climbs, the 160 mm front and 150 mm of rear-travel feels right at home in rock gardens and drops. A Fox X2 rear shock mated with a Fox 36 with Grip2 damper provides the suppleness and mid-stroke control. Rockshox options are available as well.

The top spec La Sal Peak weighs in at just under 30 lbs and it is claimed to be light enough for long, steep efforts. The Fox X2 rear shock is not the greatest climbing rear shock around since it is so plush in the wide open mode. Flip the lever and the shock compression damping is ramped up to resist compression and suspension bobbing. It is good for smooth fire road climbs but not the best option for rocky, rooty climbs. The Rockshox Super Deluxe is a better climbing option if one is critical of active and efficient climbing performance.

Geometry

The La Sal was designed for steep descents and rough terrain with its 65-degree headtube angle combined with short 42 mm or 44 mm offset forks (Fox or Rockshox). Wheelbase is reduced to get around switchbacks and stability is increased with the shorter offset forks. Short 435 mm chainstays keep the La Sal nimble and agile in tight switchbacks and trails.

The La Sal Peak features a 78 degree seat angle mated with the 65 degree head angle. The current leading edge geometry standard is 75 seat and 65 seat angle so the 78 degree is quite a radical departure from the norm. Not too long ago, seat angles of 72 and 73 were common so many riders will be coming from this seat angle and may be in for a big shock.

It’s very comfortable in the air.

Guerilla Gravity and Pole Bikes are two brands we know of that have seat angles of 77 and 78 degrees so it is an arena that is being explored at the moment. The effect of this steep angle is a forward seating and pedaling position, delivering efficient power transfer on the steepest hills. The downside is it reduces the effective top tube length and a bike’s top tube and reach may feel cramped to some. Reach length for the La Sal Peak for a medium is 445mm, a good roomy number by today’s standards. Top tube length, however, is only 550mm due to the steep seat angle.

Thus some riders may feel cramped on the initial ‘sniff test’ or parking lot trial. A thorough test ride will allow the rider to settle in, use the dropper post and move around the cockpit and feel comfortable while descending, not seated but floating above the lowered saddle. Adjusting the saddle back on the rails may be required for some to get the torso and knees comfortable on some flatter terrain.

Geometry is quite radical with a 65 degree head angle and 78 degree seat angle

Development

Small details like cable management, bottle cage compatibility, 29×2.6 tires size compatibility, 36T max chainring, ISCG-05 mounts for chainguides are some of the options.

Fezzari utilized 3d printing technology to print and prototype several iterations of the frame during development.

3-d printing the entire frame during development is an expensive but very effective design too.

“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.”
Every Fezzari is custom fit the rider’s measurements and backed by Fezzari’s No Risk Just Ride Guarantee, which includes a lifetime warranty and a 30-day Love It or Return It Guarantee.

A pair of La Sals at play

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

With a Fox 36 Grip2 up front and a Fox X2 on the rear, the La Sal is a capable and supple descender.

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

Cables are not internally ported but the cable exit port allow cinching down the cables for rattle-free performance.

At $4599, this Elite will be a very attractive build for many riders. Excellent components will be offered in both frame colors. Frame quality is exactly the same as the highest end La Sal Peak. The suspension and wheels are sometimes found in the highest end builds of other brands.

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

It is fun in the air and forgiving on landings.

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

We got to ride the bike for two big days in Park City, Utah. Stay tuned for our ride impressions of this exciting bike.

More Info: https://www.fezzari.com/

Read on to hear our ride impressions of the La Sal Peak HERE.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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