Fezzari Cascade 3

After months of testing and getting final production going, Fezzari introduces its new Cascade Peak 27.5+ full suspension  mountain bike. We first saw a prototype of it at Sea Otter with a raw finish and before they had the final component spec. Now, it’s got a proper paint job, an impressive build kit and a price that’ll leave some scratching their heads.

Roll over the break and find to see the Cascade Peak in all of it’s glory and if this kind of purchase is in your future…..

Fezzari Cascade 1

The Cascade Peak 27.5 Plus is a pretty standard single pivot design frame with 110mm of rear travel, a tapered headtube, and Boost 148 rear spacing. The bike is equipped with a full XT build, (including brakes), Raceface Turbine Cranks, Fox 34 120mm fork with the FIT4 damper & Fox Float DPS, Performance Series rear shock with the 3 position lever and Evol aircan. The WTB Bridger 27.5 x 3″ TCS Tubeless Ready tires are wrapped around WTB Scraper i45 (45mm wide), hoops for that signature “plus” performance.

Fezzari Cascade 2

Fezzari may not be a household name yet, but they’ve been growing steadily for more than a decade with a direct-to-consumer model. Tthey’re not a general online retailer, they’re the actual bike company. By eliminating a lot of the overhead and shared margins that get thinned out between distributors and retailers, they are able to price their well equipped products far below similarly equipped competing models. Though you’re giving up test rides and pushing down on the shocks in the showroom, Fezzari goes the extra mile to service their customer from afar in many ways. And it’s hard to argue with the price.

Fezzari Cascade

 

For $2,799 you get a Shimano XT/Race Face/WTB build that doesn’t skimp anywhere.

The tradeoff? To avoid the fiduciary assault, the bike arrives partially assembled, requiring the customer to finish the build out of the box. Like all Fezzari bikes, the Cascade Peak has been assembled, tuned, and test ridden at the factory, then taken apart and boxed up for shipping. Fezzari has put together a great assembly video that is good for what I would consider a pretty mechanically inclined person, (with a torque wrench), but anyone with less of a skill set should rely on the expertise of their local shop to properly assemble and tune the bike. (The general consensus is that a shop will charge you the standard tune-up rate between $75 give or take, and tweak it a few weeks from then to compensate for any cable/housing stretch/compression).

Fezzari Cascade fit

Fitting a bike, especially for newbies is about the most crucial thing you figure out first. Though nothing replaces a true professional bike fit, Fezzari has put a lot of effort to create a system to give a customer the closest fit possible without being there. Many of this is subjective to personal preference, but they swap out items at no charge to get the fit as close as possible.

  • Frame Size (most other companies stop “customizing” once they determine the proper frame size for you)
  • Handlebar Height and angle (degree rise on bars and tilt)
  • Handlebar Width
  • Stem Length
  • Stem Angle
  • Steerer Tube Length
  • Seat Post Length
  • Crank Arm Length
  • Seat Positioning (fore/aft)
  • Seat Post Offset
  • Brake Reach
  • Fork Setup (on mountain bikes includes predamping and rebound setup for rider weight and riding style; this may require either coil switch-out or air adjust)
  • Rear Shock Setup (on mountain bikes includes predamping and rebound setup for rider weight and riding style; this may require either coil switch-out or air adjust)
  • Tune Front Derailleur
  • Tune Rear Derailleur
  • Tune Front Brakes
  • Tune Rear Brakes
  • Adjust brake lever positioning for rider size (up/down and in/out)
  • Adjust shifter positioning for rider size (up/down and in/out)
  • Wheel check (rim surface, spoke tension, wheel true)
  • Tire Pressure
  • Pre-installation of accessories as long as packaging allows (i.e. cycling computers, fenders, mobile accessory kits)
  • A Fezzari Technician personally rides every single bike and tests it to make sure it rides perfectly before it ships.

If all that sounds good to you and you’ve got skills and tools, maybe it’s time to hop on the plus-sized bandwagon.

 Fezzari.com

17 comments

  1. chris on

    “for what I would consider a pretty mechanically inclined person”

    REALLY… four bolts for the handlebar, two pedals, and a couple quick releases for the seat and wheels… THAT’s only appropriate for a mechanically inclined person? How stupid do you think the average person is?

    Also, they don’t arrive in the same condition as they do in a bike shop because all of these bikes were assembled to completion previously, test rode, brakes and drive trains adjusted, then they are partially dissembled for shipment.

    Most of the time a bike from a shop has not been ridden or adjusted before shipment to the bike shop.

    Now without a doubt when it comes time to bleed brakes, or when the drivetrain requires more than a twist of a cable adjuster, or proper suspension set up, a lot of people are going to be in need of a bike shops services. But what’s wrong with that?

    As far as bike fit, fully agree that it’s hugely important. But fully disagree that you always get good bike fit advice at the average bike shop. Heck, I’ve never had a bike shop take my measurements, Fezzari is one up on every bike shop I’ve ever been to! 🙂

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  2. Todd on

    Well, of all the places to to test a plus bike, riding “The Spine” on the Wasatch Crest trail in Park City would be one good trail, which i am pretty sure is the trail in that last photo

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  3. Seraph on

    $75 for building a bike that the customer did not buy from them? That’s highly unlikely. I would expect most shops to charge between $150 and $200 to build up a bike that they didn’t make a margin on.

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  4. Aaron on

    chris, while I agree with you that assembling a bike isn’t difficult (I’ve been building my own for 18 years), I know plenty of Cat-2 level guys that wouldn’t know the first thing about adjusting a stem. There are people who just have no clue how to turn a wrench (and don’t want to learn), and for them, this would be a nightmare. It’d be like my grandma sitting down at a PC and trying to get to Google; super easy, yet impossible.

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  5. Sspiff on

    I just can’t get over names like, “Fezzari.” Much like”Scattante,” it just screams that it’s marketed and a fat balding hopeful who can’t get through their midlife crisis without buying something Italian and the Lamborghini (and even the Pinarello in this case) is just too far to reach.

    And @Chris, you have clearly never worked in a bike shop. The incomptentence of people who build their own mail order bikes from a box always left me dumbfounded.

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  6. Thomas on

    No where does it say the average person is dumb and to assume it does is ignorant.
    I have been a professional mechanic for 10 years and my shops rates fall in line with the article.
    Assembly of a shipped bike $60
    Assemble New geared bike $60
    Assemble of kit bike purchased from shop $90
    Assemble kit bike purchase elsewhere $180
    All of the prices are not unreasonable, all labor has at least a 30 day guarantee to account for cable stretch and fit adjustments.
    If you can do your own work on your bike, good for you. If you can’t or don’t want to that is why my job exist.

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  7. Veganpotter on

    Seraph…that’s pretty standard. $150 would be more normal for an internet bike brought in as a frameset. Building most boxed bikes is about as time consuming as an average tune since you don’t have to actually clean the bike at all.

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  8. greg on

    Tune prices vary across the country. In general, smaller town, cheaper prices. DC metro is about $140 for a standard tune, same for assembling a typical new bike out of a box. Frame-up builds start at $300.

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  9. Zach Overholt on

    All – since it wasn’t made super clear in the article, Fezzari bikes arrive almost completely assembled. As reviewed here bikes like their cross bike arrive adjusted and ready to go with the exception of the handlebar and front wheel installed. Our review bike’s derailleur hanger was bent in shipping which could lead to some trouble for the home mechanic, but compared to bikes I would assemble in my bike shop days, Fezzari bikes are much more complete.

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  10. Jack on

    I’m a happy Fezzari customer, I got my CX bike from them last year (a Fore CyX I think it’s called). I’d call them a quality organization making quality products. For a road bike, assembly was trivial – mount stem, insert wheels (with front & rear through-axles, thank you very much), air the tires and go.

    I feel a little guilty riding past the LBS… but I don’t personally need the extra support and paying a 50% premium so I could get a little smile when I walk in wasn’t motivation enough to pay the difference.

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