Fezzari sends up the bat signal with an off-the-wall new concept — and brings an infamous antagonist along for the ride.
The Utah bike brand preps its La Sal Peak enduro mountain bike for the Gotham streets, with Batman and Joker paint schemes. Sitting on DVO Suspension, the two 170mm builds get touches from Maxxis, TRP Cycling, DT Swiss, and a load of other contributors.
Not so serious: joke leads to wild bikes
Describing the Joker variant takes one word: loud. If “the only sensible way to live in this world” really is without rules, you’d look right in character breaking a few on the lime green and deep purple rig.
Appropriately, a joke gave the bike’s creators the idea to make it a reality. Norm Nielsen and Ed Spinella, Fezzari’s Factory Enduro Team Manager and East Coast Ambassador Leader, played each other’s foils on the design.
“The topic of ‘what color bike are you going to get’ came up, and Ed was talking about purple,” Nielsen recalled. “I joking[ly] mentioned if you run the @dvosuspension green fork you’ll have a legit Barney bike. As I chuckled to myself it was dead silent on the other line. Cool as a cucumber, Ed said ‘no, I’ll have the perfect platform to build a Joker bike.’”
For its part, the Batman Fezzari La Sal Peak (the Batbike?) is a fair amount…stealthier. Dipped in gunmetal gray and sable black, it would color coordinate pretty closely with Adam West’s 1960’s Batman.
Unleashed, creators build two downhill beasts
Functionally, the builds are big, burly, and offer plenty of squish in the suspension; ideal for ripping steep terrain. So, the TRP disc brakes seek to disperse heat and throw down plenty of stopping power — enough to “stop a monster truck,” Nielsen said.
Nielsen and Spinella picked the wheels with the same task profile in mind. Nielsen said that while he’s used to swift carbon wheels, heavy-duty DT Swiss EX511 240’s made more sense for the bike.
Aggro Maxxis tires, platform clip-in pedals by Look Cycle, and flexy Fasst Company handlebars finish out the La Sal Peak builds.
One hero, one villain: availability, or lack thereof
Of course, there can only be one Batman and one Joker, so there’s only one of each themed Fezzari bike.
If that gets your hackles up, step aside and ask yourself, “why so serious?” You may have to get through Nielsen and Spinella to get to the Batman and Joker bikes, but you can get your hands on the highly customizable La Sal Peak Comp through Fezzari’s website.