Designed using their Monoform carbon fiber manufacturing process, the new Fezzari Solitude is a lightweight hardtail mountain bike that pairs with anything from a weight-weenie 100mm XC fork up to a 140mm, fat-stanchioned trail fork. All with the same sub-1,000g frame!
First used on their Empire road bike, Monoform construction is their way of creating a true one-piece frame. Meaning, it’s not molded as separate front and rear ends, then bonded together. Instead, the entire frame comes out of the press in one go, and one piece.
The result is less overwrap, less resin, and less weight, but with longer and more continuous fibers to keep it strong and durable. But that’s not all that’s new…
Fezzari Solitude geometry updates
The seat tube remains dropper post compatible, but now sits at 75º to put you in a more powerful riding position. Behind it are shorter chainstays, too, keeping that weight planted over the rear wheel for solid traction on the climbs.
The head angle is much slacker at 68º, and reach is longer, giving it more modern handling and capable descending. The angles aren’t as dramatic as on their recent full suspension mountain bikes, like the Delano Peak and La Sal Peak, but appropriate for a hardtail.
Recommended fork travel ranges from 100mm to 140mm. The prior Solitude was designed around a 120mm fork, so that may be the sweet spot, but versatility is good, too.
It uses their CleanCatch cable routing to prevent the cables and hoses from slapping around inside the tubes.
Here’s their product manager, Tyler Cloward, explaining the new Solitude:
Complete bikes start at $2,499 for a SRAM GX/NX build with Rockshox Reba RL fork and WTB ST i25 wheels…but check the lead time and you’ll find that it’s 30-35 weeks out (which shouldn’t come as a surprise). The top end Eagle AXS with SID SL Ultimate has a more reasonable 8-10 week lead time, but it’ll set you back $7,499. Framesets are $1,999. They come in black (carbon) only, with S/M/L/XL frame sizes. Full build specs available on their website, and each bike includes their 23 point custom set up and Lifetime Warranty.