Fezzari’s direct-to-consumer lineup had been missing the hot new category until Sea Otter, where they introduced the new Shafer gravel road bike. While the carbon frame looks racy, the design makes some interesting geometry choices to make it a little more capable, but the spec provides all the top shelf components needed to make it competitive.
They also had completely redesigned versions of the Timp Peak 150mm trail bike and Hidden Peak XC race full suspension mountain bike, plus an updated Foré T5 triathlon bike in the booth…
The Shafer’s head tube is tall (195mm on a 58), putting the rider in a more upright, commanding position. You could still get low enough for a race-ready position by using a negative rise stem, but the emphasis here is on comfort for all-day rides. The fork gets fender mounts and clearance for 40mm tires. Flat mount disc brakes and 12mm through axles sit on both ends of the bike.
The rear end gets fender and rack mounts and also clears a 40c tire. This bike’s shown with Schwalbe tires on it, but production spec is Mavic’s complete Ksyrium All Road wheel-tire system (which is tubeless ready, just add sealant).
A third bottle mount on the bottom of the downtube sits just above the brake hose and shift cable exit ports. Both the brake hose and the rear shift cable pop back into the chainstays for a short stretch.
A metal chain guard protects the chainstay behind the chainrings. The BB drops a deep 72.5mm, and chainstays are a longish 440mm, putting the rider down “in” the bike and keeping the rear end very stable.
Retail with Shimano 105 and a mix of house brand/FSA/Prologo cockpit parts is $3,199. Look for this to start shipping this fall (August or September).
The Foré T5 TT/triathlon bike gets a new frame with improved aerodynamics and revised geometry to make it easier to fit to a wider range of riders.
They designed a new stem that hides the cables and Di2 junction box for a more streamlined appearance. Fixed bento box mounts on the top tube let you add storage as needed.
Direct pull brakes are hidden on the bottom, and sliding dropouts in the rear let you adjust wheel position to tuck the tire up to the seat tube as close as possible.
The complete bike mixes Zipp 404 and 808 wheel depths, a Zipp Vuka aero basebar/extension system, and a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 TT group for $7,999.
The Timp Peak 2.0 gets a complete refresh, with an all-new full carbon front triangle, rear triangle and rocker link. It’s built around 27.5″ wheels with 150mm travel. Except for the rear brake hose, all lines run inside the front, with ports all over the head tube to accommodate just about anything. You can run the rear brake hose externally along the underside of the top tube onto the seatstays, or you could run it internally through the top tube and then onto the seatstays. Or, you could use the external cable guides on the top tube for a remote shock or externally controlled dropper post. Options, baby.
The BB height dropped 0.25″, putting it at 13.5″, helping lower the center of gravity for more aggressive handling.
Sealed cartridge bearings throughout keep everything moving smoothly, and the new rocker design drastically extends the required maintenance intervals.
SRAM X01 Eagle will be just one of the build options.
Should you opt for a 2x group, the frame is ready whether it’s mechanical or electric. The front derailleur mount goes away for a cleaner look on 1x setups.
The Timp Peak 2.0 will come in two color schemes, the canary yellow shown at top and this black and orange with matching graphics on the Race Face cockpit.
Both top end builds get some of the best parts out there. There’s also a $3,999 starting point with SRAM X1, Guide RS brakes and WTB KOM wheels.
The Hidden Peak also gets an all-new, all-carbon frame. It’s shorter travel, running at 100mm, and fits 29er wheels.
The rocker link is carbon, too. Even with it’s XC intentions, the bike uses the EVOL larger air can shocks for a more supple beginning and middle stroke. Dropper post routing remains external on the Hidden Peak.
With a clean slate redesign and the expiration of the Horst Link patent, they switched from their Tetra Link design on the Timp Peak to the lower rear pivot placement shown here. They like it, and it’ll probably show up on future bikes, too.
Frame weight is claimed at 1,950g. Complete bikes start at $2,899 with a Rockshox Reba RL, Monarch Debonair RL, SRAM GX and Level brakes and WTB STP i23 wheels. The Timp Peak is shipping now, the Hidden Peak starts shipping in July.