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SOC16: Fezzari adds Shafer gravel bike, updates Trail & XC full suspension mountain bikes & more

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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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The BB height dropped 0.25″, putting it at 13.5″, helping lower the center of gravity for more aggressive handling.

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Sealed cartridge bearings throughout keep everything moving smoothly, and the new rocker design drastically extends the required maintenance intervals.

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SRAM X01 Eagle will be just one of the build options.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Hidden Peak also gets an all-new, all-carbon frame. It’s shorter travel, running at 100mm, and fits 29er wheels.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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dan
dan
8 years ago

Wonder how many sales they lose due to the branding “Fezzari”. It’s a serious question.

dave
dave
8 years ago
Reply to  dan

My thoughts exactly. I cannot think of a stupider brand name…

Robin
Robin
8 years ago
Reply to  dave

I think Scattante is worse than Fezzari but only marginally.

Jeb
Jeb
8 years ago
Reply to  dan

I’ve wonder the same thing out loud and in print many times. Change the stupid friggin name. I’ve never seen the Italian surname Fezzari before, I’m betting the logic when naming was “hey it sounds like Ferrari, that’ll sell bikes”

Dave
Dave
8 years ago

Still another “cookie cutter” brand of bikes? Is there no end to the number of brands the customer base is expected to support? I expect the odd-ball brand name is the name of the company owner/founder.

Burton
Burton
8 years ago

You think “Fezzari” is a stupid name? Try “Scattante.” Thanks, Alan Goldsmith.

RobyBolla
RobyBolla
8 years ago

Where is renewed the full frame? It looks like the same Aprotech taiwan frame they were using before.

dr_lha
dr_lha
8 years ago

Yes, their company name is horrible, along with Scattante, Stradalli, Giordiano, Vilano (the latter two cheap Amazon chinese bikes) and many other feux Italian named brands. The guy behind Fezzari is Chris Washburn and he’s from Utah. Seriously “Washburn” would have been a better name.

John Moore
8 years ago

I have a Fezzari Cross bike and I’m very happy with the quality and value. I’m often in Utah and actually worked with the guys at HQ… nice shop and good guys. I agree most of their product names are silly.

I’m hating the rear brake hose routing on that Timp Peak trail bike… popping up from the chain stay to the seat stay halfway back looks ready to grab every branch you roll past. That can’t be how they mean it to work is it?

Willis24
8 years ago

The Hidden Peak in carbon is interesting with the spec, but is it as good as, or even necessary with all of the other brands that already have it dialed?

matthew moseley
matthew moseley
8 years ago

cx page doesnt list rotor size. reach increase decreases between a couple sizes. cable ports look rough af. BSA BB is cool though.

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