2023 Fezzari Abajo Review
- Price: $1999
- Frame: Aluminum
- Tire: 29″
- Gear: 1×12
What we like: Excellent damping systems and high-performance components that take you through a variety of mountain trails and complex roads.
What we don’t like: Some riders find it relatively heavy.
When I first saw this bike, it looked familiar to me. It wasn’t until my partner pointed it out that I realized it was almost identical in appearance to the Fezzari Cascade we had reviewed before. Not only that but upon closer inspection, we found that the components were also very similar. However, the price difference was almost $1000, which piqued my curiosity. So we decided to review the 2023 Fezzari Abajo.
After the actual review, we did find that this bike performed better than I had expected during both ascent and descent, with components such as the DVO Diamond D3 fork, custom-tuned X-Fusion O2 Pro RL rear shock, and the 1×12 SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain.
Below, we will provide a detailed analysis of the riding experience, specifications, and other versions of the Fezzari Abajo to provide users with more accurate and effective information.
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Although I didn’t expect much from this bike at first, we chose a review site because we uphold the principle of rigorous and realistic reviews. We experienced all aspects of the bike’s performance through actual riding. By the way, it’s essential to book accommodation in advance. And for this trip, I booked through Skyscanner again because I’m familiar with it and it gives me peace of mind.
This time we are in Park City, Utah, where the weather is becoming milder now that we are in April, although it still rains occasionally.
And it’s not a time when riding is very frequent, so we didn’t meet too many riders during the riding experience. I think this is a good time if you want a few people or one to enjoy a riding trip.
Although I didn’t have high expectations for this bike at first, we still chose a review location based on rigorous and truthful evaluation principles. We experienced the bike’s performance in various aspects through actual riding.
We went to Park City, Utah for the review, where the weather was gradually becoming mild in April, but occasionally rainy.
It wasn’t a time when there were a lot of riders, so we didn’t encounter too many riders during our test ride. If you want to enjoy a bike trip with a few people, this could be a good time.
Starting from Armstrong, there was a gradual climb, followed by a technical descent on Pinecone Trail. I then climbed up the UOP Trail. I have to say, I was very pleased with the performance of the Fezzari Abajo.
This climb was not very wide, and one side was a sloping hill with loose rocks rolling down onto the trail. These issues did not pose a problem for the Fezzari Abajo, equipped with relatively wide 2.5″ Maxxis tires. Due to Maxxis’ wear-resistant properties and the low-pressure setting of 60tpi, it had better traction on the ground, even in turns. This made my ascent relatively easy.
In addition, the 1×12 SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain allowed me to quickly select the appropriate gear ratio on this variable trail to achieve maximum kinetic energy conversion.
However, the Fezzari Abajo does not have an internal dropper post, which did require some extra effort and patience to adjust. So if budget allows, the Fezzari Cascade with a remote-controlled internal dropper post would be a better choice.
All in all, the Fezzari Abajo performed well for its price during the climb.
As I began the technical descent on Pinecone Trail, I could only say that the scenery was beautiful and the jungle was lush. But it also presented a relatively large challenge for me.
During the descent, I encountered significant drops. However, the Fezzari Abajo’s 140mm DVO Diamond D3 fork and 130mm Custom tuned X-Fusion O2 Pro RL rear shock reduced the vibrations caused by the bumps. This made my ride more exciting. Furthermore, in the descent, braking requires more force. At first, I was worried that Fezzari Abajo’s SRAM Level Hydraulic Disc brakes were not reliable enough. But in this gravel-strewn descent, all I needed to do was press the controller to come to a steady stop.
Overall, the Fezzari Abajo was worth the money whether going up or down. Of course, if your budget allows, you will have better options.
The cables partially exposed on the bike were the least favorite thing I noticed at first glance. But it cannot be denied that at this price level, its overall design is very good. Apart from the front portion, the cables at the back are perfectly hidden inside the frame. And the Fezzari Racing Design Alloy frame uses fully sealed bearings. Even if you pass through mud, it won’t be a problem at all. And you can easily clean the bike’s body. Of course, the aluminum frame makes it relatively heavy.
The Fezzari Abajo is also equipped with the SRAM NX Eagle, which offers a relatively wide range of shifts. 1× design allows for quicker shifting for novices. Not only that, but the SRAM NX Eagle also features SRAM’s XD freewheel interface. This will allow you to install and remove gear components more quickly and easily.
Although in my descent review, the Fezzari Abajo’s SRAM Level brakes performed satisfactorily, further investigation showed that more users believe that more frequent braking is required in harsh descents. This undoubtedly increases the wear and heat of the brakes. Therefore, if you enjoy challenging routes, for safety reasons, I recommend that you consider upgrading to higher-level brakes.
Regardless of your choice, you should consider your needs, budget, and riding style.
What do we like about it?
- Great value for money, providing more choices for beginner riders
- 1×12 SRAM NX Eagle drivetrain not only offers wider gearing but also makes it easier for riders to tackle steep climbs.
- 29″ Maxxis tires provide greater propulsion, and the low-pressure setting offers better stability and traction.
- The front and rear suspension systems allow you to boldly tackle rough terrain.
What don’t we like about it?
- The SRAM Level brakes may not have perfect response capability when facing harsh technical descents.
- The Fezzari Alloy seat post does not have an internal dropper, which can be a bit of a hassle.
- What is the drivetrain of Fezzari Abajo?
The Fezzari Abajo’s drivetrain is a 1×12 SRAM NX Eagle.
- How big are the tires on the Fezzari Abajo?
Fezzari Abajo’s tires are 29×2.5″.
- How should I choose Fezzari Abajo?
Fezzari Abajo size chart:
|5’2″ – 5’8″||SM|
|5’6″ – 5’11”||MD|
|6’1″ – 6’7″||XL|
2023 Fezzari Abajo Specs
|Frame||Fezzari Racing Design Alloy, 130mm travel, fully sealed cartridge bearings, replaceable derailleur hanger, tapered headtube, water bottle bossesBB Standard: BSA, Threaded|
|Fork||DVO Diamond D3, 140mm travel, 1.5 inch tapered steer tube, 110mmx15mm boost thru axle, black|
|Rear Shock||Custom tuned X-Fusion O2 Pro RL, lockout, rebound adjust|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM DUB, English Thread|
|Headset||FSA Orbit 1.5 ZS No.57E, internal sealed cartridge bearing, tapered|
|Stem||Fezzari FRD Charger35, alloy, 35mm clamp, sizes vary depending on custom fit|
|Handlebar||Fezzari FRD Charger35, alloy, 35mm clamp, 780mm wide, 25mm riser, 9 degree back-sweep, 5 degree upsweep|
|Saddle||Selle Italia Model-X|
|Seatpost||Fezzari Alloy, Dual Bolt Clamp, 31.6 x 350-400 (based on custom setup), Dropper seatpost available after adding bike to cart|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed|
|Crank||SRAM 1000 Eagle DUB|
|Shifters||SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed|
|Cassette||SRAM NX PG-1230 11-50t, 12-speed|
|Chain||SRAM NX Eagle 12 Speed|
|Brakes||SRAM Level Hydraulic Disc, SRAM Centerline Rotors, 180mm/160mm F/R|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Level|
|Rims||WTB I29 TCS 2.0 29er, Tubeless Ready, 32 Hole|
|Spokes||1.8mm (15g) black stainless steel, brass nipples|
|Front Hub||Front: Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing Disc Boost 110x15mm, Rear: Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing Disc Boost 148x12mm, HG Driver|
|Rear Hub||Front: Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing Disc Boost 110x15mm, Rear: Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing Disc Boost 148x12mm, HG Driver|
|Tires||Front: Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.5 WT Exo/Tubeless Ready 60 TPI, Rear: Maxxis Aggressor 29×2.5 Exo/Tubeless Ready 60 TPI|
|2023 Marin Rift Zone 27.5″ 2||$2,399||1×12||27.5×2.35″||140mm front||Click View|
|Giant Stance 29 1||$2,100||1×12||29×2.35″||130mm front||Click View|
|2023 Canyon Neuron 6||$2,599||1×12||29×2.40”||140mm front||Click View|
|2023 Trek Top Fuel 5||$2,699||1×12||29×2.40”||120mm front||Click View|
2023 Fezzari Abajo vs. 2023 Marin Rift Zone 27.5″ 2
If you’re price sensitive, you’ll notice right away that the Marin Rift Zone is $400 more expensive than the Fezzari Abajo. However, the Fezzari Abajo uses a Fezzari Racing Design Alloy frame, while the Marin Rift Zone uses an all-new series 3 6061 aluminum frame. If you’re asking me which one is better, I can only honestly say that they are equally sturdy in terms of riding experience. However, there is a slight difference in weight, so you can choose according to your preferences.
In addition, both bikes have the same travel distance and use the same 1×12 drivetrain system. In actual riding, I did not feel a significant difference in their shock absorption effects, and the 1x shifting was equally smooth. But I prefer the mechanical feel of the SRAM NX Eagle.
Moreover, I also prefer the 29″ Maxxis tires on the Fezzari Abajo. The greater propulsion makes me enjoy both climbing and descending more.
Of course, if you prefer more agile handling, the 27.5″ Vee Tire Co. Flow Snap tires on the Marin Rift Zone can meet your needs.
2023 Fezzari Abajo vs. 2022 Giant Stance 29 1
I like the Fezzari Abajo better than the Giant Stance 29 1 because the Fezzari Abajo looks lighter overall. However, the Giant Stance 29 1 comes with a Giant Contact Switch dropper, which will be of interest to some riders. As far as I can see, this is probably to compensate for the damping performance of the Giant Stance 29 1 suspension system. The Fezzari Abajo uses a 140mm DVO Diamond D3 and a 130mm Custom tuned X-Fusion O2 Pro RL shock system. The Giant Stance 29 uses a 130mm Crest 34 SL RCL and a 120mm RockShox Monarch R. Of course, the Giant Stance 29 1 does have its advantages with its elevated seat tube design.
If, however, you have some riding experience and like the challenge of technical trail riding, the Fezzari Abajo with its good suspension system is worth trying.
The Giant Stance 29 1 is a good choice if you like to train your skills on smoother routes.
2023 Fezzari Abajo vs. 2023 Canyon Neuron 6
Although the Canyon Neuron 6 is more expensive, it has attracted me greatly in terms of color and configuration.
Firstly, the dropper post design allows riders to adjust their position more quickly. Secondly, the 140mm front FOX 34 Rhythm and FOX Float DPS Performance full suspension system will reduce vibrations caused by harsh terrain.
However, Fezzari Abajo’s fully sealed cartridge bearing system can effectively prevent water and dust from entering, which extends the life of the bearings. Moreover, compared to traditional bearing systems, it saves time on regular maintenance and cleaning.
Overall, both bikes are suitable for riders who enjoy challenging technical trails. But in my opinion, the Fezzari Abajo has certain advantages when used in wetter areas.
2023 Fezzari Abajo vs. 2023 Trek Top Fuel 5
Trek is a popular brand, but as far as I’m concerned, the price of this bike doesn’t match the performance. First of all, the RockShox Recon Silver RL with 120mm front and X-Fusion Pro 2 suspension with 120mm rear are $700 lower than it Fezzari Abajo’s shock system, which dampens better both in terms of numbers and experience.
In addition, the Fezzari Abajo uses Maxxis Minion DHF 29×2.5″ front wheels and Maxxis Aggressor 29×2.5″ rear wheels. The relatively wide tire size makes it more focused on grip and stability. So if you like to drive on drop-offs or relatively smooth lanes, the Fezzari Abajo would be a good choice.
The Trek Top Fuel 5 is equipped with a Bontrager XT3 Elite front tire and a Bontrager XR4 Team Issue rear tire with a width of 2.4″. In comparison, this size is a bit narrower, so the Trek Top Fuel 5 may be slightly better in terms of speed.
In short, no matter how you choose, it depends on your budget and riding habits. If you can, you can even experience it yourself.
Above is our test of the 2023 Fezzari Abajo, if you want to try a higher-end mountain bike, feel free to check out our test about it.
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