2023 Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 Review
- Price: $1,199
- Frame: Aluminum
- Tires: 29 “x2.2”
- Gear: 1×12
What we like about it: The lightweight aluminum frame with 29″ wheels allows you to get over obstacles more easily. There’s also excellent fork damping that helps absorb shock and provides a smooth ride over rough terrain.
What we don’t like about it: Although the bike offers a nice experience, however some components some people consider to be ordinary.
At first glance, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 appeals to my aesthetic sense. The Wasatch Peak frame is made of hydro-formed, double-butted 6061 aluminum tubing, providing a sturdy and durable build. The frame also has internal cable routing and internal dropper post routing, adding to the bike’s sleek appearance and ease of maintenance.
Moreover, its SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR DS front fork with 120mm of travel and lockout feature provides good suspension and damping for most off-road rides. The WTB i25 rims and Maxxis Ardent Race tires with 2.6 inches of tire clearance also add to the bike’s capability and versatility.
Overall, it’s a nice hardtail mountain bike. To get a real feel for it, we spent enough time doing field tests.
Now, let’s analyze the riding experience, specs, and other versions of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29. If you want to learn more about bike reviews, follow us.
Yes, we’re in the Santa Monica Mountains, which have been hailed as a “real mountain bike heaven” by riders. Located in a natural preserve in the suburbs of Los Angeles, this area boasts hundreds of miles of off-road bike trails, including challenging singletracks. Here, we did test rides with the Wasatch Peak Comp 29 hardtail mountain bike, both climbing and descending. 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.
Santa Monica Mountains
I have to say, the road conditions here are more severe than I imagined.
First, the trail surface here is mostly loose rocks, boulders, and dirt, which can be a huge challenge for many beginners. And it’s currently springtime, which means the Santa Monica Mountains are relatively wet. This makes the road slippery and places higher demands on rider control and tire performance.
To be a bit presumptuous, I have confidence in my riding skills, but I’m concerned that the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 might affect my performance. Because on the day we came here for testing, it had rained the day before, and the road conditions were obvious. The slippery ground is unfavorable for riding, especially for uphill riding. But the performance of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 surprised me.
The 1×12 SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed drivetrain system of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 is relatively more agile in shifting. So, when I was ready to climb, I chose a lower gear, which would allow me to conserve energy while climbing. During the ride, I also found that the 1× drivetrain system, with its fast-shifting speed, allowed me to adapt better to different uphill sections and slopes.
Moreover, the 29×2.2 Maxxis Ardent Race tires, with their excellent grip, made my ride more stable during the ascent. The aluminum wheels of this bike also maintain lightweight while having good strength, which increases the efficiency of the wheel drivetrain. I felt more relaxed while climbing.
In addition, the Fezzari Racing Design Alloy handlebar design provided better grip and comfort, and I didn’t feel too fatigued during long rides.
In summary, at $1199, my experience is that it’s worth the money.
Where there’s an ascent, there’s a descent. We also did a downhill ride on the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 here. It’s fair to say that “no downhill, no off-road,” and downhill riding is even more exciting.
Due to the weather, the road was slippery, which tested the tires and the rider in the downhill process. But because of the Maxxis Ardent Race’s special configuration, I could feel the traction the tires provided during the ride. This made me more confident in controlling the bike.
In addition, the SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR DS, with 120mm of front fork travel, worked well in reducing the shock when encountering rocks, roots, and some protruding big stones during the descent. I could feel that the impact from the road was reduced, making my ride more comfortable.
However, in the downhill process, I used the brakes more frequently, which caused the Tektro HD-M276 Hydraulic Disc on the Wasatch Peak Comp 29 to heat up a bit. So, I have some advice for off-road riders: you need to pay attention to the use of brakes and timing.
Overall, at $1199, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 provided a great riding experience and, based on my understanding of its components, it is worth the investment.
In the previous article, we explained the bike’s drivetrain, fork damping, etc. in detail through actual riding experience. In addition to these important components, the other features of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 are equally attractive.
First, its quality aluminum frame is lightweight while remaining sturdy. And still, the internal cable routing has removable service ports, which makes it easier to keep things tidy. And of course, like all Fezzari frames, the Wasatch comes with a lifetime warranty.
In addition, the Wasatch Peak Comp 29’s Selle Italia Model X saddle features a gel pad and Superflow skeleton design, which also makes for a comfortable ride.
But personally, the Ergon SR Pro Carbon saddle with the innovative OrthoCell® material is a little more durable.
In short, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 is a great value for the money, both in terms of care and attention to detail in the main components.
Other versions of Fezzari Wasatch
With enough time and actual riding on different terrain, we got a visual of the drivetrain, wheelset, etc. of this 2023 Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29. It is indeed a good hardtail trail bike at a good price.
And, at only $1199, I think it will make many users make up their minds to buy it. However, Fezzari Wasatch is more than just an option, for which we also did more research.
2023 Fezzari Wasatch Peak Elite
The bike is priced $400 higher than the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 and comes equipped with higher-end components such as the SRAM NX Eagle rear derailleur, making it more suitable for riders who demand high performance.
Additionally, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Elite features a higher-end RockShox Recon Gold RL 29er front fork, making it more suitable for riders who enjoy tackling challenging terrain.
Overall, regardless of which model you choose, selecting the one that meets your needs and budget will be the deciding factor.
What do we like about it?
- Strong and lightweight aluminum frame allows you to challenge off-road terrain
- High-quality SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed drivetrain system, even beginners can quickly master the gear shift speed
- The internal cable setup and replaceable derailleur make it easier to clean and possibly easier to maintain over time with the right ride
- 120mm SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR DS fork to reduce the impact of the harsh ground on you
What don’t we like about it?
- Color selection is not rich enough
- What is the drivetrain of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29?
The drivetrain of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 is the SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed
- What is the braking system of Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29?
The Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29’s braking system is the Tektro HD-M276 Hydraulic Disc
- How do I choose the right size for my Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29?
Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 Size Chart
|5’2″ – 5’8″||SM|
|5’6″ – 5’11”||MD|
|5’10” – 6’3″||LG|
|6’1″ – 6’7″||XL|
Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 Specs
|Frame||Fezzari Racing Design Wasatch Peak frame, hydroformed doubled-butted 6061 aluminum tubing, 148×12 dropout, internal cable routing, internal dropper post routing, replaceable derailleur hanger, water bottle bossesTire Clearance: 2.6″|
|Fork||SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR DS, 29er/27.5 plus, 120mm travel, Lockout, Rebound Adjust, Boost 110×15 Thru Axle, Tapered Steerer|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM Power Spline 118/73|
|Headset||FSA No 57 ZS|
|Stem||Fezzari 3D forged 31.8mm alloy, 7°, 4-bolt bar clamp (customized sizing through 23-Point Custom Setup)|
|Handlebar||Fezzari Racing Design Alloy, 20mm rise, 9° back seep, 5° upsweep, 31.8mm x 760-780 mm (customized sizing through 23-Point Custom Setup)|
|Saddle||Selle Italia Model X|
|Seatpost||Fezzari alloy, blast black, 31.6 x 350-400 (based on custom setup), Dropper seatpost available after adding bike to cart|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM SX Eagle 12-Speed|
|Crank||SRAM SX Eagle Crankset 12-Speed Power Spline Spindle Interface|
|Shifters||SRAM SX Eagle Trigger 12-Speed|
|Cassette||SRAM PG-1210 Eagle, 11-50t, 12-speed|
|Chain||SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed|
|Brakes||Tektro HD-M276 Hydraulic Disc 180/160mm Rotor|
|Rims||WTB i25 29, TCS Tubeless Ready, 32h|
|Spokes||1.8mm (15g) black stainless, brass nipples|
|Front Hub||Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing Front: Boost 110×15 thru axle, Rear: Boost 148x12mm thru Axle, HG|
|Rear Hub||Bear Pawls Sealed Bearing Front: Boost 110×15 thru axle, Rear: Boost 148x12mm thru Axle, HG|
|Tires||Maxxis Ardent Race, 29×2.2, Tubeless Ready, MaxxSpeed|
|Bicycles||Price||Drivetrain||Frame material||Front Fork||Click to view|
|Cannondale Trail SE 4||$1,175||1 × 10||Aluminum||120mm||Click View|
|2023 Canyon Stoic 2||$1,199||1 × 10||Aluminum||140mm||Click View|
|2023 Marin San Quentin 1||$999||1×9||Aluminum||130mm||Click View|
|Giant Fathom 2||$1,500||1 × 10||Aluminum||130mm||Click View|
Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 vs. 2022 Cannondale Trail SE 4
From a price perspective, these two bikes are not significantly different, but from a drivetrain perspective, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 has a wider 1×12 shifting range.
Moreover, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 has Tektro HD-M276 brakes with larger rotors (180/160mm) compared to Cannondale’s Tektro M275 brakes with smaller rotors (180/160mm). In actual riding, I feel that the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29’s brakes are more responsive.
Of course, the Cannondale Trail SE 4 has a slightly lower frame and a 1×10 drivetrain, making it a good choice for many smaller riders.
In conclusion, choose according to your needs, I’m just telling you their pros, cons, and differences for your reference.
Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 vs. 2023 Canyon Stoic 2
Very subjectively, I would prefer the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 for the same price. While both bikes have the SR Suntour XCR 34 air fork, Fezzari has a more advanced version of this bike. It has a fork with rebound adjustment and locking features that the similarly priced Canyon Stoic 2 does not have.
Of course, I don’t mean to say that the Canyon Stoic is useless. It has a slightly more modern geometry and a longer length and a lower head angle. So in terms of terrain, the Canyon Stoic 2 is probably better suited for more aggressive trail riding and enduro riding with wider tires and more modern geometry.
Ultimately, how you choose still depends on your personal riding characteristics and the terrain you ride on regularly.
Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 vs. 2023 Marin San Quentin 1
Needless to say, the Marin San Quentin 1 has a bit of an advantage in terms of price. And the 27.5″ wheels and Vee Tire Co. Flow Snap tires provide excellent maneuverability and control on technical terrain. So, in the face of relatively slippery surfaces and sudden turns, it may be relatively agile and stable to handle.
On the contrary, the Wasatch Peak Comp 29 with 29″ wheels and Maxxis Ardent Race tires has relatively better traction. It also performs well in tougher terrain because of the SR Suntour XCR 34 Air LOR DS fork damping.
But it also has to be said that the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 can be a bit more demanding on the rider when facing really rough or extremely steep terrain.
Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 vs. 2022 Giant Fathom 2
The first thing that caught my eye when I saw the Giant Fathom 2 was that it had a standard dropper seatpost. This is a great complement to technical downhill and aggressive riding. So it will perform better against rough terrain. Not only that, but it also comes with wider rims and tires. So on loose dirt and rocky trails, it provides better traction and stability. So Giant Fathom 2 is more suitable for more aggressive riding, such as all-mountain and enduro.
However, for off-road and mountain riding, the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 would be more suitable. Because its frame will be relatively light and its 29″ tires will roll faster.
In short, bikes are meant to be ridden and your preferences are just as important when excluding other factors.
Above is our test of the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29. The proper setup will give you more pleasure while riding. Superb value for money that will probably make you more than happy to pay for it. The quality component configuration boosts your confidence when hitting the trails. If you’d like to try a higher-end bike, feel free to check out our test about it.
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