2022 Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite Review
- Price: $4,799
- Frame: Carbon
- Tires: 29
- Gear: 1×12
What we like about it: The extra-long shock absorption travel allows you to ride off-road without fear of the rigors.
What we don’t like about it: The design without a dropper is not perfect in the opinion of some riders.
To be honest, in every aspect, this is not a low-rated bike. Based on our personal experience and various surveys, we give it a final rating of 4.85.
Firstly, this bike features the high-quality Fezzari La Sal Peak 2.0 CleanCast™ Carbon TetraLink™ full suspension frame, which is relatively lightweight and has strong rigidity. In addition, the Rockshox ZEB Ultimate RC2 front fork and RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RC2T Hydraulic Bottom Out rear shock absorber both have 170mm of compression travel. If you are an extreme off-road enthusiast, its shock-absorbing effect is worth looking forward to.
Apart from these, there are many advantages of this bike that we should explore.
Below, we will discuss the riding experience, specifications, and other versions of the 2023 Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite. If you want to learn more about bike reviews, you can follow us.
Every time we review a bike, we choose a suitable location to give users our real and effective feelings. This time, for the review of the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite, we chose Downieville, California. As you know, the Downieville downhill race is held here. So, to test the downhill performance of this bike, we came here in the gradually warming March. Another thing that needs to be prepared in advance is booking accommodation. This time, I still booked accommodation on Skyscanner, hoping for a good rest.
The overall terrain of Downieville is not easy, rather it is quite steep in parts. And the track where the downhill race is held has not only exposed rocks but also a mix of surfaces. Simply put, it’s a mix of technical terrain and fast, flowing sections. It’s very demanding on the rider, but I still have a little confidence in my skills. Other than that, what drew us to it was its beautiful scenery and mountain vistas. Many riders have warned that this route is not very suitable for beginners, which agrees with my thoughts.
When faced with a full-suspension bike, one of the reviews that must be conducted is its descending performance. We took the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite on a Downieville downhill challenge. Needless to say, looking down from the top is a great challenge for the faint of heart. But I had enough confidence in myself and in this Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite, and it was.
The Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite, with its extra-long 170mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate RC2 fork and RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RC2T Hydraulic Bottom Out rear shock, allowed me to face this demanding course with more ease I was able to handle the handlebars more comfortably on this demanding course. And with these relatively high-end components, it cut more vibration. I think that even if the bike didn’t have a dropper design, it would still be a great ride.
In addition, its tires are Maxxis Assegai, which uses durable dual-compound materials. Moreover, the relatively soft 60TPI provides a higher grip on such rough terrain.
Furthermore, the front tire size is 2.5″, and the rear tire size is 2.4″, which makes it easier to handle in turns. In addition, the wider front tire adds to the damping effect. The brakes would operate more frequently during my descents, and this tire design also increased the braking strength and stability.
In short, the feeling I got during the descent was the thrill of the wind hitting me as I sprinted downward on this Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite.
After the exhilarating descent, we made our way to the Butcher Ranch Trail, where we found that many riders had positive reviews of the route. “The scenery is beautiful here, but there are some technical sections that aren’t suitable for novice riders,” they warned. Nevertheless, I remained confident and set off after packing up my gear.
Even though I only spent about 40 minutes on the climb, I felt a noticeable difference between a full-suspension bike and a hardtail on the climb. In terms of weight, this Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite is a bit heavier than the Fezzari Wasatch Peak Comp 29 that I tested last time. But that’s unavoidable, after all, it has an extra rear shock.
However, the SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain allowed me to start in a lower gear, which saved me energy from the beginning. The 1× gear system also makes it beginner-friendly.
In addition, the SRAM Descendant 6K DUB crankset provides a wide range of gear choices through custom settings. This gave me an advantage in steep climbs.
Moreover, the narrower rear tire provided better acceleration and agility on different terrains, especially on climbs.
Overall, its performance on climbs may not be as excellent as hardtail bikes at the same price point, but for skilled riders, this difference is negligible. With its high-end configuration and unique downhill charm, it still attracted me.
This bike features a lightweight and durable Fezzari La Sal Peak 2.0 CleanCast™ Carbon TetraLink™ frame. The internal cable routing makes it easier for riders to take it through muddy puddles without worrying about cleaning. Moreover, its completely redesigned geometry, with a 64° head tube angle providing some stability on descents and a 77.5° seat tube angle improving pedaling efficiency.
The SRAM CODE RSC brakes are another highlight of this bike, providing more powerful four-piston braking. After testing it, I believe that its strong braking power is reliable and trustworthy on steep descents.
Furthermore, the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RC2T rear shock absorber with an extra-long 170mm travel offers undeniable suspension. Its hydraulic bottom-out control and custom adjustments ensure that you don’t have to worry about keeping the rear wheel stable on rugged climbs.
Other versions of the Fezzari La Sal Peak
Through sufficient time and actual riding on different terrains, we have an intuitive understanding of the power transmission system, wheelset, and more of the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite. It is indeed a high-quality and reliable full-suspension mountain bike.
However, the price of the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite may not be easily affordable for some riders. So, to help users find the most suitable bike, we did more research.
2023 Fezzari La Sal Peak Comp
The Fezzari La Sal Peak Comp is now on sale for $3,149, a $1,650 difference from the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite. But both bikes are built with Fezzari’s CleanCast carbon fiber technology in the frame. Not only that, but they both have 170mm of front and rear travel, making them both suitable for the challenge of taking on rough trails.
Although the travel distances are both an extra-long 170mm, the La Sal Peak Elite comes with a higher-end RockShox ZEB Ultimate RC2 fork and a Super Deluxe Ultimate RC2T rear shock. Compared to the RockShox Yari and Deluxe Select+ of the La Sal Peak Comp, they offer more adjustability and performance.
In addition to this aspect, the La Sal Peak Elite is equipped with Stan’s Flow MK4 rims. Compared to the WTB i30 rims on the La Sal Peak Comp, it is lighter and more durable.
Despite this, the Fezzari La Sal Peak Comp is better suited for intermediate to advanced riders who don’t want to break the bank. It would be ideal for this type of rider.
What do we like about it?
- High-performance components have caught the eye of many trail riders, such as the RockShox ZEB Ultimate RC2 fork and the Super Deluxe Ultimate RC2T rear shock, among others.
- The customizable features are a big draw for riders who want a bike that feels comfortable and fits their body.
- For intermediate trail riders, the CleanCast carbon frame and Stan’s Flow MK4 rims make the bike relatively light and nimble, allowing it to tackle technical terrain with ease
- Excellent descending ability will be one of the reasons why more thrill-seeking riders choose it
What don’t we like about it?
- The price of this bike will make some riders hesitate
- How many water bottles can Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite accommodate ?
2 water bottles can be installed.
- What is the drivetrain of Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite?
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite’s drivetrain is SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed.
- How do I choose the right size for Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite?
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite Size Chart:
|5’2″ – 5’8″||SM|
|5’6″ – 5’11”||MD|
|5’10” – 6’3″||LG|
|6’1″ – 6’7″||XL|
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite Specs
|Frame||Fezzari La Sal Peak 2.0 CleanCast™ Carbon TetraLink™ Full Suspension, 170mm travel. Internal Full Tube-Tube cable routing for rear brake, rear shifter. and dropper post. CleanCatch™ rattle-proof cable guides. UDH derailleur hanger. ISCG-05 mounts. (all frame sizes)BB Standard: BSA, 73mm, Threaded|
|Fork||Rockshox ZEB Ultimate RC2, Charger 3 Buttercups, 170mm travel, 15×110 Axle, 42mm offset, tapered steerer|
|Rear Shock||RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate RC2T Hydraulic Bottom Out, 230×65, Bearing Mount Hardware, Custom Tuned|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM Dub English Thread|
|Headset||Cane Creek 40 Series ZS Tapered ZS44 ZS56/40|
|Stem||Fezzari Charger CNC 35 stem|
|Handlebar||Fezzari team 35mm bar-customized sizing through 23-Point Custom Setup|
|Seatpost||PPNW Bachelor Dropper, Puget Lever, customized sizing through 23-Point Custom Setup|
|Rims||Stan’s Flow MK4, 29″, 32 Hole, Disc Specific, Tubeless Ready, Carbon wheels upgrade available at checkout|
|Front Hub||Stan’s E-Sync; F: 110x15mm thru axle, 32 hole, 6 bolt; R: 148x12mm thru axle, 32 hole, 6 bolt, XDR driver|
|Rear Hub||Stan’s E-Sync; F: 110x15mm thru axle, 32 hole, 6 bolt; R: 148x12mm thru axle, 32 hole, 6 bolt, XDR driver|
|Tires||Maxxis Assegai 29×2.5WT, EXO, TR Protection, Tubeless Ready. Dissector 29×2.4WT, EXO, TR Protection, Tubeless Ready|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Eagle 12-Speed|
|Crank||SRAM Descendant 6K DUB-customized sizing through 23-Point Custom Setup|
|Shifters||SRAM GX Eagle Trigger 12-Speed|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle, 10-52t, 12-speed|
|Chain||SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed|
|Brakes||SRAM CODE RSC, Centerline 200/180mm F/R rotors|
|Brake Levers||SRAM CODE RSC|
|Bicycles||Price||Drivetain||Frame material||Travel||Click view|
|YT Industries Capra CORE 3 MX||$3,999||1×12||Carbon||165mm rear, 170mm front||Click View|
|2023 Canyon Spectral 27.5 CF 7||$3,999||1×12||Carbon||150mm rear, 160mm front||Click View|
|Marin Alpine Trail Carbon 2||$4,499||1 × 12||Carbon||150mm rear, 160mm front||Click View|
|2023 Scott Genius ST 920||$4,499||1 × 12||Aluminum||150mm rear, 160mm front||Click View|
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite vs. YT Industries Capra CORE 3 MX
First of all, in terms of price, Fezzari La Sal Peak is $8oo more expensive than YT Industries Capra CORE 3 MX. But there’s a reason for that. Whether it’s the CleanCast™ Carbon TetraLink™ Full Suspension frame, or the 170mm of front and rear travel, it’s a great deal more. In actual riding, these high-end configurations will give you less vibration and easier handling.
However, the YT Industries Capra CORE 3 MX is also a good choice for riders who are on a budget but want to experience sprinting some off-road trails. With 170 mm of travel in the front and 165 mm in the rear, it also has a good damping effect.
Moreover, the front 29″ MAXXIS ASSEGAI I and rear 27.5″ MAXXIS MINION DHR II tires have approximately the same effect as the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite with different front and rear tire widths.
In short, regardless of which one you choose, my personal opinion is that experiencing it yourself is crucial in determining which one suits you better.
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite vs. 2023 Canyon Spectral 27.5 CF 7
Riders have given both bikes good reviews, but I also have my own opinions.
First, you can see that both bikes are designed with internal cable routing, but there are still some exposed cables. Although the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite appears to have far fewer exposed cables.
In addition, the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite uses the SRAM CODE RSC 4-piston brake system, while the Canyon Spectral 27.5 CF 7 uses the Shimano SLX 4-piston brake system. Riders have different opinions on these two brakes. However, personally, both brakes provide reliable and responsive braking power when facing fast descents.
No matter which one you want to choose, in addition to the budget, you should consider personal preferences and riding style.
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite vs. 2022 Marin Alpine Trail Carbon 2
The price difference between these two bikes is only $300. However, when it comes to the drivetrain, Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite’s 1×12 SRAM GX Eagle is slightly more high-end compared to Marin Alpine Trail Carbon 2’s 1×12 Shimano XT.
In terms of wheels, both bikes are equipped with high-quality components. Fezzari has Stan’s Flow MK4 rims and Maxxis Assegai and Dissector tires. Marin, on the other hand, uses Marin double-wall alloy rims with Maxxis Assegai and Maxx Grip tires. However, Fezzari also offers the option to upgrade to carbon fiber wheels. So, if you’re a rider who likes to DIY, Fezzari is undoubtedly the better choice.
Riders have good reviews for both of these bikes. Ultimately, how you choose mainly depends on your personal preferences and needs.
Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite vs. 2023 Scott Genius ST 920
To be honest, I was a bit surprised to see that the Scott Genius ST 920 had an aluminum frame and a price tag of $4,499, given that there are many carbon fiber-framed bikes available at this price point.
However, in terms of details, the Scott Genius ST 920 does have some nice touches. Its Syncros AM 2.0 and Hixon 2.0 handlebars provide a comfortable grip that makes for a smoother ride.
Admittedly, its aluminum frame does make the Scott Genius ST 920 relatively heavier. But, on the other hand, it can handle the challenge of steep and rugged terrain. Moreover, the bike’s adjustable head angle and geometry adjustment have received praise from riders.
For $300 more, the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite has a lighter carbon fiber frame that is also strong. Not only that but the front and rear are both 170mm of damping travel, which will bring a more comfortable ride.
Therefore, if you have a sufficient budget, I would say that the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite is the better choice. However, ultimately, the decision on which bike to choose depends on your own needs and preferences.
The above is our test of the Fezzari La Sal Peak Elite. The full suspension design increases your confidence in descending. The high-end drivetrain and brake configuration also greatly enhance your confidence when tackling the mountains. If you want to get more bicycle information, please check out our related tests.
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