Fezzari Delano Peak $3,500 Comp Construct: The Remaining Assessment
Again in July, we bought our arms on the latest path bike from Fezzari, the Delano Peak. To recap Fezzari as a model, they’re a direct-to-consumer firm based mostly out of Utah they usually’ve been constructing some nice full carbon bikes currently at a superb worth, to incorporate the La Sal Peak, the Sign Peak, and now the Delano Peak.
The Delano Peak sits proper in the course of the La Sal Peak, a 150mm journey 29er, and the Sign Peak, a 120mm 29er. The Delano Peak has 135mm of rear journey and is purposefully designed and overforked with a 150mm fork. Whereas the La Sal is an enormous enduro bike and the Sign Peak is a marathon-XC/stage race bike, the Delano Peak takes attributes from each and makes for an aggressive path bike that may deal with lengthy and pedally days blended with steep and rocky descents.
In regards to the Delano Peak
- 135mm/150mm rear/entrance journey
- 29″ wheels
- Tetralink (Horst-link) suspension design
- Full carbon body with inner routing
- Sizing: S, M, L, XL
- Worth as examined: $3,500
- Weight, dimension M w/o pedals: 31lbs
- Body value: begins at $2,300 w/ rear shock
- Full builds from $3,500 to $9,000
Having been out for about two years now, the La Sal Peak’s geometry was a bit forward of its time, with a really steep 78° seat tube angle and a slack 65° head tube angle. Customers and the business as a complete have since come to count on that progressive geometry.
The numbers on the Delano Peak aren’t what I’d name progressive anymore, however they’re fashionable, and really feel proper for a path bike.
On my medium check bike, I settled right into a 77.5° seat tube angle with a 65° head tube angle, paired with a decreased offset fork. That 65-66° vary appears to be the place path bikes are heading proper now and the steeper seat tube angle balances out the bike’s climbing means. The medium has a fairly prolonged 1210mm wheelbase, with a strong 455mm attain.
The seat tube is brief at 420mm and the standover top is far decrease than the Sign and La Sal Peak at 741mm, however definitely not the bottom on the market.
Pricing and construct choices make the Delano Peak much more attractive. Customers can purchase a full carbon body set with a shock for $2,300 – which is a superb deal, contemplating that there are fairly a number of full carbon framesets in the marketplace that retail for a thousand extra. It’s additionally doable so as to add a fork to the order at checkout.
A full construct begins at $3,500 which is what I examined. My Delano Peak got here with a Shimano SLX 1×12 groupset and Deore brakes, WTB wheels, and DVO suspension entrance and rear. For riders that may moderately have SRAM, there’s a construct for a similar value that comes with a SRAM NX 1×12 drivetrain as an alternative.
Then there are builds at $4,500 with Fox suspension and Shimano XT, or one other at $5,500 that comes with ENVE AM30 wheels. There are two extra builds at $6,500 and $8,000, earlier than the highest degree construct at $9,000. Expensive, sure, however nonetheless decrease than their opponents. The highest-shelf Delano Peak comes with a full SRAM AXS X01 groupset, ENVE M630 wheels, and Fox Manufacturing unit suspension.
There are quite a few choices at checkout to improve components on the chosen construct and Fezzari nonetheless does a 23-point customized setup for an ideal match when a purchaser pulls their new bike out of the field. When I’ve had check bikes come from Fezzari, all I’ve actually needed to do is put the handlebars on, possibly tweak the cockpit setup, and alter the strain within the suspension by a number of kilos. Bikes from Fezzari have all the time been very near my most popular setup and practically seamless out of the field.
On the path
Path bikes simply might need the tallest set of orders out of any class proper now, and for these functions I’ll reference bikes between 130-150mm of journey, to exclude XC bikes and enduro bikes, and the all the opposite hairsplitting classes on the market.
The Delano Peak delivers on these orders exceptionally. One of the best factor about my check construct, specifically, is that the bike can ship nice efficiency at a superb value level and I used to be hardly ever reminded that I used to be on an entry-level construct.
I arrange the Delano Peak across the beneficial 30% sag mark, although I could have been nearer to round 28%. That gave me a supportive rear shock for climbing with loads of sensitivity for descending. There’s some noticeable bob within the rear suspension with the rear shock in open mode and it may be mitigated by utilizing the center place or a shock with a climb change. More often than not the motion wasn’t sufficient for me to wish to achieve down and agency it up.
Coupled with the steeper seat tube angle, the Delano Peak was a simple selection to tug out of the storage after I was heading towards a steeper experience. The tradeoff although, is that the cockpit can really feel a bit tight on flatter, extra average trails. Nonetheless, the Delano Peak isn’t a drag to pedal on this type of terrain, and that’s the fantastic thing about a path bike like this; it may well go nearly wherever.
The Comp construct isn’t the snappiest with regards to acceleration and it doesn’t encourage sprinting, so it was principally sitting and spinning for me. The inventory wheels are a bit heavy and aren’t exceptionally stiff, which most likely contributes to the sensation. The Bear Pawls hubs do provide good engagement.
Pointed downhill, the slack, and over-forked path bike feels comfy on something steep or technical and it has a playful perspective over jumps and is nimble by means of corners. The suspension kinematics come collectively for an awesome really feel within the rear. The Tetralink could be very reactive to small bumps and stays composed on larger landings. I by no means felt any wallowing within the rear and other than including about 10PSI that the shock misplaced over a number of weeks, I didn’t mess with the shock or the fork in any respect. They simply labored.
It’s straightforward to inform the place Fezzari put their cash into the Comp construct and that was within the suspension. A DVO Topaz T3 rear shock and DVO Diamond D1 fork are nice to see aboard the sub-$4,000 construct. In the event you’re on this Comp construct, take a look at Gerow’s DVO Diamond fork review. He breaks down the nuances of the fork very properly. Okay, the Shimano SLX 1×12 is fairly candy too. The SLX 12-speed isn’t as flashy or as refined because the XT, but it surely’s dependable, impressively easy, and fast.
There are some things concerning the Comp construct that do remind the rider that it’s an entry-level construct. For starters: the Shimano Deore 4-piston brakes. Positive, they bought 4 entire pistons all up in them calipers, however there’s a cause they’re on this construct. They’ll probably be a dependable brake with the Shimano namesake, however they don’t have essentially the most chunk.
The Fezzari FRD Charger 35 handlebars felt a bit stiff to me at first however I bought used to them over time. The inventory Ergon GA20 grips aren’t as plush as their nicer fashions, and the SM Stealth saddle feels identical to the nicer Ergon saddles however seems unfinished in comparison with the fancier stuff. These gripes although are principally concerning the merchandise that assist Fezzari obtain such a killer value on this construct, so it’s onerous to complain.
I swapped out the X-Fusion Manic dropper put up to suit one other put up I’ve in for overview throughout my time with the Delano Peak. The X-Fusion put up has labored nice, simply to notice. Though I ought to have left the cable housing within the body, I eliminated it and found that the Sign Peak body just isn’t a simple one to route cables by means of, primarily due to the slim port close to the headtube the place the housing must exit. In the event you’re not large on doing upkeep at dwelling, don’t fear. If you’re, now you already know. I did get a have a look at the Cleancatch cable guides that hold the Delano Peak good and quiet they usually have a fairly intelligent design.
Once more, I’ve to say that for anybody on the market searching for a brand new path bike on this class, you need to think about the Delano Peak. The geometry and suspension design match the path bike’s intentions completely, and with so many alternative construct choices providing a ton of worth that truly offer you a selection between Shimano and SRAM, it’s like having your cake and consuming it too. The Delano Peak isn’t good, but it surely’s a rattling enjoyable path bike and might maintain its personal on plenty of terrain.