Should you’re searching for a quick, light-weight, environment friendly mountain bike that doesn’t skimp on technical path efficiency, the brand new Fezzari Sign Peak is price a glance.
I bought to tear one round Bentonville’s mountain bike trails, from the groomed and bermed connectors lacing by means of town, to rougher, more energizing backwoods trails lined with rocks and roots. Most lately, I’ve had it out on my native trails, too, and on all the things it’s been fast on the ups and enjoyable on the downs.
Right here’s a better have a look at the small print that make Fezzari’s bikes so pleasant, adopted by my journey report…
Fezzari Sign Peak 2.0 tech particulars
Visually, the brand new Sign Peak is way sleeking and higher trying than the unique. It’s lots lighter, too.
One factor Fezzari didn’t point out throughout the launch was the flip chip within the ahead shock mount. Swap it round to vary the top and seat angles by 0.5º, with the rearward place being slacker. Altering the journey merely means altering the fork and rear shock, with the rear merely getting a shorter stroke however the identical eye-to-eye size.
The chainstay will get a rubberized cowl that your heel might or might not rub. And your chainstay might be painted to match…this was an early however production-level body.
It’s not simply the leanness of the brand new body, it’s additionally the tube shaping throughout all areas that provides it a significantly better aesthetic…and helps it drop weight.
My measurement XL check bike with SL body, SRAM GX Eagle AXS group with XO Eagle cassette, Reply stem and carbon riser bar, Ergon saddle, Fox dropper publish 34 SC fork and Float DPS shock with distant, Stan’s Arch S1 alloy wheels and Maxxis Dissector/Rekon 29×2.4 tires, ESI grips and SRAM G2 4-piston brakes got here in at 27lb 5oz (12.29kg).
The highest tube is flat on high, and slender, however with a boxy head tube space that retains the entrance finish torsionally stiff. Fezzari’s CleanCatch cable ports lure the brake hoses, dropper strains, and any shift cables securely in order that they gained’t rattle contained in the body. It really works.
One other good contact is the cable exit routing over the underside bracket. Nothing dangling right down to get broken must you smack the BB shell (it will possibly occur). Notice that there are TWO bottle cages contained in the entrance triangle, they usually match these on each body measurement.
All however the smallest frames can match one other bottle cage beneath the downtube, although these are in all probability greatest used for bolt-on tube/instrument mounts normally.
The body will formally clear as much as 2.5″ tires, simply double verify what your fork can take. Photograph above exhibits a Maxxis Recon 29×2.4″ tire fitted to the Stan’s ARCH S1 wheels.
In addition to me just about by no means utilizing the lockouts or agency modes, that is another excuse why I don’t take care of distant lockouts…there not often place for them anymore. My check bike has a Fox dropper publish, which is the distant closest to the grip. The Fox lockout distant sits inboard. It’s truly not a nasty setup, works simply tremendous and doesn’t stick out, however it’s not likely getting used.
Must you go for a Rockshox-equipped XC construct, you’ll get their Twistloc distant, which I’m not a fan of just because I don’t just like the accompanying grips. It really works tremendous, however for me, is pointless and eliminates alternative of grips.
FWIW, these remotes solely get spec’d on the XC builds, and for many riders, I’d counsel getting a Path construct…simply as quick, extra enjoyable, and minimal weight achieve. And also you don’t get a distant lockout, which is a bonus. Plus, the XC builds get a inflexible seatpost, Path builds get droppers FTW.
Fezzari Sign Peak 2.0 evaluation
Any bike claiming to be “XC” must be gentle and quick, and the brand new Sign Peak accomplishes each. Whereas each of the builds I’ve ridden had distant lock outs, I don’t assume this bike wants them. XC “racers” can disagree, however for regular mountain biking, you’ll lose extra time reaching right down to fiddle with the change than you’ll simply hammering in Open mode.
Fezzari’s TetraLink suspension design is tuned successfully, permitting for excellent bump absorption and traction whereas remaining environment friendly when hammering. Whether or not it’s an out-of-the-saddle dash, or a grinding up a seated climb, there’s not likely a have to fiddle with knobs and switches…it simply goes.
It goes quick by means of rock gardens and techy, chunky terrain, too. The great factor about that is that I may hammer by means of sections like this (picture above) with out having to determine between letting the suspension take in the bumps or pedaling laborious to get by means of it…it will possibly do each on the similar time.
That is key for climbing over rooted sections, particularly remaining seated and simply letting the suspension do the double obligation it’s tasked with – take in impacts, and keep traction. Fezzari has dialed this in with the previous couple full suspension launches, and the Sign Peak 2.0 proves it really works simply as effectively on quick journey functions, too.
The decrease body and standover top, mixed with a stiffer body, made it straightforward to whip round, lean laborious, and wiggle by means of the tree-strewn pure trails farther exterior of city.
Our personal native Greensboro, NC, singletrack is generally tight and twisty, with turns that drive you to be out of the saddle, dancing with the bike to snake round collection of bushes. A lightweight, low-slung body makes this straightforward.
Fezzari’s steep seat angles with slacker entrance ends magically work almost completely irrespective of which manner it’s pointed. Climbing? Highly effective. Descending? Assured. And it’ll maintain a line effectively by means of the corners and straights.
I’ve solely ridden the Path model with 115mm rear journey and a 120mm fork. Most of my time to date is on the Rockshox SID and SID Luxe outfitted bike, and now I’m on a Fox 34 Step Solid/Float DPS bike. Each have been assembled preproduction with no matter elements they add, however each have some variation of SRAM Eagle AXS. Each are good, however none have been constructed as you’d be capable to purchase them.
Whatever the spec, the brand new Sign Peak is gentle, snappy, quick, and maybe most essential, simply plain enjoyable! Completely a motorcycle that must be in your quick checklist when you’re within the “down nation” gentle path or XC market.