Review: Fezzari's 2019 La Sal Peak is a Fun & Modern All-Rounder

May 20, 2019
by Mike Kazimer  

Fezzari? What's that, some sort of Italian knock-off brand? Nope, far from it – the consumer-direct company's headquarters are actually in Lindon, Utah, where the business began back in 2006. They initially started with more budget-oriented models, but their lineup now includes everything from triathlon and commuter bikes to higher end mountain bikes like the La Sal Peak reviewed here.

Fezzari categorizes the La Sal Peak as an enduro bike, and with 29” wheels, 150mm of rear travel, and a 160mm fork, it's easy to see why. There are four build kits in the lineup, all based around the same full carbon frame. Prices start at $3,599 and top out
La Sal Peak Details

Travel: 150mm rear / 160mm fork
Wheel size: 29"
Head angle: 65º
Chainstay length: 435mm
Frame construction: carbon fiber
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
Weight: 30.4 lb / 13.8 kg (large, w/o pedals)
Price: $5,979 USD / $2,499 frame only
More info: www.fezzari.com
at $6,599 USD. Our test bike started with the $5,699 Elite Race Build Kit, but received a Fox 36 fork and Hayes Dominion A4 brakes as upgrades – this would put the price at $5,979.

Purchasing a bike online can be a nerve-wracking experience, but Fezzari has put together a 23-point custom setup that allows riders to enter their measurements, things like height, weight, and shoulder width, so that when the bike is unpacked it's as close to dialed in as possible. They even have representatives available to call customers that would rather have a real person walk them through the process.


bigquotes'Easy' is the adjective I kept coming up with to sum up its handling – it's easy to maintain speed by pumping through natural rollers, and it's an easy bike to get airborne, with a high level of maneuverability that's sometimes lacking in longer travel 29ers. Mike Kazimer






Fezzari La Sal Peak review
Fezzari La Sal Peak review

Construction and Features

The La Sal Peak's carbon frame has a familiar-looking silhouette, although I'll admit I'm not a fan of the kink on the top tube, purely for aesthetic reasons – there's just something about it that's visually jarring. It doesn't affect the performance, though, and if anything, it provides a little extra room for strapping a tube to the frame.

Speaking of room, the La Sal Peak can hold up to three water bottles – two inside the front triangle and one on the underside of the downtube. Most riders won't need to carry that much water, unless you're doing mid-summer desert epics, but those bolts can also be used to attach tube and tool holders.


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There's room to fit up to a 29 x 2.6" tire.
Fezzari La Sal Peak review
Two water bottle cages will fit inside the front triangle, and there are additional mounting bolts on the underside of the downtube.


Other details included a threaded bottom bracket shell, ISCG 05 tabs, along with nice and wide internal cable ports with covers that are designed to keep the brake, derailleur and dropper post housing from rattling inside the frame.

I tested the La Sal Peak in the 29” wheeled configuration, but it's also possible to go the Plus route and fit 27.5 x 2.8” tires on it. There's plenty of clearance for running beefy 29” tires as well – up to a 2.6” width will fit.



Geometry & Sizing


Fezzari has embraced modern geometry trends on the La Sal Peak, giving it a steep seat tube angle of 78-degrees (75-degrees actual). Reach numbers range from 420mm on the small up to 495mm on the XL, which should accommodate a wide range of rider heights.

The head tube angle sits at 65-degrees with the 160mm Fox 36, which has 44mm of offset. The chainstay length is 435mm for all sizes, a fairly typical number for bikes in this category.




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Suspension Design

The La Sal Peak uses a Horst Link suspension design for that 150mm of rear travel, with a carbon rocker link that drives the shock connecting the top tube and seat stays. There's a flip chip that can be used to steepen the head angle and raise the bottom bracket for riders who are running 27.5+ wheels, but otherwise its a fairly simple, straightforward layout.

According to Fezzari, the anti-squat percentage sits at 114% with 30% sag in the 32 / 50 tooth gear combination, and then drops as the bike goes through its travel. It's a rising rate suspension with a 24% change between the beginning and ending leverage ratios, which means the bike should play well with both air and coil-sprung shocks.




Specifications
Price $5979
Travel 150mm
Rear Shock RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 210x55
Fork Fox Float 36 GRIP2 160mm travel / 44mm offset
Headset FSA No. 57
Cassette SRAM XG-1275 GX Eagle, 10-50t, 12-speed
Crankarms SRAM Descendant, 32t chainring
Bottom Bracket SRAM Dub
Rear Derailleur SRAM GX
Chain SRAM GX Eagle
Shifter Pods SRAM Gx 12-speed
Handlebar Race Face Turbine R, 800mm
Stem Race Face Turbine R
Grips Ergon GA20
Brakes Hayes Dominion
Wheelset Reynold's TR309S Carbon
Hubs Reynolds TR6 hubs, 5 degree engagement
Spokes Sapim CX Sprint
Tires Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5" / 2.4" DHRII
Seat WTB Volt Race
Seatpost Fox Transfer Performance Elite, 150mm



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Test Bike Seutp

Going through Fezzari's setup process means that their bikes come with the handlebar and stem already at the right length out of the box. On the La Sal Peak, it's a 780mm bar and a 40mm stem.

Suspension setup didn't take long either, since I've spent a ton of time on the latest version of the Fox 36 over the last year. I ran 73 psi with two spacers in the fork, and 185 psi with one volume spacer in the RockShox Super Deluxe shock, which gave me a touch under 30% sag.

The La Sal Peak has been in my test rotation for the last few months, and it's seen everything from frozen, snow-covered trails to dry and dusty conditions in Bellingham, Washington, and the surrounding area.



Me.
Mike Kazimer
Location: Bellingham, WA, USA
Age: 36
Height: 5'11" / 180cm
Inseam: 33" / 84cm
Weight: 160 lbs / 72.6 kg
Industry affiliations / sponsors: None
Instagram: @mikekazimer


Fezzari La Sal Peak review

Climbing

After I assembled the La Sal Peak I took a quick spin around the block to see how everything felt. When I finished that lap I immediately grabbed a tape measure to verify that yes, I was on a size large. My measurements showed that there hadn't been a mistake – what I was feeling was the steep seat angle and resulting very upright riding position.

It's worth noting that the La Sal Peak has a steep effective and actual seat tube angle, which mean that the seat's distance from the handlebar doesn't vary all that much as it's raised. It also gives the bike a very short effective top tube length of 593mm for a size large. For reference, the top tube length on a large Yeti SB150 is 625mm, and on an Ibis Ripmo it's 632mm. That means the Fezzari feels smaller when you're sitting in the saddle compared to those other two bikes.

The overall fit was comfortable for my 5'11” height, but I wouldn't have complained about a slightly longer reach for a little more room in the cockpit. Of course, it's also possible to slide the seat back or install a slightly longer stem.

All right, enough numbers – how does this thing climb? Extremely well, it turns out, with a nice blend of support and traction from the Super Deluxe shock. While it doesn't feel quite as efficient as the Ibis Ripmo, the shock's compression lever is irrelevant on pretty much everything except long road grinds. The rear shock moves when it needs to, but there's no unwanted wallowing or excessive bobbing during hard pedaling efforts.

Technical ascents are the La Sal Peak's forte, and that's when the steeper seat angle really pays off – there's no need to make drastic weight shifts or to perch on the tip of the saddle to keep the front wheel on the ground. It has a surprising amount of agility, especially for a longer travel 29er, which makes it easy to flow around tighter switchbacks or navigate through tangles of roots.



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Descending

The La Sal Peak has numbers that put it right into that oh-so-trendy enduro category, but I'd call it more of an all-mountain bike. I know, that's splitting hairs, but hear me out. My best rides on the grey machine were ones that had a good variety of terrain – up, down, traversing, and where it really felt most at home was on techy trails that required a little bit more finesse rather than a 'let off the brakes and pray' approach.

This isn't a bike for plowing straight down the most heinous terrain around - there are longer and slacker sleds that are better suited for that task. The La Sal Peak has plenty of travel on tap for the vast majority of trails out there, but it can feel a little out of its element when things get extra rowdy. It doesn't inspire quite the same level of confidence as bikes like the Santa Cruz Megatower or Yeti SB150 in really steep, rough terrain. Those two bikes have a lower slung, more planted feel, where it felt like I was perched a little higher on the La Sal, and wasn't quite as stable when carving down fast, steep trails.

I also found myself wishing for a dropper post with even more than 150mm of stroke - the bike's steep seat tube angle puts the seat in a more forward position even when it's fully lowered, and it would have been nice to have it further out of the way. Fezzari do offer a 175mm Fox Transfer post as an option, and that's what I'd go with if this were my own personal bike.


Fezzari La Sal Peak review
Taking flight aboard the La Sal Peak is no trouble at all.


On slightly less wild trails the La Sal Peak was in its element. 'Easy' is the adjective I kept coming up with to sum up its handling – it's easy to maintain speed by pumping through natural rollers, and it's an easy bike to get airborne, with a high level of maneuverability that's sometimes lacking in longer travel 29ers. It might not be able to go toe-to-toe in DH bike-worthy terrain with those aforementioned trail smashers, but the La Sal Peak more than holds its own everywhere else. It's a bike that doesn't need to be pushed super hard to come alive, which is a noteworthy trait - there are bikes that feel dull and uninspired unless you're going all-out, but the La Sal Peak remains enjoyable even if you're out for a quick cruise at a pace that doesn't turn the world to a blur.

There's a nice smooth ramp up as the suspension goes through its travel, and it's a simple procedure install an additional volume spacer or two if more end stroke support is required. I ended up adding one spacer and running a touch under 30% sag, a setting that allowed me to use all the travel when necessary without any harsh bottom outs.



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Fezzari La Sal Peak

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Ibis Ripmo

How does it compare?

I'd place the La Sal Peak and the Ibis Ripmo in the same 'do it all' category, and on paper they share a number of similar geometry numbers. Both have 435mm chainstays, and the reach is nearly identical for a size large. The Ripmo's head tube angle is .9 degrees steeper, which gives it a slightly shorter wheelbase than the Fezzari.

Out on the trail, the Ripmo has a more efficient pedaling feel – its acceleration is a little snappier than the La Sal Peak, but both bikes can take care of big climbs without a fuss. They both fall into that 29-30 pound weight range, too, an easy weight to live with on big backcountry missions.

The La Sal Peak's slacker head angle and more progressive suspension curve give it a slight edge over the Ripmo on the descents. It's better at handling bigger hits without bottoming out, and on the other side of the impact spectrum it also felt like there was a little more traction in wet or loose conditions.

When it comes to price, the La Sal Peak takes that one, due to Fezzari's consumer direct business model. A La Sal Peak frame with either a Fox Float Factory X2 or a RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ is $2,499, while a Ripmo frame with a Fox Float Performance DPX2 shock is $2,999 USD.




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Technical Report


Hayes Dominion A4: It's been years since I've spent an extended period of time on a set of Hayes brakes, but I'd say they're back on track with the Dominions. The lever feel is a bit different, and they'll suit riders who are brake stabbers rather than draggers due to the more on / off power delivery versus SRAM Codes. There's almost no resistance at the lever until the pads hit the rotor, which took a little bit time to get used to, but it soon became second nature, and a quick jab before a corner was all it took to slow things down just the right amount.

Shock bolt struggles: The La Sal Peak's rear shock bolt had an annoying tendency to loosen up, even after I applied a generous dollop of blue Loctite. I eventually went with even higher strength Loctite, but the issue wasn't totally resolved. According to Fezzari, this was an issue that was present on their first generation of bolts, and all new bikes have an updated bolt that can be tightened down to 15Nm.

Fox / RockShox suspension: I know there are riders out there who view running two different suspension brands as a faux pas, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it. In this case, the Fox 36 and RockShox Super Deluxe played well together, and I don't have any suspension performance-related complaints.

Reynolds Carbon wheels: The Reynolds wheels are rolling just as smooth and straight as when they arrived, but it's nice to know they have a lifetime warranty should anything go wrong. I do wish they used a 6-bolt rather than Centerlock rotor mount, though; I'm not a fan of using a Centerlock to 6-bolt adaptor. Fezzari also offers the La Sal Peak with the same build kit and aluminum Stan's Flow MK3 wheels. It's a matter of personal preference, but I'd probably save some cash and go with aluminum wheels if I was deciding which boxes to select on the online order form.


Fezzari La Sal Peak review


Pros

+ Good climbing performance, especially for a 150mm bike
+ Excels on tight, technical terrain
+ Room for all the water bottles
Cons

- Geometry can make seated climbing position feel cramped
- First generation shock bolt kept coming loose




Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe La Sal Peak is quick and quiet, with plenty of travel to smooth out the rough stuff. Racer types and riders who tend to push the limits will probably want something a little burlier, but the La Sal Peak hits the mark as a fun all-rounder that also happens to offer a very good value. Mike Kazimer









123 Comments

  • + 62
 I can't help past the fact that this name sounds like a cheap counterfeit copy of Ferrari, like Pamu our Ardidas . ;D
  • + 9
 Unnecessarily high top tube. Garda folks will love it!
  • + 4
 Gotta do what it takes to clear out all the Lappiere ex stock.
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: I’m sure An Garda Síochána would love a Fezzari
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: Its how they fit two full sized water bottles in the frame.
  • + 4
 Anything that sounds close to Ferrari has that issue.

My mom drove a Plymoth Volare in the early 90's and my dad drove a Saturn.

This one time at a grocery store the cashier asked my mom if she was interested in buying a car. My mom said no thanks, and the cashier asked her what she drove.

My mom said a Saturn and a Volare

The cashier responded..."ooo, one those italian cars"
  • + 5
 the model is the name of the mountain range in Moab UT
  • + 9
 @jarrod801: They should rebrand as Oquirrh bikes.
  • + 2
 During one of my trips abroad I almost bought an "Asidad" shirt.
  • + 4
 Agree, just can't get past the name for some reason
  • + 2
 @jarrod801: I don't think the "La Sal" is the issue... rumor has it that the founder's kid literally picked it cause it sounded like "ferrari" and thought it sounded cool... pretty dumb in my opinion. The La Sal looks like a fun bike though.
  • + 5
 @hamncheez: well, their site says this "WHERE DO YOUR BIKE NAMES COME FROM?
Almost all of our mountain bikes are named after some of our favorite riding areas. For example, the La Sal Peak is named after the mountain range overlooking the famous Moab trails. The company name Fezzari means "be in the moment." We believe in being in the moment in each encounter, each ride, and each experience."

FYI - Fezzari doesn't translate to anything.

www.deseretnews.com/article/865647166/Selling-bikes-the-new-fashioned-way.html
"Chris's son Jordan was 11 years old at the time and came up with the name Fezzari when he blurted it out during a brainstorming session, having no idea, then or now, what it means (Jordan now works for his dad’s company while he’s attending college).

Fezzari. Everyone liked the sound of it, and it stuck."
  • + 4
 @connorjuliusjohnson: I am okay with the name, though I assumed it was italian.
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: i remember reading that somewhere as well. Bikerumor i think
  • + 1
 @connorjuliusjohnson: sounds like a dumb made up story for a made up dumb name.
  • + 1
 @tigerteeuwen:

just tell your friends it's a boutique Italian brand.

doesn't work around here tho.... many many of these bikes popping up on the trails here in utah. I demoed one a couple weeks ago. sweet bike.... but maybe 1 degree to steep in the sta? can go head to head w/ a ripmo.
  • + 28
 Ripmo is a good comparison because every single person you come upon o the trail has one and they all want to tell you how great it pedals.

Honestly, spec is decent and geo is modern. Saw one in person and the fit and finish was actually better than my Ibis.

The main thing holding it back is the name. Fezzari sounds like something on a bootleg t-shirt. I’m surprised they didn’t call it the Rolix or the Persche instead of the La Sal.
  • + 10
 La Sal is the mountain range that overlook Moab, Utah.
  • + 29
 Just seeing those Hayes brakes again makes me nostalgic and have to like it. What kid didn't want them Hayes and Bomber forks? ha.
  • - 23
flag jlawie (May 20, 2019 at 0:26) (Below Threshold)
 Not me. 15 year old me knew Hayes were shit.
  • + 14
 @jlawie: unless you graduated from v brakes
  • + 18
 @jlawie: what were your other options? when I was 15 it was either hayes 9 or v brakes.
  • + 10
 @jlawie: Hayes Sole were shit. The rest of the line was very good.
  • - 2
 I had Hayes 9 on my first freeride bike and they were terrible. Both broke while riding. I don't remember what the problem was exactly, but they would suddenly start leaking oil and... BAM!
  • + 2
 @nozes: I had Sole for 4 or 5 years do not remember and where quite happy with them, just adjust the inner pad every now and then, never bleeded. Just a good clean after each winter and fresh pads, than i moved to Deore and ok those where better, but not like night and day.
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  • + 1
 I still use Hayes, they are on my winter hardtail. They hardly break, but I won't get rid of them. And I have marzocchi all mountain on the same bike:-)
  • + 8
 @Coppermine:

Hardly break? Or hardly brake.
  • + 0
 @jlawie: brake of course. Thanks
  • + 2
 Still have a pair of Hayes from 1999. They only made on type so there was no model name. Bleed them and replace some small parts and they are still going strong on my old bike...20 years later.
  • + 2
 @zyoungson: Avid BB. Hayes 9s were not even close to these mechanical marvels.
  • + 2
 @won-sean-animal-chin: I got lucky in the v brake department. I had Shimano slx then XT parallel push then avid arch rivals. All very bad ass.
  • + 1
 @Iron-nick: I went from XT disc brakes (magura style) to hfx 9. The plastic push rod always popped out at the knuckle in the lever or they got jammed past the seal. Those were a disaster
  • + 0
 rip mo' on the la sal
  • + 1
 @makripper: ya they were an advancement . I had the original xt v brake when they first came out. Probably the first batch. Wore the pads out in a week or 2 and no replacement pads un Canada for months after. Shimano wouldn't even sell me pads from their pits at MSA. Had to race with mathauser road bike pads(the only thread on pads at the time).Obviously way better than cantilevers but in hindsight it would have been better to use magura hydraulic rim brakes. Hayes discs came out the following year or 2
  • + 1
 @nozes: Hayes So1e were my first disc brakes. They were the worst of both worlds, hydraulics and mechanical disc brakes. Luckily I fell and broke a lever, so I replaced them with a set of Juicy 3s. Yes, juicys were a huge improvement.
  • + 23
 For a bike that's well equipped with modern geometry, I can't get past the branding. Fezzari always carried a "cheap knockoff" stigma for me, and until this article, I had no idea where they came from. I always thought it was odd having such high end components on what came across as a cheap frame. I think an overall rebrand would do well by what looks to be a solid bike for folks that have the same misconception (I know I'm not the only one).
  • + 5
 I actually agree. I think people get really hung up on the name (which is not a good one). I've talked to the people behind the company and were impressed with the customer service (even if I didn't buy a bike then), so I hope things work out for them.

My one worry is that they should have done the rebrand before launching the La Sal Peak, which has really put them on the map.
  • + 2
 @MarcusBrody:

Agreed. They now finally have some legit mountain bikes in their lineup with the Signal & Las Sal Peaks, not to mention their fatbike and ebike, which I think will sell well. They shoulda rebranded last year before dropping the new Signal Peak. Oh well. Vinyl wrap the frame in black, including the decals.
  • + 5
 Totally agree. I find myself leaning toward Guerilla Gravity, even though I like the La Sal's lowest spec better than GG's lowest spec, because GG just feels so much cooler. Fezzari's branding does scream "cheap knockoff" even though the data doesn't seem to support that.
  • + 3
 @gumbytex: It's like you're in my head. I've been going through the exact same thought process with these two different brands.
  • + 2
 @gumbytex: I was leaning towards a GG aluminum Shred Dogg, but their new carbon rollout and what I felt was a hokey claim that one front triangle will work for every bike seemed like a cop out to me. Not only that, but I just imagined how much their new geo adjust headset will creak once worn it. Maybe not. Then they nerfed the frame sizes and travel on the Shredd Dogg, and my decision was made. My new La Sal Peak in 27.5+ is a ridiculously fun bike. And, its not as dumb of a name as Shred Dogg. Seriously, how dumb would you feel when someone asks you what bike you ride? "Guerilla Gravity Shred Dogg, brah!". Fezzari doesn't sound that bad after all.
  • + 10
 I tested the La Sal in Southern Utah this spring and would say Mike’s assessment is spot on. Steep smoother climbs were simple and efficient with the steep seat tube angle, technical, ledgy climbing was nearly magical and descending was interactive and playful, not a point and shoot plow fest. It didn’t feel awkward or long on tighter technical trails or switch backs and I noticed the slightly more upright, shorter cockpit he mentions but wasn’t put off by it.
Impressive bike. I liked it. A lot.
  • + 3
 At the Hurricane MTB Fest? I was there too but ended up on the Fezzari Cascade Peak. It was really fun & intuitive, & pedaled/rolled incredibly well over that rough slickrock!
  • + 2
 @railin: I just bought a Cascade Peak a week or two ago and I freaking love it. Still, I'm no expert on current bike design as I was out of the game for like 15 years, (not in prison, just fat) so my opinion can't carry the, ahem, weight as most of the Pinkbike readers.
  • + 10
 @mikekazimer : it looks like @mikelevy might have done it's past reviews, but do you get a sense how this compares to the Guerrilla Gravity Smash? I always see this compared to the Ripmo, but the Smash seems like it would be in the same category as well.
  • + 4
 Would also like to know how they compare.
  • + 4
 The current model Smash is a completely different (carbon) frame to the one pinkbike tested, also I think it had a 140mm fork so the head angle and travel would be different.
  • + 4
 @catweasel: I think that Mike Levy went down for the launch of the new ones and got some time on them.
  • + 14
 Buying a Fezzari is as close to owning a Ferrari as I'll ever get...
  • + 9
 I don't think there's much to complain about regarding the visual aesthetics.. in fact, I think it looks sick!
  • + 1
 Totally - plus visuals only really matter when you are looking at pictures of the bike on the internet or when it’s on your bike rack. When you are in the saddle, who cares?
  • + 7
 Just ordered one last Friday! And now Pinkbike is here to tell me I made a good choice. I just hope I don’t feel like a circus monkey with the short top tube
  • + 2
 Bought the Abajo Peak which is the aluminum 140 travel model with similar geo. You get used to the steeper seat tube quickly and it really is great for climbing.
  • + 1
 @arandomJohn: I wouldn't be at all surprised if Ferrazzi, doesn't come out with something even closer to a Ripmo Jr/Ripley 4
  • + 4
 I've been riding the La Sal since launch last year and have absolutely loved it. I have over 1,500 miles on it and it's still going strong. Just prior to the La Sal I had owned a Ripmo for several months and couldn't agree with Mike's comments more on the comparison there. The La Sal is truly a special bike and I couldn't be more stoked on it! The only feedback on the review is I feel like the DH capability is much stronger than the review led on, but it could be the differing terrain Mike and I ride on. Awesome review, @mikekazimer !
  • + 4
 This is exactly the bike I was thinking of in the "Why Is Everyone Talking About Seat Tube Angles? " article. Fezzari pushed the seat tube angle super steep, but didn't seem to adjust the rest of the geo to match? 622mm TT on an XL????
  • + 3
 Everything looks great about this bike aside from the high standover. After riding a few bikes that were lower slung, 790 is just too damn high for a medium (and my preferences).

It seems like they could easily shave 3-4 cms off that figure and still fit at least one full-size bottle. If they had done that I would have bought one.
  • + 3
 @mikekazimer, "I know there are riders out there who view running two different suspension brands as a faux pas"--I know you have to cast a wide net to avoid alienating your readers, but it would be really cool if you used your soapbox to make these people feel shame for their irrational d-bag dandyism. Picking a suspension mfr and then being a dick about it is silly.
  • + 3
 I've been riding the La Sal for about 7 months now and I love everything about it. It did feel a little weird with how far forward you sit, I came from a cross country bike. The La Sal is responsive and I love the progressive suspension. No complaints at all on this awesome bike. First ride I did on it was The Whole Enchilada in Moab and it was perfect!
  • + 5
 Could be the best performing bike out there right now, but I cant get over that top tube and standover height..
  • + 1
 They just need to make an XXL and maybe XXXL sizing and we'll be good? (well that doesn't help the standover for shorter riders...)
  • + 2
 I’ve had one of these for a few months now and love it! Climbs and descends significantly better than my 2015 specialized E29! Exactly what I was looking for in a new bike. For those complaining about how the bike feels cramped because of the steep STA... i’m 5’11 and the large fits perfect, but I have shorter legs and a longer torso. Two water bottles is great too... rarely need to ride with a pack now. Great bike! You guys should all test one out if possible.
  • + 2
 I looked at getting LSP earlier this year, but couldn't get past their messed up sizing. It feels to me like they went shopping to a Chinese frame designer and said "we want all these features that reviewers are talking about, show me what that looks like." Then they got something with a super long reach and wheelbase numbers (due to steep STA) for a given size, and were like, "shit, that looks too radical, better size the ETT down so people don't get put off by the numbers." Their size large has the same ETT as the medium Sentinel I went with, yet would have been much too high (in stack/ST length/standover). I'm not at all surprised that it felt cramped while pedaling.
  • + 1
 This! Really does make you wonder if there was a mistake that didn't get caught in time...? Like they wanted an effective 75 degree seat tube angle and got that as "actual" STA??? Smile
  • + 3
 This is the next bike on my list. Such a sick bike. If you haven't ridden one yet, I'd suggest looking up a demo day near you and getting out on one.
  • + 5
 Weighing only 64 Big Macs is not too shabby either.
  • + 2
 For the love of god, change the name of the company...... Raven bikes, grilled cheese, or something, anything would be better. I would never ride a brand that sounds like an ebay knock off.
  • + 5
 NO GETTING AROUND THE NAME
  • + 1
 Classic PB Commentary: The overall fit was comfortable for my 5'11” height, but I wouldn't have complained about a slightly longer reach for a little more room in the cockpit. Of course, it's also possible to slide the seat back or install a slightly longer stem.
So, do you want a longer reach? or a longer ETT? or a slacker actual seat angle! problem solved! lolz.
  • + 2
 All of the above? I think a 480mm reach on this would work well.
  • + 3
 I wish they had an aluminum frame option, but if I was replacing my bike today, this is probably what I'd get. It seems to be a really nice all around mountain bike.
  • + 1
 I have to laugh at all the hating on the name. If you don't like the look of a bike, or the way it feels is one thing, but to hate on something because of it's name is absurd. Lifetime frame warranty, 30 day ride it or return it guarantee, and every bit of componentry is customizable. Name me another company that does that in this price range. I had never heard of the company either until 2 years ago. After riding a Timp Peak I bought it because it blew away my Devinci, Felt, and Trek that I rode previously. Can't wait to get a La Sal when it fits in my budget, I rode one in late Feb. down in St. George and it's a sick bike. When the bike is being compared over and over again to Ibis, Yeti, and the other big players it's pretty obvious these guys know what they're doing.
  • + 1
 @taletotell:

It's been fun demoing some cool bikes over the last year (outerbike, friends, individual demos) and I was hoping to get into something new this spring... but that's been pushed back until next spring, which is ok.

Anyway, my current shortlist is the sb130, sentinel, and ripmo. Those 3 rose to the top over at least half a dozen other candidates. Recently i rode the stumpy evo and it was fine but at the end of the day i think the bb is just too low for a normal do it all sled with lotsa pedaling. And once you throw a 160 air shaft on that bike, which I'd do if for nothing else to raise the bb a little, the HTA in 'high' drops to 63.6 which might not be the best for up and down riding tho the sentinel at 64 performed way way better as an all rounder than i thought it would. Just an easy, fun bike to ride with loads of stability and grip.

So the La Sal fits in there too based on geo and versatility. Hooray for pricing and the local support adds some peace of mind but I have serious doubts about long term durability of such a light frame that's built for hard riding from a company who hasn't had a viable option in this category until now.

So I still need to throw a leg over one sometime this year and FWIW the YT rolling circus is passing thru UT in September so hopefully I'll demo the Jeffsy29 and also REVEL bikes has a demo in Ogden and Kaysville on 6 /14 & 6/15 and I'm keen to try the Rascal. Revel confirmed it's okay to run a 150mm fork so it looks to be a direct competitor to the sb130.

Too many cool bikes to obsess about these days! Are you on a Instinct?
  • + 3
 $6k for a direct-to-consumer brand doesn't seem like super-aggressive pricing. And that kinked top tube ...
  • + 5
 www.fezzari.com/lasal. Keep in mind, that $6500 build includes Fox Factory, X01, reynolds carbon wheel etc. If you dropped the wheelset to Stans Flow MK3 you could probably bring that price down by $1k, which is pretty damn good for a small company even if direct to consumer. Although I still think their Elite build is the best bang for the buck.
  • + 4
 As low as $3,599 with a decent groupset as well... depends on what components you want on it!
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 @matthelm1:

And the lowest 2 builds are each about $500 less than the comparable Ripmo builds..... up to the consumer if that's worth it. 30 day return policy is nice.
  • + 2
 @WasatchEnduro: Well, the $5100 Ripmo has Performance suspension, Deore brakes, bike yoke dropper and in house wheels so a whole lot that is lower quality build pieces than the 4600 build on Fezzari. But I see what you mean.
  • + 2
 @ianswilson815:

Yeah you could say the spec is even better on the LS, tho I like Ibis' in house wheels, Bike Yoke makes good shiz, Deore 4 pots.... anyway yeah better overall spec on the LS.
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 @ianswilson815: Yeah I don't see how a Bike Yoke dropper equates to a lower quality build. Probably one of the two most reliable and user serviceable dropper posts on the market at the moment (9point8 being the other).
  • + 4
 Mondraker and Lapierre are cross breeding bikes now....
  • + 0
 I try to support local brands, but fezzari has always run just behind the pack. This is a cool bike, but where was it 2 years ago? I considered then when I was looking last fall and freely like their rigs were all running dated geo.
  • + 2
 Nice ride , clicks a lot of boxes when looking for my next bike. I prefer aluminum , but would be interested in trying carbon.
  • + 3
 true story-i was riding kitsuma yesterday, and i saw a guy riding a huffy...
  • + 0
 @mikekazimer So the seat is further forward, more out of the way, and that mandates a larger dropper? That said, I've been on the 200 dropper boat for 3 years now and agree 150 drop on a Large bike makes no sense.
  • + 2
 Fezzari has payment plans - I might buy my next bike from them based on that alone.
  • + 1
 I really want to like this brand, made in the US, direct sales, & supposedly good customer service. I just can’t get over the super cheesy name. Pass
  • + 3
 Not made in the US.
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 Their bikes are certainly not made in the USA.
  • + 3
 painfully short reach for such steep seatn angle
  • - 1
 Two water bottle space bothers me little bit. Frame design looks little odd. Bc they wanna cramp in two bottles, seat tube length is higher than Ripmo or Pivot Firebird. Mike Levy tends to like bikes that I like. or Daniel Sapp.( local shredder) Any opinion of those two peep?
  • + 2
 The downtube protector covering some of the letters would drive my OCD crazy.
  • + 1
 Should be curious to see how these bikes are support in a year or two. I've heard not so great thing about Fezzari's customer service, but maybe they've got it sorted.
  • + 1
 So it’s a GX build that’ll be $7k after tax and shipping?? “Direct to consumer pricing” lol
  • + 2
 30 day money back name me another company that does this at this spec
  • + 1
 Because no one ever actually sends products back for that reason
  • + 2
 Came here to say its the bicycle version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • + 1
 It’s the name. Donnie Brasco: ‘It’s a Fugazi’. I really like the look and spec though.
  • + 1
 you have metric numbers for bike geo, but not for riders bio, can you fix it? :-)
  • + 0
 Wow, down voted 5 times for a joke about Ripmo comparison's in almost every review. Millennial Ripmo owners and their ultra sensitive hurt feelings.
  • + 1
 Lol just got a ripmo im glad there are other companies out there competing
  • + 3
 160 or 150mm?
  • + 3
 160 front, 150 rear
  • + 3
 Hey look another 29ers!
  • + 1
 Does anyone else miss straight top tubes
  • + 1
 'updated bolts' hahaha
  • + 0
 rockshok rear, fox up front. mixing shit with sugar. why do that!?
  • - 3
 Now that is one ugly bike. Its like an uglier version of a Foes Mixer which itself already looks like a bike designer played an April fools joke on the marketing department. Ouch.
  • + 0
 Lapierre..
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