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Ari Releases Updated Cascade Peak Aluminum Trail Bike

May 9, 2024 at 11:40
by Mike Kazimer  

We featured the Cascade Peak trail bike in our Value Field Test a couple of years ago, and came away impressed with the price, but even then the geometry was in need of some modernization. That's been addressed with the latest iteration, which has received a new, lighter weight aluminum frame, and revised geometry.

The rear travel has increased by 5mm, and now sits a 135mm, but at its core the Cascade Peak is still intended to be an all-round trail bike. The new frame uses hydroformed, butted tubing, as opposed to straight gauge, a move that Ari says helped them save 250 grams compared to the previous version.
Ari Cascade Peak Details

• Travel: 135mm rear, 140mm fork
• 29" wheels (mixed wheel compatible)
• 65° head-tube angle
• 78° seat-tube angle
• Reach: 480mm (large)
• Price: $1,999 - $2,999 USD

The slight hump in the top tube has also gone away, giving the bike a much more modern look, along with increasing standover clearance. Other features include a universal derailleur hanger, a molded chainslap protector, and epoxy-infused paint that's claimed to resist chips and scratches. Prices range from $1,999 to $2,999; it's great to see that even at those prices all of the models have dropper posts and 4-piston brakes, something that's not always the case with other value-oriented options.



The new geometry numbers bring it right in line with the latest batch of modern trail bikes. It has a 65-degree head angle, a fairly steep 78-degree seat tube angle, and the reach numbers have been increased by around 20mm per size. The chainstays are a fairly short 434mm across all sizes. A flip chip in rocker link makes it possible to run a 27.5” rear wheel for riders who prefer a mixed wheel setup, although all of the builds are spec'd with two 29” wheels.


Builds & Pricing

Cascade Peak Comp - $1,999 USD
SR Suntour XCR 34 fork / Raidon R shock
Microshift Advent X 10-speed drivetrain
Tektro TKD-147 4-piston brakes, 180mm rotors
X-Fusion Manic dropper post
WTB i30 rims

Cascade Peak Elite - $2,499 USD
DVO Diamond T3 fork / DVO Opal T2 shock
Shimano Cues U6000 11-speed drivetrain
Tektro Gemini 4-piston brakes, 180mm rotors
X-Fusion Manic dropper post
WTB i30 rims

Cascade Peak Pro - $2,999 USD
DVO Diamond D1 fork / DVO Opal T2 shock
SRAM GX Eagle 12-speed drivetrain
TranzX dropper post
e*thirteen Sylvan Core rims

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  • 134 3
 Oh this is super duper news! I was having a proper shite week but this has brought an instant smile to my face. The good folks at Ari are knocking it out of the park once again. I have no links or affiliations with Ari and I grew my lawn from seed.
  • 95 3
 Wow! What a neat bike! Perfect geometry, perfect aesthetics, and from such a neato brand. All for a great price! I've personally ridden every bike ever, and this one is at least 14% better across the board.

(don't check my IP address)
  • 51 0
 Looks like a Fezzari....
  • 16 1
 Fezzari sounded wannabe Italian, but Ari just sounds like a dude from accounting
  • 2 1
 @blackthorne: Ari Henning is a motorcycle journalist though
  • 2 0
 @JSTootell: The last Common Tread, with the baby carriers had it's moments.

  • 45 5
 Atherton, Yeti, Santa Cruz, Specialized - “check out these sick expensive bikes!”
Pinkbike comments - “these are stupid. Is anyone going to make an affordable bike?”
Ari -“check out these good bikes at affordable prices!”
Pinkbike comments - “f’n losers. Make something cool”
  • 29 0
 PB comments section is for entertainment purposes only.
  • 7 4
 This deserves more upvotes! Smile
  • 40 3
 I've got a Glock in my Ari!
  • 22 1
 I wonder how many bikes Ari will sell, because some people don't pick up on the sarcasm of most comments here.
  • 7 2
 They are very popular in Utah, where they are based. Saw a ton of their bikes at a recent endurance race there. And the first billboard I saw when I crossed the state line was for them. And a friend of mine has one of their trail bikes. But I do seem to be the only person I have ever heard of to buy their road bike, which I really like.
  • 4 4
 @JSTootell: nope you’re not the only one. Stoked on my empire SL and will likely add their gravel option to my fleet this year.
  • 2 1
 @Jman2011: I'm on the Veyo
  • 14 0
 @JSTootell: the first billboard I saw crossing into Utah said “Real men don’t use porn.” I dunno, kinda like yours better.
  • 1 0
 @JSTootell: to vhere-o?
  • 4 0
 @number44: I really feel like Utah missed out with not taking the "Keep _____ weird" slogan.

Love going there though.
  • 23 2
 I do look forward to the day when they come out with the Astroturf Peak.
  • 17 0
 What a stunning bike that is much better than any other bicycle. Even the name Ari is terrific and does not sound like a generic catalogue brand. Such terrific.
  • 17 2
 I gotta say, I preferred 'Fezzari', yeah it looked like Ferrari at a glance but it had two Z's!! TWO OF THEM!!
  • 6 2
 If they would have just admitted they made up the FEZZ name to sound European when they started out selling Road bikes back in the day I'd have been fine with it. (they should have done the Transition route when they moved to horst (horse), linkages and just had fun with the branding/marketing and laughed at themselves and we'd have all thought it was hilarious!) But the way they tried to back up the name like it was a real word with a translated meaning for so long was BS. Then he tried to say his kid made up the name, more BS. Then Ari, but they still try to act like their newly shortened made-up name still has an actual meaning like the original made-up name which is still kinda dumb? And then obviously whoever thought it was a good idea to send their employees to hype up and defend their brand in the PB comments and pretend like they were not employees was a total A$$H@t. So not the brightest tools in the shed when it comes to marketing, branding and customer interaction...

Still, I bought a Kings Peak this past winter. Even with the dumb old name on it, cause I wanted a reasonably modern geo Fat Bike ASAP and it's all I could find in stock in my size. (and it didn't end up coming quite so ASAP and they were going to cancel and push my order out till they got more frames so that was frustrating, but they did upgrade the build some and shipped it only a few weeks later than their website said) Also it reviewed well, and it was a decent deal with the wheel and fork upgrade. And it's been a great bike!

So if you can get past their marketing and branding and some of their design aesthetic they do seem to make good bikes for a decent price. (and you can check my IP address and it won't come up from Utah! Smile )
  • 2 0
 @stiingya: They should've owned it like Anheuser-Busch did with the made-up name Budweiser; they just wanted something authentic sounding. Ari sounds like an Indian boy's name.
  • 3 3
 @presidentcamacho: Funny enough, Ari Henning is a motorcycle journalist (and if you are into motorcycles at all, his videos are worth a look).
  • 1 0
 @presidentcamacho: The difference is Anheuser and Busch both had authentic heritage that represented the brand they made up. It's not a good comparison. And I'm not saying that you can only open an Indian restaurant if you're Indian or something. That doesn't matter. If you are Swedish but you like Currie then do what you like!!

If my non-Italian personage wants to open a Winery, and I give it an Italian-sounding name I make up like Fezzari because I think it sounds like a good brand name for an imported wine company that's all good! But you have to be honest that's what you did and not try to pretend there is some legitimate backstory to the brand that isn't there. My .02 anyway...
  • 13 0
 If I was going to name a lineup after a series of mountains in my state, I don’t think I’d need the word peak. It seems redundant. Just call it the Cascade or Wasatch. But who am I to lecture these guys on branding?
  • 16 1
 I mean, they stuck with the name fezzari for years and I'm not convinced ari is a huge improvement. They probably need the lecture.
  • 32 27
 I don't work for Ari, and I don't have any connections to the company.... gotcha..

Seriously tho, these are some of the ugliest bikes out there. What's going on with their rear triangles?
  • 11 1
 Looks OK to me. Just a normal back end. I guess I am less of a back-end aficionado.
  • 10 0
 @HciNGPDo: You're more of a headset routing aficionado?
  • 6 1
 Huh - looks totally normal to me.
  • 6 0
 Looking at the pictures a second time, the seatstay does have a bit of a different shape to it. That said, I still think it looks pretty good. The thing that caught my eye is the space on the down tube they left open to add the Fezz...
  • 10 2
 Downvotes coming straight from Ari employees
  • 2 3
 Looks like a bike.
  • 1 0
 @danielfloyd You're right, they have this habit of bulking out the seatstays toward the dropouts, as though they think its their signature. It adds a bunch of visual weight where it shouldn't be, the straight lines 'fanning' out at awkward angles. It's probably relatively cheap and strong to manufacture, but looks like something a 10y/o would make out of folded paper.

Coupled with the upper link looking like it's the wrong way around and some graphics that remind me of some amateur projects in the early 2000s, it makes them seam cheap, like a "bike-like object" rather than something that's a result of an engineering and design process.

Of course this is just a visual impression - the bikes might work and ride great. And it is an improvement over their older ones, they've just always had a knack for making uggers.
  • 6 1
 I think these are nice. I'd skip the comp spec wise but the other two seem like good bikes to start on or upgrade into as a rider gets more into it. These and the more expensive ibis ripmo af line seem like great values.
  • 7 1
 My Ari is super fast, responsive and a very nice guy! Glad I got to meet him! 10/10
  • 7 0
 Maybe one day their bikes won't look like 2014 Specialized copies.
  • 6 0
 Everyone: That is literally the worst bike brand name ever!!
Fezzari: Hold my beer...
  • 5 2
 what is wrong with it? room for a good dropper, no yoke or trunnion, decent geo, great pricing vs most of the junk these days...looks like the ripmo AF everybody shat their pants over last 3 years, now we hate dvo? cmon guys. and on a budget! is it the suspension brand? maybe cause no motor... ton better than that rossi ski company junk we seen yesterday. this is a great entry level real bike.
  • 4 0
 I think it looks okay! Two bottle mounts, no funky stuff. Would take it for a demo for sure…
  • 8 3
 3k for a great speck bike. What more do you need,
  • 13 0
 Nothing like a bike made from cured pork
  • 1 0
 @boozed: Cured pork? Is that like ham?
  • 3 0
 you know....perhaps the logo would be better positioned on the frame in manner that doesn't suggest the graphic arts dept simply deleted the Fezz
  • 4 0
 Really dropped the ball not having a gold anodized frame option.
  • 5 1
 So it's an aluminum Delano Peak?
  • 5 5
 I'm surprised how hard they're pushing DVO. Are they getting a hell of an OEM deal, or are they on to something? I've never tried any DVO suspension, and I'd be a little leery compared to the Fox/RS duopoly.
  • 3 2
 once you send them to DVO NZ to get put together and burnished properly the DVO products are great
  • 10 0
 This is reminiscent of the first Ripmo AF drop in 2019. I still have one of those, and it still rips. My experience with DVO has been nothing but positive.
  • 3 1
 probably both. I've been pleasantly surprised with the topaz and the onyx. thought I wouldn't vibe but they're gr8. i've ridden stuff from all the big boys and also Ohlins EXT and Manitou. you can always find things to point to, but it will be perfect for people that just want to ride
  • 5 0
 @HeatedRotor: so basically no different than Fox/RS...
  • 2 0
 DVO's OE pricing is pretty compelling as a smaller manufacturer. Especially if Ari isn't big enough to get the next tier up in OE pricing for RS/Fox.
  • 3 0
 I have 3 Diamonds, well, one is now retired and hangs next to beer fridge (1st gen). I am riding 2 D1 Diamonds and really, the hardest thing to do is find the setup. But once you do, it's very hard to beat. I also have a few fox forks and found them so annoying. And maybe it was a few years of the sealed dampers that needed to be professionally rebuilt every 12-18 months, or needing a bunch of tokens and max air pressure, but I'm done with Fox. I can do all the service myself and I can go a long way between service. I think DVO are fazzing out OTT which would be a shame, because that is the game changer in that fork. It really is a set it and forget it fork.
  • 2 0
 Ride feel wise: like any suspension, if you like the damper, you will like it. If not, you won't. I have had 2 bikes with full DVO (still have 1), and I really like the stuff. One DVO set up replaced Fox, I did not get along with the Fit4 damper. The other replaced RS.

Financial side: DVO is a small shop with limited overhead (relative to the bigger players), and are manufactured in Suntours factory. Everyone comes to Suntour already for their low end stuff, so why not take the opportunity to pitch the higher end. If a small(er) shop like this managed to get through Covid seemingly unscathed, they must be doing something right.
  • 2 0
 I had a Diamond and loved it. the OTT really made it supple.
  • 2 0
 I'm on the new Onyx 38 and so far much prefer it to my last Fox 38 Performance Elite....Tracks so well with better small bump sensitivity. I hope more bike brands figure this out and start using DVO....

More choice is good. I hope DVO/Ohlins/Ext start taking some more market share aways from Fox/RS. The duopoly is sooooo tired and boring.
  • 1 0
 @Marky771: gotta agree, my dvo 38 LT feels amazing.
  • 2 0
 I was a DVO fanboy for a while and still think it can be great, but I'm kind of frustrated with them, too.
Bought a Topaz for my old Giant Trance and it was a great shock (plus it didn't blow up like my fox dpx did).
Decided why not trust 'em then and bought a Diamond D1 for the Trance. Again, it worked great for me. No complaints. I felt like their Off the Top thing was more than a buzzword--really smoothed out small bump chatter super well. My hands did not go numb like they once did after switching.

So, bought a Fez La Sal Peak Comp a while back because I wanted a burlier bike and didn't wanna break the bank, and PB's field test said the fez was basically like riding a super long travel trail bike, which I liked the sound of. It's been a solid bike for the money, but I dropped 3 volume spacers in the DVO Topaz on it and I'm still bottoming it out pretty often even at like 25 psi past DVO's recommendation. I've heard the fez platform is pretty linear on the la sal, but still, it feels hard to get the support I need. The Onyx that came on that bike has worked pretty well for the first season, but after a lowers service, I can't get it right now. I think DVO is probably a really great option when serviced by someone who understands DVO/suspension really well, but local bike shops seem to mess their stuff up as often as not because they're kinda different/obscure.

long story short, good product, can be a pain to maintain/dial in/service sometimes. Never had the reliability issues some talk about tho.
  • 6 4
 Refreshing to see affordable options in mountain biking! Well done Ari….well done.
  • 4 2
 ARI?... Who is Ari... is that USA based nothing special brand that tried to sound like boutique fancy Italian company?
  • 5 2
 did ari employees and influencers been told to use VPN this time?
  • 1 1
 I think this looks great. It's basically just an alloy Delano Peak now (which isn't a bad thing at all). I have the previous generation Cascade Peak and it's been a really great bike.
  • 5 3
 Seems like a Ripley AF competitor?
  • 7 5
 Looks like a pretty solid bike for 3k..
  • 2 0
 looks like the Calibre (the bike company) of the U.S?
  • 1 0
 Curious to know what the weight is.
  • 1 1
 The old Cascade Peak was about 33lbs without pedals. I'd expect this one to be a tiny bit lighter.
  • 1 1
 The look on this one has got me Peak'd. Thanks, Fezz!
  • 1 3
 Nice bike, indeed - glad to see great bikes at affordable prices again.
  • 3 6
 They make great bikes and have great service, on my second La Sal.

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