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    New Fezzari Cascade Peak

    I just received my new Cascade Peak today (saturday via Fedex), and I thought I'd talk a little bit out the bike and then report back now and again with any interesting tidbits that might be helpfull to anyone elise considering the brand. When I was researching, all I found were owners that said they "rode great" and were happy with them, and non-owners who made blanket statements about oudated frame technologies. While this may or may not be true, I never found any information to support it. But regardless, on paper their bikes seem like fantastic values, compared to other major brand with similarly spec'd parts. So with the few good reviews I was hearing I decided to buy one. Called them up, they answered right away and was now connected with someone eager and willing to answer my questions and then take my order. A whole bunch of precise measurements later and that was that. Easy, friendly, down to earth service. They said it would take a few days to build the bike and get through the 23 point setup based all my info, so now it was time to wait. I had ordered on a Thursday, and I got a call Tuesday that it would ship that night. It arrived Saturday morning.... yesterday! <new bike dance>

    Unpacking was real easy. The hardest part was removing all the little pieces of foam, tape and plastic film that covered everything for protection. All I had to do for assembly, was attach the front wheel with skewer, re-attach the handlebars (which had the brakes and everything already attached), and attach the pedals and seat post. That was it. The paint job looks amazing, mine is two-tone, red and white with some black. Decals are under the clearcoat where they belong. Everything had been set up for me based on my measurements. Other than having to fiddle with the seatpost height when reinstsalling it, everything seems pretty much perfect. At least to get me to the trails, and once through it's paces I can make minor tweaks if needed. Through it on the digital bathroom scale first without me and then with me. And both times it came out to about 29.8lbs.

    So that's it for now. I won't be able to get my first real single track ride in until Tuesday, but then I will report back. Full suspension is new to me, I've been riding a Specialized Rockhopper 29'er.

    Meanwhile, this thread can also be about other people's experiences with Fezzari bikes. I'd like to hear them, especially from people who really have some good miles on them.
    Pics will be added soon.

    Thanks!

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    Are we selling this brand? or is that just my impression of this sales pitch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialWarr
    Are we selling this brand? or is that just my impression of this sales pitch?
    If that was a sell to you, you are an easy sale! I've got some swamp land in florida I can give you a sweet deal on. PM me.

    I'm too much of a noob with mountain bikes, especially fs, to sell anything. Just giving some general impressions of my experience so far. Like I said earlier, it's hard to come by decent info on this brand so I thought I'd do future shoppers a favor and post up my experiences and maybe try to get some input from other owners. If all goes well, maybe I'll have some more enthusiastic posts at a later date. Today it's 75 degrees and sunny, and unfortunately I'm stuck in the house with the painters! Ugh.
    So instead of riding, you get some real life pics of the stock bike! Bike porn!!! The only thing not stock is the pedals, which I temporarily ganked from my road bike until my wider platforms come in the big brown truck.



















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    Good job! Great Pictures

    I too am looking at this bike, I have the Speedster R2 and I love it. I am doing my research and comparisons. I found them pleasant to work with. Enjoy the ride. I may PM for more insight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2mini
    If that was a sell to you, you are an easy sale! I've got some swamp land in florida I can give you a sweet deal on. PM me.


    [IMG]https://d2creative.smugmug.com/photos/1132727745_wRfsT-O.jpg[IMG]

    [IMG]https://d2creative.smugmug.com/photos/1132727793_jXmrq-O.jpg[IMG]
    Those of a cynical disposition might wonder about such professional photos, which capture the brand name so nicely, hosted under a username which happens to match this company:

    https://www.d2creative.com/services/...ting-campaigns

    It is a nice looking bike though, so probably a coincidence.

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    That name/company IS a coincidence. It's an old name from when I was doing freelance graphic design. Came up with the name about 15 years ago. When I'm not doing design by day, I'm a professional photographer by night. Since you brought it up, you can check out my photography at www.bluelemonphoto.com. Thanks for the free advertising!

    You guys sure are a paranoid bunch. Vocal about it too... for a bunch of newbs with less than 100 posts. I usually post on bikeforums.net where I have a ton of bike porn of my Rivs and no one gets bent out of shape over there. I learn a lot from the various forums and I always try to give back when i can. And who doesn't like showing off new toys? But maybe I'll keep quiet on this forum if no one gives a hoot and it's just gonna raise a stink. I'll just stick to the reviews section.

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    Fair enough mate, don't take it to heart. Your photos are very nice, and I have no issues with the bike either. It's just that there was another thread praising these bikes which had a certain 'forced bonhomie' for lack of a less pretentious expression.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=449721

    I'll keep quiet until I have 100 posts...

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    Ya, i saw that thread. It was one of the only couple I could find with any decent feedback and actually helped a little in my buying decision, but my riding buddy loves his Abajo Peak so that was my main selling point on the brand. Maybe it was due to the fact that everything in that thread was spot on with what he says that didn't give me the same impression as you and others. I even posted in that thread and another somewhere, pretty much asking the same question in both threads about the frame design but no one seems able or willing to provide any info to back up the same old generalizations. It's fine though, I don't tend to buy mainstream if I can help it so I'm happy to buy into something a little controversial.

    18 miles of crazy single track on it so far and loving every minute of it. The only thing I can tell right now that may need a little tweaking from their initial custom setup of the bike is it needs a little more sag on the front shock. I've got quite a bit less sag than what the shock instructions suggest and I haven't come close to using all the shock travel on the trails yet. So I guess I'll play around with that a little bit.

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    wow, I don't think any new bike pics would ever be taken without the name blazing across the pic somewhere. Some do seem to be very worried about spam for some reason. I found those posts offensive starting with the first reply. Anyway, whats up with the tires with only a yellow something on one side ? Also, I understand a company wants their name on it but geesh even on the inside and all sides of frame,with web spot.
    I did notice that to me it seems the quick release lever on the back it pointing forward and should that be pointing back as to not do the commercial tire release going downhill ?
    Very nice photos, wish I could take them as well. Keep the update coming on performance.

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    lol, ya their name sure is everywhere. I've seen that done a lot though. Some bikes seem to be completely covered with logos.
    Thanks for noticing the rear qr! Totally looked right over that. I'll fix it.

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    nice looking frame, it's a shame they decided to slather it with their web site. Seriously, if somebody cannot find the website for a company just by their name they are either computer illiterate or an idiot. Let the bike design speak for itself instead of using it as a billboard.

    Glad you are happy with your new billboard, err, bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmctav23
    let the bike design speak for itself instead of using it as a billboard.

    Glad you are happy with your new billboard, err, bike
    I agree, but uhhh... it's unfortunately pretty common.
    First brand I googled just now.
    https://www.trekbikes.com/images/bik...hitecarbon.jpg

    I'd much rather advertise for a small independent shop than a monster company like Trek or Specialized.

    The .com is most likely because that's the only way to get them. Not needed, but it makes sense. So ya, I'm extremely happy with it! A little .com on a rear stay is nothing to lose sleep over.

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    Looks like they dropped the .com for 2011 (except for the chainstay protector).

    d2mini: please keep posting updates on your bike's performance. Some of us non-cynical people are actually considering buying a Fezzari and would welcome meaningful insights from people that actually own them.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by d2mini

    I'd much rather advertise for a small independent shop


    Are you trying to suggest that Fezzari is a small independent shop ?

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    Yes they have a shop

    Their shop used to be a feed/pet store. Wood, barn-like with the various models of the bikes, shoes, accessories, couch and fitting area and behind a large work area. Yes as an independent auditor, I would say they are a "shop".
    PS I do not work for fez, or am I related in any way. Just looking at the Cascade. Little disappointed the price increased so much on the 2011 model.

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    @d2mini: Did you find the water bottle bosses?? I can't seem to find them on mine!

    I got my Cascade last Friday. I can't comment on performance yet as I am being hindered by work and rain. Sucks, I know!

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    I just ordered a 2010 Nebo for myself and a 2010 cascade for my buddy. Customer service was the best I have had with ANY company, bike related or not. Look forward to hearing more about your Cascade. Both of the bikes I ordered will be seen all over SoCal, .com and all. To all of the people that only have negative comments to say, just keep hating the fact that you will have to spend nearly twice what I paid for my Nebo to get comparable components from another company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daeltos
    @d2mini: Did you find the water bottle bosses?? I can't seem to find them on mine!

    I got my Cascade last Friday. I can't comment on performance yet as I am being hindered by work and rain. Sucks, I know!
    If you have a medium (17) or smaller frame, your frame won't have water bottle bosses as there isn't enough clearance.

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    Absolutely beautiful bike. I just ordered a Kings Peak. Should be here next week. Until than yours, along with everyone elses bike porn, is all I can look at!

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