This video will teach you how to properly adjust your disc brake calipers so they do not rub on the rotor. An Improperly aligned calipers is one of most common reason for squeaky brakes. A rubbing disc brake can slow you down, cause annoying noises, and result in premature wear of your brake pads. Our Fezzari Technician will also teach you how to correct a bent rotor.
We sell mountain bikes all over the world to many demographics of riders, many who are seasoned racers competing at the highest level and many are just getting into the sport. While we love all of our customers, some of our favorite people to work with are those protecting us day in and day out, our police forces. We have outfitted many police units from Chicago to Moab, UT and many in between. Most recently we were able to help the Orem, Utah police force who are right here in our own backyard. The new bike unit puts in many miles to protect and keep our communities safe. Here is a great story about the Orem, UT police force patrolling the popular Provo Canyon River Trail right in out backyard. Who knows, maybe we will see these officers in the new Pacific Blue TV series.
It’s hot outside. If you could use a little virtual cool down, check out this video of the Glacier Bike Downhill, a downhill mountain bike race done completely on groomed ski trails. If they are really going 144 km/h that’s about 89 mph on a mountain bike.
We love Moab. It’s one of the coolest places to mountain bike on this rock we call earth, but we have to admit, this video with ZERO mountain biking in it is definitely worth sharing. Filmed at Coyote Arch outside of Moab, Utah, we encourage the faint of heart to look away. It looks like these guys weren’t the first to do it either, but there video is definitely the coolest. (See other videos below).
Corona Arch Rope Swing Videos
Dan Osman (RIP). The Original Extreme Rope Swing Daredevil
We thought we would show you a couple of the creative ads you will see in magazines this spring. Not only do we get to design and build bikes, but we also do all of our own photography and graphic design. This ad below was thought up by Dev, one of our customer support representatives. Dev drives an old 1985, rusted, Toyota Tercel hatchback, (pictured below) but has a very nice, new, Fezzari Fore CR5 road bike. His bike is worth a lot more than his car, hence the tagline, “Get your priorities straight.” We always find it amusing when we are out at races, or even driving around, and we see extremely nice bikes on really crappy cars. There are a few of us here at Fezzari that are a part of this crowd, myself included, so we thought we would poke fun at it with this ad.
We often get asked what sets us a part from other companies, why Fezzari? It’s simple really, Custom, Quality, Direct. Our priorities are to build the best quality, best fitting bikes, and sell them direct to the consumer, saving them thousands. We took this ‘Why Fezzari’ question and came up with this.
You can find at more about what sets Fezzari Bicycles apart by visiting our Why Fezzari page.
UPDATED: May 25, 2012
We are happy to announce the upcoming release of the all new Fezzari full suspension 29er mountain bike, the Fezzari Hidden Peak. The Hidden Peak is the first full suspension 29er mountain bike from Fezzari. Current plans have the Hidden Peak available in two spec builds with the first deliveries to customers expected Summer, 2012.
Fezzari Hidden Peak 29er Specs
The Hidden Peak frame features a Fezzari Racing Design 7005 series hydroformed aluminum frame with smooth welds to give the frame a strong, smooth, clean look. Some of the other frame features include:
- 100mm travel
- FRD Tetra Link 429 Suspension Design
- Sealed bearing on every pivot point
- Internal cable routing
- Press Fit BB91 bottom bracket system
The Hidden Peak will be available in two build options, Hidden Peak – X0, and Hidden Peak – XT.
Fezzari Hidden Peak – X0
The Hidden Peak – X0 will feature a Fox Talas 29 RLC Kashima with travel adjustments from 120mm to 95mm. This adjustable travel option has helped the new Hidden Peak be extremely agile and lively on both climbs and descents. Our test riders have been able to jump, manual, and corner the bike similar to a 6″ travel, 26-inch wheeled bike. Dropping the travel on the Talas to the 95mm position makes the bike very agile and excellent on the climbs.
The FRD Tetra Link 429 suspension design gives the Hidden Peak a very solid pedal platform, yet plush travel when the trail gets rough and virtually no pedal-bob. The rear suspension will feature a 100mm travel Fox RP23 shock that has been tuned for the FRD Tetra-link429 suspension design. The Hidden Peak – X.0 will be finished off with SRAM X0 drivetrain, Mavic Wheels, and a Truvativ Cockpit. The Hidden Peak – X0 will be available at the factory direct price of $3799. Specs and pricing are subject to change until final release.
Fezzari Hidden Peak – XT
The Hidden Peak -XT will feature the same 7005 series hydroformed aluminum frame and the FRD Tetra Link 429 suspension design. It will also feature a RockShox Recon solo air fork, RockShox Ario RL shock, Shimano XT and SLX drivetrain, DT Swiss wheels, and Truvativ Cockpit. The Hidden Peak – XT will be available for $2349. Specs and pricing subject to change until final release which is expected Summer, 2012.
Pre-orders are currently being taken on both models. For questions, to receive more info, or to place your order, call 888-833-9927 or click here to contact us.
The following video doesn’t depict the actual Cliffs of Insanity as featured in the movie The Princess Bride, but this ride has cliffs and they are insane. The real Cliffs of Insanity (real name is the Cliffs of Moher) are featured in a previous article we wrote called the 8 Most Dangerous Mountain Biking Trails in the World. The mountain trail in the video below probably needs to be added to the list.
Does full-suspension even make a difference here?
Winter is on its way in and temperatures are declining. Temperatures and shorter daylight hours can make it difficult to keep your body in the shape you want. Whether you are new to competitive cycling, a seasoned racer, or just looking to better your fitness, there are a few simple steps to improving your abilities in preparation for the coming season.
1. Setting Goals
When entering the off-season, the first step to a successful upcoming year is planning. Take a look at your previous season and assess which aspects went well and which didn’t turn out as expected. Think of what you want to improve on this year, set a few goals, and make necessary plans to reach those goals. Perhaps you had great endurance but not very much power. Maybe you felt fast on the flats but not as quick up the climbs. Adjust your training to improve your weakest areas of riding.
Plan out your approaching race/ride calender and focus on the events most important to you. You’ll want to be hitting your peak fitness at these times. Planning can make a huge difference in your season.
2. Decrease Training Intensity
Fall/Winter is a time to slow down your training intensity. If you were to train year-round at your maximum ability, you are likely to burn out much too early. Instead, you want to start your off season at a much lower intensity, then gradually work your way back up to your peak when the time is right.
To regulate yourself, you should consult a target heart rate diagram easily found online. You can customize your own training plan to your age and limitations. First you need to determine your Maximum Heart Rate (mhr). One method to determine your age adjusted mhr is to use this equation.
Male: 220 – (age) = mhr
Female: 226 – (age) = mhr
Once you have your mhr, you can effectively plan your off-season. Start slow by riding at 50-60% of your mhr. In a month or two bump it up to 60-75% mhr. Next, when early spring hits, you can jump up to 75-85% mhr. Then, when the event season starts, you can increase up to 85-100% mhr. Not only will this allow your body to work its way back up to peak fitness without overtraining, but you will increase your endurance by training your body to work at different heart rate zones. To more effectively monitor your heart rate, check out the cycling computers we offer.
There are many approaches to building your base level of cardio. For a great article on base training be sure to check out Garret Rock’s article – The Importance of Base Building: Heart Rate Training
3. Add Variety
It can be difficult to get out and train often in the Winter, especially if you live in a cold climate, but there are many activities you can do to stay fit.
- Get a trainer or rollers. They are simple to use and you can stay fit while riding your bike without leaving the house. Check out the Cycleops trainers we carry.
- Running, swimming, tennis, basketball, soccer, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing are great for cross-training
- Pick-up some leg and arm warmers to keep warm when its cold out
- Start interval training more when you get closer to the race season.
The off-season is a great time to use weights to your advantage. Weight lifting can build and tone your muscles while increasing your muscle endurance. Although your legs will be most important to improve, focusing on other muscle groups will improve your overall athleticism as well. The goal isn’t to bulk up, but to increase endurance. This is best achieved by using smaller weights with higher reps. For an in depth article about specific weight training exercises, make sure to check out – Top 5 Weight Lifting Exercises for Cyclists
Make sure you are having fun throughout this process! Following these steps will improve your riding ability and help you have a more enjoyable year. Good Luck!