Fezzari is a direct-to-consumer bike company that prides itself on more affordable price points, rider-specific custom setups, and building bikes that are designed to last a lifetime. While we don’t have any first-hand experience with their bikes, we’ve heard good things, and their redesigned Kings Peak fat bike was tested in some truly extreme conditions. Ridden by Chris Burkard and Gus Morton (and joined by Rebecca Rusch), they accomplished a first-ever unsupported coast-to-coast winter crossing of the Icelandic Highlands from north to south. It sounds like the Kings Peak made for the perfect winter bikepacking rig during their trip.
Fezzari describes the new Kings Peak as a fat bike for the ultra-endurance rider, the bikepacker, or the adventure junkie. The geometry was developed from the ground up for more stability, maneuverability, and adaptability, plus there are loads of new features that improve on the previous version. It’s based around a carbon frame and fork, kitted out with multiple bottle mounts, top tube mounts, and triple pack fork mounts. It can accept all the racks, cages, and bolt-on bags you want. The bike has clearance for tires as large as 26 x 5.0” or 27.5 x 4.5″.
Kings Peak Highlights
- Head Tube Angle: The head tube angle of the Kings Peak is now 67 degrees. This helps add stability to the bike in steeper terrain as well as with high speeds. The frame is also compatible with suspension forks. Starting out with a slacker head tube angle helps to keep the handling stable as the fork compresses through its travel.
- Chainstays, Seatpost Offset, and Dropper Insertion: The chainstays on the Kings Peak are short so that the bike retains maneuverability through tight sections of trail. We offset the seatpost to keep the short chainstays. We also wanted to be able to run multiple water bottles in the front triangle as well as long dropper posts. The unique shaping around the lower seat tube allows for the longest dropper insertion possible while still allowing for a water bottle to bolt up to the seat tube.
- Standover: Extra care was taken to keep the standover height low on these bikes. When you are riding in the snow and have to step off the bike for whatever reason, you are often stepping into soft snow. Because of this, a low standover helps make sure that the frame is not in the way and you can easily stand.
- MonoForm Manufacturing: The all-new Kings Peak features MonoForm frame construction, just like other Fezzari award-winning bikes such as the Empire, Shafer, and Solitude. But what is MonoForm exactly? MonoForm is a frame technology Fezzari uses to make carbon frames out of a single mold (no bonding between the front and rear triangles). This makes the Kings Peak lighter, stronger, and smoother than ever before.
Build Specs & Pricing
- Kings Peak Comp – $2,399: Kings Peak carbon frame and fork, SRAM NX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain, Sun Ringle Mulefut 27.5″ wheels with Terrene Cakeater 27.5×4.5 Tubeless ready tires.
- Kings Peak Elite – $2,899: Kings Peak carbon frame and fork, SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain, Sun Ringle Mulefut 27.5″ wheels with Terrene Cakeater 27.5×4.5 Tubeless ready tires, SRAM G2 R brakes.
- Kings Peak Frameset – $1,499: Kings Peak carbon frame and fork, headset, seat clamp.
The Kings Peak complete builds are offered in Ash Grey or White Amber paint jobs. There are a limited number of special edition yellow framesets available for order. The exact frame Chris rode across Iceland is on display in Iceland, and it will eventually be auctioned off and proceeds will be donated.
Find more photos, specs, and FAQs for the new Kings Peak over at Fezzari.com.
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