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Enduro Frame for 2020

Updated: Mar 10

After riding my first 29er, the Orbea Occam, and finding that I was beating all my fastest times I decided to sell off the Ibis HD4 in search for a new enduro frame with the big hoops. After countless hours of watching review videos, reading write ups, and stalking manufacturer websites I had in narrowed down to 3.


Next was the Fezzari La Sal Peak. Fezzari was pretty unknown to me but after researching I found that the LSP had received some pretty decent reviews. The Fezzari had the steepest seat tube angle of the 3 bikes at 77 degrees. Fezzari offers great price points on their bikes and the LSP was the best value with a full carbon frame in their Comp build. Some feedback on this bike is that it climbed good but more agile and less of a plow bike. It also seems that Fezzari had great customer service and is a direct to consumer brand. It is listed as having a 470mm reach but some reviewers stated that the bike felt short.


Next was the Fezzari La Sal Peak. Fezzari was pretty unknown to me but after reasearching I found that the LSP had received some pretty decent reviews. The Fezzari had the steepest seat tube angle of the 3 bikes at 77 degrees. Fezzari offers great price points on their bikes and the LSP was the best value with a full carbon frame in their Comp build. Some feedback on this bike is that it climbed good but more agile and less of a plow bike. It also seems that Fezzari had great customer service and is a direct to consumer brand. It is listed as having a 470mm reach but some reviewers stated that the bike felt short.


Last was the Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon. The Mega has been I bike I've been admiring for the last few years and always liked them. New for 2020 the Mega received updated suspension kinematics and small tweaks to travel and geo...oh and the 29er verson offered in carbon. The Mega sports the most travel of my choices as well as longest chainstays and wheelbase.


So which bike did I choose? You can keep reading but also check out the reveal video HERE.





I went with the Nukeproof 290c in size large. I chose the Nukeproof for a few reasons. First was that I felt it would be the best compromise of climbing and descending. My first love is the downhill as I spent the last 7 summers spinning laps every weekend at Northstar's bike park. I have broken or had issues with my last 4 frames so I need something that will hold up to some abuse. I also thought that this was the best looking frame of the 3 choices eventhough I wasn't as fond of the color as I was for the Transition. The frame looks clean and strong. Lastly, the Nukeproof was the newest version of the 3.

Last was the Nukeproof Mega 290 Carbon. The Mega has been I bike I've been admiring for the last few years and always liked them. New for 2020 the Mega received updated suspension kinematics and small tweaks to travel and geo...oh and the 29er version offered in carbon. The Mega sports the most travel of my choices as well as longest chainstays and wheelbase.


Frame came with a headset and the cups pressed in from the factory which is nice.

Internal routing guides for ease of installation.


Carbon front and aluminum rear triangle.


Chainstay protection looks nice.

Frame protective tape pre-installed from the factory which was a huge plus.


Stay tuned as there will be more info on what components will be part of this build, first ride, and long term reviews on this bike as well as videos on our YouTube Channel.

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