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It’s Fezzari, not Ferrari.
However, every time I see the Fezzari name and logo, I see Ferrari, and think it’s odd that Ferrari is getting into bicycles. (Odd, but not impossible, because the Italian sports car brand has teamed up with Colnago on some past bike projects.)
Yet Fezzari Performance Bicycles has two Zs in its name instead of two Rs, and maintains the similarity is just coincidence. In fact, Fezzari’s President’s and owner Chris Washburn told Cyclocross Magazine, “When the brand was originally done, my 11-year-old son just came up with the name, and the URL was available, and we just went with it.” Perhaps his son had Ferrari on his mind? But we still think hope we can be forgiven for finding the red Fezzari logo to look a bit like the Scuderia Ferrari racing team logo.
Naming details aside, the Utah-based company has been selling aluminum and carbon bicycles direct to customers for eight years, and despite originally wanting to work with dealers and do custom fittings through local shops, it ended up settling on a customer-direct model custom because the opportunity was there and it was already working well for them.
But don’t confuse the company with other direct-to-consumer brands, as Fezzari doesn’t think they’re its competition, but instead sees the big companies like Trek and Specialized as its main competitors. “We’re a boutique brand,” Washburn says, not like some other customer-direct companies that cut corners. Evidence of this difference? “We put a hand-written note inside every box, telling customers how much we’ve enjoyed building their bike.” The company also prides itself in a 23-point fitting process that aims to give a bike tailored to your body and riding style, based on measurements you can do yourself in your living room.
Now Fezzari wants to go cyclocrosser-direct with its new cyclocross bike that it’s putting the finishing touches on. The company was showing off its yet-to-be-named carbon cyclocross prototype at Sea Otter 2014, and we grabbed a look at the upcoming bike.
The carbon frame eschews the typical monocoque construction technique in favor of tube-to-tube construction, and the company maintains the frame is lighter than most monocoque frames. “This frameset, by the way, you’re gonna be blown away by the weight of it,” Washburn said. “It’s surprisingly light, it’s a new tube-to-tube process.” When asked if it was under 1000 grams, he confirmed, but didn’t have an official weight yet.
Fezzari customers can purchase cyclocross bikes either with recommended builds, or by choosing every part. “We’ll do some recommended builds…but if a person called in, and said this is exactly what we want, we’ll do it,” Washburn said. The Fezzari show model featured Ultegra 6800 components, TRP HY/RD disc brake calipers, DT XR400 disc brake wheels, Maxxis Raze tires, and an FSA K-Force handlebar and SL-K seat post with a Fezzari stem. This build will likely be their higher-end build, and they’ll also aim to have a budget-friendly build (think SRAM Apex or Shimano 105).
Price? Name? Neither were finalized, but the company hopes both to be finalized shortly, and expects the bikes to be available by June.
“We’re one of the best kept secrets out there, we sell a ton of bikes,” Washburn says. The company says half their business now is repeat customers coming back for another bike. If that continues the be the case, perhaps by launching a cyclocross bike, loyal Fezzari customers will be reaching for their credit card to add another Fezzari to the quiver. If that helps more people discover the sport of cyclocross, we consider it a good move for .
More info: Fezzari.com
Check out all of the latest cyclocross bikes, wheels, tires and other tech goodies from Sea Otter 2014, and keep checking back as we have plenty of new product highlights coming.Chief Bike Geek at Cyclocross MagazineAndrew Yee is the founder of Cyclocross Magazine, and has been hooked on 'cross since his first race in 1991. When he's not writing about the sport, he's a cyclocross fan and racer, husband and dad. He compiled a bunch of student loans getting degrees in mechanical engineering, environmental studies and business and has lived and raced most forms of bikes in PA, HI, MA and CA.
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This week we will spend an extended amount of time on a reader question that we often overlook — that of how we should evaluate the need to replace quick-release skewers. Do skewers expire and, if so, when does that happen? To find out, I’ve asked a number of manufacturers.
When should I replace my skewers?
Is there a way to tell when it’s time to replace skewers? How often should I replace them?
Great question! Here are some answers from manufacturers.
According to Tim, our product manager, there is no fatigue test for skewers that he knows about. There is only a test that it requires a certain amount of closure force.
We are aware of skewer rods stretching at times, but that is remedied by adjusting and re-tightening the skewer.
We can’t recall any skewer failures, aside from folks damaging threads or wearing out the plastic curved washer-type bits.
— Mike Riemer, Salsa Marketing Manager
This is more complicated than it might first appear.
As you’re aware, due to the extreme variables in usages and conditions among users, Shimano does not provide fixed periodic replacement recommendations on any non-wearing components. While I’ve personally never witnessed any of our skewers break, my suggestion is to inspect it periodically and if it looks visually flawless, continue to use it for the life of its matching (original) hub/wheel. When replacing with a new hub or wheel, it’s probably safer not to reuse the old QR.
— Wayne Stetina
VP of R&D, Shimano American Corp.
Here’s an explanation I have used many times to answer this very good question …
Bicycle wheel design and manufacturing has been my area of expertise for 25 years. In those 25 years I have never seen a quick release fail. I have, however, seen countless situations where an injury occurred as a result of improper use or maintenance of a quick release. I encourage every cyclist who does not understand the proper use and maintenance of a quick release to consult a qualified bicycle mechanic for instruction.
Here is my answer to the specific question, “Is there a way to tell when it’s time to replace skewers? How often should I replace them?”
Here’s my rule-of-thumb when it comes to determining when it’s time to replace a quick release. It’s typical that a quick release is supplied with a new wheel. I recommend that the quick release lifespan should be equal to the lifespan of the wheel. When the wheel has reached the end of its life, I would also discontinue the use of the quick release. If the manufacturer does not supply the quick release (uncommon), I would suggest that you purchase a new quick release to be used with your new wheel.
I know many cyclists who remove a quick release from a wheel when the wheel is no longer useful, and use the quick release with another wheel. I suggest that this is bad practice. No piece of equipment has an infinite lifespan, and limiting the quick release lifespan to the wheel lifespan is a good way to ensure that your quick release will provide reliable and safe performance.
— Paul Lew
Director of Technology and Innovation, Reynolds Cycling, LLC
Reynolds Cycling Technology Founder
Structurally, I’ve never seen a Ritchey skewer fail in fatigue. So personally, I would only be looking for any degraded functionality as a reason to discontinue use. However, you will want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation.
— Tom Ritchey
There are no norms of standards that define how often the skewer should be changed.
Mavic does have a test, at the manufacturing facility, to check the efficiency of the clamping force of our skewer. We test 100 percent of them to make sure that the shaft remains in its “elastic” domain and never reaches its plastic/permanent distortion.
The two parts that are subject to wear are those in direct contact with the fork or frame, on both sides. Those parts have small grooves to ensure the perfect grip of the wheel on the fork/frame.
The CPSC norms even say that the skewer should leave a permanent footprint on the fork/frame dropouts (which is not possible on titanium dropouts!). If those grooves are worn out, they will not ensure that grip and permanent footprint.
So, this is what needs to be checked regularly. If they’ve flattened out, the skewer should be replaced.
— Maxime Brunand
Mavic Road Product Line Manager
I have never heard of a skewer wearing out. It would require that the cam action of the skewer would somehow have degraded and skewers are somewhat overbuilt so that doesn’t happen.
As long as you have a solid clamping action when you close the skewer, you are fine. However, if someone questions this, they should replace the skewer. Skewers, like forks, stems, and handlebars, are no place to cut corners.
— John Neugent
Feedback on foot positioning from last week’s column
I read about the complaint associated with changing shoes. First, low volume or narrow feet have nothing to do with pronation. Cycling is a non-weight-bearing sport, except when standing on the pedals out of the saddle. Sidi makes shoes in narrow widths; it’s just a matter of who stocks them.
Also, what I do for some cyclists in order to determine cleat position is to x-ray the feet in the shoe and put metal markers on the shoe. This makes it easy to exactly determine where the “ball” of the foot sits over the cleat. Choosing a pedal with a higher degree of float will also compensate for the biomechanics of the foot, knee, and hip. Also, rather than using orthotics, which are truly an ambulatory device designed to control excessive motion in the weight bearing foot, I will use the bike fit wedges to compensate for the forefoot varus. The forefoot valgus foot is rarer. If someone is lucky enough to find a podiatrist that rides, he or she can surely be of assistance.
— Alan Shier DPM
Foot Care & Surgery Center
Little Falls, New Jersey
Feedback on cracked SRAM lever body from March
I’m writing to thank you for publishing the follow-up to your initial answer to my question. I was heartened to learn from your readers that the shifter body was, in a sense, available simply by cannibalizing the 500 Single Speed Brake Lever. I’m not a fan of waste, or of unnecessary expense.
I used this article as a guide. From there I was on my own, but with some patience I figured it out, and it now works as good as new. That’s about a $100 savings (at QBP cost), plus a new skill that I’ll probably (hopefully?) never use again.
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- Probably need something 300-350mm length, zero set back should work (or some set back is ok too).
With the first of the grand tours right around the corner, the May issue of Velo features our full-fledged celebration of the radiant cycling culture of Italy, as well as the Official Guide to the Giro d’Italia. From a detailed look at the Italian tour to an investigation of Italian-made cycling gear, pick up the newest issue of Velo and get in touch with your Italian side.
Before we dive completely into Italian cycling, head writer Matthew Beaudin takes a provocative look at the line between doping and hunting for legal advantages. While not banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, is the use of xenon gas doping? Read on and let us know your opinion on our Facebook page.
In Racing this Month, Ryan Newill begs the question of whether the Giro is truly a required training ground for hopeful Tour de France contenders. Nairo Quintana is racing the Giro this year, with hopes of winning, but he’s not being sent on terms of experience, but rather strategy. Teams cite a range of reasons for sending riders to the Giro before the Tour, but a Giro win doesn’t necessarily equate to Tour success.
European correspondent Andrew Hood explores the ties between a flagging economy and a decline in Italian cycling in “Italy at a Crossroads.” The home of the Giro and Milano-Sanremo has long been at the pinnacle of bike racing, but modern cycling in Italy is in crisis. Italy is experiencing its worst recession since World War II, which has seen the nation’s representation at the sport’s top level reduced to two teams. Despite the financial woes, though, it’s no doubt the rich history of Italian cycling culture will continual to radiate.
In “Favorite Son,” head writer Matthew Beaudin profiles Italy’s latest star, Vincenzo Nibali. Known for his timeless approach to racing, “The Shark of Messina” is the defending Giro champion and is plotting a run at the Tour’s yellow jersey. Often the protagonist, Nibali searches for exciting opportunities in the moment — and that’s precisely what makes him so unique, and beautiful to watch.
In our Official Guide to the Giro d’Italia guide you will find much of what you’ve come to expect from Velo’s annual guide to the Tour de France, including a breakdown of all 21 stages, a discussion of this year’s contenders, a rundown of the top-division teams contesting the race, and a look at the Irishmen set to take part in their home-country kickoff.
What, exactly, does it mean to be made in Italy? Tech editor Caley Fretz explores the question in “Fatto a mano,” in which he transports readers to quaint Italian towns, where the handmade industry is prominent and full of passion. While some notable Italian brands — including Campagnolo and Selle Italia — are among the most technologically advanced in the cycling industry, they simultaneously maintain a sense of romanticism based on the passion of the hands that craft their equipment and apparel.
Find all this and more in Velo’s May 2014 issue, available on newsstands or in the Apple iTunes store.
- Frt is a Bontrager Race X-lite used but in great condition; Rr is a Stans Crest ZTR and only has a handful of rides on it thus is in like new condition.
Great, light weight race wheels. Both standard 9mm quick release and set up tubeless. $200