I am going to post this thread because I have not found any relatively valuable information regarding this bike or experiences with Fezzari from actual owners. I feel that I did a lot of research on bikes between $2,000 and $3,000 - but I'm sure I missed some stuff. I will randomly write about receiving the bike, putting together, ride experiences and ongoing quality (good or bad).
I have been really happy with the service I have received from Fezzari talking with different reps and they took a lot of time helping explain my choices and taking me through many pictures explaining why this and why not something else. I understand that online pictures and phone calls are not the same as seeing and touching and riding in person, so please do not tell me that.
You can assume I am a shill, but if you call me that don't get mad if I assume your an a$$hole. I don't care if you do not think anyone should own a "noname" bike. I did and I am writing about my experience, not looking to get insulted by someone who would not make the same purchase.
I am not sure what my actual saving is over a "bigname" because the different frames and specs costs are so varied. But I can say over other direct sellers I believe they are about $300-$400 more expensive and about $1,000 over BD. I decided it was worth it because of all the help they gave me, I can call back with questions etc, they design their own frames, have a race team, have great feedback on mtn bike frames, a 30 day unconditional return policy, taking measurements to get initial sizing correct and the fact that the bike comes 95%complete.
They already pulled the money from my account, so please do not try and convince me to buy another bike or tell me I should have bought a different bike - that is of no value! Oh, and for the record, I do not care either if you hate the name. examples of great feedback.
I am am 168 lbs, I road ride about 100/week, mtn bike advanced x-country 3-4 hrs week and race 4-6 sprint/olympic triathlons a year.
if you have a question regarding the bike or my experiences with fezzari let me know....