UK based Cycling Weekly has weighed in on our Z5. First impressions: 10 out of 10 and "Impossible to fault.", "The Z5 oozes quality. Clean lines from its non-fussy, round tube shapes deliver a ride feel that bucks the trend for huge tube sizes - often more 'show' than 'go'. Impossible to fault."
Not to bad for a build at 14.12lbs (6.4kg) with clinchers!!
The June issue of Road Bike Action is out and had this to say:
"If a stock Parlee works this well, it's almost frightening (in a judiciously good way) to consider how well a custom Parlee must ride!"
Pick up a copy to read the full review!
"The result: In corners the bike tracks race-bike quick. It is also quick to jump forward, with fluid power transmission from the overbuilt junction at the bottom-bracket area, designed around the oversized BB30 standard. Other impressions were consistent with past experiences on Parlees (a Z1 won our 2007 Editors’ Choice award for dream road bike). The Z5, like the Z1 and the Z4 before it, is fast as hell but doesn’t hurt you to extract that speed, nor does it coddle you at the expense of performance."
Bicycling Magazine 2010 Buyer's Guide
Australian Triathlete Magazine has done an intensive review of the TT:
"From the moment I got on the Parlee TT I felt that old familiarity that one feels when a bike rides as smoothly as this one. Yes, I set my position as I would like but from the start I felt fast on the TT. I was fortunate to have a great training partner to hang onto in the large shape of three-time Olympic rowing champion Drew Ginn, who himself was preparing for the national TT championships and every time I rode the TT, I was pushing it to the very limit. I rode the bike on the undulations of Melbourne’s Kew Boulevard and the Parlee floated up the small rises with relative ease, hugged the long sweeping corners and was rock solid in a straight line whilst in full aero tuck. It was blisteringly fast on the descents, a fact that drove Ginn insane as I was able to get up the road before each undulation and managed to stay in touch despite all common sense suggesting otherwise. Whether I was in or out of the saddle the bike felt like it accelerated underneath me with startling responsiveness. I felt that I was able to gain and maintain momentum with a great deal of ease."
"The next thing that stood out was the weight of the bike. I have ridden many TT model bikes that aim to achieve an aerodynamic advantage by using large oversize and angular tubes, but this commonly comes at the small expense of weight gain. While Parlee use beautifully sculptured aerodynamic shapes there is no excess and in this they claim to have achieved one of the lightest production TT frames available. I struggled to get the bike to a UCI acceptable weight limit and in fact had to look for weighty additions to make the weight standard. While weight is not the be-all-and-end-all in time trialing, I was very comfortable in knowing that I would not at all be disadvantaged if the roads were to go up and again the Parlee TT raised eyebrows when people inevitably picked it up for closer inspection." Full review to come!
"the stock TT is one of the cleanest triathlon frames I’ve ever come across"
"On the road the Parlee TT was one of the most balanced time trial bikes I’ve ever tested"
Read the full write up here.
Bob Parlee will be live this Sunday night, 10/25 from 8:30pm-9:30pm on Bike Talk Radio w/ Jim Strait on WIFI 1460AM in Philadelphia. Outside of the Philly area, listen live on the web HERE. Run by Graham Jones and Jim Strait of CyclingRevealed.com This will also be available after the show as a podcast. Thanks for having us!
Cool video from inside the V Australia p/b Successful Living team car out on the course at the Amgen Tour of California.
Check out the article on the team background and sponsors here.
We are thrilled to have recently been honored by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) as part of their 2008 Design Exhibition held in Charlotte, NC. This annual exhibition highlights innovative designers and products using specialty fabrics (in our case, carbon fiber) to build cutting edge products in various categories.
David Arthur of RoadCylingUK.com gets to ride dozens of bikes each year. When it was time to get a new bike for himself, what did he choose?
Thanks to Charles and the guys at Pezcyclingnews.com for spending some time on our Z4.
Click this link to open the review in a new window.
We recently went to the 4th annual NAHBS show in Portland and we had a great time. Thanks to the gracious staff at the Bike Gallery for putting up with us and our late night wrenching. Anyway, we had the pleasure of meeting Dennis and Carl from fixedgeargallery.com. (Warning: Do not go to this site if you are supposed to be somewhere soon.) They were kind enough to take some pics of our Z1 track bike that was on display, and we were really pleased to get a little love from the readers there. Click the link to see:
Thanks to Rich at wheelbuilder.com and the guys at edgecomposites.com for the help getting this bike together.