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Monday
Dec242012

PARLEE Cycles Holiday Schedule

We will be closed Monday, Dec. 24th and Tuesday, Dec. 25th for Christmas and Monday, Dec. 31st and Tuesday, Jan 1st for New Years. We hope you have wonderful holidays with your families and friends.

Monday
Dec032012

An Evening with Bob Parlee, Dec. 5th at The Cycle Loft, Burlington, MA

Please join us and the crew from Cycle Loft for an evening (7pm-10pm) with Bob Parlee, Dec. 5th at The Cycle Loft, Burlington, MA. We are fortunate to be joined by Bill Humphreys, author of The Jersey Project for the evening.

Bob will present a bit about his history and composites and we will have our new 2013 models on display!

More info here: http://www.facebook.com/events/119835651510927/

Location:

28 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Phone:  781-272-0870

 

Monday
Nov262012

Join us December 1st for A Bicycle Engineering Symposium!

We are excited to announce that Bob Parlee will be presenting at the annual RPI Bicycle Engineering Symposium.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2012 Bicycle Engineering Symposium will be held on December 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Darrin Communications Center Room 318.

More details: http://homepages.rpi.edu/~ruffl/index.html

See you there!

Monday
Jul302012

Update on "our Olympian" Brendan Sexton London 2012

We are getting excited for our man Kung Fu: http://london2012.olympics.com.au/athlete/brendan-sexton
Less than 10 days to go!!
Friday
Jul272012

PARLEE Cycles Summer Demo tour rolls into Chicago!

Our summer 2012 dealer demo tour continues this Friday evening August, 10th at Velosmith Bicycle Studio in Chicago with Bob Parlee, followed by morning demo rides Saturday, Aug. 11th.

Join our founder, Bob Parlee, Friday evening 7:00PM – 8:30PM for an informal presentation/discussion about composites, building carbon fiber frames, and the history of Parlee Cycles.

Follow the link below for more details.

Velosmith, Chicago, IL, Friday August 10th and Saturday, 11th

Demo and test rides are offered free of charge. We ask you call the shop or email sales@parleecycles.com if possible to reserve a specific size. Please bring your riding gear, drivers license and major credit card in order to demo a bike. Come on by, meet the crew and try a great bike!

Monday
Jul232012

Fight cancer and WIN A PARLEE Z5!!!!

Fight cancer and WIN A PARLEE Z5!!!!

PARLEE Cycles is supporting the extraordinary fundraising efforts of Boston area teenager, Connor McNeill, for the 2012 Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) with an exciting raffle opportunity to win a brand new PARLEE Z5 road bike valued at over 5,000.00



Connor is working with PARLEE Cycles and his local PARLEE dealer, Belmont Wheelworks, to reach his personal fundraising goal of $10,000 by organizing a charity raffle supporting PMC. All proceeds from this raffle go to supporting the PMC.

Connor is a 7 year veteran of the Pan Mass Challenge. Each summer, since he was 11 years old he has raised thousands of dollars for the Jimmy Fund. This year, he will ride on August 5th as a 16 year in his eighth straight PMC.

PARLEE Cycles, Wheelworks and Connor have teamed to donate a legendary PARLEE Z5 bicycle. This beautiful bicycle features winners choice of SRAM Rival or Shimano 105 components and is valued at $5,000.00 and the raffle tickets are one ticket for $50, five for $200, and ten for $399.

Click the link (http://www.pmc.org/profile/CM0246) to donate directly or buy raffle tickets.

We are excited to be involved with this project! Support an awesome cause, an amazing event and have a chance to win a dream bike! What could be better!

About the PMC:

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is an annual bike-a-thon and a pioneer of the athletic fundraising industry that today raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country. The organization was founded in 1980 and has since raised $338 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC is a model of fundraising efficiency. The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. In 2011, the PMC generated 60 percent of the Jimmy Fund’s annual revenue and it was Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor. Over 230,000 individual contributions were made to last year’s fundraising campaign. In 2012, PMC cyclists will ride with the goal of raising $36 million for Dana-Farber.


Contact:

PARLEE Cycles
69 Federal St.
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 998-4880
info@parleecycles.com

Wednesday
Apr112012

Internal Campagnolo EPS now shipping!

We are pleased to announce that the latest innovation from our friends in Vicenza is now compatible with the PARLEE range. We have certified the Z1, Z2/3 and Z5 SLi framesets to natively work with both Record and Super Record EPS internally routed.

Thursday
Mar082012

Bob Parlee at SXSW 

Bob will be in Austin, TX this week presenting at SXSW.

Join him March 9th at the Hilton Austin Downtown from 3:30-4:30 for an informative session about the development of the PXP (PRIUS x PARLEE) concept bike.

Details on the event HERE.

For more info about this great project see the video via you tube:

 

Friday
Jan062012

Press-Fit 30 to Shimano adapters now shipping!

We are now shipping our Press Fit 30 to Shimano Hollowtech II bottom bracket cups. These cups allow Shimano cranks to be run in any Press Fit 30 (46mm x 68mm) standard bicycle frame. Similar to the BB30 (42mm x68mm) adapters we released last year, these match the Shimano factory specification for bearing location, so they are very rigid and durable. Bearings and seals are by Enduro. These are available via our online store: http://www.parleecycles.com/store/ or through any of our dealers.

 

 

Thursday
Aug112011

Boston Globe feature on Ethan Brown

Following his third win in a row at the Gloucester Fishermans Triathlon, PARLEE supported and Lowell, MA based athlete Ethan Brown has a nice write up in the Boston Globe (article here)

Tuesday
Apr192011

Announcing availibility of Internal Di2 wiring!

We are excited to announce that effective today, any PARLEE Z1, Z2, Z3, CX, Tour can be ordered with internal wiring for Shimano Di2. Along with the announcement of this (frequently asked for) feature we are also announcing the immediate availability of Press-Fit 30 (PF30) standard on the Z1, Z2, Z3, CX and Tour models. The larger 46mm, all carbon bottom bracket standard, released last year by SRAM has the widest range of support from crank set vendors and allows for the clean internal routing of the Di2 wiring. Campagnolo 46mm cups are now shipping and Shimano crank sets can be run using Wheels Manufacturing spacers with the SRAM bearings. It is our intention to release our own native Shimano cups as we did when we first launched BB30 on the Z5 range, but we do not have a date yet available.

FAQ:

Can I get English threaded bottom brackets still?
Yes, we continue to offer English as a no charge option on the Z1/2/3, CX and Tour models but internal wiring is not available with an English BB as there is simply not enough space for the cables to pass. Elect Press-Fit 30 (PF30) at time of order if internal Di2 wiring is desired or use the standard external cable kit with an English BB.

Is BB30 still available? Technically, yes, but we are recommending Press-Fit 30 as an enhanced version of BB30 on our custom bikes. Bearing installation and service is easier and ultimately the larger bore (46mm vs 42mm) is lighter as the bore removes the sleeve that we needed in our all carbon implementation of BB30 in the Z1/2/3, CX and Tour models.

Can my existing Z1/2/3, CX and Tour be retrofitted for internal Di2? At this time, no. We co-mold in specially designed composite reinforcements inside the tube sections where the Di2 wiring enters the frame. Any Z1/2/3, CX and Tour made prior to April 2011 is not specified with this and should not be retrofitted for internal Di2 wiring.

Is the external Di2 wiring package still available?
Yes, we are still offering the dedicated Di2 wiring package that we introduced last year. This can be specified at time of order. The custom battery mount introduced in 2010 is standard in both wiring packages.

What wiring harness do I need for this? Can the frame be pre-wired?
We have the complete specs on all the necessary harnesses and we can sell them as part of the frame kit, no problems. We can also pre-install the wiring harnesses as needed.

What cups do I need?
For SRAM, just order a SRAM Press-Fit 30 (PF30) Bottom Bracket, Stainless or Ceramic. For Campagnolo, order OS-Fit Cups 46mm. For Shimano order a SRAM Press-Fit 30 (PF30) Bottom Bracket and Wheels Manufacturing Press-Fit 30 to Shimano 24mm spacer kit. We will be stocking a limited number of all of these parts if there any any issues sourcing them.

What happened to not drilling holes? We still try to drill as few holes as possible for structural integrity. This has been one of the reasons why Parlee frames last so long. Durability is not an afterthought. Holes are OK if they are properly engineered for, which in the case of our internal Di2 wiring set up, they are. We use a specially designed composite backing plate that reinforces the areas where the cable passages are located to prevent any hidden damage. The cable passages are precisely located and cut using diamond tools which do not break the fibers the way normal drill bits can.

Do you offer internal wiring for mechanical (cable) systems? No, at this time we still prefer the ease of use and performance of externally routed (mechanical) cabling on our road bikes. We have spent a lot of time refining our carbon fiber/titanium cable stops and think that there are few parts that match their refinement, so we are not changing them at this time.

Is this offered on Z4, Z5 or Z5 SL?
At this time, no. These models are not able to be run with internal Di2. We do offer our custom carbon battery mount for clean, chain stay mounting of the battery which prevents any disruption to the main triangle water bottle cage mounts.

How about internal Di2 on the TT? Yes, we offer internal Di2 on both out custom and stock TT frame sets.

What is the cost? There is no additional charge at this time on the Z1,2,3, CX or Tour models for the Di2 internal package or PF 30 bottom bracket. Both are defined during the order process and specified in our CAD drafts.

Friday
Mar252011

New Items available in our online store!

We are excited to have a whole bunch of new items (Capo kits, pint glasses, helmet liners, new Purist bottles, etc.) available for sale from all of our dealers and also via our secure online store. Check them all out here http://www.parleecycles.com/store/

Friday
Mar182011

PARLEE Cycles is hiring!

We are looking for a person to join the production team.  Prerequisite skills include in-depth knowledge of road bicycles and their mechanics, a high level of manual dexterity, some frame building knowledge, and the ability to learn basic machining tasks using a vertical milling machine and a lathe.  The PARLEE team is a tight knit group of skilled and motivated individuals that demand the highest level of craft and performance from the bicycle frames they produce.  If this sounds like the right environment for you please send your resume and cover letter to jared@parleecycles.com

Tuesday
Jul132010

Video Tour of Parlee Cycles

Thanks to the team at Get a Grip Cycles in Chicago for coming east and shooting this! This is the old shop, FYI...we are not quite as crowded in the new one!!!!

Wednesday
Jun232010

PARLEE Cycles has moved!!!

We are really pleased to announce that we have moved (locally) to a fantastic new facility. After expanding our current shop as much as we could, we decided to move to a more modern, stand alone facility that will have over 2x the workspace. We are also excited that our new building is not in a flood zone!!! Anyone who has worked with us knows that every spring we are on pins and needles worrying about rainfall, culverts, sandbags, etc....we'd rather be building bikes!!

Our new facility is approximately 5 miles from our old location.

The new address is:

PARLEE Cycles
69 Federal St.
Beverly, MA 01915

We can be reached now on 978-998-4880 and if you are faxing us please use 978-560-0639.

Wednesday
May122010

Custom Paint Configurator now Live!

We are excited to launch the beta version of our custom paint configuration tool. It can be found by browsing here. Design your paint job exactly how you want it to look! NOTE: Not all models are in the configurator yet, bear with us as we populate this new tool.

Friday
Apr092010

New Finishes page live!

We just updated our Finishes page to show all the decal styles that are now available.

http://www.parleecycles.com/standardfinishes/

NOTE: These are just the decals, we have thousands of other options available in our custom paint program, which is available:

http://www.parleecycles.com/customfinishes/

 

Monday
Mar152010

PARLEE is hiring!

PRODUCTION STAFF

We have several openings in our production team for finishers and frame builders.

The position is located in Peabody, MA, approx. 40 minutes north of Boston.

Email resumes to info@parleecycles.com or fax to 978-977-7405

Learn more at http://www.parleecycles.com

INSIDE SALES

We are quickly expanding across the U.S. and internationally and are looking for a motivated inside sales person to help grow the business and support our existing dealer network.

PARLEE Cycles focuses only on the high-end road, triathlon, track and cross markets.

We are looking for an experienced professional with in-depth knowledge of the road market and 3-5 years experience minimum, please.

The position is located in Peabody, MA, approx. 40 minutes north of Boston.

Email resumes to info@parleecycles.com or fax to 978-977-7405

Learn more at http://www.parleecycles.com

 

INDEPENDENT SALES REPS (OUTSIDE SALES)

We are quickly expanding across the U.S. and looking for a handful of motivated independent reps to help grow the business.

PARLEE Cycles focuses only on the high-end road, triathlon, track and cross markets. We have invested heavily in our infrastructure and are looking for a few successful reps to support our existing dealer network as well as develop new territories.

We are only looking for experienced, professional reps with in-depth knowledge of high-end products and existing dealer relationships. 3-5 years experience minimum, please.

Email resumes to info@parleecycles.com or fax to 978-977-7405

Learn more at http://www.parleecycles.com 

Wednesday
Feb032010

Z5 Extra Small is coming!

We are excited to announce that we are adding two more sizes to our Z5 model range. An extra small with a short head tube and a extra small with a tall head tube will shortly join our range. We are officially taking orders as of Feb. 1 with deliveries on the schedule for late spring. 500.00 placeholder deposits will reserve one with any authorized dealer. Geometry is wholly based on our Z3 XS size (51cm virtual top tube) and a combination of our CL (compliant) tubeset and the Z5 SL layup...expect unbelievable comfort and performance!

Friday
Oct022009

Bike Rides: The Exhibition

Join us in a new exhibition that features approximately thirty bicycle-related works from around the world, including functional cycles—ranging from cutting–edge designs to populist expressions—as well as bicycle–inspired sculpture and video. Organized by Aldrich curators Richard Klein and Mónica Ramírez–Montagut, with the advice of musician, artist, and bicycle advocate David Byrne, the exhibition explores the growing relevance of bicycles in contemporary art and culture. We are honored that the curators chose a nude finished Z1 for this show.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel 203.438.4519

Website: http://www.aldrichart.org/exhibitions/bikes.php
The exhibition is open until January 3, 2010.