We are excited to have the full range of PARLEE Cycles available later this month at Interbike OutDoor Demo in Las Vegas, NV. Come see us September 21 and 22 in Boulder City, NV. We will be in D2026 with the new Z5, TT and Z4 as well as an assortment of CX and Z1's. See you there!
Congratulations to Josiah S. on winning the Fly V Australia team Z4 in the Mapmyride.com Tour de France challenge!
For 2009 we are excited to offer a BB30 option for our Z1, Z2 and Z3 frame sets. BB30 is a (relatively) new open standard, originally launched by Cannondale, that is threadless and uses a larger bore and therefore axle for the crank versus standard English-threaded bottom brackets. Benefits can include lighter overall combined weight, lower Q factor, increased stiffness as well as increased ankle clearance.
We have offered a similar sized option for both the ZIPP Vuma series as well as the THM crankset since 2006, so this concept is not necessarily "new" to us, but the BB30 spacing is a little different than the ZIPP or the THM. Crank options are now shipping from SRAM, FSA and others. The BB30 compatible bottom bracket is being offered as an option when a frame is ordered. The 68mm English threaded standard is still the standard on all our frames.
In an exciting finish on the last, and most brutal, stage of the SRAM Tour of the Gila, Phil Zajicek of Fly V Australia (on his 2009 PARLEE Z4) out sprinted Lance and Levi to claim the win and move up to 3rd on the GC. Congrats to Phil and the team!
We have been asked the last 2-3 years for ISP (Integrated Seat Post) on a regular basis and we have built a few. We like them in general terms, but have always been upfront about the potential limiting issues with them, specifically travel, shipping and fitting issues. Because of those issues, we have never offered an ISP on any of our stock designs, and we do not plan to anytime soon. However, given the nature of our custom bikes, meaning we have a serious discussion with the rider and the dealer about all custom options, we feel that offering the ISP option on custom frames now makes sense. We are initially offering them with Ritchey WCS "stubby" posts that feature small amounts of vertical adjustment and a nicely executed one-bolt fastening system, although it appears that there will be some additional 34.9mm ID post options this year.
Continuing his great form that saw him win the time trial and the overall at the San Dimas Stage Race, Ben Day (Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living)won the hilly opening prologue of the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Riding his brand new TT, he was able to capture the yellow by three seconds.
See coverage and pics on: (link will open in new window)
Cyclingnews.com and VeloNews.com
Congrats to Ben and the team!
If you are anywhere near Greenwich, CT this Saturday, March 7th, please join us for what should be a very interesting afternoon! Bob will sit down at Signature Cycles with 3 of his New England based peers (Serotta, IF and Seven) for a panel discussion on framebuilding-past, present and future. Food, drink and bikes...what could be better?
Click here for the details: http://signaturecycles.com/document/123757
Come join us (and about 100 other frame builders) at the NAHBS 2009 in Indianapolis this week (Feb 27th-Mar 1). Join Bob, Tristan and Tom at the booth to see the full PARLEE range as well as a few new things for 2009! See you there!
We are thrilled to have been chosen as the frame supplier to the new Fly V Australia p/b Successful Living professional cycling team for 2009-2010. The team will be racing the Z4 in road races and the new TT in time trials.
We are working hand in hand with the team management and mechanics to get the team bikes ready for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California, starting Feb. 14.
Velonews.com has posted an early look at the Z4 that the team will be running. Click here to open the link in a new window.
More info coming shortly!
We are excited to officially launch the 2009 TT. Finally a bike for individual efforts against the clock that rides like a PARLEE!
Click HERE to open the TT page in a new browser window or tab.
Shipments begin Jan 15th!
Hard to believe 2009 is here. A big thank you to all the PARLEE owners, dealers, suppliers and our hard working staff for an incredible 2008. We appreciate all the people who make it possible for us to do what we do. Here is to an exciting 2009!
One note, we will be closed New Years Day and Friday, Jan. 2nd. Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 5th. Hopefully the snow will melt in Boston so we can get some rides in!
Best wishes from Bob, Isabel and the staff of Parlee Cycles this holiday season! We will be closed the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Friday following. We will return to the shop Monday, the 29th. We hope everyone has a nice break!
Choice is good! We have been so spoiled by having nearly unlimited finish options on our Z1, Z2 and Z3's that we were desperate to bring the same options to the Z4 as well. It took a little while but we a happy to announce that there are three new color options this spring for the Z4. The first is a red and white panel scheme just like the blue and white panel scheme that is currently shipping, with red substituting for the blue. The price is the same for this, however we have only produced a limited number of these so get in touch with your local dealer to reserve one. The second option is a decal finish option using any of our 13 standard standard decal sets from the Z1, Z2 and Z3 family of bikes. The third option is to have a custom paint finish on a Z4. Panels, fades, solids, true fire...just about anything can be done.
We are excited to announce that our integrated bearing option for Z1, Z2 and Z3 framesets is now available for the Zipp VumaQuad crankset. Originally developed in 2006 for the (EU released only) THM Clavicula crankset, our integrated bearing design removes 60-70 grams from the frame/bottom bracket combination and allows for the use of the new 30mm axle cranksets. The ZIPP VumaQuad is interesting not just from a weight and stiffness perspective (...it is both quite light and stiff) but that it can use either compact (34/50) or standard (39/53) chain rings on the same spider/crankarm. Pics coming soon!
Due to the incredible popularity of our 7 gram, tube and paint-friendly Front Derailleur clamp in 34.9mm (1.375") we have decided to release a version of our clamp for both the 31.8mm (1.250") and 28.6mm (1.125") sizes. The clamps are now available to fit the three most common seat tube sizes for road and cyclocross frames.