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.
We are excited to introduce our first standalone component and the first front derailleur clamp specifically designed for carbon fiber frames. The clamp has no moving parts or pivots that can damage lightweight carbon fiber, titanium or aluminum seat tubes. The part has an ultra slim profile and weighs just 7 grams. This is 1/3 to 1/4 the weight of traditional aluminum clamps.
The clamp is hand built from the same carbon as the PARLEE frames and is compatible with all PARLEE frames as well as any road frame that has a 34.9mm/35.0mm (1.375") seat tube. 31.8mm (1.250") and 28.6mm (1.125") are also available now.