Now prowling the packs of Sydney – an easy one to pick with its mix of matt and gloss finishes!
Kyle Rickard, latest addition to our “Team” had a busy couple of weeks. Here is his summary of his first race on the electric shift MootoX RSL. As they say on Little Britain – “Dust anyone, Dust…?”
“Dusty tracks were the daily special for the Bicycle Superstore Bright 12 hour with over 250 teams coming from around the nation to take part in the classic bike race. The race took place just outside the centre of town with a 16.5km track testing everyones technical and mental strength. With fast pine decents and some of the most free flowing track I’ve ever ridden – the race had it all and the Le Mans start certainly didn’t disappoint. The 200m sprint for the bikes left most riders clutching their hamstrings while others struggled once on the bike. A brutal start to a challenging race.
With the boys from Torq quickly setting the pace I felt like I only had to follow – tailing the wheel of world series rider Jack Haig for a lap, only to be out done on the final climb by a slight mechanical problem. The Moots MOOTO X RSL seemed to catch the eye of all riders as the customised Di2 shifted flawlessly – even in the rockiest bits of track.
Team Cycling edge (Elite male pairs) got off to a bright start with the Moots mastering a 45 minute first lap – the third fastest lap in Male pairs. My partner and I then took it in turns until lap four when the competitive instinct took over and pushed the Moots out for back to back laps – a hard ask for the sweltering conditions. With the sun bearing down on the second lap and sapping the life out of me, I made a crucial mistake, miss judging a berm and peeling the tyre off the Easton Haven carbon rim, a small price to pay when compared to the advantages of running tubeless with low Psi for exceptional rolling grip from the Pair of Maxxis tyres.
By lap six the Titanium established a rhythm, punching out consistent 53 to 54 minute laps of the 16.5km mountain circuit. Nearing the final hours of the completion I was pushing hard using the swift shifting derailleur to my advantage through the undulating terrain, riding Cycling edge home in 8th (out of 28) position in Male pairs.
On the bright side, a brilliant first race on the Moots – despite the loss of a few inches of skin.”
A few days earlier Kyle took the bike out for a run and set a new record on Strava for the Wombat Loop. You can follow the link here.
The Otway Odyssey is next.
This Parlee Z5SLi features matt black with gloss metallic orange and pearl white panel details. Simple and fresh!
“Thanks from Todd, with first ride goose bumps”. Nice from a man who knows fine metal work!
First local delivery to Gisbourne rider Peter who will use on his regular commute to Melbourne.
These bikes are all for sale at prices that may surprise – call or call in….
Here are some of the remaining frames ripe the taking at 248 Coventry Street South Melbourne
The owner of this freshly built Z5 dropped in yesterday and the conversation was brief and went like this:
“buying this was a leap of faith. Every Parlee owner I spoke to raved about their bikes to the point where I was a bit sceptical – can it really be that good?
Well my first reaction to the bike is that this is rediculous – in a good way! It does everything well and now I am one those who can’t stop talking about it!”
Parlee Z5 Small with SRAM Red, custom wheels featuring King hubs and HED C2 rims.
That will do nicely.
Size can be just a trick of the eye!
This 8 year old Z1 had a look that seemed to emphasise its 60cm tt. So when we gave it a refresh we played with the graphics to give it a balanced look that the owner just loves.
As he comes back to this bike from his other handbuilt specials his opening comment was “its easy to forget just how good this is, its the best no doubt about it!”
As the Canned Heat song says “goin’ up the county thought maybe you’ wanna go”.
We are relocating Cycling Edge to Woodend as of November 1.
A very popular base for racing and recreational riding, Woodend is nestled at the foot of Mount Macedon and is only 55 minutes by car or train from central Melbourne and 35 minutes from Melbourne Airport.
With some of Victoria’s best riding at our door, our new location will offer unrivalled opportunity to test Moots and Parlee road, MTB and ‘Cross bikes as well as the restaurants and wineries that abound in the Macedonia Ranges Shire.
To make the move simpler, from October 1st we will be selling all current inventory at not to be repeated pricing.
Our goal is to sell every frameset, bike, wheel and component currently in stock will be sold rather moved!
Drop by or call for pricing!
Parlee has just taken the game up several notches with today’s release of the their new range topping, full custom Z-Zero frame set.
With custom moulded uni directional tubes for each customer built combined with Parlee’s unique jointing wrap methodology the result is an enhancement in every attribute attribute of the previous top of the line Z1 custom.
On display at the show are a road bike and a disc equipped cyclocross CX both of which feature Parlee’s own new fork design.
There is a much stiffer bob unit which features greater chain stay spacing all in lifetime warranties frames that start from around 750gms!!!
This Parlee Z5 was done for this show with an Italian theme with simple, tight design brief from Parlee’s kit partner Capo.
A simple but bold statement.
Clearly there is no one left in the country based on the flights here and the accents prevailing at the Outdoor demo day yesterday.
The Moots team was flat out in the heat and dust but it was worth it with exceptional rider response across the range.
Russ sent this message regarding his new toy:
“Just wanted to say that my new MootoX has surpassed even my expectations of a Moots. With this being my third one, I thought I would have learned just how nice they are to ride, but once again, I was blown away with just how lovely these bikes are.
My busted arm and elbow are not quite yet healed, but the bike has been sitting in the shed for too long now, so I decided to get out on the Great Dividing Trail up this way in Ballarat. I had to climb through a bit of bush to get there and the bike was sublime. Handles beautifully and holds a line better than I expected.”
As always Russ they just get better with familiarity.
At the recent DDCX Round, Steve from SunGraphics took the Parlee CX for a spin in his first ‘Cross race. On the infamous off camber drop on the outside of the velodrome Steve stayed up while those around him got creative with their lines! “Its awesome” was his review of bike and event.
Sorry Steve when Stalder gets “off the couch” you’ll have to give it back.
One detail remains to complete the project but these custom touches will ease the wait….perhaps!
Just landed for delivery in the morning, this EPS ready naked frame has the shimmer and the texture of a fresh stick of drawing charcoal. Intriguing from any and every angle….
A day off is a great day to explore new territory and on the way out it seemed like a good spot for a photo in dimming light and hopefully winter….
It didn’t look like this at the end of the ride…
More detail about this build and Crankstar – Brisbane’s home of cycling excellence, follow this link: /www.crankstar.com.au/?p=882
Not sure if that’s an attempted bunny hop or not…
On its way to Adelaide shortly. Clear over carbon with just the gold classic downtube logos. Elegant.
Rob’s first trail ride response. That’s the kind of first ride feedback you love….knowing it just gets better.
and he as made the winning pass the Koala to the cyclist said…..?
a) oh the bells the bells!
b) do you think that is Eucalyptus globulus, pryoriana, viminalis or ovata?
c) can you tell I’m wearing Rapha!
That didn’t take long! Frame collected thursday……
Quote: “frame build quality is without equal”
You will only have to see it in the flesh to see this is a statement of the obvious!