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
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!!!
Rob’s first trail ride response. That’s the kind of first ride feedback you love….knowing it just gets better.
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!
Out in the Wombat State Forest having some fun. Build includes Fox Shock, XT, Fulcrum Red Metal wheels and Moots Ti bar, stem and post. The result is a beautifully balanced and affordable custom X Country bike.
And the plate is right you do deserve one!
We have just had delivered a 55 tt disc brake frameset complete with 44mm headtube and ENVE disc fork.
If you want an amazing bike for this season’s races and the next, and the next ditto ad infinitum, talk with Paul as I know he is ready to deal…
Here are some teaser details:
DDCX is nearly here and the activity is furious below as one man sweats over his new toy. Here are few snippets of details of the build before the final reveal.
I am told he will be out testing the new “low drag anti-cling” finish in the morning as he has been muttering something about “its just like a Belgian summer” all day!
Currently being prepped with our new paint protection coating, this little gem will be on the trails this weekend. Yes it is err…petite! Seat tube length is 12″ in “US Metric”.
Well it is easter and this IF Steel Crown Jewel features the new chocolate brown with two tone purple and white accents. We used IF’s custom geometry to build a frame that will enable a wide range of riders to test and enjoy this butter smooth gem.
The build features a “cleaned up” Campy Athena alloy group set, Paul Components seatpost and Ritchey Classic alloy cockpit and some purple anodised highlights including the TUNE skewers . The King Brown headset will soon be joined by matching BB and R45 hubs wrapped in HED C2 rims with Challenge Roubaix tyres. The cages are anodised King Ti.
Drop by and take it for a ride.
This is the unedited first ride reaction from the owner of this bike. Developed as an everyday day commuter in the Adelaide environs, it features Super Record with Rotor 3D cranks and a set of custom wheels built around the HED C2 rims, TUNE skewers and MOOTS “tuned” King cages:
“After reading glowing reviews, talking with friends and yourself about the Moots RSL I had built within my mind an expectation that was impossible to match.
Well ,I just got of the bike and it is going to be a long time before this smile goes.
This bike is so beyond expectation to suspect it is other-worldly. It is an enigma. Razor sharp yet butter soft, rigid yet compliant, light yet so planted. In essence it is everything you wish it to be without any of the compromises one would expect.
With sustained feedback like this it is no wonder the RSL has a rapidly expanding fan club across Australia and New Zealand and around the globe.
The finish article below had its “Hell Ride” debut on saturday and the owner’s initial feedback by email was:
“Have just got home after riding the Moots, it is fantastic…. responsive and light all in all magnificent.
I’m going to enjoy riding this baby.”
So you spend time rationalising the purchase of your first Parlee – a recently discontinued Z4 in the classic blue.
You build it with a tasty, balanced spec with a few bits of bling.
You take it for 3 rides and you love it, “just love it – the best bike by far I have ridden” – bliss.
Then “some devil” presents you with the opportunity to upgrade to an internally routed naked/etched Z1.
What would you do?
You would jump, and he did – upgrade in progress!
The first of several on their way this “lil red wagon” was a great hit at the display at “The Alpine Classic” over the weekend. Steel, carbon and sterling silver mark this remarkably priced custom gem from Indy Fab.
The Ritchey “wet red” cockpit which will be finished with a matching post is an exact match for the frame colour, the wheels are a custom build and come in at 1245gms.
On display at Cycling Edge now.
A little longer in the gestation than planned but well worth the wait!
With the patience and cooperation of the guys and gals at Moots and from Joe Savola at K Edge we have a delightful MootoX RSL with electronic 2 x 10 shifting. The battery is seat post mounted away from elements and the build is rounded out with Easton HAVEN carbon wheels.
Now we just need to find someone to review it – hey Cam_McK!?
Gladstone is home and the 3 Peaks and The Alps are on the agenda. A custom build for long distance comfort and the flexibility to mount racks as required.
S&S Couplers and case make it happen for a build that features Campy Chorus Compact, Moots post and stem, Wound Up fork, Ergonova bar, King Cages and a set of our custom built alloy clinchers.
A lovely Christmas present.
Call us or Steve at Crankstar in Brisbane to discuss your particular LT.
The first in the country is out in the Dandenongs this morning, so we look forward to the owner’s feedback.
The bike features Di2, ROTOR Cranks and Rings, ENVE cockpit and Ventoux’ and is a “very comfortable weight”.
When a large chunk of everything you own gets wiped out in an earthquake, and cycling is part of your life, perhaps the best thing you can do is get yourself something special.
Campy and Ritchey complete a sweet build. Enjoy Jos!
The first PARLEE Z5 SLi flew in yesterday in the company of a very nice, Brisbane bound Z1.
No time to waste and the final build with Dura Ace Di2 is well underway. Here are a couple of quick snaps.
Now the challenge of finishing the build…..fun fun fun!
An overnight in Portsmouth NH, a quick drive through the stunning scenery to Newmarket delivered me to the door of the new home of Independent Fabrication.
Well it seems the industry has been awash with ill informed rumours regarding IF’s relocation, indeed demise and to perpetuate the misquote of Mark Twain, “rumours of (IF’s) demise are greatly exaggerated” !
The gestation of the facility from relic to home has been chronicled on the IF Blog and to be frank it doesn’t do it justice! It is stylish, functional, spacious, quirky, inviting, relaxed, focused and aligned with continuing the IF Brand’s heritage whilst raising the bar on production and service values and offering an elevated customer experience. Yep it made an impression and was more than worth the journey.
However, buildings don’t make great bikes, people do. More correctly a team does. Toni and Gary gave me the run of the place and the opportunity to introduce myself to and spend time with all of the team. From Jesse and Ryan at “the front end” to Benny in shipping (Director of First Impressions?) one can only be impressed by the clarity of purpose and Mutual accountability for the finished product.
So let the good frames roll!
Kiwi import “Tim” aka T-REX (above) borrowed our MOOTS Rigormootis (converted to Single Speed for the Adelaide based event by fellow RoadWorks promoter Paul Larkin) and won!
Hmmm, bike’s a 19″ frame and the van is 1.94m tall – Tim’s a big boy perhaps that should be “Mr T-Rex sir”! The look is because of the green and gold wheel stickers – no silver ferns allowed.
The race report from Paul was “T-Rex won and I drank lots of beer”. Sounds like a fair division of labour.
PS Oli (Mr Roadworks in Wellington) invoice for exposure on its way!
Well the bike we posted a week or so has hit the roads around Shepparton and the owner Kevin, gave us the quick grab of his initial thoughts:
“Just some feedback.Wow what a ride.Feels like riding a limo with the combo soaking up all the road bumps, you feel like gliding over the road, unlike my other bikes where you feel all the road inperfections.
It also is a lot faster, whereas I am able to maintain a higher speed with much less effort than with my other bike.In part, it may be due to the correct fitting, which I think has made a significant difference.”
We look forward to the developing relationship between rider and MOOTS.
Amid the rush of packing before he heads to the US next week to continue his Academic pursuits, Cam took the time to reflect on the time we spent “having a quick look” at his bike fit.
”I thought I’d been riding long enough to work out my bike fit by feel. If I ride hard and feel wrong, I change something. If everything seems ok, I don’t touch it. Recently, the cracks in this theory have started showing through. I have had knee and hip problems for years, but I normally do a good job of ignoring them, or papering over with a week or two of physio exercises and stretching. I think many of us with similar issues do the same. Once the pain of racing dials up, the pain from an injury or a little niggle or tightness is pushed into the back of the mind, drowned out by the flood of lactic acid.
Still, over the last six months, I haven’t felt right on the bike. I had two speeds: racing, where everything else was blocked out, or riding painfully slowly. I wasn’t comfortable turning on the diesel at 80% and knocking out a good block of training because that was when I started to notice the little things bugging me. Hammies tight, back sore, hips locked, knee twisted. Over 80km and things started going wrong. Sure, I still had some good races, but the next day I’d feel stiff walking up stairs and my training dropped off to a minimum during the week as I tried to recover for the next weekend.
Given all this, it is surprising I didn’t turn to a fit specialist sooner. I have had fits in the past, but the changes they made have always been small and the difference I noticed after smaller. However, it was a happy coincidence that at the same time I was noticing my problems were not improving and thinking something had to be done, I met Peter from Cycling Edge at one of the (most excellent) Dirty Deeds Cyclocross races. It turns out Peter has spent the past few years becoming acquainted with modern fitting techniques and has a studio in south melbourne incorporating a highly adjustable instrumented bike (with power and pedaling symmetry measurements) and slow motion video analysis. Even if my foolhardy, old school racer mindset sniffed at the idea of a bike fit that didn’t rely on my own feel for my body, my inner geek was pretty interested in how this stuff all worked. Hence it was that I decided to give a bike fit a crack – it couldn’t hurt, it might help and it would be interesting either way.
We start off with the fit bike set in my original position, looking at my pedal stroke. Surprisingly to me, I am quite symmetrical in how I pedal. I thought that since all my issues (hip, knee and ankle), arise on my left, that side would be weak. Peter pointed out that the powerful part of my pedal stroke was coming in far too late. The crank was halfway pushed down before I really got on top of the gear. This was a surprise to me – although I am quite an analytical person, as a bike rider, I tend to just ride and I figured that since my bike goes forward, I was pedaling ok. I can tell you a lot about race tactics (if you promise not to tell everyone). I know a decent amount about nutrition and aerodynamics and plenty of other aspects of bikes, but I haven’t thought in serious depth about the biomechanical aspects of my own pedal stroke. I can’t see it, and it turns out I can’t really feel it until I’m told to look for it.
The baseline position established where things might be going wrong – my glutes weren’t kicking in properly, meaning my power was coming on late, my hips were not controlled and my knee was twisting. What was the issue? To start with, my seat was low. This was a serious surprise to me. I’ve played a lot with seat height and setback, trying to get comfortable. Whatever I did, my hips felt a bit strange and locked up and I couldn’t get the power down I wanted. It turns out I was mistakenly thinking my hips were too stretched out, whereas in fact my hips were compressed and obstructed from my seat being too low. Peter put my seat up. A lot, by my standards… I think 18mm. My seat height hasn’t changed by that much in ten years. Things started feeling better. Immediately I was pedaling a bit more freely and we could see from the analysis software that power was coming on earlier. I felt more than a bit foolish that I had been interpreting the feedback from my body in the opposite way to what was correct. Peter also gave me some useful advice about how to recruit more muscle through the top of my pedal stroke, how it should feel. This was new to me and helped smooth things out too.
The seat height change was the major thing… but there was more to be done. From the frame by frame video analysis, it was clear that I was rocking a bit. Most likely, I was not anchored properly at my hips and feet. We tried some different seats. I had been using an SMP saddle. It was excellent in many ways, more comfortable than many saddles I’ve used in the past. It turns out it still wasn’t right for me. With an Antares on the bike, I was instantly better supported and my pedal stroke smoothed out even more and picked up more power. The SMP was too narrow for me to be anchored properly and supported – the comfort had distracted me from noticing it. Changing my saddle was going to get me major gains.
Finally, we looked at how I was supported at my feet. A long time ago, at Interbike, I’d been fitted for cycling specific orthotics. These were made by e-soles and I had been custom fitted by a gregarious and extremely knowedgable Irish man called Paraic. I have since told people that I wished I lived near Paraic so I could pick his brains on bike fit. His insoles had helped a lot when they were first made. After four years they had worn out – my physio had been bugging me to sort out a replacement, but most of my options didn’t seem like they were much good. It was a happy surprise to me that (i) Cycling Edge have e-soles semi-custom orthotics and (ii) Peter has done training with Paraic and is in regular contact with him. Paraic now runs his own fitting business (FASTER) in the US after years with Serotta and e-soles . Peter had a good look over my feet, we set up some insoles and put them in my shoes and I jumped back on the bike.
At this point I felt something I haven’t felt in a while – comfortable pedaling, with hip, knees and feet aligned and my back not locking up. I wasn’t fighting my bike, I was riding it. Along the way, my bars had been raised a bit too and pushed away from my body, meaning I was better supported at the front end and not reaching awkwardly. I was supported at my feet, at my seat and my hips were opened up properly. Despite being more stretched out, it was now much easier to flatten my back and ride in the drops. I was more aero despite a theoretically less aggressive position with raised bars (well… without a tunnel it’s hard to tell 100%… but I was lower and straighter) .
The whole process took a bit over three hours. Peter is thorough. Measurements are taken, injury history considered, different solutions are tried and, if they don’t work, rejected. Peter’s approach does not seem dogmatic, but instead involves the application of a careful and empirical methodology to personalize a solution to one’s needs on the bike. Peter managed to solve problems I didn’t know I had – it is only after riding the new position that I realize that not just my hips and knees were wrong, but my back was off too, my ankles were wrong… improving all these things has hugely improved my comfort on the bike.
A few weeks later, I am still adapting to the new position, but it is clear to me that it is better. I still need to work with my physiotherapist and rebuild my hip strength and flexibility – a fact that Peter himself pointed out during the fit. The difference is, now when I am going out on the bike, I am not locking up and undoing any good work I’ve done in the gym or on the swiss ball or the stretching mat. I ride out through Warrandyte with my old man probably every second weekend. I met him for a ride the other week and he asked me how I was going. I started babbling… it’s great… things so much better… and after two minutes, dad worked out I was talking about my bike fit. He said “I thought you were going to say you had worked out the meaning of life or metaphysics, the way you were talking”. Feeling good on the bike, enjoying the hills… it’s not the meaning of life, but it’s helped a lot.
TL;DR: I thought I was fitted fine, I was wrong. After a Cycling Edge fit from Peter, I feel hugely better on the bike and injury problems that I’ve been working on with my physio are improving much more rapidly than before I was fit.”
Cam does his mid race stretching routine!
Cheers Cam, I look forward to the coffee tour of San Fran!