Now prowling the packs of Sydney – an easy one to pick with its mix of matt and gloss finishes!
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.
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!”
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.
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….
More detail about this build and Crankstar – Brisbane’s home of cycling excellence, follow this link: /www.crankstar.com.au/?p=882
On its way to Adelaide shortly. Clear over carbon with just the gold classic downtube logos. Elegant.
One ride was all it took for the smile to appear and the order to follow…..
Two days after delivery a succinct message arrived…
“Been out three times on the bike, incredible riding experience.“
That will do!
Parlee’s Z3 with some subtle and some not quite so subtle pick highlights, Ultegra Di2 and robust wheels affords the perfect platform for future upgrades for this lady with a strong determination and lazer focus. Soon to be seen on roads just about anywhere in the world.
Some first bike really !
Well it has been a month or so now since “Stalds” got his hands on his new “every day” bike and new position after a quick review of his fit and pedal stroke. His partner Gemma, a photographer (www.gemmacarr.com.au), took the shots below for us.
You can find Andrew’s reaction to his Parlee on twitter @Stalds or you can ask him at the National CX Rounds in Melbourne this weekend. Alternatively you will find him on Strava here and there….
Can he run? Can he jump?
Perhaps an alternative is to take the red highlights and run with it. Ritchey Wet Red post/stem/bar…? Deda 35 with red highlights..? a set of Campy or Fulcrum wheels with red accents…. saddle and tape…your choice.
A nicely understated view with 2012 SRAM Red which looks like it is colour coded to the frame and “unchallenged” by the black/grey/white of the other components.
6.80kg on the button ready to race.
The devil is in the detail! A work in progress with a vexing decision around the “right” wheel choice being the final step to completion.
The crucial moment came about 35 kms out from Falls Creek. As we drove past Nick he looked the worse for wear but responded he was fine and then shouted “I’ll have the red one!” The deal was done.
Mitch’s incentive for the 2012 3 Peaks was that if he was first home he could have his choice of any bike in the shop. Over the preceding weeks he had done a few road tests and was torn for choice across various Moots, IF and Parlee models but in the end it was the SunGraphics finish on this Parlee Z3 that swayed him.
Now with the new SRAM red, Thomson post and stem and fast set of custom built wheels it will be hard to get it off him!
Time to do another design.
Next stop for both is Italy next week on a Cadence Tours Giro adventure.
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.
Our Brisbane retail partner, Steve at Crankstar in Camp Hill, continues to shine in consistently delivering outstanding individual bikes to his clients.
Here are three teasers from his Blog which can be found here at www.crankstar.com.au Enjoy!
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.
This IF Club Racer based bike is finished in Intense Blue Pearl and features a Moots Ti post and Deda cockpit and two frame lugs for a “real” pump.
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.”