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.
Well on its way to us is this beauty ready to be added to our team of bikes at the Dirty Deeds and inaugural National Cross Series races. Should standout…..
Mitch will be aboard this if he makes it back from the mountains, coffee and pasta of Italy in time. If he doesn’t there will be a ride going!
The brief was a pair of “everyday” bikes that can go just about everywhere in comfort and be able to carry everything from the shopping to kit for an overnight rail trail ride.
With robustness the prime driver the owners “specced” Campy Athena and Campy wheels with Ritchey/Deda cockpits.
The outcome is that they are being used constantly as intended – can’t ask for more really!
This example is finished in IF’s Black Cherry.
No posts over the last few weeks but lots of activity across the country and into NZ. Paul went sailing to Tasmania to offer support to the “Giant Steps” group riding in the north west of the state and to give them the opportunity to ride our brands and got a surprise at Cradle Mountain on a friday morning!
It departed just as quickly.
Well it has arrived in store and will be parked until the frame arrives …..
We look forward to hosting a tech session with Ollie and Phil from De Grandi this afternoon.
According to Mitch he is fat, unwell and unfit – his Parlee is ripe for the taking for the first person home ahead of him who has paid $100 to The Amy Gillett Foundation before the day!
However, Mitch has a small incentive to lift his game……
After his initial reaction here is a fuller, unedited expression of his response to his new MOOTS.
“Over the years as a cyclist I have owned and raced internationally on quite a few bikes and some you love and some well they just get the job done, occasionally you get one that is just sublime.
I have only just taken possession of the one that is sublime, the Moots Vamoots RSL. For a titanium bike it has everything on offer that a top of the line Carbon racing bike can offer.
It is light , stiff and responsive and given it is titanium it is something that you can worship for a very long time. It is almost effortless to ride and can accelerate as quickly as you want it to, it holds it line descending and the finish and attention to detail is as good as you will ever see on a race bike.
I finished my 120 k ride on Saturday with an average of 38 k’s and for the whole ride I was in my small chain ring riding a 39 tooth 11 to 23 cassette with most of the time spent in the 12 through to 15 , I thought that was a pretty good effort however it wasn’t half as impressive as the bike I did the ride on, it is a rocketship.
So if you are looking for a bike that will not disappoint you in any way shape or form that will probably last you a lifetime then don’t look past the Moots Vamoots RSL.”
We have a size 56 Moots Vamoots RSL frameset with Black highlights ready for immediate delivery!
“beautiful bike, I just want something with a bit more of an edge to it” – and here it is in the shape of a MOOTS Vamoots RSL – job done!
Finally we received the matching seat post for this bike which finishes the build. We were amazed at the reaction to this Indy Fab at the Alpine Classic at Bright – more are on the way!
Fresh from a process of artisan love and care this arrived during the week. The fun of the conversations around finalising its finished specification has begun in earnest!
We have just landed Parlee Z5 frames in a mix of finishes including the new Silver Grey/Red/black combination below:
In addition we have these variations featuring “matt over matt” finishes in ENZO red and Lambo Green.
Brendan Sexton dropped by to apply some TLC and a lot of glue to his new Zipp race wheels, his bike providing a nice contrast between some of the unlimited Z5 finish options.
Riding around Gladstone the roads are not quite as smooth as Beach Road so we think one line says it all about the owner’s reaction to his new Vamoots LT below:
“She rides like a Cadillac and performs like a Porsche…I’m impressed!”
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!
You seen the bikes before and after, so now how do you get your bike and you back to shiny as new. The DD CX Flyer is a pointer to the ritualised clean up routine following Sunday’s mud fest.
We held out as long as we could but have been prevailed upon to offer a secret viewing here (sorry about the orientation – tips on correcting welcome!):
Thought we would pop the newly arrived HED Tri spokes into our shop PARLEE TT. Apparently still the fastest there is in all conditions….and they look fantastic to boot!
Here are some further shots of the first Cielo Cross and Sportif frames that have been rushed to us by the team at Chris King.
We are offering the full range of Cielo frames as an”ensemble” including Chris King headset, bottom bracket and matching Classic or R45 hub set , or as frameset alone. The Cross and Sportif steel ensembles are available in 17 frame sizes and will be available directly from Cycling Edge for $3,850.
While both will be available for test rides shortly, the Upright Orange Cielo Cross will debut at Dirty Deeds this weekend in single speed format featuring PAUL Components hardware in the build. While we have the King hubs built into rims, Paul will have to suffer with car,bon tubulars and Dugast singles.
The Transit Grey Sportif offers so many finishing options we will let it evolve in time to accept its new wheelset. The process, like the bike, will be fun!
Build shots of the Cross will be posted shortly.
Now available for test rides, this Parlee Z1 features a Zipp Course SL cockpit, Mandible gloss weave cages and 30mm Topolino wheels. Smooth as silk to ride. All future Z1,2 and 3 Di2 builds will be fully internal.
Picked up yesterday and out this morning. Here is the body of the owner’s email to us today.
“Hey (Guys), took the new Z5 SL fighter jet out for a quick test flight today.
What can I say, this thing is unbelievable. More like a magic carpet than a bicycle. Effortless speed combined with sublime comfort.
Compared to my old ride I’d estimate this bike gives me around 45 seconds up Arthurs Seat for the same effort – I came within 20 seconds of my PB this morning into a headwind going at about 85% maximum effort.”
In a follow up phone call he said he is still amazed that the bike is so different and “I couldn’t be happier” was the conclusion.
Ian had something of an epiphany (no that is not a saddle sore) amongst the wineries and puddles of the Hunter Valley where the benefits of his Parlee shone through. Here are his overview and some images from the adventure.
“410km over 3 days on the worst roads that NSW has to offer in shocking weather conditions, supported by a dodgy back that has already undergone one operation, on legs that had only 3 weeks to prepare, including a road race, team time trial and hill climb….all sounds like the recipe for disaster and if it wasn’t for the fact that the event was for charity (Humour Foundation, Riding for the Disabled and the University of Sydney Diabetes Research Foundation) I think I would have pulled the pin.
The Entoure Charity Ride saw more than 80 riders (consisting of 11 corporate teams) cycle from the Northern Suburbs of Sydney to the Hunter Valley and back again…in support of seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged kids…with the 10 member Datacom Victoria team raising more than $30,000.
Having not ridden these types of consecutive distances for more than 10 years (Day 1 – 160km, Day 2 – 100km and Day 3 – 150km) I was expecting my legs, lower back and neck to be in a real mess, but I was amazed as to how I coped with the distance, the pot holes in the Hunter Valley, the pace of the racing and the hill climbing. I can only put this down to my Parlee Z3 that not only looked fantastic but dealt with everything that was thrown at it…..and was stiff and light enough for me to bring home the bacon in a couple of the competitive events.
Entoure is an organization with a shared passion for kids, sport and life who currently run cycle events to give kids, doing it tough, a reason to smile. The Entoure Hunter Valley Charity Ride supports seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged kids and our beneficiaries will be the Humour Foundation, Riding for the Disabled,and the University of Sydney Diabetes Research Foundation. 85% of the Gross Value of all donation funds raised is directed to support these well deserving charities.”
We are excited to announce that effective immediately, any PARLEE Z1, Z2, Z3, CX, Tour can be ordered with internal wiring for Shimano Di2.
Along with the announcement of this (frequently asked for) feature we are also announcing the immediate availability of Press-Fit 30 (PF30) standard on the Z1, Z2, Z3, CX and Tour models. The larger 46mm, all carbon bottom bracket standard, released last year by SRAM has the widest range of support from crank set vendors and allows for the clean internal routing of the Di2 wiring.
Campagnolo cups are now shipping from all major distributors and Shimano crank sets can be run using Wheels Manufacturing spacers with the SRAM bearings. It is our intention to release our own native Shimano cups as we did when we first launched BB30 on the Z5 range, but we do not have a date yet available.
Can I get English threaded bottom brackets still? Yes, we continue to offer English as a no charge option on the Z1/2/3, CX and Tour models but internal wiring is not available with an English BB as there is simply not enough space for the cables to pass. Elect Press-Fit 30 (PF30) at time of order if internal Di2 wiring is desired.
Is BB30 still available? Technically, yes, but we are recommending Press-Fit 30 as an enhanced version of BB30 on our custom bikes. Bearing installation and service is easier and ultimately the larger bore (46mm vs 42mm) is lighter as the bore removes the sleeve that we needed in our all carbon implementation of BB30 in the Z1/2/3, CX and Tour models.
Can my existing Z1/2/3, CX and Tour be retrofitted for internal Di2? At this time, no. We co-mold in specially designed composite reinforcements inside the tube sections where the Di2 wiring enters the frame. Any Z1/2/3, CX and Tour made prior to April 2011 is not specified with this and should not be retrofitted for internal Di2 wiring.
Is the external Di2 wiring package still available? Yes, we are still offering the dedicated Di2 wiring package that we introduced last year. This can be specified at time of order. The custom battery mount introduced in 2010 is standard in both wiring packages.
What wiring harness do I need for this? Can the frame be pre-wired? We have the complete specs on all the necessary harnesses and we can sell them as part of the frame kit, no problems. We can also pre-install the wiring harnesses as needed.
What cups do I need? For SRAM, just order a SRAM Press-Fit 30 (PF30) Bottom Bracket, Stainless or Ceramic. For Campagnolo, order OS-Fit Cups 46mm. For Shimano order a SRAM Press-Fit 30 (PF30) Bottom Bracket and wheels manufacturing BB30 to Shimano 24mm spacer kit. We will be stocking a limited number of all of these parts if there any any issues sourcing them.
What happened to not drilling holes? We still try to drill as few holes as possible for structural integrity. This has been one of the reasons why Parlee frames last so long. Durability is not an afterthought. Holes are OK if they are properly engineered for, which in the case of our internal Di2 wiring set up, they are. We use a specially designed composite backer that reinforces the areas where the cable passages are located to prevent any hidden damage. The cable passages are precisely located and cut using diamond tools which do not break the fibers the way normal drill bits can.
Do you offer internal wiring for mechanical (cable) systems? No, at this time we still prefer the ease of use and performance of externally routed (mechanical) cabling on our road bikes. We have spent a lot of time refining our carbon fiber/titanium cable stops and think that there are few parts that match their refinement, so we are not changing them at this time.
Is this offered on Z4, Z5 or Z5 SL? At this time, no. These models are not able to be run with internal Di2. We do offer our custom carbon battery mount for clean, chain stay mounting of the battery which prevents any disruption to the main triangle water bottle cage mounts.
How about internal Di2 on the TT? Yes, we offer internal Di2 on both out custom and stock TT frame sets.
What is the cost? There is no additional charge at this time on the Z1,2,3, CX or Tour models for the Di2 internal package or PF 30 bottom bracket. Both are defined during the order process and specified in our CAD drafts.
New for 2011 is the Z5 painted finish shown below. You can ofcourse finish your bike just how you like it. Give us a call to discuss the options and associated pricing and leadtime.
You can view the entire Parlee range by following this link to download the latest Catalogue.
*Prices subject to change without notice.
A couple of quick shots of this custom Z1 before its eager owner whisked it away. The overcast conditions didn’t allow the carbon to light up but we will have other opportunities.
I must get the other recent delivery along side this bike – the contrast between 50cm and 61cm top tubed frames with similar build spec will be interesting.