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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 4:40 am 
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Well, I bit the bullet and am taking a plunge back into the world of carbon. Found a great deal on a 2014 Parlee Z5 SLi so I bought it and just got done unboxing. This is a mostly temporary build as shown (maybe not).

Weight is 6,050g with the Reynolds 32's.

I rode around the garage and like the TRP's, so I'll probably keep them for now. Should I keep the red or replace with black TRP's?

Updated Build List as of 9/12/2014:
Frame: Parlee Z5 SLi 54
Fork: Parlee Enve 1.0 Tapered
Hanger: Parlee
Headset: Cane Creek
Seatpost clamp: Parlee Carbon 16g
Seatpost: New Ultimate Evo UD 350mm 116g
Seat: Mcfk 130mm UD 79g
Stem: Enve 100mm 120g
Bar: 3T Stealth Team Ergonova 42cm 205g
Bartape: Deda Elementi 25g
bottle cages and hardware: Arundel Mandibel w/ Al bolts 57g
Outer Cables: Jagwire (front brake is Alligator iLinks at 9g vs 20g)
Inner Cables: Jagwire
Brakes: TRP R960SL
Front derailleur: SRAM Red Yaw
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red 2013
Crankset: SRAM Red Quark GXP 788g
Bottom Bracket: Chris King PF30
Chainrings: SRAM Red Yaw
Chainring bolts: SRAM Red
Chain: SRAM 1091r
Shifters: SRAM Red 2013
Cassette: SRAM XG-1090 11-23 135g
Wheels: Reynolds Thirty Two's 1080g
Tires: Veloflex Carbons 550g
Pedals: Tuned Speedplay Ti 171g
Polar/garmin/computer mounts: K-edge

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Current Config (5,874g on 9/12/14, more high res pictures on page 2):

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:24 am 
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We'll done. I kind of like the red brake adding a little color to a very stealthy look. Nothing wrong with being a little different. :beerchug:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 5:06 pm 
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Me too, I think the brakes look very good.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:25 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:28 pm 
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What an amazing build! Leave the brakes red, they are just that little bit that break it up from being very boring. And they grab that little bit of red on your Red shifters. Beautiful

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:59 pm 
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Agreed! The red is a nice touch! Lovely bike!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:51 am 
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That looks incredibly stealthy. Love the red brakes.



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:58 am 
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Nice looking bike. Much prefer the aesthetics to the Altum. This is a keeper

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:47 pm 
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Score!
I'm not a fan if the brakes but the colour is a nice contrast.
It's got some good kit going on.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:50 pm 
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looks great! nice to have some colour... black on black on black is overdone.

my only qualms are the seat and post. mainly the post.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:50 pm 
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I agree, the hump on the post bothers me. I'll probably get the New Ultimate UD post.

I've logged a few hundred miles on it, and I'm truly impressed with it. It retains the liveliness of my Litespeed while being stiffer in the right areas. I raced a crit last weekend (and got 3rd) with a tight 180* turn on each lap. Jumping out of the turn, the stiffness was very noticeable. However, climbing up a steep climb out of the saddle doesn't have that feeling that the Tarmac SL4 did where the BB just did not move, almost as if you were pedaling with a cement wall between your legs.

The other difference I immediately noticed was how smooth it was, especially on broken roads. Having demoed the Tarmac and a few other carbon bikes, they all transmitted a lot more road vibration than my Litespeed and rough roads just sucked. The Parlee is somehow even better than the Litespeed on rough roads. I descended a local descent that I've done dozens of times, with extremely broken, chewed up tarmac and I was able to fly through it faster than I've ever done it. The Parlee just stuck to the road. It was amazing.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with my choice to go for the Parlee. I don't feel like I'm giving anything up over the Ti frame, while getting a lot more.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:25 pm 
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:P how is the brakes compare to the red aero brakes or DA 9000?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 8:47 pm 
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I haven't used the DA9000. They seem to be better than the SRAM Red Aerolinks, but it's been half a year since I've used those.

I'll have an update soon. I put the 3T Ergonova Stealth bars on, did a little recabling and a light 25g Deda tape job. Oh, and I have a New Ultimate Evo UD post coming today!

Without the new post, I'm down to 5,944g, should be down to 5,870 or so with the new post. It's supposed to be 114g @ 350mm with no suggested insertion range (???), so I'm thinking I can safely chop 10cm off, and maybe get it to the low 100's :twisted:

I'll post a pic with the 32's and new post once I get around to it.

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Berry nice


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 1:38 am 
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I'm happy with my new to me parlee z5i as well.. not quite a light as yours ( enve clinchers and cockpit ) 9070 drivetrain. Just under 15lbs.. I have a few places to shave but not much unless I want to drop power meter . Sorry for the crappy angle. My red alchemy ELF front hub is a no match but it's not important enough for me to change.

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