@lobular and dgasmd
"These things won't sell."
Ha! It'll sell. It will sell damn well.
Pinarello Dogma, that's why.
Hell, any high-end model from a known brand, that's why.
It will sell.
It appears to be one of the first framesets that is intentionally designed around the concept of the rider using a water bottle. Shocking, I know.
Many other 'aero' frames perform testing without a water bottle in place. It's fairly evident when you look at the brand-provided images as well: where is the water bottle?
Either that, or maybe Parlee just wants you to think they've designed it for aeroness with water bottle. They can't be held responsible if people jump to the wrong conclusion.
Good point, we won't know for sure. Simultaneously there are those who were shitting their pants for the Specialized Venge when it came out, and those who criticized it (myself included in the latter group). The new Felt AR series gets recently introduced, and people are shitting their paints over how aero it is... yet... not necessarily designed for a water bottle and it is pointed out that other designed frames are more aero with a water bottle. The same sort of scenario (aesthetics splitting the crowd) came around with the Cervelo S5, Giant Propel, etc:...) So it's really just speculation and opinions, really.
A proper aero assessment is in order, but even that is hard to come by: magazines only do it so often, restricted by budget and whether a mfg will give them a frame or not, then they also have their own interests for sponsorship (that question will never
go away with media, sorry Caley @ VeloNews), and then there's that question of how
it was tested: dummy? no dummy? torso? moving legs? water bottles? cages? Wheels? No wheels? Standard components?
We might as well find out how many licks it takes to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop. That might be more definitive at this point.
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