New Parlee Z5

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by joemk12

Just got my Z5 built up using Fitwerx in Peabody, MA (Great shop) here's the details:
Frame: Parlee Z5 M/L Tall
Crank: SRAM Red BB30 (175 - 50/34)
Brakes: SRAM Red Black
Shifters: SRAM Red
Front D: SRAM Force
Rear D: SRAM XX medium cage
Cassette: SRAM XG-1099 (11-32) this thing is a work of art !!!!
Bar: 3T ErgonovaTeam (44cm)
Stem: 3T Arx Team (90cm)
Seatpost: 3T Dorico Team (350mm)
Chain: KMC X10SL (silver)
Saddle: Selle San Marco Regale Carbon FX
Pedals: Speedplay X-2
Wheels: Boyd 50mm Carbon Clinchers 24 x 28 spokes (ghost decals)
Tires: Conti Grand Prix 4000S (700x23)

total weight w/ pedals = 15.17lbs

Garmin Edge 500 Red bundle
Arundel Mandible cages
Arundel Dual Seat bag

One VERY happy boy !!!!!! my other ride is a 1987 custom Marinoni that's been rebuilt about 7 years ago with Campy Centaur. She still rides like a dream but felt it was time to make the move to something current so Parlee got the nod.
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by Ozrider

:welcome: interesting build using the XX rear derailleur and a 32 cassette. SRAM has just brought out a medium cage Red derailleur and cassette, an option I'm looking at instead of compact cranks for a few Alpine Challenge rides I'm prepping for.
The new Parlee colour scheme looks really nice. How about a ride report?
Enjoy riding your Z5, they are awesome all round machines
Ozrider - Western Australia
Parlee Z5 XL (6055g/13.32lbs) Trek Madone 5.9 (7052-7500g)Jonesman Columbus Spirit (8680g)
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by joemk12

Living in New Hampshire it's fairly hilly plus being 54 and had some past heart issues I just don't have the climbing capacity I used to sooooo Dean at Fitwerx uses this setup for the Mt. Washington hill climb on his Z5 so if it worked for him ...... I'm new to SRAM so took a few miles to get used to the Double Tap vs Campy shifting but really like this setup. Using the Force front derailleur work perfectly with the SRAM Red stuff. I did have the new YAW front d. but the SRAM rep was at the shop when I showed up and said don't even put that thing on, go with the Force and you'll be happy, he was right (I have the 2011 Red not 2012).

As for the ride, today at lunch I did my usual 13 mile loop and without hammering just riding as I usually do I bested my time by 2min 20 seconds CRAZY !!!!! My past ride is a 1987 custom Marinoni (Columbus SL/SP tubing) with Campy Ventoux wheels, it weighs in around 23lbs. The Parlee is just over 15lbs with 50mm carbon clinchers so that combo really does make a difference. Sure maybe I was going somewhat harder but 2min 20 seconds over just 13 miles, never did I think it would make that big of a difference. The ride itself is pretty amazing, my Marinoni still rides like a dream but this thing is a point and shoot weapon. No wasted movement at all and once you get above 18mph it "feels" like it just wants to go, that's where I'm making up time for sure, this thing maintains speed very differently than the Marinoni.

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by AGW

Beautiful bike! How do you like your saddle?

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by joemk12

I've ridden this saddle since day one on my Marinoni, this one is just the updated wicked lite carbon model and it's just as comfortable (for me) as the original.

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by AshesDust

Looks awesome. Z5's are an amazing bike.

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