Sad news for me again, my 9 months old Parlee Z5SL frame cracked on the top tube as you can see below:
Coming from a Dogma, the Z5 was more nimble but as stiff; the Dogma used to climb with more momentum and power transfer was more direct. The Z5 is comfortable, weighs less and feels lighter when ridden.
I believe Parlee will warranty the frame but I was thinking to eventually try the Z1 instead and customize it for more overall rigidity. Or I could just take a new Z5SL frame again.
Looking forward to your input, especially on the Z1 VS. Z5 frame qualities.
Has your LBS looked at it?
A Z1 can be customized with whatever characteristics you request within reason. What is your weit and what type of power do you put put, I weigh 95kg and ride an XL Z5 and don't have flex or rigidity issues.
My Bottechiai frame is really stiff and rigid but unforgiving on longer rides.
The Z5 SL rides much the same as the Z5, is just slightly lighter and uses the Enve 1.0 fork instead of the 2.0 on the SL.
The Z1 will probably build up slightly heavier than the Z5SL but if you have the money to go custom, you can get the sizing, geometry and tubing stiffness etc dialed in to your exact needs.
Good luck and post the results
Parlee Z5 XL (6055g/13.32lbs) Trek Madone 5.9 (7052-7500g)Jonesman Columbus Spirit (8680g)
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RippedUp wrote:kgt wrote:179 and you fit in that frame? I seriously doubt...
Short torso, long legs. It's a medium with tall headtube. I fit perfectly.
its such a short reach of top tube and stem that im skeptical, but thats not the issue here.
A Z1 can be built just as light and with custom geometry and tubing to better fit you.
At this place, I would also think workstand clamp or even a dropped tool that grazed the tube.
Then again, it's not like this tube is without stresses. Could simply be an imperfection with the raw tube and a subsequent failure.
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