Parlee RZ7

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
Multirider
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by Multirider

I love riding my RZ7. I’ve ridden and raced multiple Cannondale SuperSixes, a Specialized Venge, and other bikes. The Parlee RZ7 has a smoother ride yet still connected to the road, is stable at speed (>45mph is not my forte, glad to have a bike that builds confidence), effortlessly carves canyons in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, and puts a smile on my face every time I see it in the garage. I had to revise the seat wedge to keep the seatpost from slipping, but that was easy. I added a small sliver of a plastic package strap under the wedge so it would tighten just a little more and that did the trick, no more seatpost slippage. Other than that,no issues, just the joy of riding!

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Multirider
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by Multirider

As others have commented, the way the stock RZ7 cycle computer mount causes the computer to sit well above the bars seems strange. It is aesthetically displeasing and less aero than being inline with the bars. My son-in-law is an industrial designer and produced a prototype computer mount that moves the computer lower and closer to the bars. It likely will be a few grams lighter as well. Please see the attached picture (shown in the pictures attached to the faceplate from the stem). He lives in a different state and will be mailing it to me, so I don’t have it yet. I’m very excited about it!

He is willing to make more for others, PM me if you’re interested.
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FactoryMatt
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by FactoryMatt

mount looks good!

-if you contact Parlee, they will send you an updated seat wedge that fits a little tighter.

bespoke
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by bespoke

Send that design to Parlee !
Their mount annoys me - apparently a new one is coming...

I love my RZ7 - I dont think of it like an aero aero bike like the Venge or S5 I have.
They feel like a Porsche GT3 - amazing, but a narrower brief
The RZ7 is like a Porsche turbo; mixture of sports car and GT

The RZ7 is fast enough to race on, but its real qualities emerge on 5hr rides
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FactoryMatt
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by FactoryMatt

that's a great analogy. the wiring is packaged in there pretty tight just like a rear-engined porsche too lol.

it really is an all-around amazing DD.

bespoke
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by bespoke

I love using car anologies
"Its like a BMW M5 - you can pootle in, and also rag it"
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Multirider
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by Multirider

Prototype installed, I’ve asked him if he can lower it another 5mm and lengthen 5mm for a bit more access to the Garmin buttons. He is willing to do custom lengths if you’re interested.
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kode54
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by kode54

bespoke wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 7:06 am
...The RZ7 is fast enough to race on, but its real qualities emerge on 5hr rides
I have a Parlee ESX that I am ready to retire...and possibly replace with the RZ7. I could ride the ESX on centuries, no issues as it was comfortable and somewhat light.
- Factor 02 Disc + DA9170 + Enve 4.5AR CK CL hubs
- Moots Vamoots Disc RSL Titanium + DA9170 + Enve 3.4AR CK CL hubs
- Parlee Chebacco + DA9170 + Enve G23 CK CL hubs
- Allied Able + DA9170 + Enve G27 CK CL hubs

FactoryMatt
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by FactoryMatt

kode54 wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 10:27 pm
bespoke wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 7:06 am
...The RZ7 is fast enough to race on, but its real qualities emerge on 5hr rides
I have a Parlee ESX that I am ready to retire...and possibly replace with the RZ7. I could ride the ESX on centuries, no issues as it was comfortable and somewhat light.
you'd enjoy the experience. it's categorically different than the rest in your stable and i'd argue would make a couple of them obselete :) not to mentioned it'd do those deep dish Enves proud.

chrisconstantin
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by chrisconstantin

Hey Matt,

Any chance, with all your fiddling with it, you can see a way to use a regular stem on the bike (or possibly something integrated from another brand)? I need a stem on that geometry that is -10 or -12, the -6 wont work for me. Was wondering if you saw a way around it. Would also allow for a true aero bar if it could work. Glad you're loving the bike, I bought a 3T and I am not loving it, and I was thinking about swapping into a Parlee and dumping the Strada Due I have.

FactoryMatt
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by FactoryMatt

chrisconstantin wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:57 am
Hey Matt,

Any chance, with all your fiddling with it, you can see a way to use a regular stem on the bike (or possibly something integrated from another brand)? I need a stem on that geometry that is -10 or -12, the -6 wont work for me. Was wondering if you saw a way around it. Would also allow for a true aero bar if it could work. Glad you're loving the bike, I bought a 3T and I am not loving it, and I was thinking about swapping into a Parlee and dumping the Strada Due I have.
interesting to hear about the 3T. how do you know you need a -10 or -12? have you compared a size down? reach too short even with a longer stem?

yea you can use a regular stem actually. there's a little trap door in the downtube that's intended to be replaced with cable stops for conventional routing. so, you dont HAVE to run integrated cables, but they will be exposed.

you can use any 1.25 steerer stem. Zipp makes one (comes with a shim). Deda makes one. Giant "Overdrive 2" stems will also work. the Parlee frame will come with said cable stop. routing the front hose is still an issue though, if you don't route it thru a hole in the center of whatever bars youre using and thru the stem. i'd call Parlee and get their take on how to best approach it.

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