Parlee Z-Zero :: ISP, Di2, and *Really* Red - now 6.31 kg

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Jman
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by Jman

One vote for gumwalls! I usually don't like them but with your bike they look really good!

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kfreytag
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by kfreytag

Lousy iPhone picture, but ENVE 4.5s with gumwalls:

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Life's too short to ride clinchers.

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Parlee Z-Zero ISP
Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

Past:
Ridley X-Fire Disc

AZR3
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by AZR3

All I can say is DAMN! I'd be afraid to ride it, too nice to get dirty lol

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fa63
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by fa63

I have to admit I was wrong about the gum walls, that looks great.

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kfreytag
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by kfreytag

Thanks, all!

I rode the 4.5s yesterday for the first time. I was beat up from a dirt ride the day before and couldn't get my heart rate over 144, so it's not a good test. They felt slow and heavy, but so did I.

They *look* good. ;-)

Another report when I'm spirited.
Life's too short to ride clinchers.

Current:
Parlee Z-Zero ISP
Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

Past:
Ridley X-Fire Disc

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kfreytag
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by kfreytag

I got the bike out with a bit more fuel in the tank, and I'm really liking the 4.5s.

They handle the crosswinds well (predictably) and have absolutely the best braking surface of any carbon rim I've ridden (and I've ridden a few). They outshine all of ENVE's offerings, though I understand that the 2.2s have a yet-better braking surface.

They aren't the lightest wheels in the world, and I do climb a ton (> 100 ft. per mile throughout the year), but they don't feel sluggish. Now that I've got the pressures right (90 F / 95 R with 25mm tires), I'm not bouncing off every road imperfection.

I still think the CCUs may be my favorite wheel of all time. Need to put them back on for a back-to-back comparison.

'course, the CCUs don't stop... ;-)
Life's too short to ride clinchers.

Current:
Parlee Z-Zero ISP
Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

Past:
Ridley X-Fire Disc

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arizonahalfnhalf
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by arizonahalfnhalf

This bike is just...... I can't.

The red paint. The gumwalls.

!!!!!!!!!

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