Any info would be appreciated!
But I read some critisim about Bob Parlee's ability design bikes - Can't seem to find the link again!
Anyways I would also like to hear if anyone have had negative experience with the Company. Always nice to know what to expect if I get problems of some sort.
Buy one you wont regret it
Beans wrote:the only reviews i read are ecstatic joyful reviews from gerriatric grandfondo riders.
I would suspect that is because that demographic are in the best position to be able to afford one.
Giant carbon something vintage 2000, Santa cruz roadster, Look kg381i, cervelo soloist alu, cerveloR25, Cervelo R3 and now a Parlee Z4.
I have also ridden quite a bit Look585 and 595Ultra (not mine).
I do not race, and weigh ~85Kg as of today. riding a medium frame. i appreciate a stiff bike with a comfortable ride.
I would say that comparing the Parlee (Z4) to the Cervelo R3 (known as a very stiff / racy bike), the Parlee is just as stiff (i cannot tell a difference in stiffness), yet it is much, much more comfortable and has a much more refined ride.
It built just as light as the cervelo (maybe 100gr more, hitting 7.3Kg with record10, neutron clinchers, Ea70 stem/HBar, Ec90 post, LookPP396 pedals and Selle something seat. no weenie parts on that bike).
If i compare the Look595Ultra to the Z4 than i would say the 595Ultra is a tiny bit stiffer (totally neglect-able) and maybe has a bit more refined ride.
Only bike i would consider swapping the Z4 for is the Look595 Origin, or a look585.
This is probably not driven by the ride characteristics, rather is driven by the fact that i really want a look, it is one of the sexiest bikes on the planet in my eyes ( ), and has a ride that is similar/a tiny bit more refined than the Z4.
I do not race any more, but (i believe) i do know how to appreciate a bike; you probably will never regret getting a Z4.
Take the Z4.
If you still hesitate, picking a 585Ultra/595 is a darn good idea as well.
-UD carbon & UD carbon lugs (I think they just wrap the 3k lugs with UD carbon so they are double wrapped, which is good. It would only add stiffness and just a little weight)
-168 Head tube length
-I am 5'11
-130 lbs (yes not huge)
-33 years old.
I have had my Z3 for 2 1/2 years and ride in 12-18 hrs a week. I originally had an issue when I ordered mine becuse is was off in the measurments (in the processes of making a carbon frame things can change a little bit and they did). So they made me a completly new frame.
With the help of Tom at Parlee and the LBS (customer service is only as good as your LBS is) all was taken care of. I almost canceled the order because it was going to take 2 more months, but descided to continue and get the frame.
Tom at Parlee & the LBS made sure it was that the beginning of the line so it would be made ASAP. And it was.
Parlee was great with this and the LBS was great as well.
You can't go wrong with a company that has their type of busness mentality (i.e. We just want to make good bikes).
I spoke with Tom at Interbike and I don't think he would me mind quoteing him. I asked him why Parlee didn't have a booth, he said (in a nutshell),"It's just not how we do business, we just want to make good bikes for shops and people who want them".
Now to the bike. I have ridden it a lot.
-I ride 12-18 hrs a week (training & racing)
It really is the best balance between light/stiff/agile/smooth
I use the term smooth because I think it is more appropriate that comfortable. (comfortable sounds too soft. I is definatly not soft, but it is definatly not harsh.
I know Madcow from FWB has expressed similar thoughts and I believe he has a Z1, Z3, Z4, and I bet he has a Z5 now as well, which says something positive. (I could be wrong, I don't want to put words in his mouth).
I have spend a hard hour on it for hillclimbs and I really like it's quickness and lightweght.
I also, spent 12 hours on it for a 206 mile race as well, without any real soreness.
(And I primarily use a Sella Italia SLR kit carbonio saddle, 125-ish grams, NOT VERY SOFT)
I am not a geriactric, but I am not a Petacchi either (bad spelling I am sure).
I think the layed-up carbon to the precisely cut tubing that make it feel so precise.
If it is in the budget I don't believe you will ever regret it.
The only regret people have is when they get one and they really prefer the Ferrari look (pina, colnago paint, flashy graphics etc..) but you will never regret the ride. I 'm quite certain.
Hope this is helpfull.
Prior to taking the Z4, i had some Pm's going back-n-forth between me and Pez on this forum (Charles Manantan ?), and he clearly recommended this frame as one of the best options available today.
this guy has ridden them all (Colnagos, Parlees, Looks and much more), and thinks this is as good a choice as any other top pick.
you can read his review here http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=6001
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