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Our new test bike, the Parlee Z1

by Anthony Little |

We've just finished putting 2000 hard winter miles on our Pinarello Kobh (see the post on that awesome bike here) and we're ready for a new ride. There are a few directions we can go in and at the top of the list was our new custom painted Parlee Z5, but we are still waiting for a few parts on that so it was decided to go with the Parlee Z1.
This is not a new bike by a long stretch, but based on how the Parlee Z3 performs (post here) we are expecting the same if not an even better experience. The fact that this bike has stood the test of time is proof of just how right Bob Parlee got it the first time around. And after a week of riding it I can attest to how good this bike really is, but more on that later. For now, here's a few shots of the bike and how we built it for our personal review... Enjoy!



Parlee Z1, Custom geometry. 56.5 top tube, 55cm seat tube (C-T)


  • Reynolds UL fork (yeah we know, they don't make them anymore)
  • 3T Rotundo LTD bar, 42cm
  • 3T Arx Pro Stem, 6 degree 110
  • Chris King headset
  • Chris King bottom bracket in GREEN!
  • Fizik shiny tape
  • Fizik post, aluminum
  • Fizik Antares 00 saddle
  • Shimano Dura-Ace rear derailleur
  • Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur, braze-on
  • Shimano Dura-Ace shift/brake levers
  • Shimano Dura-Ace brake calipers
  • Shimano Dura-Ace cassette 12X25
  • Shimano Dura-Ace chain
  • Shimano Dura-Ace/SRM power meter, 170mm 53X39
  • Lightweight Obermayer wheels
  • Continental Competition 22mm tires
  • Speedplay Zero Ti pedals
  • King ti cages
  • All in, 14.94lbs

Shiny Fizik tape and 3T Rotundo Ltd's


Shiny cables


Chris King headset and shifter bosses without any barrel adjusters. The Dura-Ace stuff has been perfect and have not needed to adjust shifting once, so why bother with the barrel adjusters? Also of note, Parlee does not drill their frames at all and all mounts are molded on, not riveted...


Parlee's sweet front derailleur clamp. Light as they come and super functional. You can buy these separately and use on almost any bike. Heck, even Richard Sachs uses them on his bikes!


Light wheels...


What makes a Z1 a Z1, the stays. Beautiful.


Hand wrapped tubes, gorgeous and strong. Also, the GREEN Chris King BB! Not sure why I get such a kick out of the green stuff, just not many times when you can get away with it I guess...


Shimano Dura-Ace skewers, last of the breed of great, simple quick releases...


Fizik seatpost, quickly becoming a shop favorite. Nothing really needs to be said about the Fizik saddles, we've mentioned a million times how much we love those...


Shortest stem I've used in a while due to having a custom bike. Dario Pegoretti told me that 110 is the ideal sized stem for someone my height. Bike handles great so I believe him...


Great tires


Magnet is embedded in the wheels sidewall. Nice and clean.


Beautiful ti dropouts


Again, no holes in the frame. The bolts are molded onto the frame and then nuts are used to secure the cages...


Stay tuned as we start piling the miles on this bike. It'll be getting it's first race test tomorrow at Pine Flat... Give us a call or come on by to find out more about this hand built work of art!

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