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Bike of the week: Parlee Z5 in Candy Blue

Anthony Little |

This is our latest Parlee Z5 builds which included a custom candy blue paint. With a SRAM Red build, Power Tap/Enve wheels (clincher), Zipp SC Bars, stem and post, Arundel cages and Fizik saddle and tape it weighs in at 14.7lbs.


The Parlee Z5 has nice twin seat stays which look good and are responsible for adding a bit less shock to the rider when compared to a mono stay. SRAM Red brakes look great in black and are super powerful while the Continental GP4 Season tires are the perfect choice for this time of year.

Sram Red rear derailleur in black.

We absolutely love the candy blue finish (Parlee calls this Z4 blue)! Even though this is a pretty simple paint scheme it really stands out.

A favorite saddle for most, the Fizik Antares. The saddle is bolted onto some of our favorite new components, the blacked out Zipp Service Course SL line.

Parlee is one of the few companies to actually mold the derailleur and brake stops onto their frames. Fewer holes equals more strength.

More of the new Zipp bars and stem in "Beyond Black". The bars are the "Super Short Reach" or SSR which have a slightly flattened section on top. We are now stocking the complete range of these bars, stems and seat posts.

Parlee also developed (years ago) this all carbon front derailleur clamp which is light, good looking and makes crushing the seat tube almost impossible.

Tapered Enve 2.0 fork.

The Sram Red Crank is our favorite looking BB30 crankset out there, though we'd personally love to see more sculpted chain rings. These are stiff for sure, but we know they can do better in the looks department...

SRAM Red cassette, 11X28.

The new CycleOps power meter is fabulous! SUPER light, especially as a wheel set with the ENVE rims and also the easiest power meter to move from bike to bike. These guys have come a long way and we are very happy with the new product and look forward to putting them on many bikes in the near future.

Parlee developed this carbon seat clamp as well. Complete with a titanium bolt.

Another shot of the Zipp Service Course bar and stem. Once the position has been established on this bike, all the extra spacers will be cut off. Also, we'll replace the top cap with a nice Chris King piece in black with a black aluminum bolt...


If you’re looking for that next high performance road bike give us a shout and we’ll find the best option for the type of riding you do.  Also, check out our gallery for more photo’s of Parlee (and other models) that we’ve done!  Thanks for reading…

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