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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Cycling Weekly reviews the Z5

Happy days !

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Jeremy's TT

This one is a cracker!
Jeremy lives in Hong Kong and already has a Parlee Z4. This summer he emailed me to say he was looking at getting a TT bike, and when he was next in London could he come in for a fitting....
As Jeremy has never had a TT bike before (he used to do his Triathlons on a road bike) we did a number of fits to get him used to the new position. Luckily he was over on business in London on 3 occasions, so we did 3 separate fittings to dial in the position

It all got very tight at the end - he ordered the bike 3 weeks ago and was only in London for 1 day, so we had 3 weeks to order the frame, the parts (and there is some serious exotica here) have it arrive and built up

Jeremy arrived in London yesterday at 9 am and we did one last fitting (palying around with extension lengths and shapes etc) before Jean had to cable the bike up and then I had to put t in a bike bo before Jeremy's flight that evening
So it was slightly stressful, as we knew we had a defined period to get it ready or jeremy was going on the place without his new bike....

As you can see it all came out alright in the end, and we are thrilled with the result:

This is a XL TT bike with the 'ghost' decals
Jeremy eventually went for 3T LTD aerobars with Ski-extensions, Shimano Di2 and the new sublime Zipp 404 carbon clinchers

Jeremy's first race on it is this weekend and I have begged him for some race photos from Hong Kong

The 'ghost' decals look wonderfully subtle on this bike and contrast perfectly with the rich dark clearcoat

Di2 - once you try it on a TT bike you will never go back !

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Andrew's Z5

Yawn - another lovely build !
Andrew picked up his bike today - he was really pleased and said it looked MUCH better than he ever thought it would (apologies for the iPhone photos)
He actually gave me a row - saying the website does not do the Z5 justice !

This is a ML Tall with DA 7900, Zipp 404 clinchers, 3T contact points and the uber cool Prologo TR saddle
We evern got some Ultremo tyres put on to complete the monochrome look !

Rob's Z5

A simple cracker!

Robs new Parlee Z5 ML with the Tall HT and a custom finish
I really like the monochrome, less is more, look. A cracking build - Super Record, de-badged Mavic Carbon Tubs, Easton Carbon bars + post (though we change the post to something abit more subtle) and the world famous Bespoke Team saddle

Ultan's Z5

This is for Ultan - who does lots of work with Rpaha and was ding the cent Col Challenge recce
He needed an uber light climbing bike so came to us and this is what we arrived with

Ultan is a graphic designer and designed the 'look' of the bike himself
Its a mixture of ghost decals with a custom Rapha logo
The rest of the build is modern classic - DA 7900 and wheels and Deda shall bars

Jeff's IF SSR single speed

Is this the most indulgent Single Speed we have done in a while
Quite possibly !

Jeff's IF custom Stainless steel Single speed built with Record cranks, Phil Wood hubs (fixed and SS options), Easton EC90SL bar, Ritchey Stem, Record brake levers and calipers, CK headset, Selle Italia Carbonio saddle and an Edge fork

Nice !

An new era

And sure to upset some people!
I am ery pleased to say we are now Trek dealers and will focusing mainly on the Project one and the Speed Concept TT/Tri bikes
I think this TT bike is truly cutting edge and the best of the modern 'super bikes'
But because its not built, or measured, in the conventional sense getting the correct fit on it is crucial
Which is where I hope we come in !

We have already taken orders for some absolutely cracking builds - SRMs, DI2, Zipp discs etc etc
This will be fun !

Jeff's Z1 custom

This bike was a LONG time coming - the paint alone took ages
But it was worth the wait

Its a Z1 custom with full DA and wheels

Can you tell Jeff is a massive Grateful Dead fan?
Jeff was pleased as well which is the main thing
" I was stunned. the bike truly looks amazing. sometimes the wait is worth it!!!"