Two Stunning Parlees Leave Us
It’s not every day that we deliver two Parlees! Particularly two that are each stunning for very different reasons. This week saw us do just that – this is that story: A Tale of Two Parlees.
Will came to us looking for an upgrade to his Cervélo which he found to be a little uncomfrotable and not as fast as he’d like. He quickly settled on the Parlee Altum for the replacement.
The Altum is renowned for being an exceptionally comfortable yet fast and light frame set, so it fit the bill perfectly.
Will chose the standard paint for this build – a beautiful high-gloss flecked black with contrasting silver flecked high-gloss in-fill on the fork and both seat and chain stays. This standard paint option also has strategically placed platinum highlights and platinum head tube badge. For the build, Will decided on a complete SRAM Red 22 eTap groupset, a pair of HED Ardennes Black wheelset (fantastic and very stealthy all-black rims with a special treatment and texture to the brake surface that affords superior braking and a finish that will not wear off with use). For the cockpit we used Enve, the saddle is a Specialized S-Works Power, the tyres are the super-fast Specialized Turbo Cotton, pedals are Speedplay Cro-Mo and bartape is Supacaz Super Sticky Kush. The final weight? 6.3 kilograms without pedals!!
One of nice touches with the Parlee Altum is the ability to run any groupset you like – at any time. Should Will want to change groupsets in the future, and wish to return to a mechanical option, it’s a simple matter of changing the frame fittings! Simple, elegant and future-proof.
Jim came to us all the way from Bangkok, with a remit that was difficult to refuse – “I want a bike that’s comfortable, fast, loves to climb and is well made from a reputable maker, but one that must also stand out and be as visible as possible, preferably something that’s basically flurescent” Jim wasn’t wanting to show off or be gaudy, he had a very practical reason for wanting to be visible – Bangkok drivers won’t see you unless you REALLY stand out!
It’s not every day that we get that sort of request, and so we happily accepted the challenge.
Jim chose the Parlee Altum as the starting point for his new build mostly because it met his comfort, weight and speed needs. The ability to have the frame set painted to his exact specifications was a pleasant surprise (as was the icing on the cake – colour matched stem and seat post).
In order to keep functionality up and cost down, Jim chose an Ultegra Di2 6800 groupset – fantastic shifting, great reliability, reasonable price and comparatively light. Since he’d saved a little on the groupset, Jim decided to opt for Enve SES 3.4 wheels to go with the custom colour matched Enve cockpit. Ultegra SPD/SL pedals and some Supacaz Super Sticky Kush bartape along with some ‘Oil Slick’ Arundel bottle cages finished things off nicely.
Jim’s already been out on the maden voyage, and to say he’s happy would be an understatement – don’t take our word for it, here’s what he had to say via text after finishing that first ride:
“I only have one problem with the bike…I should of got one 10 years earlier!
Totally different to what I came from. It is a compact setup which is good. I confidently get out of the saddle which I hadn’t been doing for years. It is fast and direct yet smooth.
I got bailed up 3 times at the lights with cyclists and motorcyclists giving me compliments. Will have to get used to that I suppose.
The electric shifting is insane and far surpassed what I was expecting…
It is amazing to look back at how I was setup and riding with the above niggles and how I just accepted (and grown with) them as my ride compared to now.
It is hard to believe…I am beyond happy and looking forward to riding tomorrow before heading off.
I am going to give this bike a lot of use!
That sort of feedback makes the effort we put in to each and every customer’s bike worthwhile. We wish you many, many years of happy riding Jim (and yes, you’ll have to get used to all those compliments!).
To start putting your dream bike together, visit the Parlee Cycles Website, then come and talk to us about making that dream a reality.