Introducing Parlee to Bike Gallery×

In Beverly, a small town of 40,000, 50km away from Boston a former manufacturer of performance racing boats has been making some of the most desirable bicycles going around. It is perhaps fitting that Beverly, the birthplace of the US Navy is home to Parlee Cycles, where for the past 20 years Bob Parlee has been making carbon fibre bicycles of the finest quality. 

At Bike Gallery we have been admirers of Mr Parlee's work from afar. His bikes are no-nonsense, with a focus on quality and customisation that allows him to craft frames for 5" climbing goats to the burliest sprinters and clydesdales out there. When late last year Bike Gallery was given the opportunity to start stocking Parlee we were all too eager to bring them into the store. We now have a few frames avaiable in the shop to look at, or perhaps even begin your next bike build.

Firstly, the Z-Zero represents the pinnacle of custom carbon bike design. The choice in terms of customisation is extensive including paint, geometry and perhaps most impressively tubing which is designed to offer the desired ride profile.

Newer to the Parlee range is the Altum, which is featured in these photos and is in fact my new bike of choice. The Altum comes in stock sizes and custom paint is availabe. While production may have been moved offshore from Beverly, MA the emphasis on quality that Bob Parlee has championed is all too apparent in this bike.  

My particular bike has been paired up with the new and excellent Dura-Ace 9100 Mechanical groupset. Shimano took what was probably the best mechanical groupset and made it even better. Shifting is crisp and clinical and braking is once again strong with great modulation. Matching the groupset, the finishing kit is from Shimano's in house brand Pro, which pairs excellently both aesthetically and on a performance level as the bars are designed to offer a smooth transition to the levers. Finsihing the build off are a pair of HED Belgium rims laced to Industry Nine hubs to guarantee many thousands of kms of smooth riding.

Parlee builds are exclusively built from the frame up giving you the freedom to create a bike that can be yours. We have a limited number of Altum framesets on sale so if you are interested feel free to come by for a coffee and a chat. In the meantime if you want to whet your appetite here is the link to Parlee's flickr for pages of bike porn.