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    Quote Originally Posted by crumpton View Post
    you should know this gal has been seen racing around texas this spring. she can stomp the shit out of must of us here ;-)
    I thought I recognized that bike.

    She laid the wood to the womens open in Castorville.

    Bike is even better in person.

    Seem to recall her saying she is having one built by Mr. Crumpton himself as well....
     

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    i'll mention that my parlee z4 rides like a dream. :D

    it floats over bumps ("muted" is a good way to describe it).

    it's extremely stable downhill, although i've only had it up to mid-high 40's so far. not in the least bit twitchy or wobbly when going fast. if i could get it on a long &/or steep enough hill to get in the 50's or more, i'm sure it would feel the same.

    rather than the cliche, "corners like it's on rails," i'll say it corners effortlessly, as in, you point it where you want to go, and it goes without any drama or flair.

    my favorite sensation is when standing up to climb, the front end "feels" like it absolutely positively doesn't flex or move, and every pull with either arm somehow gets transferred to the rear, resulting in forward momentum. same when sprinting: each side-to-side seems to squeak out a little more speed.

    in short, a very neutral, reassuring machine. it wants to go much faster than i could ever hope to make it go. an indulgence? you bet!

    i currently have a stiff aluminum bike to compare it directly to. actually, "compare" is not a good way to look at the two. contrast would be better, because they're each different. apples to oranges. prior bikes were various domestic or imported steel. in hindsight i wish i'd have kept that colnago super, if only for the novelty of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by dleroy View Post
    How about a little more detailed ride report on that nice riding Z4? Looks killer by the way.
     

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    That's what I'm talkin' about. Thanks for the insight.
     

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    Steve (Hampco) hooked me up with a fabulous frame. It's magical. Campy 11 is the closest thing I've experienced to telepathy. Package is 15 lbs even.







     

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    a few more...







     

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    awesome setup min

    looks great
     

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    Great looking Parlee!
     

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    You could make it sub-15 if you cut off the top of the steer tube...:thumbs_up:
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    sweetness
     

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    Hey Too Tall - finally added some new photos of the Z3 (see the first post in this thread) - new handlebar tape prompted me to re-shoot it, but I still am not sure the perspective is correct. Thoughts on shooting bikes?
     

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    Default eff'd pixs?

    Suspect you're using a wide angle lens, which is causing distortion. For most digital cameras a 35mm lens will "see" more like the human eye. Terrific bike!
    Last edited by ksroadie; 06-28-2009 at 05:33 AM. Reason: add
     

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    a little box showed up today...
    rain coming in the morning, so looks like the ride gets bumped,
    and the build should be finished today.



     

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    That is beautiful Grant. Just spectacular!
     

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    yeah grant! z1? can you post some seat stay details?

    also, where can i get some cable stop adjusters like you have? i just routed my ferrules directly into the frame and it would be nice to adjust as needed.
     

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    Very, very nice Grant! That frame deserves some 2010 Sram force cranks!

    Mike
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN View Post
    yeah grant! z1? can you post some seat stay details?

    also, where can i get some cable stop adjusters like you have? i just routed my ferrules directly into the frame and it would be nice to adjust as needed.
    I'm pretty sure the stops are different. The ones on my bike are threaded,
    so the adjusters just go in, you can't install just the housing, the opening
    is too large, it needs the cable adjuster.

    Stays:



     

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    Super nice!! Love the straight up graphics with the gloss finish...
     

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    thanks for all the nice comments guys.
    fun project, now that it's finally done.

    Tom @ Parlee was the best to work with,
    really great service from them, it really was
    a pleasure.

    Shakedown ride was awesome... the bike is
    fantastic, fits like a glove, and the blend of
    tubes came out just right. It feels like a bit
    of a gamble when you throw a bunch of numbers
    down on paper... the but result exceeds my
    (high) expectations.

    For those who care about these things...
    the frame was 1,003 grams on the scale.



    -g
     

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    Beautiful and very clean. Outstanding build, now I have Parlee envy. Did you ask for stiffer tubing? Mine came in at 940 grams.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIN View Post
    Did you ask for stiffer tubing? Mine came in at 940 grams.
    There are some tubing choices in the USA made frames.
    Mine has a stiffer DT and chainstays, with a lighter seatstay, and top tube.
    60 grams is a pretty small amount.... the construction method of the Z4
    is lighter, there is less material around the joints of the headtube and BB...
    it's more effecient that way, but for custom geo (which mine is) there is
    no choice for Parlee but to use the 'lug' joinery. Plus i like it 'cause
    it's kinda retro. (for a full carbon bike - that is....)

    -g
     

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