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    Grant -

    Just adding my congrats too - a beautiful steed.

    I love my Parlee Z3, which is stock. It rides like a dream, but I can only imagine the feel of a custom bike.

    Ride in health.
     

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    Nice Grant, I definitely dig it.

    Questions: is the Parlee seat post made in house? Why'd you go with it? Does the 11S rd work OK with 10s shifters with no tweaking?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo shi View Post
    Nice Grant, I definitely dig it.

    Questions: is the Parlee seat post made in house? Why'd you go with it? Does the 11S rd work OK with 10s shifters with no tweaking?
    thanks.

    The post is a Deda super zero carbon 31.6 with the graphics removed by Parlee.
    They extended too low on the post, like most modern ones it seems...
    and would get cut off by the seat collar.

    The 11s front and rear ders seem to work perfectly with 10 speed.
    I tried it out on a couple of bikes before buying the SR derailleurs,
    because I scratch my head and still can't figure out why the rear
    works, but it does perfectly. The front must only be a fraction of
    a mm narrower, if it is at all, i can't tell.

    It doesn't work the other way (10 sp rear der on 11 cogs) without
    moving the location of the cable anchor, but it is possible to modify
    the bolt. Dave from the SF explains it, you can search it.






    -g
     

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    Grant,

    That is one stunning machine! Congrats. It's almost midnight and just looking at it makes me want to go out for a ride. I bet it does the same for you. I'm in the process of building up a Z3 that I bought secondhand (older model with the 27.2 seatpost), and I can't wait.

    Bill
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by happycampyer View Post
    I'm in the process of building up a Z3 that I bought secondhand (older model with the 27.2 seatpost), and I can't wait.

    Bill
    post some pics as soon as it's done!

    -g
     

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    Very nice indeed! Having been through a lot of bikes, my Z3 still brings a smile to my face when I ride it. My having owned it since '06 says it lot. Concur that Tom Rodi is a true pleasure to work with..

    Enjoy it!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantM View Post
    post some pics as soon as it's done!

    -g
    Will do. It will have a pair of fluxilicious wheels...

    P.S. Tom is great. Down the road I'm thinking of having the frame refinished to have the newer cable adjusters installed, etc., and Tom offered to refinish my seatpost (like yours) so it won't say "itchey."
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantM View Post
    thanks.

    The post is a Deda super zero carbon 31.6 with the graphics removed by Parlee.
    They extended too low on the post, like most modern ones it seems...
    and would get cut off by the seat collar.

    The 11s front and rear ders seem to work perfectly with 10 speed.
    I tried it out on a couple of bikes before buying the SR derailleurs,
    because I scratch my head and still can't figure out why the rear
    works, but it does perfectly. The front must only be a fraction of
    a mm narrower, if it is at all, i can't tell.

    It doesn't work the other way (10 sp rear der on 11 cogs) without
    moving the location of the cable anchor, but it is possible to modify
    the bolt. Dave from the SF explains it, you can search it.






    -g
    Grant,
    That is my favorite Parlee!!! Just absolutely sublime. Perfectly done. How does your Parlee rank with some of your past bikes? IIRC, you have (or had) quite a collection. I love the black with minimalist white stickers. I have a Colnago Ext C in PR00. If I were to take off the red parts on my Reynolds Attacks, it would look a lot like yours. BTW, what size is yours?
     

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    I haven't seen one yet, but I've heard the Parlees with the matte rubbed finish is super dope. I heard of another one that had the matte finish with the graphics that were etched in or something like that. Stealth.

    Great looking rig!
     

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    here's a matte finished parlee... looks great.

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride-Fly View Post
    Grant,
    That is my favorite Parlee!!! Just absolutely sublime. Perfectly done. How does your Parlee rank with some of your past bikes? IIRC, you have (or had) quite a collection. I love the black with minimalist white stickers. I have a Colnago Ext C in PR00. If I were to take off the red parts on my Reynolds Attacks, it would look a lot like yours. BTW, what size is yours?
    hey thanks!

    It's an amazing ride. I did my first real ride yesterday after a quick shakedown on saturday
    after building it. After 160km's and a bunch of bad roads including about 30km's of dirt,
    it feels just like home. The geo works perfectly for me. It feels very solid, yet has a
    smoothness that's missing in some other modern carbon bikes. It's hard to say exactly
    why, but i believe the longer wheelbase, and blend of stiffness in the tubes helps.

    I haven't sold any bikes, so they're still here to compare. The RichardSachs is the benchmark,
    because it's geo is just so dialed. It's an amazing bike, but the Parlee is a lighter bike,
    with more torsional stiffness, but they both really to work.

    I love colnagos too, especially the PROO, and nearly bought one every year since it came
    out, but there is nothing like a made to measure frame, imho.

     

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    Wowee! That is a great looking frame fork and set up. If I had a Parlee the Z1 would be it. A little too $$$ for my tastes but I can appreciate what the man does.

    Seriously how can some bag on fiber and glue frames? That's a friggin work of art and I've heard nothing but good about the ride.
     

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    Beautiful bike, Grant. Enjoy!!!
     

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    Hey Grant, just curious, can you comment on the very steep seat tube? Is that for the purpose of fit, handling, none of the above? Thanks...

    Its a really sharp ride! Congrats.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdb View Post
    Hey Grant, just curious, can you comment on the very steep seat tube? Is that for the purpose of fit, handling, none of the above?
    "very steep"? It's just a number....
    a change in angle by 1 degree equals 1 cm of change in set back.
    Seat tube angle does nothing but locate the head of your seatpost in space.

    A thomson zero set back post VS a tradtional set back post equals a change in
    set back of 2.5 degrees or 25 mm's. I see lots of bikes with 73 degree seat angles
    and zero set back posts, which in effect make the seat angle 75.5 degrees...

    I measured my set back at 4.5cm from tip of the saddle to the plumb line over the bb.
    All I did to pick the seat angle was figure out what seat post i was using (25mm set back)
    and located the seat on the rails where I wanted it. My previous bike has a 74 degree
    seat angle, and the seat was located about 1 cm forward on the rails from where I thought
    it really looks right (centered). It was a no-brainer to just increase the seat angle to center
    the rails on the post.




    -g
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantM
    thomson zero set back post VS a tradtional set back post equals a change in
    set back of 2.5 degrees or 25 mm's. I see lots of bikes with 73 degree seat angles
    and zero set back posts, which in effect make the seat angle 75.5 degrees...
    You hit the nail on the head with something not talked about much. 75deg with a setback post= very steep and weird, but people are putting zero setback posts on 73deg ST angles all day long and it's 'sweet.'
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo shi View Post
    You hit the nail on the head with something not talked about much. 75deg with a setback post= very steep and weird, but people are putting zero setback posts on 73deg ST angles all day long and it's 'sweet.'
    I noticed that too.

    The "fit" part is easy. On a 51cm Cervelo, I could use a Zero set back post,
    and a 12.5 stem and the contact points would be in exactly the same place with
    their geometry of 73/73 with a 53 top tube and 39.9 stays.
    But the result is their wheelbase is 4 cm's shorter!! No thanks...

    -g
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    Grant
    Your Parlee looks great!
    "SHUT UP LEGS"

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    an update: now with campy cranks and jerk approved(?) 130mm stem. best bike i've ever ridden. it's weird how it can be so stiff but leaves me feeling fresh after a century. the only con is that drivetrain noise is more pronounced with the carbon frame as compared to my steel ones.

     

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    Mr. Min,

    That bike kicks ass. I like it a lot.

    Anyone know what a Z4 retails for? I didn't find anything on their website.

    Oh, and Grant, one thing.

    Your front derailleur cable needs to be trimmed.
     

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