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    Parlee Z4

    Hi everyone, I'm considering pulling the trigger on a new Parlee Z4. I'm debating between the red or blue panel color schemes. Can I ask for opinions on which color you prefer? Thanks!

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    I have the blue, looks great. On the other hand it seems there are many more accessories out there at the moment with red trimming, hence choosing red might make it easier to dress it. Cheers.

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    That's exactly my dilema!
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    Last edited by rubbersoul; 09-10-2011 at 08:57 AM.

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    I've got the red and like it. You could always go custom.

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    The red colour is cool. I guess I went traditionalist by ordering the blue panel. It looks fantastic!

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    Hey rubbersoul, Nice! What size, what are you using for build?

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    I'm 6'1 so I got the Large frame. I built it up with Dura Ace 7900 and Dura ace c24 wheels.
    Other mentionables include a Pro PLT stem (which I got for $15 courtesy of the hot deals forum here!), an FSA wing pro bar, Syntace P6 carbon seatpost and Look Keo 2 carbon pedals.

    Still debating which computer to put on it. My previous bike had a Sigma rox 9.0 which was ok but too complicated and the HR stopped working after a few months. Considering a simple Cateye strada wireless, but am not sure whether I want / need cadence or not. Any comments are appreciated.

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    I've had a number of different bike computers and have been happy with the cateye sttada wireless without cadence. I had a cadence computer for a number of years but feel pretty comfortable with estimating/ judging my cadence. I'm still looking fot a new stem though. Something relatively light, but strong.

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    I tend to agree about the Cateye Strada wireless. Simple, quality design. I've been riding long enough that I should be able to find a good cadence by feel.

    As for a stem recommendation, given you have the red color scheme, I'd recommend a 3ttt AXR team stem. Aluminum with Ti bolts and a cool red color scheme to it too. Its highly reviewed.
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    Last edited by rubbersoul; 09-10-2011 at 09:17 AM.

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    That's funny because I was actually considering that model along with a Thomson x2 (which would match my seatpost). Either way I'm not in a rush.

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    I like the blue panel. How is the Z4 riding for you? I have one enroute to me as I type, will be here next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Weav
    I like the blue panel. How is the Z4 riding for you? I have one enroute to me as I type, will be here next week.

    I have the blue panel Z4. I'm in love with the ride. I hope you will have the same sentiments when you get to build and ride yours. Don't forget to post pics of the frame and the finished product.


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    I'll have to post a pic of mine soon. I love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by santosjep View Post
    I have the blue panel Z4. I'm in love with the ride. I hope you will have the same sentiments when you get to build and ride yours. Don't forget to post pics of the frame and the finished product.
    Here is the new Z4. If it weren't for the Dura Ace 7800 brakes it would be a complete Force build. 3T Pro cockpit, Ritchey seatpost, SRAM S27 wheels, Cobb V-Flow Plus saddle, and Arundel sideloader on the seat tube, Arundel Sport on the down tube. I think that about sums it up. Oh yeah, and my wife says it rides superb.

    Will switch out to white bar tape as soon as the black wears out.
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    Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady!

    Look 566
    SRAM Rival compact with 12-27
    Dura Ace 7850 SL Tubeless
    Hutchinson Fusion 3
    Cobb V-Flow Plus Saddle

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    Looking good, here's mine. Sorry for the crappy phone pics.

    2010 Parlee Z4
    DA 7850 wheelset, currently running Conti 4000 S tires
    Drive train Sram Red, except Sram Force FD, DA 7950 crankset and chain (I bent my Red Crankset)
    Zipp SLC2 Carbon Hanbdlebar
    Thomson seatpost and stem (2nd one, first broke)
    Speedplay SS pedals
    Specialized Toupe saddle
    Arundel Mandible Carbon cages
    Cateye Strada computer
    Yokozuna cables
    Fizik bar tape
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    My Thomson x2 stem face plate broke again... (twice in two years). Looking for a replacement stem now.

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    I've been having great success with Shimano Pro Vibe stems. Note that they are - 10 degrees however!

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    I have the Z4 with blue panels, Reynolds Assault wheels (the lettering is almost a perfect match with the Parlee font), a white Fizik Arione saddle, and gray bar tape that matches the gray-tone carbon fiber frame. Also Michelin Pro3 tires, white Keo carbon pedals, and Reynolds CF cages with blue lettering.

    A number of people around here ride Parlees, and I much prefer the blue over the red.

    Update: I just saw the new Assault wheels in a local shop yesterday - ick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSWhaler View Post
    Looking good, here's mine. Sorry for the crappy phone pics.

    2010 Parlee Z4
    DA 7850 wheelset, currently running Conti 4000 S tires
    Drive train Sram Red, except Sram Force FD, DA 7950 crankset and chain (I bent my Red Crankset)
    Zipp SLC2 Carbon Hanbdlebar
    Thomson seatpost and stem (2nd one, first broke)
    Speedplay SS pedals
    Specialized Toupe saddle
    Arundel Mandible Carbon cages
    Cateye Strada computer
    Yokozuna cables
    Fizik bar tape
    Nike Bike! Is that a large? How tall are you?

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    Rubbersoul- Frame is a Medium Large size- I'm 5'10"

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    Have the riders of the two bikes with photos here been fitted? If so, you may want to have the steerer tubes cut so you don't have the spacers above the stem.

    Nice bikes, though. I've been lusting after one with blue panels.

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    Haven't had a professional fit on mine. I know the bike is sized correctly but until I get a pro fit I'm not going to cut it. Might not even then because my wife and I ride the same size bikes with minor fitting adjustments and that gives us some room to play around with fit if needed. It's only 1cm so no big deal, I know it ain't "pro", even though the bar and stem both say 3T Pro on it (ha).

    The upper spacer was put on because the steer tube came up past the stem and this allowed to tighten down the headset cap onto the spacer as opposed to the steer tube.
    Anything is possible when your man smells like Old Spice and not a lady!

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    Dura Ace 7850 SL Tubeless
    Hutchinson Fusion 3
    Cobb V-Flow Plus Saddle

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    Yes, I was fitted and it was recommend to keep a stack due to a leg injury incase I wish to move my stem around.

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    OK. Just checking. I have 3 cm of spacers under my stem to get the fit right, so I'm not questioning your fit.

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    Well, after some searching I just ordered an Easton EA90 stem. One major contributor was that it is the same as my Thomson stem 110 mm and 10 degree rise.

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