In 2008 the Z3 was voted Cycling Weekly's race bike of the year, and has been impressing everyone from serious racers to enthusiasts since. Consitently competitive in stiffness to weight ratio tests, while still providing the exceptional ride quality and manufacturing you should expect from Parlee; the Z3 truely is a race bike that can take you anywhere you want to go. Parlee continues to impress with their quality construction, which perfectly translates to the highest performance and reliable. After all, each frame requires a weeks worth of man hours to produce; double that of any competitor.
Strengths: Comfort, acceleration, handling, you name it.
Weaknesses: Not the lightest, but weight is not everything.
Price-Holy crap, did I really just pay that?
To sum in one word: Magic. With respect to overall ride quality, the best I have ever ridden. The bike is smooth and comfortable. Definitely less post ride fatique. However, it boasts snappy acceleration and can climb like a goat. How does a frame that looks so plain ride so well? I am baffled but ecstatic. The only other frame I will ever replace the Z3 is with another Parlee. The best out there today. Period.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale 613, Giant TCR and Advanced, Scott Addict, Trek, Klein,
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2011
Strengths: All day ride with crit quickness. have raced it in everything from 5 mile ITT to 200 milers. A frame you do not have to account for a weakness or fault. Very stable descender. Many training miles in the Eastern Washington desert.
Weaknesses: To expensive for casual use.
Best frame I have ever owned and I have owned many, many frames. Have approx 16,000 miles and figure it is good for another 10K at least.
Similar Products Used: TREK, Colnogo, Ridley, Bianchi, Lightspeed, LeMond, Cannondale, Masi, Raleigh, etc, etc.
Bike Setup: Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain. Campy Record shifting. Tompson Stem, Seatpost, Many different wheels.
Windy City Johnny
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: November 24, 2010
Strengths: very nice looking, light, stiff
Weaknesses: Customer service to the general population of riders; can't help but think some sponsored pro would have gotten a new frame.
THIS IS 100% TRUE AND FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BUILDING, RIDING, AND RACING BIKES FOR OVER 25 YEARS!
After riding the bike for several months I went to do some winter maintenance. I noticed a strange sound in the down tube, it sounded like water was swishing around in it, and not a little water more like two cups of water! I took the bottom bracket off to see if I could drain it out and to my surprise the water was in the down tube and WOULD NOT DRAIN OUT. I contacted Parlee and they told me to send it in to them. After a few WEEKS I get the frame back and someone has drilled a hole from the bottom bracket into the down tube to drain the water. Who ever did the job had the technical skill of a 6th grader, it looked like crap! I contacted Parlee and they told me that drilling this hole was something they were doing on ALL new Parlees; after going into a shop and looking at new Parlees hanging on the wall I saw that this was a LIE. They told me that this happens sometimes because there is a void in the carbon lay-up and it can't be avoided. I called 20+ Parlee dealers in the USA and NOT ONE said they had EVER heard of such a thing happening; so that is lie number 2. They said that they did NOTHING to prevent water from getting in the down tube but now it could drain into my bottom bracket area......GREAT! I told them I was not satisfied with this "fix" and wanted a new frame. They REFUSED to help me out and blew me off.
Similar Products Used: Colnago C40, Calfee Dragon Fly
Bike Setup: Campy Record
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2010
Strengths: climbing, smoothing out rough roads, sprints, decending...basically it'll do anything you want it to.
What an incredible ride! This bike offers the best combination of stiffness and comfort of any that I have ridden. The bottom bracket looks smallish compared with some of the more "modern rides" out there, but I will tell you that it is VERY reponsive and simply goes when I step on the gas. I'm coming off a specialized S-Works Tarmac, and there is simply no comparison...I could not believe the difference. The ride is simply etheral!
Strengths: The best finish I have seen on a bike- stiff -fast- comfy- looks- direct -just amazing
Weaknesses: None- you get what you pay for.
A smile on my face every ride. Gee its good. I have had all the top bikes over the years-c50 595- Extreme power- but nothing rides like this bike- comfy -direct -solid -light and stiff all in one- its unreal. I have the z3 sl custom in high gloss with white details.
Hey there.. quick question thanks in advance
Does the Felt Z3 2012 have the newer Shimano Di2 system - new wiring system though it's Ultegra? The 2011 Z2 has the 7970 Di2 is Dura-Ace but older system.
I'm debating between a 2011 Z2 Di2 used, about 3k miles but in great condition vs. 2012 Felt Z3 D ... Read More »
HI all, I'm upgrading my Cannondale to a carbon, and really liked the 'endurance' feel of the 2014 Z4 I tried in my LBS. It was more upright and comfortable and the carbon was great to ride on.
My price range is about $2-2500 but also have to deal with 8.8% NYC tax.
The 2014 Z4 was $1780 includ ... Read More »
I am looking to upgrade my 2010 Scott Speedster S30 (aluminum) with a carbon fiber road bike. I feel as though if I went with any major brand (those mentioned, Cannondale, Cervelo, Giant, etc.) I cannot really go wrong and the LBS I am looking to buy from stocks Trek, Specialized, and Felt. I narr ... Read More »
I'm in the market for a new bike and think I've decided on a Z3. But here's where it gets complicated. For starters, my wife put a limit of $3000 on me. So, these are my choices:
2014 stock Z3, at something like $2999 new from local lbs, plus 8.7% sales tax. Would come with free fitting and free ... Read More »
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Found a new 2012 Z3 with electronic shifting while shopping for a new bike. Looking at the 2014 Z3 and both are about $3000. 2012 has fulcrum wheels. If I buy the 2014, I will probably upgrade wheels to Mavics. The 2012 is the older frame style. How different will th ... Read More »