Parlee Announces New for 2012 Z5 SLi Road Bike

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Parlee today announced the availability of their all new Z5 SLi road bike. Though the bikes won’t ship until later this year, the que is starting up. The Z5 SLi is based off their wildly successful Z5 frameset. The Z5 SLi is now Parlee’s lightest weight stock bike. The new frameset has been optimized for the next generatioon of electronic shifting, be it Dura Ace Di2, Ultegra Di2, or even Campagnolo’s group in the future. Dedicated co-molded cable passages will offer the cleanest setup for Di2 in any Parlee model to date. A carbon fiber battery mount on the left chainstay not only keeps the battery out of view and the frame’s silhoute clean, but also allows the unobstructed use of both water bottle mounts.

The Z5 SLi will come in 12 sizes, so almost everyone will be able to find a frame that fits them well. When the Z5 SLi does start shipping later this year, it will feature a carbon fiber Press-Fit 30 bottom bracket, Enve 1.0 all carbon fork, carbon fiber co-molded dropouts, and will start at $8700 as a complete bike.

Tom Rodi gives us a brief overview of the Z5 SLi in this video below…


About the author: Thien Dinh

Thien Dinh gained most his cycling knowledge the old fashioned way, by immersing himself in the sport. From 2007 to early 2013, Thien served as RoadBikeReview Site Manager, riding daily while putting various cycling products through its paces. A native of California, Thien also enjoys tinkering with photography and discovering new music.


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  • Spectacularly beautiful says:

    I can only drool and dream as I will never be able to afford such a classy ride. But I’m happy that there are people out there who can.

    Not too enthusiastic about electronic shifting though. Dura Ace 7900, 7800 even the new ultegra will always be fine me.

    But be proud, you guys make my favorite bikes. NYC Velo agree.

  • Mark Reynolds says:

    It just looks so ordinary. Do people actually pay that kind of money for a bike that looks like it was built in 1975?

    • Dominic Rivers says:

      It depends on your priorities. I prioritize performance over presentation. I agree that it doesn’t look particularly flash, but I don’t look at my bike, I ride it. As soon as I can I’m going to trade my Ridley Helium for one of these.

  • Boring says:

    Ugly in my opinion. Yet another carbon bike. I’ll take a hand built, lugged, steel frame, thank you.

  • K says:

    Ohhhhhh 800g for a size 53…… Pleazzzzzzze. How about a weight on a complete 58cm?

  • Skip Saunders says:

    These bikes aren’t about the “looks.” Go ride one. It’s about the ride. Stunning—so fine! The owner of Black Bar Cycles in Winchester, Virginia set me up with one when I was training in the mountains and stopped in for a repair on my race bike. I rode it for quite a while as he did my repair. I was amazed at the bike. I can’t afford one either, but it’s a nice thing to dream on.

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