2019 Parlee Chebacco LE
If you are the sort of person who rides as much for your mental health as for your fitness, and you have to get out on the bike even in sub-freezing conditions, or on hot days when most people would enjoy a dip in the pool, then the Parlee Chebacco LE will be the type of gravel oriented bike that will get you through all those days and more.
Parlee have designed the Chebacco LE to be the type of multi-use bike that will get you from pavement commutes through road rides and then off road double track adventures. It is destined to help you have tons of fun on two wheels no matter the road or indeed the weather conditions. If you are not a north easterner, the name might escape you, but don’t let that deflect the fact that it will be perfect for your home roads, even if it is named after the prime gravel training grounds north of Boston. And are you keen to hit some of the cross races in your region once autumn comes? Then you can count on the Chebacco for that as well. Since it is made using the same high quality carbon fiber as the Parlee racing bikes, you can count on it being a cinch to shoulder and carry up some stairs, which will be a help whether you are running over a barrier or hauling it up subway steps from below street level.
What sets it apart more than the material used is the geometry employed. It offers a more compact geometry that has a slacker head tube angle to help you find a position comfortable for long days in the saddle. Then the bottom bracket has been lowered relative to a usual cross bike to give the bike a lower center of gravity which will help when you are negotiating long, unknown descents. And to make it easier for you to adjust your positions, either raising or lowering the stack height, the Chebacco LE features a Flex Fit top cap system that allows you to choose from three stack heights, 8mm, 15mm and 25mm. Though all cable routing is internal, a neat little feature comes with the rear brake hose that is routed through the downtube and chainstay, which makes it possible to mount the brake caliper inside the rear triangle, giving it a cleaner look, reducing the drag and offering a modicum of shelter in case you slide out on a corner. The rear drop outs are also modular, so you can use either a through axle or quick release setup according to your preference.
Since this is the LE version you will also be able to customize it with the carbon cockpit, carbon water bottle cages, and options for custom finish instead of the stock finish. The frame also includes integrated fender mounts to help you stay dryer if you plan on using it for your daily commute. And with a tire clearance of up to 40mm, there will hardly be a road, paved or gravel, that will be closed to you.
With the Parlee Chebacco LE you can buy the type of gravel oriented bike that will make you look forward to every ride as a potential adventure, whether you are picking your way through traffic to work, or picking your way through the forest to see what’s on the other side.
Frame: High modulus carbon
Fork: Parlee XD carbon disc
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, Integrated Cane Creek, IS41 upper, IS47 lower
Bottom Bracket Type: BB30 Press Fit
Steerer Tube: Tapered
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Max Tire Clearance: 40mm
Brake Type: Disc, flat mount 140mm or 160mm
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: Yes
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: Modular dropouts, QR x 135mm or 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 45.5cm SM | 47.2cm MD | 49.2cm ML | 50.6cm LG | 52cm XL
Colors: Trident Black Orange, custom finishes available
Frameset includes the Parlee Carbon Cockpit: Handlebar (40cm, 42cm, or 44cm options), Stem (90mm, 100mm, 110mm, or 120mm options), Seatpost (0mm or 20mm setback options)