2018 Parlee Z-Zero XD
A cyclist can give no greater gift to him or herself than buying a customized bike. It may be a luxury, but for those of us who live to ride, it is certainly a defensible one. And perhaps the best type of bike to customize for yourself will be a gravel- oriented frame. The Parlee Z-Zero XD is a gravel or cross bike that can be tailored to your dusty pursuits.
Are you looking to tackle some epic gravel gran fondos? Then you will want a bike that has differing characteristics compared to a bike intended for cyclocross racing. And if you are that keen cross racer, then you can make sure your Z-Zero XD reflects the qualities that will be most important for your hour of pain in the dust or mud. Parlee can customize everything from the layup of the carbon to the tubing sizes as well as the geometry according to whatever adventures you see yourself most wanting to use this bike. It will ensure that you can find the perfect mix of comfort and performance for your specific size and needs. You will also be able to choose whether your Z-Zero XD will have a through axle or quick release fork, the sort of cable routing and where you’ll want your ports. The rear brake hose is routed through the downtube and chainstay, allowing the rear disc brake caliper to be mounted inside the triangle, keeping it more out of the wind and safer in crashes. The rear dropouts are modular, and the frame also includes integrated fender mounts so that you will be able to keep much dryer in wet weather conditions. And the frame can fit up to 40mm tires with the fenders, which will make it just about the ultimate endurance, all-weather epic gravel grinder.
The way Parlee works with their carbon in house in Massachusetts is particularly impressive. Though most carbon custom bikes necessarily make use a of lugged construction, which has its advantages and disadvantages, Parlee have perfected a joining process that is not really lugged and not really the tube to tube method used in monocoque production. They actually are taking bits from each method and then refining them. So they use the bladder molding process for the tubing in order to layer the tube according to individual customer’s ride requests, and then in the molding process the joints are fused into a united whole that they call a “monolithic structure”. The Press Fit 30 bottom bracket will also help keep the core of the bike responsive and make accelerating a snap. And since the frame uses flat mount disc brakes, you can build it up with Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo groupsets.
In addition to the custom sizing, for a surcharge, you can also get custom paint finishes. The Parlee Z-Zero XD will really be a one of a kind creation intended entirely to enhance your cycling pleasure. The open road will offer you endless opportunities for fun and adventure on this amazing gravel bike.
Frame: High-modulus carbon fiber
Fork: Parlee carbon XD disc, tapered steerer
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/4”
Headset Included: Yes, Integrated Cane Creek carbon
Bottom Bracket Type: PF30 Press Fit
Cable Routing: External mechanical, internal electric
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Disc, flat or post mount, internally routed
Seatpost Diameter: 31.6mm
Seatpost Included: No
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 40.5cm XS | 44cm SM | 46cm MD | 48cm ML | 50cm LG | 52cm XL | 53cm XXL | 58cm XXXL | Full custom geometry available (+$1000)
Colors: Nude waxed or gloss clear coat. Custom colors/finishes are available (+$100/hr)