FS: Parlee Z3 Frameset M/L (56cm)
I bought this frame 2nd hand a while back, after much deliberation because I worried it may just be on the small side for me. I measured it against what I was riding at the time, the only difference was about 10mm in top-tube length and 20mm in standover height. Thought I’d take the risk as they don’t come up for sale that often. Anyway, after turning 40 I promised myself I’d go and get measured up professionally as I by that time I was in full-on roadie mode (still am by the way). So, after getting measured yesterday turns out that the frame is too small for me and I need a longer top tube 🙁
A little disappointed as I have been riding this frame, for plenty of long rides (100 + milers) without any problems, which makes me think do I really need to go up a size? Aesthetically speaking I have a load of seatpost sticking out, but it is a compact frame. Despite being in love with this bike I always have the nagging feeling that I should be on a larger frame, which now having had a professional fit makes that thought ever present.
So, it will break my heart, I won’t be replacing it with a larger Z3, I’ll be going for something else (much cheaper!), here’s the info:
2007 Parlee Z3 frame. All the geometry you could want is HERE
Parlee are the only company to offer a LIFETIME WARRANTY on their frames (well, the Z1, 2 and 3 – not sure about the others). They also offer a warranty transfer if you sell it on. You do have to send the frame back to Parlee for inspection (cost me $250) but for peace of mind it was worth it.
When I sent it back to Parlee I decided I wanted to make the frame ‘mine’ as opposed to someone elses that I bought so I had the frame refurbed (as they call it). Whilst there I went for painted decals as opposed to stick-on decals (at considerable cost).
The frame has Ti dropouts and a Ti BB shell insert. It’ll come with a Chris King Sotto Voce headset and a pair of custom painted 3T full carbon forks (to match the frame).
Here’s a pic of me with the frame before I had the forks resprayed, as you can see, there’s quite a bit of post sticking out:
Here’s a smaller one of the bike as it is now:
LINK to me actually riding it for the 4th time this year at the Fred Whitton (at the top of Newlands Pass) – without the full carbon clinchers! I’m the one behind 😉
Price you may be asking by now??
£1250Posted 4 years ago
@martinxyz – spot on my friend.
@davidtaylforth – it was resolved at the bike fit, hence why I’m selling this frame. Had I had the bike fit before I bought the Parlee (2nd hand off eBay) then I would have known, but seeing as I hadn’t and I was just comparing geometry with what I was riding at the time I took a gamble. I was new to road riding after packing in mountain biking, and wasn’t sure I would stick to it, hence not having a bike fit sooner. But now I’ve been a full time roadie for the past few years (and loving it) I decided now was the time to splash out and get a proper assessment (as I’m not getting any younger or any more supple).
@theboatman – really??!! 6ft on a 51cm frame. There’s hope for me yet, and perhaps a 10mm longer stem may be the order of the dayPosted 4 years agotheboatmanMember
Gilbert’s seat doesn’t look that high for only being a 51cm frame?! Perhaps he’s got short legs……………unlike me and my gangly 34″-ers
Yes, inline post is used, I don’t like the look of lay-back posts. I’ve pimped a 3T Doric LTD (removed the decals – also pimped the 3T ARX Team stem – now it’s minus the red stripe).
Remember, the price is frame/fork/headset only………………might be a post too if I get it sold and get this ‘other’ bike.Posted 4 years ago
The bike fitter knew my concerns about the size of the frame. He’s someone I trust a lot and value his opinion. If he says I should be on a frame with a 58cm I can’t argue with that. What do I know?
Still don’t agree with you regarding in line posts on a road bike though 😉Posted 4 years ago
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