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The evolution of Parlee Cycles over the last decade, combined with their more recent innovations, follows an interesting arc. As a solidly established custom frame builder, Bob Parlee patiently sought a broader market to bring equally broad ideas to life. The introduction and ensuing popularity of the stock-only Z4 and Z5 framesets showed that this small frame building company was on to something. Both frames were designed and spec'd using Parlee's comprehensive data-gathering from testing and consumer input. The results were superior geometry and handling characteristics across the full size range, with impeccable ride qualities and impressively low frame weights.
In 2012, Parlee introduced the Z5 SL, a top-end and very black version of the Z5, and an accompanying iteration, the Z5 SLi. The SLi offered a clean platform for electronic shifting by removing housing stops and providing frame ports for internal wiring systems. Currently, the progression of these ideas yields the Z5i, but it's not what you may think: the Z5i integrates both electronic and mechanical shift systems, with stated compatibilities for all current componentry. Using the same frame port design as previous year's Z5 SLi, the Z5i includes adapters to accommodate either standard 4mm shift housing or the wiring harnesses of Shimano's Di2 or Campagnolo's EPS systems. This simple cross compatibility ensures that the frame choice doesn't limit build options or future component upgrades.
The Z5i continues the legacy of the Z5 line, pushing the limits of what is possible for a high quality production frameset. With a claimed frame weights of 840-965 grams, the Z5i is most notably lightweight, but without pushing the bounds of reason. In pursuit of this status, Parlee designed a frame that is manufactured of nearly 100% carbon fiber, from the integrated headset bearing seats to the bottom bracket shell to the high modulus carbon dropouts. Internally, the Z5i features an intelligent, efficient design that eliminates excess material without sacrificing rigidity and flexibility where they are most desired within the total frame design. Flowing with the trends of modern frame construction, Parlee opts for an oversize tapered fork and PF30 bottom bracket. The tapered fork and head tube add stiffness and confidence to the bike's handling. As one of the most adaptable bottom bracket shells, the oversized PF30 standard allows the rider to take full advantage of modern crank designs while placing practically no restrictions on what particular crank design may be used.
Parlee has built a reputation for their high quality finish work, and that attention to detail shows in the Z5i’s stock paint scheme. Taking inspiration from the underlying carbon, the bulk of this frame’s surface area is covered in an elegant matte black. Subtle high gloss black logos adorn the front end, with a single set of bold white downtube logos as an exclamation point. As an option for those seeking a truly unique build, Parlee offers custom in-house paint, from simple paneled and single color designs to outrageous full custom jobs. See Parlee’s Custom Paint Configurator and their Flickr Photostream to catch a glimpse what is possible.
As a complete frameset, the Z5i includes a Parlee seat collar, a Parlee carbon front derailleur clamp, a painted-to-match full carbon Enve 2.0 tapered fork, and a Cane Creek 40 integrated headset. Also included are the necessary adapter plugs to convert between mechanical and electrical shifting systems.
We recommend that assembly of a high end frame set such as the Z5i be performed by an experienced professional. At Fair Wheel Bikes, we can provide helpful suggestions for component selection as well as partial assembly prior to shipment. Contact us directly for more details.
For those wishing to run a Shimano Hollowtech II crankset, a Parlee PF30 adapter specifically designed for use with their frames is available.
Parlee’s FlexFit frame size system provides a staggering number of options for a stock frameset, allowing for the best possible fit, performance, and handling for virtually all sizes of riders.
|2014 Z5i Geometry|
| ||XS ||XS (tall) ||S ||S (tall) ||M ||M (tall) ||ML ||ML (tall) ||L ||L (tall) ||XL ||XL (tall) |
|Actual Seat Tube (C-C) ||40.5 ||40.5 ||44 ||44 ||46 ||46 ||48 ||48 ||50 ||50 ||52 ||52 |
|Top Tube Length ||51 ||51 ||52.5 ||52.5 ||54.5 ||54.5 ||56 ||56 ||57.5 ||57.5 ||58.5 ||58.5 |
|Head Angle ||71.5 ||71.5 ||72.5 ||72.5 ||73 ||73 ||73.5 ||73.5 ||73.5 ||73.5 ||73.5 ||73.5 |
|Seat Tube Angle ||74.5 ||74.5 ||74 ||74 ||73.5 ||73.5 ||73 ||73 ||73 ||73 ||72.5 ||72.5 |
|Chainstay Length ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 ||41 |
|Bottom Bracket Drop ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 ||7 |
|Fork Rake ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 ||4.3 |
|Standover Height ||71 ||71 ||74.4 ||74.4 ||76.1 ||76.1 ||77.8 ||77.8 ||79.6 ||79.6 ||81.6 ||81.6 |
|Head Tube Length(Integrated) ||10 ||12.5 ||12.3 ||14.8 ||14 ||16.5 ||15.8 ||18.3 ||17.4 ||19.9 ||19.6 ||22.1 |
|Front Center ||56.3 ||56.3 ||56.6 ||56.6 ||57.8 ||57.8 ||58.3 ||58.3 ||59.8 ||59.8 ||60.2 ||60.2 |
|Wheelbase ||96.3 ||96.3 ||96.7 ||96.7 ||97.8 ||97.8 ||98.3 ||98.3 ||99.8 ||99.8 ||100.2 ||100.2 |
|Stack ||502 ||525 ||527 ||551 ||545 ||569 ||564 ||588 ||579 ||603 ||600 ||624 |
|Reach ||369 ||361 ||373 ||365 ||383 ||376 ||388 ||381 ||398 ||391 ||396 ||389 |