above: If your smile isn't this big, you're doing it
Bespoke Boss Barry gives his take on the Chebacco:
The Chebacco was launched two years ago and immediately garnered
great reviews; my only concern was the price - then at £3499 for
the frame only, for what was then a niche market of adventure
For road frames you can justify that price; stiffness, low
weight and high compliance are hard to achieve and there is a
premium attached if you can solve these competing demands.
But on a gravel bike; with massive 40mm+ tyres compliance is
less of an issue and I felt it was just too expensive to really
catch fire in the UK as a second or third bike.
And that's what we have saw initially... But two things have
Gravel/Adventure has gone mainstream, big time. Its really
caught people's imaginations, and it turns out that the UK's
abundance of tracks, trails and lanes is a perfect match for what
could equally well be called a "fun/exploration bike".
Secondly, and perhaps most significantly, Parlee have addressed
the question of pricing with the introduction of
the "core" Chebacco:
The core range uses the exact same frameset as the original, but
built as a complete bike at just £3849 with
mechanical Ultegra gruppo, or £4699 for Ultegra Di2 Disc.
For a Parlee that's astonishingly competitive - you are getting
a full bike for only £400 more than the frame used to cost!
Parlee haven't cut any corners in the spec or construction, but
to offer these savings the core bike comes with no options, it's
one standard (high quality) spec.
If you prefer to choose paint go for the Chebacco
LE - which is the same frame, but comes in 5 colours and with a
full Parlee carbon cockpit.