above: Barry's bike on test
"A spectacular return to form..."
This bike is not good for me... I have 3 other bikes all
equipped with powermeters, and all my training is wattage driven.
But my test RZ7 has no powermeter on it - and thats a problem
because it's so good I have ridden it exclusively for the last 3
weeks. Hard rides, easy rides, routes that feature climbs, fast
group rides - I have done them all on the RZ7!
I will be first to admit I am the wrong person to give an
unbiased view on Parlee; I have worked with the guys in Peabody, MA
since 2005 and have owned 10 different Parlees in that time.
I have two of the flagship Z-Zero frames, but I've also loved
the stock bikes - the Z4 and the Z5 in particular were
Although the Altum was a technical improvement, the design
looked a bit 'odd' to some eyes, and the ESX aero bike was a
technical tour de force but never really took off in sales.
Given aero bikes are becoming increasingly popular for amateur
riders we had high hopes that the RZ7 would be a success.
I am pleased to say its a spectacular return to form.
It's without question the most comfortable and compliant 'aero'
bike I have ever ridden; January is the time for endless base miles
and it is a perfect steed for 5-hour+ rides.
Frame weight comes in just under 900gms; not the very lightest,
but not far off, and you could certainly build a lightweight
climbing bike with bling parts.
below: the Factory
Edition build marked the launch of the RZ7 with 100 numbered
frames, built with some properly bling components: