David Arthur over at
Road.cc just tackled the already legendary Dirty
Reiver the other week, testing out the Parlee
Chebacco as he went.
With 200km of gravel and some grim conditions, this was probably
the most comprehensive test that he could have come up with for
Parlee's all-road adventure bike.
"The Chebacco is intended to be a versatile and adaptable road
bike. To that end, there are thru-axles front and rear, with a
modular rear dropout system so any current axle standard can be
used. There are disc brakes, naturally, and all cables and hoses
are internally routed. There are mudguard mounts, with space for up
to 40mm tyres with 'guards fitted, and 45mm without.
Parlee Marketing Manager Tom Rodi explains a little more about
the design direction of the Chebacco:
"The biggest thing we were trying to bring to the bike was a
road bike feel, so a lot of that had to do with the tuning in the
main triangle. We really tried to tune so it would feel good with a
gravel or cyclocross tyre, but also feel good with a 23mm tyre at
100psi," he says. "There's no drawback when you're riding on the
road or gravel."