Introducing the Parlee RZ7
A new Parlee model is always an exciting proposition, guaranteed
to blend innovative tech with superb ride quality.
Today sees the unveiling of the new RZ7. A new carbon monocoque
road bike, bringing new levels of aero performance to the core of
As you'd expect, the newest member of the Parlee family takes
full advantage of their carbon fibre and aerodynamic expertise, and
borrows some ideas from the latest TTiR to ensure maximum
integration with modern electronic groupsets.
But this is first and foremost a Parlee, and in Bob's words:
Ride quality is just something I am not prepared to compromise
Announced today at the Sea Otter Classic in the USA, the RZ7
will initially be available as a limited edition run of 100
complete bikes, available from early May. The full range of
frameset and build options will be available later this year.
Unsurprisingly it's disc brake only, and that enables the frame
to accomodate up to 32mm wide tyres.
Parlee have used their own fork, stem, bars and seatpost to
ensure maximum aerodynamic performance, and there are even optional
"SpeedShield" deflectors which fit over the brake calipers to
further smooth the airflow.
The integrated thru-axles are neatly hidden away out of the
wind, and Parlee's unique "Recurve" tube profiles have been subtly
tweaked to further reduce drag in real-world conditions. In total
the RZ7 is 17% more aerodynamic than the Altum.
The in-house seatpost design cleverly allows for 0mm or 25mm of
setback on the same post, via a reversible rail clamp design, and
five frame sizes, together with Parlee's flex fit cockpit, will
help us find the perfect fit.
It's not all about the aero though... Using their proprietary
blend of carbon fibre Parlee have, as always, paid a lot of
attention to ride quality and handling. The RZ7 is 7% stiffer at
the bottom bracket than the Altum, but without sacrificing that
unique Parlee feel.