"Its simple: when you can brake smarter, you go faster,"
explains Bob Parlee. "We've eliminated the significant drawbacks
caused by rim braking, and designed a bicycle that helps riders
accelerate faster and maintain their speed throughout any race.
Wet-weather performance is also far superior."
There are many reasons we love Parlee bikes. Not least the fact
that everything is done for a reason, there's no marketing spin or
pandering to fashions. So when they design a Tri/TT bike you can be
sure that it's going to be packed with useful features...
One of the most notable features of the TTiR are those fairings
over the front and rear disc calipers. After all, if you're going
to maximise stopping power you'll also want to maximise speed and
aerodynamic efficiency. Disc brakes are unquestionably a good thing
overall, but they can spoil the sleek lines of an aero bike - the
fairings tackle this problem, whilst ensuring plenty of ventilation
to avoid overheating.
Fit is, of course, our obsession, and this is another area the
TTiR shines. A Parlee exclusive seatpost design allows for up to 7
degrees of adjustment to find the ideal position, and their modular
"Flex Fit" cockpit lets us dial in the perfect setup for
efficiency, speed and comfort.
photos by Bence Bujaki