The Parlee Z-Zero XD takes their top of the range carbon fibre
frameset, individually handmade in the USA, and adds clearance for
up to 40mm wide tyres, with gravel/adventure geometry.
Few bikes blend handling precision and ride quality as
brilliantly as a Parlee, and the XD is no exception. The exclusive
joining process and individual tubes allow them to fine tune each
frame to perfectly suit its intended use (and particularly in this
'raw' waxed finish, look spectacular too).
Every element is carefully chosen and precisely set up, all
underpinned by the Bespoke bike fit that starts the process. So
each Z-Zero is unique, whether in paint, decals, components or a
combination of all the above.
On this build we see one of the first appearances of Shimano's
latest groupset - GRX. A gravel-focused gruppo, here with reliable,
pin-sharp Di2 electronic shifting, that has already won a lot of
praise for its particularly comfortable hoods. It's a neat setup,
particularly in 1x form, and it's a great match for the classic
lines of the Parlee.
photos by Bence Bujaki