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Old 12-18-13, 09:40 PM   #17276
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Hot to me. I love the dark blue and white color scheme and I love aero-carbon frames. I don't like the handlebar shape and the behind-stem bag though.
Thanks! For the most part I prefer the aesthetics of "classic" shaped bars, but I'm finding for myself the ergo type bars are just a little to comfortable to pass up.
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Old 12-18-13, 09:44 PM   #17277
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Remove the bags, bottle and pump. Remove the warning sticker on the seat tube. It does look sharp though. Seat height looks a tad bit low? JMHO - Cheers
Possibly on the seat height, haven't ridden this on much yet. I do tend to like frames a little on the large side for some reason.
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Old 12-19-13, 04:58 AM   #17278
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Gracias - although I have to admit I was a little lazy with my photos here. I usually just threw it up against the garage door, positioned the cranks and snapped a few.
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Old 12-20-13, 10:55 AM   #17279
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Old 12-20-13, 11:44 AM   #17280
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After the custom repaint at Parlee (from standard ghost matte black to matte phantom gray with matte silver ghost logos and accents), and with the Prologo Scratch Nack saddle recovered in plain black leather...I think it's time to buy some new shoes for this machine...

I've been out of commission for a bit so I'm a little late with this, but, haaaaught!
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Old 12-23-13, 07:25 PM   #17282
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After the custom repaint at Parlee (from standard ghost matte black to matte phantom gray with matte silver ghost logos and accents), and with the Prologo Scratch Nack saddle recovered in plain black leather...I think it's time to buy some new shoes for this machine...







It's clean and sharp, but not hot. It's very bland and boring.
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I think "bland" and "boring" is what makes it hot. You see it and you think, "meh, cheap gray bike" and then you look at it closer and realize its a damn nice bike.
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It's clean and sharp, but not hot. It's very bland and boring.
I agree. Its a nice bike, but nothing screams hot
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Old 12-23-13, 09:11 PM   #17285
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I think the Parlee is hot. I like the graphite/black combo. I'd have no reservations owning/riding it. It reminds a little of the Colnago C59 Nero I like so much.
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I think that Parlee is probably one of those bikes that photos don't do any justice.
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I dislike how much the head tube goes beyond the top tube, but its still a hot bike IMO
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Old 12-24-13, 12:16 PM   #17288
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I dislike how much the head tube goes beyond the top tube, but its still a hot bike IMO
Some of us older guys need the extended head tube option for all day riding, but I agree that it distracts a little from the classic look..

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I think that Parlee is probably one of those bikes that photos don't do any justice.
From a looks perspective I obviously prefer subtle and muted paint schemes, but gray and black bikes are hard to get pics of with my amateur level of photography skills.
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Some of us older guys need the extended head tube option for all day riding, but I agree that it distracts a little from the classic look..
Yeah, I have wanted to slam my stem for a long time but have recently come to grips that it isn't for everyone. As much as it pains me to say, I would rather chose comfort than vanity in this situation. love your bike
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It's strange to me the Parlee does the longer head tube like that. Seems like they could just bring the top tube up a bit and reduce the amount above.
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It's strange to me the Parlee does the longer head tube like that. Seems like they could just bring the top tube up a bit and reduce the amount above.
I have plenty of opinions in life, but not enough to offer Bob Parlee bike design advice. It is pretty frigging comfortable, though.
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I have plenty of opinions in life, but not enough to offer Bob Parlee bike design advice. It is pretty frigging comfortable, though.
Your opinion matters most. He would not have much to do if you and others did not buy his stuff.
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Old 12-24-13, 02:18 PM   #17293
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Ridley X-Fire Ultegra.
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Not really. Stack height does look extreme. Lights shold have been removed for photo. Bike set a bad stage/angle. I suggest to try again for this thread.
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Not diggen the Yellow fork.

Some may like it.

Every bike should have lights.

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whoa, worst decals for wheels ever.
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Slam those stems, you fatties! lol.

I started high and worked my way down over time, I found the more I rode the easier it was to get lower. The downside, I had to take a couple off weeks of recently and when I got back on the bike I missed those spacers.
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Not, though I like the disc's
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Ridley X-Fire Ultegra.
Potential, but things I don't like:
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- color scheme = meh at best
- lots of spacers
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