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Old 03-31-08, 08:32 PM
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I like SRAM Red, but...

The FD braze-on clamp adapter really sucks. Aside from being ugly, it is huge, interferes with the bottle cage, and digs into the tube (the electrical tape is there to protect the paint).


So I did a bunch of research, and ended up ordering a Parlee clamp adapter


It is about 1/3 the weight (10g) of the red clamp, looks really cool and doesn't scratch the paint. The biggest issue I had was that the seat tube was a little thicker than it was supposed to be so I had to fill in the gap where the clamp closes, and use the slightly longer bolt that came with the red clamp. Note the paint damage from the previous clamp.
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Those scratches look painful.
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Originally Posted by mrbubbles View Post
Those scratches look painful.
Yes. Some of that is paint damage and some of it is just goo residue from the electrical tape...
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Uhhh, why does the FD clamp interfere with the bottle cages? Small frame?
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Originally Posted by Talewinds View Post
Uhhh, why does the FD clamp interfere with the bottle cages? Small frame?
Cause it's f-ing huge. I had to find extra long bolts and use two sets of risers.
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That Parlee clamp adapter looks mighty thin. Is it just the pic?
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Looking at the first picture I was just about to post:
"Quit being cheap and get the Parlee clamp"

Then I scrolled down, nice choice!
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Originally Posted by TCR View Post
That Parlee clamp adapter looks mighty thin. Is it just the pic?
Nope it's like that. It's pretty thin, pretty light, and pretty expensive.
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Just looked up the price of a Parlee clamp adapter, quite surprised someone made a clamp adapter that expensive. It sure does look blingy.
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but why?
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i'll tell you what i don't like about red - the graphics.

they're the cycling equivalent of rodney dangerfield's look (golf bag and all) in caddyshack.

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I paid $60
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ooooo... a parlee clamp adaptor. Those are sweet.
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Originally Posted by JBS103 View Post
Nope it's like that. It's pretty thin, pretty light, and pretty expensive.
wow, you ain't kidding! $75 for that clamp? this might be a dumb question, but why so pricey?

edit: i see now that you got it for $60. still...
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle View Post
but why?
Why what? why is the red clamp so lame, why is the parlee clamp so expensive, or why did I get it?
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Where did you get it for 60, if you don't mind me asking?
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You could use virtually *any* FD clamp adapter, you know. The overwhelming majority are not overly huge and don't suck. But anyway, the Parlee one is sweet. Where'd you find it for $60?
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
What frame is this? The bottom cage bolt hole seems very low. I've had 3 small frames, but all of them had bottle cages positioned above the FD clamp (all Shimano though). Your frame omehow seems to position the cage over the FD clamp. Weird.
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Originally Posted by prendrefeu View Post
You could use virtually *any* FD clamp adapter, you know. The overwhelming majority are not overly huge and don't suck. But anyway, the Parlee one is sweet. Where'd you find it for $60?
I know I could use any. When I ordered the bike I ordered the Red FD with a 34.9 clamp. The shop called later and said that it was only available as braze-on and came with a separate clamp-adapter piece. I didn't have any reason to think it would suck, so I went ahead with that purchace. Once I realized what I ended up with, I researched my options and decided to go with the best...
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I had the same problem with the Red clamp. Posted the problem and people implied that I installed it wrong or I bought the wrong size clamp.

I got the Parlee clamp for a little under $70 shipped. I tell ya, it looks great.
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Originally Posted by ezoons View Post
What frame is this? The bottom cage bolt hole seems very low. I've had 3 small frames, but all of them had bottle cages positioned above the FD clamp (all Shimano though). Your frame omehow seems to position the cage over the FD clamp. Weird.
Its a tarmac SL, size 54. My other bikes (56 Allez and M (~55) TCR ) have had the FD between the cage bolts as well.

Edit: My wife's Docle (51 maybe) also has the clamp between the bolts, but it looks like my 54 tricross has the bolds above where the FD will go (its not built yet but the bolds are much higher on the tube) All of the bikes are compact, so a tranditional top-tubed bike may have more room to put the bottle cage higher. The tricross frame doesn't slope as much as the others.

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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Why what? why is the red clamp so lame, why is the parlee clamp so expensive, or why did I get it?
Both ..
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Its a tarmac SL, size 54. My other bikes (56 Allez and M (~55) TCR ) have had the FD between the cage bolts as well.
What is your approximate cycling inseam? What made you decide on the 54" instead of the 56?
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Originally Posted by btographer View Post
What is your approximate cycling inseam? What made you decide on the 54" instead of the 56?
I don't know my inseam, but my 56 Allez felt a little big and my TCR felt like it was a good size. The 54 was much closer to the TCR's dimensions than the 56, and in particular I wanted a shorter head tube. The 54's is already taller than my TCR but the 56 added I think another cm to that...
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I imagine its expensive because its probably a low-volume hand-made part, and I got it because it was highly recommended everyone I researched about clamps, looks very nice, is very light, won't scratch my paint, and did I mention looks really nice?

Also, have you seen the rest of my bike? Tarmac SL, SRAM Red, Zero G Ti brakes, Speedplay Zero Ti pedals, Reynolds DV46 carbon tubulars, Nokon cables... why skimp now?
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