Parlee. Amazingly comfortable.
Born from the simple goal of building the world’s best performing road bike, Parlee was founded more than 10 years ago. Working exclusively in carbon fiber, the Boston-based builder seeks out the most direct route to a solid, comfortable, light, and elegant frame.
Parlee offerings break into two distinct categories: custom-made in Boston and semi-stock made in an Asian-based partner factory. Both options leverage Bob Parlee’s extensive knowledge of carbon composites and, like a good stew, every Parlee has been reduced to only the most necessary design elements.
Bob Parlee, himself, will tell you “…I am not a stylist”. Parlee frames are devoid of drastic swoops, radically shaped tubing, and extraneous styling elements. The result is an amazing ride: stiff, light, and incredibly comfortable.
Like many of the fabled European builders, Parlee frames are Tour-proven. In 2002, ridden under the cloak of another builder and following a horrific accident that left him with a broken shoulder, Tyler Hamilton rode a Look-branded Parlee to second place in the Giro d’Italia.