Parlee was founded in 2000 with a simple but lofty goal: To build the world’s best performing race bikes.
At the time, carbon fiber was overlooked in the road bike market. But based on what Bob Parlee had learned during 20 years in the boat building business, it was obvious that composites could redefine the cycling world. The combination of properly sized tubes, accurate lay-up schedules, and proper molding techniques, make carbon fiber the ideal material for creating fast, light and comfortable performance bikes.
Since 2000, Parlee has pioneered a host of industry firsts: the first customizable carbon fiber racing frames; Flex Fit semi-custom geometry; and the first sub-800 gram carbon fiber frame are just a few.
But unlike other manufacturers, who chase trends and invoke unnecessary styling into their bikes, Parlee's technological developments follow a natural progression. By always thinking about how to make their bikes better, as a product driven company, Parlee has organically evolved, with each model seamlessly building on the success of its predecessor.
Other manufactures continuously re-invent themselves, not out of necessity, but as a sales ploy. Parlee does not make change for change's sake. If you want a giant down tube, a box-shaped bottom bracket, or swoopy chainstays, look elsewhere. Parlee doesn't traffic in superfluous stylings.
Parlee focuses attention where attention matters: carbon fiber lay-up schedules and torsional tube design. By utilizing the correct shapes and tube densities, Parlee is able to reach cycling's Holy Grail—the delicate balance between torsional stiffness and vertical compliance.