AERO PERFORMANCE, PARLEE QUALITY

This year Parlee has expanded its aero road lineup with the all-new ESX-R. Built around the same design principles as the game-changing ESX, the newest model blends Parlee’s proven Recurve aero frame technology with uncompromising ride quality aimed at everyday road riding and racing.

Featuring a unique fluted tail shape, Recurve delivers low drag and high torsional stiffness, along with a smooth, compliant ride quality that’s often lacking in aero road bikes. The original ESX design, introduced in 2013 after several years of development and testing, was proven in wind-tunnel testing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to have less aerodynamic drag than key competing aero bikes (see aero data). And compared to the Parlee Z5 road bike, the ESX-R can save riders between 57 and 95 seconds over a distance of 40km.

Testing results and data speak for themselves, but where the new ESX-R truly shines is the way that it feels when you’re out on the road. In the effort to achieve certain aerodynamic goals, many aero road bikes make compromises in the less tangible factors such as cornering, climbing and overall handling characteristics. Not so with the ESX-R. One of the added benefits of Recurve tubing design—which is most evident around the areas of the frame that are exposed directly to the wind around the head tube, top tube and down tube—is that it helps produce a quiet ride.

Overall, great care was put toward developing aero solutions that stay true to Parlee’s high standards of light weight and exceptional ride quality. Handcrafted with strategically placed blends of carbon fiber material, the new ESX-R frame weighs 1025 grams. The fork, which also plays a major role in aero performance, weighs 370 grams.

The ESX-R’s unique seatpost design, which extends the Recurve shape seamlessly through the seat tube and seatpost, further boosts aero performance and is available with a 0 or 25mm offset that lets riders dial in their position.

Hidden cable routing for electronic or mechanical drivetrain systems comes standard, and the ESX-R frame can accommodate internal Di2 batteries. The all-carbon PressFit 30 bottom bracket produces maximum pedaling stiffness and power transfer. The frame features direct mount, aerodynamic, integrated front and rear brakes, and provides enough clearance for 23-28mm tires.

As with the ESX, the ESX-R is available in five Flex-Fit sizes, with 10 unique stack-and-reach combinations for a perfect fit.

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Standard Features

ESX-RStandard Features
DESIGN:Compact, aero road geometry
TT SLOPE:9 degrees
TUBING:PARLEE High Mod, ESX Recurve
SEAT STAYS:Twin carbon, ESX Recurve
TIRE SIZES:20-28mm
SEATPOST:ESX Recurve Carbon, 200g, 0mm or 25mm offset (included)
CABLING:Full internal, mechanical and Di2/EPS compatible
BOTTOM BRACKET:Press Fit 30 (68mm x 46mm)
DROP OUTS:Carbon, replaceable hanger, quick release
BRAKES:Caliper, direct mount, internally routed
FRONT DERAILLEUR:Braze-on (replaceable)
STANDARD FINISH:Gloss Platinum, Ghost Logos
OPTIONAL FINISHES:Custom finishes available
FRAME WEIGHT:900-1000g
FORK SPECS:PARLEE Carbon ESX Recurve, tapered steerer, integrated crown race, QR, 360g
HEADSET:Integrated Cane Creek, IS41 upper, IS47 lower

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Force22
SRAM Force RD
SRAM Force FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
SRAM PF30 BB
SRAM Force BB30 Crankset
EE Brakes
SRAM Force Shifters
SRAM 1170 Cassette
SRAM 1170 Chain
ZIPP Service Course Handlebar
ZIPP Service Course Stem
DT Spline R23 Wheels
PARLEE Recurve Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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SRAM Red RD
SRAM Red FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
SRAM PF30 BB
SRAM Red PF30 Crankset
EE Brakes
SRAM Red Shifters
SRAM 1190 Cassette
SRAM 1190 Chain
ZIPP Service Course Handlebar
ZIPP Service Course Stem
DT Spline R23 Wheels
PARLEE Recurve Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Shimano Ultegra RD
Shimano Ultegra FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
PARLEE Shimano PF30 BB
Shimano Ultegra Crankset
Shimano Ultegra Brakes
Shimano Ultegra Shifters
Shimano Ultegra Cassette
Shimano Ultegra Chain
ZIPP Service Course Handlebar
ZIPP Service Course Stem
DT Spline R23 Wheels
PARLEE Recurve Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Shimano Dura Ace RD
Shimano Dura Ace FD
Shimano Dura Ace Headset
PARLEE Shimano PF30 BB
Shimano Dura Ace Crankset
Shimano Dura Ace Brakes
Shimano Dura Ace Shifters
Shimano Dura Ace Cassette
Shimano Dura Ace Chain
ZIPP Service Course Handlebar
ZIPP Service Course Stem
DT Spline R23 Wheels
PARLEE Recurve Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Record
Campagnolo Record RD
Campagnolo Record FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
PARLEE Campagnolo PF30 BB
Campagnolo Record Crankset
EE Brakes
Campagnolo Record Shifters
Campagnolo Record Cassette
Campagnolo Record Chain
ZIPP Service Course Handlebar
ZIPP Service Course Stem
DT Spline R23 Wheels
PARLEE Recurve Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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