OUR LATEST BENCHMARK: Z-ZERO

In an industry where three years is considered the normal lifespan of a bicycle design, our Z1 has stood alone. A design so advanced that it still continues to be a benchmark, not just for customizable carbon bikes, but also a true reference point for all road bikes with performance aspirations.

For over a decade we have relentlessly refined and perfected the Z1, to keep it compatible with the latest components and performance needs.

This begs the question: why introduce the Z-Zero?

There have been several technical developments in our stock bikes the past three years that have allowed us to increase performance and reduce weight but not compromises comfort or durability. Most of these innovations now found in our Z5i and Z5SLi were thought too difficult or expensive to feature in a customizable design but the Z-Zero eliminates any semblance of compromise.

The Z-Zero includes all the modern performance features of a cutting-edge race bike with the ride tuning and custom fit originally only available in the Z1.

Unlike 99.9% of modern road bikes, the Z-Zero is 100% made to order, with the optimum performance characteristics and technical requirements perfectly met for each individual rider. We simply do not start fabrication without knowing the riders needs perfectly.

Available in 16 effective semi-custom sizes and full custom geometry, the Z-Zero simply fits a wider range of athletes than any other carbon road design.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

PARLEE tube joining process: Pioneered on the Z1, our exclusive molding process is the technical benchmark for fusing carbon fiber tubes into a monolithic structure. Our process is neither “lugged” or traditional “tube to tube” construction. The Z-Zero joining process is more precise, more costly, and unmatched in strength, using only carbon fiber to fuse each tube to another in a manner that yields a wholly unified structure with almost zero redundant material.

Carbon dropouts and bearing races: First used on the Z5, our compression molded carbon drops and bearing races (in the head tube and bottom bracket) allow us to reduce the metal content in the Z-Zero to less than 20 grams. Eliminating metal correctly in any carbon composite structure translates to lighter weight and better durability.

Shaped, bladder-molded tubing: A technology first used in our Z5, the performance based shaping allows for lighter overall tube weights and optimized tuning of the laminate schedule. A variety of tube designs allows us to perfectly tune the ride to each riders needs. Produced by hand, by our staff, here in Beverly, MA, the Z-Zero tube set is 10-15% lighter on average than the already light Z1 (with better torsional performance).

Tapered head and steerer tubes: An innovation derived from the now industry-wide CEN testing protocols; tapered steerer and head tubes are hardly news anymore, however, with our Z5, we pioneered the use of the smaller 1.250” (32mm) inch lower standard over the heavier 1.500”(38mm) inch standard. Riding the bike demonstrates that the 1.250”(32mm) taper provides the ideal balance for a road bike. Strength, safety, performance and lightweight without harshness.

Disc Brake compatibility: A new standard for the future, disc brakes for road bikes present a range of new options for brake, wheel and drive systems. The Z-Zero was designed from inception to be both caliper and disc brake capable.

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Geometry/Tech

Standard Features

Z-ZeroStandard Features
DESIGN:Compact, custom, sloping road geometry, built to order
TT SLOPE:5-9 degrees
TUBING:PARLEE Z-Zero, rider specific lay-up schedule
SEAT STAYS:Twin carbon, rider specific lay-up schedule, carbon brake bridge
TIRE SIZES:20-28mm
SEATPOST:31.6mm
CABLING:Internal Di2/EPS, eTap or external mechanical
BOTTOM BRACKET:Press Fit 30 (68mm x 46mm), English on special order
DROP OUTS:Carbon, replaceable hanger, quick release
BRAKES:Rim,center mount, internally or externally routed
FRONT DERAILLEUR:Braze-on with PARLEE carbon mount
STANDARD FINISH:Nude waxed or gloss clear coat
OPTIONAL FINISHES:Custom finishes available, see configurator or contact dealer
FRAME WEIGHT:800-975g
FORK SPECS:PARLEE Road Carbon, tapered steerer, integrated crown race, QR, 280g
HEADSET:Integrated Cane Creek, IS41 upper, IS47 lower

Sizing/Geometry

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SRAM Complete

Red 22
SRAM Red RD
SRAM Red FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
SRAM PF30 BB
SRAM Red BB30 Crankset
SRAM Red Brakes
SRAM Red Shifters
SRAM 1170 Cassette
SRAM 1170 Chain
Carbon Handlebar
Carbon Stem
ENVE 3.4 Wheels
Carbon Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Shimano Complete

Ultegra/Di2
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
Carbon Handlebar
Carbon Stem
ENVE 3.4 Wheels
Carbon Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Dura Ace/Di2
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
ENVE 3.4 Wheels
ZIPP Service Course Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Campagnolo Complete

Super Record
Campagnolo Super Record RD
Campagnolo Super Record FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
PARLEE Campagnolo PF30 BB
Campagnolo Super Record Crankset
Campagnolo Super Record Brakes
Campagnolo Super Record Shifters
Campagnolo Super Record Cassette
Campagnolo Super Record Chain
Carbon Handlebar
Carbon Stem
ENVE 3.4 Wheels
Carbon Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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Super Record EPS
Campagnolo Super Record RD
Campagnolo Super Record FD
Cane Creek Carbon Headset
PARLEE Campagnolo PF30 BB
Campagnolo Super Record Crankset
Campagnolo Super Record Brakes
Campagnolo Super Record Shifters
Campagnolo Super Record Cassette
Campagnolo Super Record Chain
Carbon Handlebar
Carbon Stem
ENVE 3.4 Wheels
Carbon Seatpost
Fizik Arione Kium Saddle
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