Custom Carbon

Custom Carbon

For over twenty years, our unwavering mission remains the same: Build the best performing bike possible. Period.

One way to guarantee that a bike will perform perfectly is to have the bike custom-made for you. Our Z-Zero models are each perfectly designed and built for one person, you.

Attaining the ultimate in custom performance is accomplished through a combination of masterful design, unwavering attention to detail, and total pride in the finished product. Bob wouldn’t do things any other way, and that’s why his name — and reputation — is attached to every single bike we build.

Parlee’s unmatched customization ability is the end result of a multi-tiered process that begins with one simple edict: listen. Parlee understands that the most important aspect of the custom bike-building process is communication between the rider, the fitter, and us, the builder.

If you’re considering a custom bike, call us. We are always happy to explain how our custom bike-building process works so well. We work with the finest retail and fitting partners around the world using a highly-refined design process that ensures perfection.

Custom Fit

Is it possible to have a modern, high-performance carbon bicycle that is also perfectly fitted to your unique needs?

Yes, it is and Parlee is a pioneer in this field. Our special molding process, allows us to alter frame geometry by as little as 0.1-degree of angularly and one millimeter linearly. This allows us to accommodate virtually all riders and riding styles.

Full custom fitted geometry is available on our Z-Zero, Z-Zero Disc, Z-Zero XD (CX, Gravel or Commuter spec) platforms. All custom designs are created using our proprietary Computer-Aided-Design system, which models you unique contact points and aligns them with actual frame geometry to assure a flawless finished product.

Custom Feel

Consider the adjectives that describe a bike: quick, stiff, smooth, comfortable, responsive or stable. Each is subjective, resulting from that bike’s tube diameter, tube length, fiber composition, fiber orientation, and angular permutations. Understanding the delicate dance of these variable characteristics is knowledge only attained through years of hands-on observation and practical experience building bicycles.

For over two decades, Parlee has built customized carbon fiber bicycles, for a very broad spectrum of riders, from well-known professionals to enthusiastic amateurs. From these experiences, we have the knowledge, data, and skill to precisely tune each Z-series bicycle to your individual needs. The is a marked departure from standard industry practice, where bikes are designed based on the law of averages. A Z-series, precisely built for you, will be anything but average.

All Z-series tubes are custom blended (at no extra charge) on all made to order Z-series bicycles to perfectly meet each riders needs. The gorgeous carbon tubes and frame parts are all made by hand,  in house, here in Beverly, MA by our frame building team to Bob’s exacting designs.

Custom Components

Parlee and our dealers offer high-end Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM build kits, plus componentry from ZIPP, HED, Mavic, ENVE, and other bike part manufacturers. If you can dream it, we and our retail partners can build it.

Custom Details

Unlike the bike-building behemoths, Parlee is a nimble operation, capable of creating a bike that meets your exact wants and needs. Parlee can customize a vast range of fittings and interfaces. Options include English bottom bracket threading, or our open industry standard Press-Fit 30 designs. Parlee can also modify cable stop placement, route Di2 or EPS internally, build eTap frames with no drillings and add eyelets, pump pegs and bottle mounts. Racks, fenders, power meter sensors and other mounts are all options.

How does the process begin?

A great custom bike starts with a great fitting. In most cases, your fitter will provide us with the data we need. We also have a standard form that our dealers use to begin the process. Download the PDF fit form below and ask your fitter to provide the requested information to us.