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Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?(7 posts)

Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?rssljhnsn
Jan 23, 2004 7:43 AM
Well, I have narrowed my search for a new frame down to two. Parlee vs Calfee. Reasons mainly being a)carbon b)custom c)quality. Is one frame markedly better than the other? Any input appreciated.
re: Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?koala
Jan 23, 2004 7:48 AM
Go to and search the archives. It has been discussed. Some lucky stiffs have been fortunate to have owned both.
re: Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?lyleseven
Jan 23, 2004 8:01 AM
Check out Calfee paper on the difference of their carbon frames. it is a bit dated, but very helpful. Calfee customer satisfaction is very high. Main thing to do is make sure you get a good fit from your LBS, from someone who has sold a lot of these bikes....
re: Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?JimP
Jan 23, 2004 10:07 AM
I would recommend looking at Kestrel and Aegis in addition to Parlee and Calfee. All the web sites give differing views on carbon construction and justify their construction technique. I prefer these four manufacturers over the lug and tube technique of Trek and Colnago.

re: Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?Grand Strand Cyclists
Jan 24, 2004 2:53 AM
I would recommend the Calfee. I just received my Tetra Pro and it is just an excellent bike as to the ride, responsiveness, finish, and dealing with Stella at Calfee. Great customer service and you get a custom designed and bike assembled for you.

Enjoy the Ride but with a Calfee.
re: Parlee or Calfee: Which should it bee?Fignons_ponytail
Jan 24, 2004 7:51 AM
I was in the same boat (also considering the Colnago C50 and Serotta Ottrott)and decided on the Parlee Z1x. I just can't get used to the look of the Calfee webbed lugs, or the carbon tubes they use. I really like the look of the Parlee frames, and the Z1x in full carbon weave is beatiful. Even the linear carbon on the Z1 frames is nice looking--sort of luminescent as the light changes. You can get them painted any way you want, too. Customer service at Parlee has been extremely responsive and helpful. We went through many, many different frame designs before I finally settled on one. Additionally, I was able to demo a built up Z1 for a weekend. I could not believe how good the ride was.
I heard Calfee is smoothing out the lugs for 2004Dave Hickey
Jan 24, 2004 8:57 AM
I read somewhere that Calfee is smoothing out the lugs for 2004. It might be only the Dragonfly. If I wasn't so old, I'd remember where I read it.