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C-40 vs Calfee vs Parley(6 posts)

C-40 vs Calfee vs Parleymarkdubrow
Jan 21, 2003 5:39 AM
I ordered a C40 in World Champion finishin early November. Trialtir said the bike would be in in December. In December they said another 3 weeks, in 3 weeks they said mid January now they are saying February sometime. I say too bad would love a C-40 but find it very difficult to deal with them. Now looking at Calfee Dragonfly or Tetra, and Parley. I am hard recreational rider, ride approx. 200 miles per week and weigh 200 pounds. Would love any thoughts , suggestions and experience on these three bikes.
Yes, I have all 3pmf1
Jan 21, 2003 7:46 AM
Just joking. Good luck finding anyone who has ridden, much less owns all three.

Colnago does not make C-40's very fast. I ordered a 2001 model in early September of 2000 while in Italy. The 2001 was the first year of the B-Stay. Now 2003 is the first year of the B-Stay HP. I didn't get the frame until early January. I'd expect similar production delays with the 2003 model. If you're patient, it'll come.

As for the bike, its really nice. Light, smooth, laterally stiff and beautiful. It won't disappoint you. I doubt a Calfee of Parley would either.
re: C-40 vs Calfee vs ParleyNo_sprint
Jan 21, 2003 8:47 AM
C40 = not custom sized, not geometrically appealing to those with slightly short legs and slightly long trunks (like me).

Calfee and Parlee = custom

All 3 are extremely pricey though I'm unfamiliar with Parlee's pricing and more bike than any rec rider would ever need. None will disappoint.
Custom sizingirregardless
Jan 21, 2003 9:16 AM
Colnago doesn't offer custom sizing, but it offers a lot more standard sizes than a Calfee (in one cm increments). That could make a huge difference if you're inbetween sizes. Also, you'd pay significantly more for a Calfee custom tetra than a standard tetra, so that buying a custom Calfee reduces or eliminates any pricing advantage of the Calfee over the Colnago. I've ridden a tetra and a C-40. Both are stiff but very comfortable. You could use either as a sprinting or long distance road ride, which is quite impressive. I preferred the C-40 because it fit better, and because it had more stability at speed, particularly when desending, which I attribute mainly to a more slack head tube angle and more trail. If either fits, you can't go wrong.
re: C-40 vs Calfee vs ParleyMariowannabe
Jan 21, 2003 11:05 AM
I ordered a C40 with the same finish last summer and got numerous delays. Hey, they're made in Italy. They have a different perspective on time. It finally came and I have no regrets, except I wish I'd ordered it earlier! The other bikes would be great, but if you went to far as to order a C-40, stick it out. I'm sure you researched it.

(FYI - I've had a Bianchi on order since early Nov, too. "...couple of weeks, couple of weeks.").
re: C-40 vs Calfee vs ParleyTraveller
Jan 21, 2003 8:03 PM
Here's a thread that might be of intrest to you.

About a month back I visited Bob Parlee's workshop. He makes beautiful bikes. A custom Parlee Z1 runs 3000/- vs 2900 for stock dragonfly. The bikes are as good as any that Craig Calfee produces. Parlee Z1 was also ridden by Tyler Hamilton this year under the LOOK logo as is used by Ryan Sabga as well. Either way you can't go wrong. All the bikes that you mentioned are excellent. You can also order Parlee bikes through good luck