Parlee Introduces SLi Road Bike Option for Electronic Shifting Groups

parlee SLi road bike for electronic shifting road groups

Parlee has a new SLi frame that’s a Di2-only version of their SL full carbon road frame that removes all shifter cable stops and runs the electronic wires internally. It has a custom battery mount bonded to the carbon chainstay, which puts it out of the way and keeps the center of gravity low. Price is the same as the regular SL, $4,700, and includes a ENVE 1.0 fork, carbon seatpost clamp and carbon front derailleur clamp. Weight between the SL and SLi frames will be within 15-20g – it loses the weight of the cable stops but gains the battery mount.

Lots of closeup detail pics and more info after the break, plus their new solution to running standard Shimano cranks on new PFBB30 frames!

parlee SLi road bike for electronic shifting road groups

parlee SLi road bike for electronic shifting road groups

parlee SLi road bike for electronic shifting road groups with custom Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 battery mount

They used Shimano’s short battery mount attached to a mount bonded directly to the frame for a super clean look.

parlee custom alloy bearing cups for adapting standard shimano cranks with pressfit PF BB30 bottom bracket shells

The other difference is the SLi gets a PFBB30, where current models of the Z5 and SL have regular BB30 for now. When making the switch to PFBB30, they needed a solution for running Shimano’s standard cranks. Rather than rely on existing bearings with adapters, they developed a new alloy bearing cup that presses into the frame and fits standard Shimano cranks. What’s really cool is this piece will fit any PFBB30 frame and should be available aftermarket soon.

custom parlee SLi road bike for electronic shifting road groups

The SLi is also available through their custom program, which uses non-standard lug and tube construction (as in, the lugs are wrapped together to allow custom angles and geometry), shown above and below and in the pic highlighting the PFBB30 adapter.

custom parlee SLi road bike for electronic shifting road groups

They’ll probably be doing an “i” version of the Z5 in the future, especially as Ultegra Di2 comes around.

 

Comments

Superstantial - 06/22/11 - 5:17pm

Does the seatstay detach from the dropout? Belt drive!

Electronic shifter is cool too, I guess.

wannabesti - 06/22/11 - 7:56pm

I’m sure that if you wanted to make a real bone-head move you could unbolt the seat stay. You’ll only be asking for issues later.

I had a few customers “think” it was okay to do just that. They now have frames that don’t have joints like the Parlee. The customers who were smart enough not to play with the dropout are still riding the bike and without issues.

dishedwheels - 06/24/11 - 6:50am

There are Parlees with belt drive. Any competent mechanic will be able to install a belt drive with no issues.

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