Parlee launched one completely new model, with three versions, at Eurobike, plus a more budget friendly edition of their ESX aero road bike.
The Altum, shown above in it’s top form with founder and designer Bob Parlee, replaces the stock Z5 series of bikes. Sitting at the base of Parlee’s Z-series hierarchy, the Z5 was their semi-customizeable stock frame that provided a lightweight, fantastic riding road bike with Parlee’s signature comfort and performance. The Altum looks to improve on every aspect of that while also adding a much more affordable disc brake option to the line up.
Three version will be offered: The Altum is the top of the range and replaces the Z5 SLi. The Altum R gets a slightly heavier, lower level carbon and replaces the Z5i. The Altum Disc gets the same geometry as the rim brake models but is disc specific with convertible rear dropouts. All of them get a new Parlee fork, and the top model gets their new Parlee carbon seatpost.
Ride on for the complete tech breakdown, actual weight, and a look at one amazing custom paint job!