Par­lee fin­ish­ing kit

Bars £320, stem £260, seat­post £250, par­leecy­cles.com

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ob Par­lee founded Par­lee Cy­cles in 2000 with the sim­ple but lofty goal of mak­ing car­bon bike frames bet­ter. Now, no longer con­tent with re­fin­ing frame de­sign, the car­bon fi­bre spe­cial­ist has de­vel­oped a range of fin­ish­ing kit to com­ple­ment its frames.

‘We de­cided to pro­duce fin­ish­ing kit be­cause we felt ride qual­ity could be im­proved, not only with the de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing, but also in the er­gonomics,’ says Par­lee’s Tom Rodi.

It was the lat­ter in par­tic­u­lar that in­formed the de­sign of the bars. They fea­ture cus­tomis­able drops (where the tails can be cut to a pre­ferred length) and are 35mm in di­am­e­ter at the clamp area, where most bars are 31.8mm. The stem is an over­sized de­sign as well, match­ing and ac­com­mo­dat­ing the bars.

‘Larger cross sec­tions suit car­bon con­struc­tion bet­ter – it’s eas­ier to cre­ate tor­sional stiff­ness and mo­du­late bend­ing stiff­ness for a com­bi­na­tion of com­fort and ef­fi­ciency,’ says Rodi. A stand­out fea­ture of the kit is its sim­plic­ity. ‘The fi­nal area of fo­cus was us­abil­ity,’ says Rodi. ‘We wanted the kit to be easy to set up, ad­just and ser­vice.’

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