Bob Parlee started Parlee a decade ago with the goal to build the best performing race bike in the world. At that time, carbon fiber was overlooked in the road bike market despite all the success in motorsports, aerospace and defense.
In the late 1990's most race bikes were aluminum or titanium. However, based on what Bob learned about materials in his 20 years building racing boats, he knew that with the right sized tubes, and the right fiber lay-up, and proper molding techniques, carbon fiber would be the best choice for creating fast, light and comfortable racing bikes.
Ten years on, it is plain to see his instincts were right. Carbon is now the material of choice for professional and recreational riders. No major bike manufacturer is without carbon fiber in their road lineup.
"I am not a stylist. I am a designer and builder of race bikes. I design and build fast, light, durable and comfortable bikes — qualities that were once considered mutually exclusive in bike building."
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