Progress. Sometimes it happens incrementally—small advancements moving things forward. Other times, it hits like a bolt from the blue, a breakthrough moment when everything changes.
The new Altum series from Parlee represents both types of progress. The modern tube shaping, the cutting-edge craftsmanship, even the Altum name all leave an immediate, unmistakable impression: this is something new. Yet at the same time, Altum remains true to the Parlee DNA. In fact, it’s a direct descendent of our benchmark Z series. And that means one thing—ride quality comes first.
Yes, the new Altum is lighter. Yes, it has many striking new features and technologies. But the heart and soul of this bike is centered on how it rides. How it leaps into action when you stand up and sprint. How it carves through corners with unrivaled confidence and disappears beneath you on long, grueling rides. Subtle, evolutionary refinements have long been the Parlee way. Altum is simply the next step in a lineage of bikes that began with the award-winning Z1 and has continued through the Z5.
In short, the Altum represents the culmination of everything we’ve learned from more than a decade of handcrafting the world’s finest carbon fiber road racing bikes.
One of the biggest game changers that road riders have seen in the past few years is the emergence of disc brake technologies. The new Altum DISC is engineered specifically for disc brake use with some key frame and fork designs that allow for seamless integration. The frame features the same engineering, design, and geometry as the other Altum models, but with a modular rear dropout that accepts QR135 or thru-axle 142mm wheels. Up front, it has a specially built fork designed for the greater braking forces of the new flat-mount disc brakes. It features a 12mm thru axle design for added stiffness and steering precision. The frame and fork are fully compatible with mechanical or hydraulic braking systems and various rotor sizes (140-160mm) for added versatility and upgrade options. For adventurous riders who love to tackle unpredictable roads and all kinds of weather, the Altum DISC delivers a new level of performance.
DESIGN: Compact road geometry
TT SLOPE: 9 degrees
TUBING: PARLEE High Mod SL
SEAT STAYS: Twin carbon
TIRE SIZES: 20-28mm (measured)
SEATPOST: 31.6mm, hidden binder
CABLING: Full internal, mechanical, eTap or Di2/EPS compatible, quick access replaceable clip-in stops
BOTTOM BRACKET: Press Fit 30 (68mm x 46mm)
DROP OUTS: Carbon (w/replaceable hanger) - Modular 142x12mm through axle or 135x9mm QR
BRAKES: DISC, flat mount front and rear, 140 or 160mm rotors, internally routed
FRONT DERAILLEUR: Braze-on
STANDARD FINISH: Matte Grey with Orange Outline Decals
OPTIONAL FINISHES: N/A, please see Altum DISC LE for custom finish options
FORK SPECS: PARLEE Road Disc, tapered steerer, integrated crown race, 12mm through axle
HEADSET: Integrated Cane Creek, IS41 upper, IS47 lower
Cockpit (same across all groupset builds)
ZIPP Service Course Handlebar
ZIPP Service Course Stem
ZIPP Service Course Seatpost
DT 1800 Wheels
Ergon SR10 Saddle
Vittoria Rubino Pro Tires
Geometry & Sizing
About The Brand
Bob Parlee founded Parlee in 2000 with a simple but lofty goal: to build the best bikes in the world. With 20+ years’ experience in the boat-building business, he understood the capabilities of composite materials.
Don’t mistake style for performance. Bob's focus is on designing and engineering bikes that are fast, light, durable and fun to ride. He never uses unnecessary shapes in the name of design.
Instead, Parlee's guiding principle is efficiency. They use carbon fiber strategically to achieve a certain level of performance. To create a bike specifically for you that does exactly what it’s intended to do—whether that’s road racing, daily training rides, cyclocross or all-day epics.
An unrelenting focus on design and efficiency leads to maximum performance. Better acceleration. Better tracking. Lighter weight. Unmatched durability. Remarkable comfort. Industry leading customisation and personalisation. That is what sets Parlee apart.
Targeted performance meets tailor-made fit. That’s what defines a Parlee bike.