Lance Armstrong tweets about his new bike… and it's not a Trek

Armstrong shows off his new road bike and – surprise! – it's not a Trek

by Mat Brett   May 28, 2013  

Lance's Parlee

Having been associated closely with Trek during his racing career, Lance Armstrong has tweeted that he now has a new Parlee Z-Zero road bike.

Lance said, “Down @mellowjohnnys building up my new @parlee_z1. What a beauty!! Right at 15 lbs.”

Mellow Johnny’s is a bike store in Austin, Texas, owned by Armstrong. The name comes from maillot jaune – French for ‘yellow jersey’.

Mellow Johnny's is a Trek dealership. Whereas usually Trek might not be too pleased with an ex-pro and current dealer showing off a bike other than a Trek, in this case they're probably fairly relaxed about the situation.

The Parlee race bike brand was established by Bob Parlee in Massachusetts about a decade ago.

The Z-Zero is custom-made to order in 16 semi-custom sizes, or in a full-custom geometry. Parlee say that they can tune the ride characteristics to each rider's exact requirements.

Armstrong has gone for a Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 groupset here. Previously, he had a contract with SRAM but the US component brand terminated it last year in the light of revelations about Armstrong’s doping during his race career – you might have heard about that!

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tony_farrelly wrote:
I don't think we've said he's a hero Paul, we've just said he's been tweeting about his new bike. We found his choice quite interesting.

Sorry. Didn't mean to imply you considered him a hero should have been something like "why treat him as someone who still has any relevance to cycling in any positive way". I probably had my tuppence worth and more so I promise I will now shut up on the subject.

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posted by PaulVWatts [111 posts]
28th May 2013 - 16:52

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I thought he was banned from riding a bike? Why would he buy a new one? Thinking

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
28th May 2013 - 17:02

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That's a nice looking bike.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [491 posts]
28th May 2013 - 17:06

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Interesting bike. I thought it was metal at a first glance. The joins don't have the large radius typical of carbon. How do they keep them strong enough? If all carbon bikes looked like this, I might buy one. (Not this one obviously, as it is tainted by association with "The evil one"...)

posted by The Rumpo Kid [590 posts]
28th May 2013 - 17:41

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It's taken him 41 years to realise there are better bikes than a Trek out there.

posted by Tom Amos [246 posts]
28th May 2013 - 18:34

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Enve, I believe...

posted by mattsavage [14 posts]
28th May 2013 - 18:49

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No kidding...

posted by mattsavage [14 posts]
28th May 2013 - 18:51

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Lance fan for Life!!! I'm going straight out and buying two Parlee's! (if I have to sell my child and whore out my wife...!)

posted by mattsavage [14 posts]
28th May 2013 - 18:53

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PaulVWatts wrote:
Sorry. Didn't mean to imply you considered him a hero should have been something like "why treat him as someone who still has any relevance to cycling in any positive way". I probably had my tuppence worth and more so I promise I will now shut up on the subject.

Nope, not that either.

1. What is there in the article that makes you think we're treating him as someone who still has any relevance to cycling in a positive way? A quote, perhaps, or a reference?

2. Why would we, as a news-based website, confine our news to people who have a relevance to cycling in a positive way?

Lance Armstrong has tweeted about a new bike that's a) Not a Trek. b) Not fitted with SRAM. It's news, especially in the light of his relationships with sponsors as a result of the USADA report and the fallout from that.

We're not in the business of restricting our news to cover only people whose actions we approve of. Sorry.

posted by Mat Brett [1923 posts]
28th May 2013 - 18:59

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This is why they posted this story - 50 odd comments in a few hours on a story which is otherwise of no consequence.

Anything about LA is going to cause a reaction and controversy and road cc know this as much as anyone!

posted by 700c [587 posts]
28th May 2013 - 19:09

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fbhidy wrote:
and I'm really annoyed for making it this far down in the comments...it's like watching a car wreck, can't look away.

I was going to agree, but i'm actually finding it quite entertaining!

I'm no Lance fan but some of you guys really need to unwind a little before you do yourselves an injury!

posted by mustard [72 posts]
28th May 2013 - 19:45

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Mat Brett wrote:

Lance Armstrong has tweeted about a new bike that's a) Not a Trek. b) Not fitted with SRAM. It's news, especially in the light of his relationships with sponsors as a result of the USADA report and the fallout from that.

Looks like he might have chosen a Specialized(?) helmet too http://instagram.com/p/Z0uVI6QDCY/

posted by mustard [72 posts]
28th May 2013 - 19:50

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PaulVWatts wrote:
In reply to farrell: Cycling's most famous cheater perhaps certainly not its most famous cyclist even when his cheating wasn't general knowledge. Maybe road.cc would like to tell us and their sponsors what it thinks its doing by giving this piece of filth publicity?

Just a small point. if he/it is so unimportant why are you reading/commenting on here?

posted by stevemarks [424 posts]
28th May 2013 - 20:07

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Nice choice going with the Shimano Dura-Ace 9070. Nice to have that option.

posted by bobbylama [12 posts]
28th May 2013 - 20:12

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Where's the downtube shifter for the chainrings?

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posted by byke.com.au [18 posts]
29th May 2013 - 0:57

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Its a little sad i made it to the bottom....

posted by Nzlucas [105 posts]
29th May 2013 - 7:32

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i still say he's a suicide watch

posted by craa22uk [7 posts]
29th May 2013 - 7:57

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Give the guy a break and move on!!!! old news new times still one of the most charismatic riders ever to watch, doped or not, I just can't understand why the likes of Miller get left alone.
Look back and everybody was on the gear all the greats!

posted by RussFar66 [14 posts]
29th May 2013 - 9:21

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And road.cc duly obliged them.

Hope this backfires on Parlee

posted by Decster [246 posts]
29th May 2013 - 10:20

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RussFar66 wrote:
Give the guy a break and move on!!!! old news new times still one of the most charismatic riders ever to watch, doped or not, I just can't understand why the likes of Miller get left alone.
Look back and everybody was on the gear all the greats!

Careful. I once dared to make a similar point on this forum amidst all the schadenfreude and was comprehensively shot down.

You don't want the Lance-hating mob to turn their sights on you! Wink

posted by 700c [587 posts]
29th May 2013 - 13:51

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Crying LOL we would not want that would we

posted by RussFar66 [14 posts]
29th May 2013 - 18:34

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Should I care?

As easy as falling off a ....

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posted by Percespb [25 posts]
29th May 2013 - 20:07

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badback wrote:
Lance who ?

© LANCE PHARMSTRONG

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posted by richdirector [54 posts]
29th May 2013 - 21:42

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And Parlee has a cult following in the US - said to the best carbon maker on that side of the pond ... what do i know? I only abuse my ti brides ...

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posted by richdirector [54 posts]
29th May 2013 - 21:45

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Interestingly Lance has chosen the Z1 not the Z-Zero, I suspect a good choice.

posted by Mungoman [2 posts]
29th May 2013 - 22:16

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Mungoman wrote:
Interestingly Lance has chosen the Z1 not the Z-Zero, I suspect a good choice.

No, it's a Z-Zero - Z1 is just part of the Twitter name he has mentioned.

posted by Mat Brett [1923 posts]
30th May 2013 - 4:07

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Sorry Z1 it is. The devil is in the detail.

posted by Mungoman [2 posts]
30th May 2013 - 11:15

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Only 116K for Jens? I'd think it would be so much higher... i'm not doubting the numbers... but Jens is awesome!

posted by dino [57 posts]
31st May 2013 - 12:08

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I've boycotted Trek & ShimaNO for 8+ years since I felt he was too good to be true

mattsavage wrote:
I'm going straight out and buying two Parlee's! (if I have to sell my child and whore out my wife...!)

So therefore I'm thinking of selling my my three Parlee's after reading this...... then again they are sublime, and I'd have to change my forum name. Nah best ride them

Actually I do already have a Z5 for sale (£1400) which looks a lot like the finish on the one the texanscum has bleatweeted.

posted by Parlee-king [38 posts]
31st May 2013 - 13:32

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timothy wrote:
does posting on twatter make you a famous cyclist? Does it not prove there are nearly 4m twatters who like a cheat. Sick

Eddy Merckx much more famous and a better cyclist and human. factoid that. Smile


I do believe eddy was known to dabble ........

posted by chiv30 [879 posts]
31st May 2013 - 20:33

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