I’ve been looking for a lugged carbon frameset in my size, or more specifically a Look 585. But it seems that once these bikes are sold, they never reappear. If the bike is actually that good, then I’m on the right track, even if my search has so far been unsuccessful.
So I decided to take yet another look on ebay for a Look 585. You can undoubtedly see why this search might prove challenging – LOOKing for a LOOK 585. Not exactly a phrase that’s all that unique. Still, I did find one, but it was sized as a medium frame. I messaged the seller and asked for confirmation of the seat tube length. While I was waiting for a reply I checked several other places where high-end used bikes were sold, with no luck. Then I visited a bicycle web forum where I’ve been a member for several years.
And I saw a Parlee Z3 for sale. Parlee is one of the few companies manufacturing lugged carbon bicycle frames, and their bikes are very well thought of. I messaged the seller, and we discussed the bike. He sent links to additional images and I looked them over very carefully. The bike looks great. It has Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed electronic shifting, Knight carbon wheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs, and a Chris King headset – all top of the line components.
Never hearing back from the ebay seller, I decided to buy the Parlee. We agreed on a price, and both of us preferring to avoid fees on the funds transfer, I sent him a check – a stamp is significantly less than the fees. We agreed that he would give it a few days to be sure the check had cleared my bank, and then he shipped the bike.
Waiting for it to arrive from the west coast was a bit worrisome, perhaps anticipation would be a better word choice.
It got here in fine shape, no damage that I could see. A great starting point.