The world’s first TT bike with disc brakes (video)

American bike brand, Parlee has unveiled the world's first time trial bike with disc brakes, thru-axels and a hefty price tag.

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For those unfamiliar with the Massachusetts-based brand, Parlee has a reputation for producing superb quality carbon-fibre bikes with a large emphasis on customisation. New for 2017, the brand has announced its latest and most advanced creation to date: The Parlee TTiR.

The rear brake cover. The bike uses the flat mount standard and features thru axels

The rear brake cover. The bike uses the flat mount standard and features thru axels

If you are in the market for a super tt bike, the Parle TTR will start at 5999 Euros for the ‘module.’ Parlee is using the term ‘module’ to refer to the frame, fork, seat post, stem, base bar and brakes. Parlee has a huge emphasis on customisation, so we fully expect many build and custom paint options.

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Disc brakes on road bikes are not new, but this is the first instance we have seen of a time trial bike equipped with disc brakes. Interestingly Parlee has designed some carbon fairings to cover the flat mount callipers in a bid to reduce drag.

The front brake with fairing

The front brake with fairing

The proprietary stem is integrated and features a removable spacer for different stack height options. The base bar is proprietary Parlee too, with the tribars coming from Profile Design.

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The seat post is proprietary Parlee too.

The seat post is proprietary Parlee too.

Parlee told us it is working on a carbon fairing ‘bento box’ for the top tube, with the one pictured being a prototype.

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Integrated cockpit and bento box

Integrated cockpit and bento box

Partly, because of the brake fairing covers, the bike is not UCI legal, but is perfectly fine for triathlons and CTT affiliated time trials in the UK.

Parlee has designed the cockpit

Parlee has designed the cockpit

The Parlee TTiR pictured here is fitted with SRAM Red eTap shifters and Hed Jet wheels. For those wondering about the possibility of not being able to use a solid TT disc wheel on the rear, Zipp launched one yesterday!

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Are disc brakes necessary on a time trial bike? Let us know what you think.