Parlee has been making beautiful custom carbon road bikes in Massachusetts for over 20 years. Originally focused on custom road rockets, in 2015 Bob and the team released the go-anywhere Chebacco which has become their best seller.
The Chebacco bike is named after the old parish and lake in nearby Essex, MA (not Kashyyyk, sorry). This area is full of pine trees and ponds, with lovely gravel roads behind green metal gates. But those gravel roads can quickly turn into gnarly old carriage roads and steep rock-n-rooty singletrack, so it’s no place for a road bike.
The Chebacco woods require a bike and rider up for adventure. The Chebacco bike has been updated a bit since 2015 , continuing to improve on its offroad adventure capabilities to live up to its namesake woods, while still maintaining its road bike roots.
The bike’s popularity isn’t surprising. Parlee’s years of inhouse custom carbon manufacturing transitioned really well to the Asia-made Chebacco, which is more affordable, while still retaining the light and efficient nature of a custom frame. Combine that with the potential for one bike for both gravel and road, and it makes sense that a ton of riders are going to line up for one. Living in the area, I’ve been itching to try one for years, and I was not disappointed after a week of riding a new Chebacco XD LE with Parlee’s all-carbon parts kit, new Parlee Sky Ridge carbon wheels, and SRAM eTap shifting. I crammed several memorable […]