These are the exact two bikes that were my final list. Both are great bikes. My decision came down to this:
1. I tried and tried and tried to find a way to test ride a Parlee and could not. I talked to Parlee about how to test ride a bike and they said fly to New York City. I couldn't even go to their office in Massachusetts, which I was near enough to visit as they didn't have one available. I was able to test a PR3 at USAT nationals.
2. The aerobar - to me, the aerobar is the component that makes the biggest difference in rider position and aerodynamics. Parlee has a proprietary aerobar and the LBS that is the second largest seller of Parlee bikes (their biggest is in London surprisingly) told me that a number of folks have a hard time getting the fit right as their is not a lot of adjustability causing them to recommend the P5X from Cervelo (which I can't afford) sometimes. In addition to the right fit being important, bars like Tririg's Alpha X are more aerodynamic (and fit better). I don't understand why Parlee makes their own bar. QR uses bars available on the market and while you can't use the Alpha X with it because the Alpha as an integrated stem, you can use other great aerodynamic bars that are highly adjustable like the PD Aeria Ultimate. With Parlee you have to buy it with the aerobar, you can't buy just the frame. QR you can buy the frame and thus avoid buying an aerobar you don't want.
3. While both frames are very well made, I think the QR frame has more aerodynamic design strategy in that makes the bike faster. This is #3 as frame is less important than the engine, rider position and aerobars.
4. The integrated Q-box and bento box on the QR means that storage is integrated, aerodynamic and something I don't need to purchase.
Please note, color and paint job is not that important to me. Parlee has an amazing paint shop and if you want a custom paint job, they do this like no one else.
2018 Races: <a href="http://www.ironman.com/...a.aspx#axzz4wcgWtkns
">IM Santa Rosa</a>, <a href="http://www.vineman.com/...te_Rio_Triathlon.htm
">Vineman Monte Rio </a>, <a href="http://laketahoetri.com/...tahoe-half-triathlon
">Lake Tahoe 70.3 </a>