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Old 06-11-2018, 08:25 AM
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Paketa tandem v1 (magnesium!)

Realized I never posted this up. Radsmd hooked me up my sending me the a posting. About a year later, the owner and I came to a deal and it switched coasts. The PO had quite a bit of state TT glory with the bike and his team had several of them. Tandem sizing has always been hard for us since my wife is 2 inches shorter than me but has a higher saddle height by a few cm. Right after I got the bike I swapped the tandem stem out for a shim and Kalloy Uno 130 -7* stem. It works great and is super light.

It has a 6603 group but I'm working on a Di2 setup. The biggest hurdle will be either respacing or replacing the rear crank (in which case I would try right side timing).

It's spaced to normal road specs but I haven't been adventurous enough to try my nicer road wheels on it since our team is getting a little heavier right now (my wife is nearly 6 months pregnant with our first!).

The stoker bars are funny, the flat top is level with the ground but the as you can see the drops are way up. I have some other bars I want to throw on there that are a big more regular.


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Old 06-11-2018, 08:39 AM
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That is so cool.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:39 AM
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Very rad bike. I dig it.
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:25 AM
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Awesome bike, I've always wanted to do a tandem with Di2 or Etap and hyrdo but that's aways away. Nice bike!
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:47 AM
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+1. super cool
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:08 AM
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Friends of ours are on their second Paketa tandem. They can't say enough good about them. After riding their first one for several years they sold it, and a steel coupled tandem and bought a new Paketa with couplers.

Hope you enjoy yours as much as they do theirs.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:20 PM
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That is a cool machine. I've also got some friends with a magnesium Paketa who rocket along on it! I'm thinking eventually of a tandem for family riding (my daughter is 1 year this week!), so maybe we'll work up to something like that.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:40 PM
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Niiiiice.

So just the two rim calipers or is there a drag brake I'm not seeing?
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:57 PM
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Just the two rim brakes. We don't have a lot of long or winding descents around here so I haven't felt the need for anything more. I'm not sure it would even fit a drum brake at 130mm rear.
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Old 06-11-2018, 02:38 PM
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Just the two rim brakes. We don't have a lot of long or winding descents around here so I haven't felt the need for anything more. I'm not sure it would even fit a drum brake at 130mm rear.
Right, I don't think so. I wasn't even aware anyone made a tandem with 130mm spacing.
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:11 PM
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Just the two rim brakes. We don't have a lot of long or winding descents around here so I haven't felt the need for anything more. I'm not sure it would even fit a drum brake at 130mm rear.
Really, 130? I knew that 135 was getting to be pretty popular choice for custom tandems. I guess modern hubs and rims build up plenty strong, so you have both greater choice in hubs and normal chain line/q-factor.

I would bet that frame and fork could easily build into a sub 25 lb bike with the right bits, if you wanted to go that route.

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Old 06-11-2018, 07:50 PM
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130 was specified at time of building. I’m definitely interested in a tandem that light! Have any fun build links to share?
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130 was specified at time of building. I’m definitely interested in a tandem that light! Have any fun build links to share?
I've seen some cool bikes and build ideas on one of the tandem forums I occasionally check out. You do have to hunt around though.

https://www.bikeforums.net/tandem-cycling/
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:35 PM
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Sweet score!
I mailing on delivery of a new Santana. It will be great to replace my cannondale.
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Old 06-15-2018, 06:52 PM
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Stien pal, sorry, I dunno why but when I saw your tandem the first thing that came to mind was....

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