Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
Bikes: Kestrel talon sl, Specialized Tarmac SL, Paket tandem, Co-Motion Robusta tandem, Burley Paso Doble tandem with child stoker kit
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I finished building up the Paketa this past weekend. Final tale of the tape was 25.8 pounds; this includes pedals, a not so light saddle for my stoker and one water bottle cage (I'll be adding a second, I only had one in my basement).
I used DA-10 components throughout, a FSA tandem crankset, conti 4000 tires and Rolf Vector wheels, kestrel pro sl capt. bars, ea 90 stoker bars and look keo pedals.
Overall, the build went fairly well as there were no major surprises or difficulties in terms of cable routing and the like. Initially, I was concerned that a compact or sloping frame would make it look like the stoker was riding on a pogo stick. However, after it was built up, I kind of like the look. The other potential upside is that my soon to be 4 year old daughter may be able to ride it without a stoker kit. We will have to find a long stoker stem and such.
We did not have great weather in Cleveland on Sunday and Monday so I was not able to ride it with a stoker. However, I did a 10 mile ride on the Paketa on Saturday after my regular single bike ride. During this ride, it was obvious that the bike was light and is quite responsive. I found the ride to be quite nice and it did soak up the bumps very well. I did a couple of fairly steep climbs (hill in Chagrin Falls, for those who know the area). It climbed great, no flex, though I would not expect any since I was riding single. It's handling characteristics are certainly equal to or a little better than our Co-Motion Robusta.
So far, quite please with the final product and am looking forward to getting some rides in with my stoker.
Here is a link to some pics: