Paketa Bikes V2 Racing Tandem
Large V2 frame with Campy Record 10 speed triple shifters and derailleurs. FSA carbon cranks, zero gravity brakes, Amercian Classic 420 wheel set, Gates carbon belt drive.
Our V2 is our second tandem. We'd been riding an Aluminum framed C'Dale Ultegra equipped bike for about 7 years, and looked to upgrade to something faster when our C'Dale started to get tired. We looked at many top of the line tandems, including carbon frames. Being a Materials Engineer by education and profession, everything I read on the Paketa web site about their Magnesium framed bikes sounded appealing, and made sense. With Mg tubes, you get all the benefits of carbon, even more so (light weight, stiffness and vibration damping) with the addition of ruggedness. The Mg tubes are thick, stiff and almost dent proof, so no fear of breaking this frame. So we took the plunge and purchased a yellow V2. We test rode the bike in CO, before Paketa shipped back to us in TX, and we were blow away by the speed (+2 mph cruise speed over the C'Dale) and comfort. The bike rides like it's floating on air with absolutely no buzz from the road. This was one of those few situations where the actual experience exceeded the hype. At a finished 25 lb on the road weight, together with the unbelievable frame stiffness, it climbs and accelerates like a single bike. I'd also like give a shout out for David Walker of Sixties Cycles who spec'd and performed the build for us. If you going to buy a V2, I'd highly recommend trying to contact David Walker through Paketa to see if he will be willing spec and build it for you. If you want the utlimate in tandem bike performance, you can get it with zero sacrifice in comfort with the Paketa V2. Catch us if you can!!!
Speed, stiffness, comfort
Price, but you get what you pay for.