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New Paketa Scud for Di2 and tapered steer tube

November 13, 2012

Here is a little sneak peak of our new custom Paketa Scud magnesium road bike frame with internal routing for Di2 and Hydraulic road disc brakes. This bike is built with our incredibly versatile 44/44 mm headtube, which allows the use of 1.5″ and 1.25″ tapered steer tubes or internally mounted headset cups. Adjustable rake headsets are also a possibility. With all of these updated features, the ride quality and lightness of the magnesium frame, and custom geometry; there is really no bike out there that competes with the new Scud from Paketa. You can visit us at NAHBS, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in February to see this bike in person. We will also post photos of the bike once we get it built up. It should look pretty slick with the Enve carbon fork with matching finish.

paketa scud custom magnesium road bicycle frame

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Double WAC in action

March 26, 2012

I got a chance to ride the new Double WAC the other day, and had a great time. I haven’t done a lot of single-speed riding, and this bike got me excited to do more. I always found that I liked the simplicity training aspect of single-speeding, but I didn’t like the fact that the gear was never quite right. Or almost never. I like to be able to pedal a little bit going downhill sometimes, and every single speed setup I’ve tried was geared too low for downhills of even low grades. They were all geared okay for decent climbing. Or the gearing may be good on the trail, but not good for the road from house to trail. The Double WAC helps to make single-speeding a little more practical for the types of trails in this area. We often have long climbs followed by long downhills.The Double WAC setup is basically a double/double belt drive. There are two sprockets on the front and back with different sizes. The sprocket sizes have to, of course, be chosen carefully since the belt cannot change lengths. This makes it possible to have two different gear ratios with the same length belt, which means an uphill gear and a down hill gear. You just have to pop the wheel out of the dropouts, switch the belt onto the other sprocket on the front and rear, and re-clamp the wheel into place. It’s obviously not something you would plan on doing a lot, but if you have a long downhill, or a long flat road ride to get to the trail, it’s definitely worth switching it into the higher gear.

double WAC - double double belt drive

Apart from the gearing, the WAC Corporal 29er was great to ride. I know I’m biased,  but the shock absorbing qualities of the frame always surprise me when I get on a Paketa magnesium bike. It always feels smoother than I expect. This bike is also really stiff and responsive, and the geometry is great. I feel right at home on this bike, which is a size large. Paketa has great stock geometries, and JP can do each frame custom to the rider.

Installing the belt is super easy, and the connection that JP makes to break the rear triangle apart for belt installation is simple, clean, and functional. The frame separates at the dropout where bolts would already exist for the standard sliding dropout installation. It’s super strong, and it adds absolutely no weight or potential failure points to the frame. The video explains a little more on the belt installation.

Paketa is also now offering a straight 44 mm head tube on all bikes. This mountain bike uses a 1.5″ tapered steerer fork for better fork stiffness. The bigger headtube adds stiffness and durability to the frame as well, and it makes the bike track and steer very precisely. The upper headset cup is inset into the headtube, and the lower bearing is external. If you use an 1 1/8″ steer tube, you can use a fully inset headset. Click here to check out more information on the WAC Corporal custom mountain bike.

paketa 44mm headtube

Gearing information for the bike in these photos: (all Gates CenterTrack):
Low gear: 39T front/30T rear; 1.3:1 ratio (37.7 gear inches)
High gear: 46T front/22T rear; 2.3:1 ratio (66.7 gear inches)

 

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Paketa at the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show

August 24, 2009

The 2009 Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show was a great event this year. It was held at the National Western Complex in Denver in the same building as Veloswap. There were lots of vendors and people, and FREE BEER! There were several microbreweries offering free samples.

Paketa was showcasing the 2010 lineup. In the front of the stage was the fully customizable Wac Corporal mountain bike. This one was built with 29″ wheels and is currently set up as a singlespeed with the Gates Carbon Belt Drive. It’s a fast smooth bike to ride.

The new Wac Corporal 29er SS with belt drive

The new Wac Corporal 29er SS with belt drive

We were also Showcasing the 2010 V2 Tandem with Gates timing belt. The one we had at the show only weighed 22 lbs for a complete tandem bike. The V2 is an incredibly light, stiff, fast, and responsive tandem.

Paketa V2 Tandem with Gates timing belt

Paketa V2 Tandem with Gates timing belt

We also presented the newest versions of the Rocket and the Scud. This year’s models feature our new sweeping stay design. The rocket is our superlight racing bike and the scud is for longer distance races and rides.

Paketa Scud All-road bike

Paketa Scud All-road bike

We also showed off our women’s specific bike, the Venus. This is the lightest bike in our lineup. A fully custom super light road bike made just for women. This bike was bought as a surprise for a wife who had survived breast cancer. It was outfitted with a pink chris king headset and a custom engraved pink spacer. When Rebecca was admiring the bike at the show, she went in for a close look at the engraving and boy was she surprised to see that that beautiful bike was hers!

Paketa Venus women's specific road racing bike

Paketa Venus women's specific road racing bike

Thanks to everyone who visited us at the RMBS.

JP Burow, owner and master framebuilder

JP Burow, owner and master framebuilder

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