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1st Tandem to Earn the Colorado Triple Crown!

November 8, 2013

Congratulations to Andy & Kami White for becoming the first tandem to earn the Colorado Triple Crown! This accolade required qualifying for and completing three of the four RMCC sanctioned double century series, in one season, within aggressive time cutoffs. These double centuries include some of the very hardest courses in the country, at high altitude, including daunting ascents.
 
“After aligning ourselves with Paketa a few years ago, we discovered the goals we formulated had to be a step above anything we had thought possible. The performance of the tandem was inspiring and brought the impossible within reach.”

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After setting a tandem course record on the 225 mile Death Ride with 16,000 feet of climbing, the next in the series was the Cripple Creek Crippler. The Crippler is arguably the hardest double century in the country, and the least tandem friendly course with nearly 20,000 feet of climbing, very tight time cut offs often at the tops of climbs, and this year finished with 4 hours of rain. Andy and Kami had an amazing day finishing in 18:15 in spite of both the rain and mechanic problems during the final 90 miles. It is likely they will be the only tandem couple to complete this event for a very, very long time!
 
“The team at Paketa deserves credit as an inexhaustible reservoir of technical experience and support. They helped us upgrading, tweaking and customizing the tandem for the extraordinary technical challenge and brutal conditions of this accomplishment.”

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Andy and Kami completed the final course, the Grand Loop, topping over 12,000 feet Trail Ridge Road, in 16:04, the fastest known time of any mixed tandem couple to complete this challenging ride! By completing the Grand Loop, they become the first couple to ever complete the Colorado Triple Crown on a tandem, and set tandem course records on all three courses they completed! This is truly an amazing feat as an unfortunate DNF in the final 15 miles of the easiest event, Denver-to-Aspen, meant they had to complete the series by riding the three most difficult events of the series: Congratulations to both of you!!!
 
“After riding tandem for 20 years, we spent the last three years training for this level of riding. Developing fitness and mental toughness was such a rich experience. The mental skills we’ve built thru years, often rising before dawn for training, working thru hardships on these events, 2am race starts, weather and fatigue; taught us a lot about each other and serves us as a couple every day. The accomplishment means most to us as a representation of our successful relationship.”

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World’s lightest travel tandem – 22.5lb Paketa D2r

March 4, 2013

Our newest tandem to grace the performance tandem community is a very remarkeable bike. At 22.5lbs with two custom S&S couplings, no other travel bike can compare. Our two-coupling tandems fit into a single bike case for easy travel. The two-coupling version also helps for those who need to carry their tandem on a rear mounted vehicle rack. Read below for features of the D2r and photos.
·         Right-side timing has up to 70% lower boom-tube flex than other tandem designs
o   Higher performance, lower weight
o   Sleek design with conventional parts
·         World’s lightest travel tandem at under 22.5 lbs. as shown
·         Custom low-profile titanium S&S couplings
o   Designed by S&S and Paketa engineers
o   Unique features for frame assembly and stress-relief; designed for longevity
·         Durable Ceramikoat (TM) ceramic coating
o   Mohs hardness of 9 (diamond=10)
o   More flexible than Mg: won’t chip
o   Superior corrosion protection
o   Perfect for a travel bike
·         Compact crank adapter with belt drive
o   Retains right-hand-side-timing advantages
o Touring gearing–as low as 25” (0.97:1) gear ratio
o   Compatible with Gates’ CDC and CDX/CenterTrack sprocket designs
Packs into Biknd case;  44 lbs. total weight
o  Allows packing accessories in the same case while still staying under 50 lb. airline limit

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Visit Paketa at NAHBS in Denver this weekend!

February 20, 2013

We would like to invite you to visit us at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show at the Denver Convention Center on February 22nd through the 24th. We have a corner booth number 534/536. We will be displaying some incredible bikes including single road bikes, mountain bikes, and tandems. Our new custom magnesium travel tandems will be on display, so you can check out a sub-25lb travel tandem. We will also be showing off a two-coupling D2r that weighs in at 22.5lbs and a sub-18lb “Scorcher” tandem. The D2r we are showing is coated with are new finish option, which is a nano-particulate ceramic coating almost as hard as a diamond. Ceramikote is extremely durable and scratch resistant and provides the ultimate in frame protection. We look forward to seeing you at the show. Here is a link to the NAHBS site for details.

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Last year, our magnesium V2r with electronic shifting won best in show for the Alternative material category. We will be competing this year for best tandem and best alternative material as well as the Gates belt drive competition.

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Our 4-coupler D2r travel tandem will be on display at the Gates Carbon Drive booth.

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click here for more info about NAHBS 2013

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V2r customer testimonial

February 1, 2013

We just received a great email from a V2r customer. The interesting thing about this customer, is that he has ridden many of the competing tandems, including the Calfee carbon fiber tandem and our own V2. Read on to see his comparison.

“Hello and just a quick note to say we have been on the Paketa V2r for a few months now, and we are riding the perfect tandem! This is by far the best tandem bicycle we have ridden. Previous tandems owned were a Paketa V2, Calfee, Burley, and we still have a Co-Motion Supremo that is currently idle. The V2r is very close to the V2, but it rides closer to a single bike, plus a little lighter with the single bike parts. Visually it is much cleaner with the right side drive. It is very responsive and efficient while pedaling. You don’t feel the internal torque in the bars and across the tires contact patch. The bike is completely stable at any speed and tracks on rails. The smoothness vs stiffness does not make sense, as if they are incompatible with each other, but yet they are both present in the ride. Great job!” – Trey

paketa v2r magnesium tandem white

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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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Pinnaclife Racing takes 16 medals at Nationals, including 4 golds

September 11, 2012

 

We just wrapped up the tandem races in Bend and Pinnaclife racing takes home the most medals of any team represented at Nationals.

Included in all these medals were two National Championships with Dave and Gary winning the 90+ Men’s tandem Road Race, and Chris and Colleen taking the win in the Elite mixed Tandem Time Trial.

The team won the following:
4 gold medals: 2 in men’s 90+ RR and 2 in mixed elite tandem TT 
6 silver medals: 2 in Men’s Tandem elite TT, and 2 in men’s Tandem 70+ TT, and 2 in men’s 70+ RR
6 bronze medals, 2 in mixed tandem 110+ TT and 2 in mixed 110+ RR and 2 in men’s elite TT

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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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