|Tom riding solo.|
I met Dave, one of the guys from Alpkit a while back at a party, and during our conversation I mentioned that Tom and I were planning on doing the Tour Divide on a tandem in 2016. I didn't realise at the time, but Alpkit were in the planning stage of having some bikes made to compliment their other products. Dave said that they might be able to help us by getting a custom tandem made.
Brant at http://www.pactbikes.com/ helped with the design and a couple of weeks ago I took delivery of a very red tandem frame made to accommodate 29" or 650B+ wheels, and a box of parts from which I would build a bike.
|My gear shifter and stoker.|
It's too early yet to write a full review, but since it has been built up we have been out on it at every spare moment. It is an absolute hoot to ride. It is red, and of course that means it is fast. It flys downhill, and it is just as well that the brakes are great. Tandems are renowned for their relative slowness heading back up the hill, but we've found that this bike will get up a lot of stuff that I'd not get up on a solo bike.
We'll be fitting a full set of Alpkit luggage soon, and will let you know how it rides when laden.
Alpkit custom frame.
Rohloff Gear 36 hole Hub with an 18 sprocket
Middleburn Chainsets 170/165mm. 38 Drive ring, 28 teeth same side timing rings.
8 speed chains.
Rockshox Pike Solo Air Forks set to 100mm
Use Vybe Suspension seatpost for Tom.
Hope Tech 3 V4 disc brakes with 203mm rotors
29" 36 Hole Halo rims (Front Hope Pro 2 15mm hub)
Tyres Continental Mountain King 2.4"
Truvativ Stem, bars, pilot's seatpost.
Weight 20.4 Kgs
|Loads of Clearance.|
|USE Vybe Suspension seatpost.|
|Drive and Timing chains.|