Ok, now for some of the other tandems that were captured on camera and/or in words by folks who actually attended this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show…
2012 Best Tandem of Show: Kent & Katie Eriksen’s personal Ti road tandem
Kent Eriksen is someone who our long-time, regular readers will remember from several previous blog entries.
- The first was back in June 2010 when we stumbled over a new Eriksen 29er that had been photographed at a race in Wyoming that you can read about HERE.
- We followed-up on Kent Eriksen in an article that I called a Tale of Two Eri ks ns, noting that we knew of two great builders named Erickson and Eriksen that you can read about HERE.
- And then there was a companion piece to the one above that I did about Kent Eriksen & Eriksen Cycles that you can read about HERE.
- A few months later, Kent was recognized with a lifetime achievement award that we wrote about in October which you can read HERE.
- At the 2011 NAHBS, Kent scored his second best “tandem” award in 2011 with a personal 29er like the one that first caught my attention back in June 2010, noting he scored a “Best titanium bike” award with another tandem back in 2009: more HERE on 2011.
Kent’s 2012 road tandem caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s just a beautiful-looking frame with amazing welds, nice lines, very tidy internal wire routing and a nice brushed finish. Secondarily, because I spoke with Katie and then Kent about a possible Eriksen Ti tandem a while back and their tandem’s frame’s design is very close to what we would have spec’d, less the couplers, with a longer stoker compartment, and some different components. The third reason had to do with the component choices which left me scratching my head a bit: (1) Dual-control over the Shimano DuraAce Di2 front & rear shifters, (2) the front derailleur configuration as shown, and (3) the selection of a Shimano XTR hydraulic disc brake as a stoker-controlled auxiliary rear / drag brake.
2012 Best Alternative Material: Paketa V2r Tandem
We think we know the couple who purchased this tandem. They’ve been dropping hints on Facebook that seem to suggest it’s theirs. Regardless, there are four tandems that I’d really like to get my hands on for extended test rides and the Paketa V2r is one of them. We hear all kinds of good things about the Paketa from folks who own them and would really like have a more intimate understanding of how the ride qualities compare to our Calfee.
Regular readers of our blog may recall that we’ve posted a couple of items on the Paketa V2r.
- Paketa V2r… A Cool New Offering Tests My Understanding Of Belt Drives, Nov ’10
- Paketa V2r… A Post Script & Reset, Nov ’10
- Paketa… Hearing Lots of Good Things, Jun ’11
The bike they displayed at NAHBS and that won the Best Material award was pretty straight forward in terms of equipment once you looked past the right-side / single-side drive. Just a very clean-looking machine. The graphics on the wheels are a little obnoxious, as is the ENVE logo on the fork, and I’ve never warmed up to the PAKETA graphic they use on the down & boom tube. Just removing the ellipses from the ends would make for a less ‘busy’ graphic. But, these little nits demonstrate just how nice this bike is since none of those things have anything to do with its function or performance: their just my highly subjective assessment of aesthetics.