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Paketa is the only manufacturer to produce Magnesium tandem frames -  handmade entirely in Boulder, Colorado!

Come Ride The Revolution!

22.92 Pounds!  One of the lightest tandems in the world!
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Who We Are

Paketa Cycles has been based in Boulder, Colorado since the company's birth in 2001. Boulder's rich cycling heritage and extensive depth of both riders and technical cycling experts makes it the ideal place for us to design and test our proprietary TIG welded magnesium frames. Three years were all about testing, refining and delivering the first truly available magnesium tandems in the world. It wasn't an easy road, but we never thought trying to revolutionize what bikes are made of, and exactly how to do that, would be. Why go to all the trouble? Well, when you try a Paketa, you'll see for yourself. Riding is believing!

We invite you to “step outside of the box” and see just how much better a Paketa is than any other bike in the world. That's a bold statement, we know, but we aren't about being subtle. If you value ride quality as much as light weight and good looks, magnesium will force you to re-evaluate what bicycle frames should be made from.

The next step is getting you on our bikes . Let us know what we need to do to make that happen so you too can “Ride the Revolution!”

Dave Walker, the engineer behind the Paketa Tandem Project, holding a 5.
54 pound Mg frame!

Magnesium is the lightest structural metal currently known to exist in the world. It is approximately 32 percent lighter than aluminum and 50% lighter than titanium. Just a few of the other advantages that magnesium offers are: very good fatigue resistance, and a much smoother ride than any other material out there, due to magnesium’s exceptional damping qualities. 

Most test riders comment first about the exceptionally smooth ride, then the fact that it's very light weight, and almost as an afterthought that it handles OK so you can credit the large-diameter tubing for providing the right feel and permitting a weight reducing design.  A fair comparison is two frame designs, one with a lateral tube and one without, each using proportionally-sized tubing such that the frame weight is constant. The Paketa's "compact geometry" design is hands-down a more efficient use of the material. We know; we've built and tested both styles.

It’s no secret amongst the inner sanctum of bicycle frame builders and designers around the world that magnesium will make an amazing frame to ride. First though, a few key issues needed to be overcome. How to extrude the perfect magnesium tube, weld the tubes correctly, and fine-tune the ride qualities were some of the key challenges. We have done just that, after 3 years of hard work. 

Damping is a measure of the rate at which unforced vibration disappears, due to the properties of the metal. Because of the fact that magnesium has the highest known damping characteristics of any structural metal, the ride is amazing. Vibration from the road literally disappears within the structure of the frame, and never reaches the rider. Being able to ride longer, and feel less fatigue are the direct benefits. A high damping capacity is directly useful in the sport of cycling. For this same reason, magnesium is used in the high tech world of missile’s and space exploration, as they have discovered that magnesium offers the best platform to mount sensitive electronic equipment, as it is so “quiet”.

The largest indirect benefit of magnesium might be even more important. Because of the fact that vibration is not transferred though the frame, the fatigue life is nearly immeasurable. What does that mean? A magnesium bike will keep the exceptional initial ride qualities longer than anything else available on the market today. Because thicker tubing walls are used without a weight penalty, other properties improve. In the same way that a lawnmower base is made of magnesium, rather than steel because the magnesium walls are thicker, and resistance to rocks being thrown from the blade greatly improves. This is why a magnesium framed bicycle can be of a lighter weight, deliver a more defined ride and still be more rugged and serviceable against abuse than the same frame, made of another, more dense material. It is all about being light weight and offering speed without the 'dead' feel. Talk about the perfect bicycle frame material! The real proof comes after you throw a leg over one of our bikes. The ride is amazingly smooth, but the frame is also stiff, and light. With the Paketa Rocket, the perfect ratio of weight, stiffness and ride quality is obtained. See for yourself!

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