the only manufacturer to produce Magnesium tandem frames
- handmade entirely in Boulder, Colorado!
Come Ride The Revolution!
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
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
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
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
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!