Lightweight performance touring tandems

NEW! The Paketa R2 performance touring tandem brings the lightness and ride quality of our famous racing tandems to the touring world.  

We have been commanding the advancement of the racing tandem market since we debuted the V2 in 2003. Other brands have been striving to compete with the weight, performance, and ride quality of our famous magnesium racing tandems. Now you don’t have to be into racing to benefit from the lightweight and supple ride quality you can only get on a Paketa.The R2 is a new benchmark for touring tandems everywhere. Tandem tourers can now go farther with less energy with the exceptionally light R2 performance touring tandem bicycle.The magnesium frame absorbs a great amount of vibration from the road so your body doesn’t have to. That means you will be able to ride  longer with less fatigue and greater comfort. Our oversized magnesium tubing not only provides an incredible ride quality, it also provides superior stiffness making our tandems some of the best handling tandems on the road. The combination of stiffness and ride quality make the R2 a great option for performance oriented touring tandem riders everywhere.

Key features of the R2 performance touring tandem

  • Light-weight magnesium frame that is built tough with a Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Custom chainstay yoke for ultimate rear-end stiffnes and large tire clearance
  • Standard road bike gearing options or internally geared options
  • Rohloff Hub and Gates Carbon Belt Drive options
  • S&S couplers are optional for a lightweight travel tandem

The R2 Performance touring tandem provides, not only un-matched performance, but also great versatility. Racks and fenders can be added for those who need them, and many touring trailers work great on the R2. The R2 can be built for tire clearance of up to 40mm, and riders have a great many options for disc brakes, cantilever brakes, and v-brakes. We can design your bike for road bike style drop handlebars, mountain bike style riser bars, or touring style cowhorn bars. If you want to keep the weight down we can set your bike up with standard gearing, or you can choose to use a Rohloff or other internally geared hub. Belt drives are also available for internally geared hub options, and the frame is designed to use a Gates belt transfer drive as well.

Because of the innovative “compact open” low-top-tube design, frame sizes become almost irrelevant. Standover height is ample for almost anybody front or rear, and with a 72.5 cm (28.5”) stoker top tube you’ll never hear any complaints of cramped rear quarters. A quality adjustable stoker stem helps to fine tune the fit of the stoker. The R2 is available with custom geometry or in a small, medium, large, and extra-large with different length captain’s top tubes. Captain’s top tubes are customizeable to the 1/2 centimeter. We can make a suggestion based on your measurements, or you can have us match your existing tandem or single bike. Our standard sizing goes as follows: Small: 54 cm, Medium: 56cm, Large: 58cm, XL: 61cm.We can customize the rider position to be as aggressive or as upright as you want. Don’t hesitate to email us with any questions.

Just to let you know that after the 3rd op on my right shoulder, and 3 months off the bike, I could finally test out my new tandem. I must tell you that its the most awesome bike. Its as stiff and responsive as my top of the range single, and just the most unbelievable ride. Its the motivation I need to get fit. I shopped around extensively before finding your site. Looks like I made the right choice. I am sure you’ll get many enquiries from fellow South African Cyclists. This bike is causing quite a stir. Now just need to get fit and do it justice!!” – Patrick  paketa R2 rohloff belt drive tandem bicycle


paketa R2 custom touring tandem yoke


R2 Frame: $6695 frame only
R2 S&S Frame: $10,495 (4 couplers)
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Custom Geometry
  • Price is for frame only.
  • Drop Bar or Flat Bar options
  • Clearance for up to 40mm tires
  • Standard gearing or internal gearing options available
  • Rohloff option can run drive and sync belt on right side
  • Standard geared option uses a left side transfer belt drive
  • Cantilever or V-brake options front and rear
  • Includes rear dic brake mount
  • 44/44mm headtube optional – $400 upgrade
  • Optional BB30 rear bottom bracket – $250 upgrade
  • Innovative yoke design – stiff rear triangle and large tire clearance
  • Lightweght and strong
  • Incredible ride quality
  • Racks and fenders can be added (light to moderate loads)
  • Custom color options available. Single color included with frame. Multi colors are extra.
  • Complete bikes available. we can get almost any components on the market

R2 design patent pending: Licensed solely to SXE, Inc. dba Paketa Cycles

paketa R2 performance touring tandem

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