Super Light Racing Tandems from Rodriguez Custom Bicycles

Light Tandem Picture
Image Galleries for this Tandem!

Read about our long history of tandem building and tandem innovations.


Rodriguez Ultra Light Tandems! Full Bike From $8,999
Also available as a frame only for just $3,899

Two Light! Did know that you can have all the advantages of a steel frame and still have the lightest tandem in your group? You don't have to sacrifice ride quality and performance by going without a stiffener tube either. You don't even have resort to an unsafe, non-tandem worthy fork to have the lightest tandem. That's right, there's no need to sacrifice ride quality, durability, safety (not to mention $$$$) if you want one of the lightest, sweetest tandems built.

You don't have to pay extra for custom sizing either, because at Rodriguez, custom tandem sizing is always FREE!

How'd we do that without carbon?
This tandem has been turning heads all over Seattle's tandem community over the last few years. It's a real steel tandem that actually weighs just 25.8 pounds (26.7 as pictured with pedals and bottle cages installed). Of course, the weight S3 Sticker varies by size, and the one that is pictured here is a medium size. The bottom brackets, hubs, seat posts, etc. are all components that will hold up to tandem riding. The wheels are tandem rated, the frame and fork are steel, the frame has a double mitered stiffener tube, and the cranks and seat posts are aluminum. These are all the areas that other companies use carbon, but why not use stuff that will hold up the rigors of our customers we ask?

Read about Us Our first rule of building tandems: No Compromise. Build an actual tandem frame. Use parts that will hold up to tandem riding. And, most importantly, don't use a front fork that could actually be dangerous for your customer.
Believe it or not, some manufacturers use carbon fiber seat posts to make their tandems lighter. Carbon fiber seat posts should never be used as a captain seat post in a tandem.

Another trick that manufacturers use to make their tandems light is to use wheels or front forks that are designed for road racing single bikes. Road bike wheels fall apart quickly under tandem stresses, and road bike forks are just dangerous on a tandem.


Ultra-Light Tandem Models

As light as 28.6 pounds stock

Frame Rodriguez S3 Ultra Lightweight Ovalized
Fork Rodriguez Custom Light Steel
Headset FSA Orbit X
Brake/Shift levers Campagnolo Chorus 10sp Carbon
Cranks DaVinci Tandem
Pedals None
Brakes Campagnolo Chorus Skeleton
Stoker Stem Rodriguez Custom Light Steel**
Front Derailleur Microshift Triple
Rear Derailleur Customized SRAM X9
Bar Tape Black Cork
Tires Serfas Seca Folding
Bottom brackets Phil Wood Stainless w/alloy rings
Eccentric Bushnell Featherweight
Rims Velocity Fusion 36° 4x
Rear Hub White Industries MI6 Tandem
Front Hub White Industries MI5
Spokes DT 14/15 Double Butted
Spoke Nipples DT Alloy Front/Brass Rear
Wheels Handbuilt with a 3-year warranty
Handlebars FSA K-Force
Captain Seat Post Deda Zero 100
Stoker Seat Post Deda Zero 100
Cogs Hyperglide Cassette 9x
Seat Terry Ti

About the Ultra-Light Chorus - $8,999

A more affordable version of our custom ultra-light tandem. This tandem is the same frame and fork as the original, but we choose some parts that keep the price range down. The parts on this bike are certainly no slouch parts, and they are still result in a very light tandem bicycle. This bike usually ends up under 32 pounds as a full bike.

That's real weight, and not industry standard 'tell 'em what they want to hear' weight.

Experience

When you buy a Rodriguez tandem, you're buying years years of tandem building experience. That's right! We've been building tandems since 1973. That makes us one of the oldest, if not the oldest tandem manufacturers still making tandems in the United States.

Did you Know? We even have patents on two tandem specific parts: Our Bushnell® Eccentric, and our Big Squeeze® Brakes.

Upgrades for the Ultra-Light Chorus

Download PDF Version PDF Spec Sheet
**The bike comes with an adjustable stem initially, and after you've dialed in your stoker's perfect fit, we will build you a light-weight custom stem from ultra-light steel

As light as 25.8 pounds

Frame Rodriguez S3 Ultra Lightweight Ovalized
Fork Rodriguez Custom Light Steel
Headset FSA Orbit X
Brake/Shift levers Campagnolo Record Carbon 10x
Cranks DaVinci Tandem
Pedals None
Brakes TRP Magnesium 979
Stoker Stem Rodriguez Custom Titanium**
Front Derailleur Microshift Triple
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Record Carbon Triple
Bar Tape Black Cork
Tires Vredestein Senso
Bottom brackets Phil Wood ti/mag w/alloy rings
Eccentric Bushnell Featherweight
Wheels Spinergy Ultra-Light Tandem
Handlebars FSA K-Force
Captain Seat Post Deda Zero 100
Stoker Seat Post Deda Zero 100
Cogs Hyperglide Cassette 9x
Seat WTB Silverado Carbon

About the Ultra-Light Chorus - $12,999

Here it is! This is the bike that's been turning heads all over the tandem world since it's introductions almost a decade ago. The customers that ride these bikes cannot say enough about them. We've built these down to 25.8 pounds with a stiffener tube, and a little lighter without a stiffener tube. Although, unless you are very petite couple, we recommend a stiffener tube.

That's real weight, and not industry standard 'tell 'em what they want to hear' weight.

Experience

When you buy a Rodriguez tandem, you're buying years years of tandem building experience. That's right! We've been building tandems since 1973. That makes us one of the oldest, if not the oldest tandem manufacturers still making tandems in the United States.

Did you Know? We even have patents on two tandem specific parts: Our Bushnell® Eccentric, and our Big Squeeze® Brakes.

Upgrades for the Ultra-Light Record

  • Chris King Headset + 130
  • Carbon Bottle Cages + 45 each
  • BodyFloat Suspension Seat Post + $200
  • Full Ceramic Bearing Upgrade + $1,000
    Hubs and Bottom Brackets
  • Gold Plating + $$$ depends on current market price ;-)
Download PDF Version PDF Spec Sheet
**The bike comes with an adjustable stem initially, and after you've dialed in your stoker's perfect fit, we will build you a light-weight custom stem from titanium

Rodriguez riders don't have to worry because the wheels and front fork on our uber-light tandem are built specifically for tandem use, and they are much more durable than under-weight road bike components. Of course, the uber-light tandem components are not what we recommend for our touring customers, but for sport riding, these will hold up great!

We think that it's also important the parts are not proprietary to the frame. That way, the customer will be able to ride the bike for decades to come.

Another issue is a matter of... well... honesty. My philosophy is that if a customer is paying for light weight, they should not accept a bike that weighs more than a manufacturer claims. I've actually weighed some other companies' light weight tandems and found that some actually weighed up to 30% more than their claimed weights.

Trust but Verify
From what I've experienced, I don't trust manufacturers printed weights, and neither should you. The problem has gotten so bad that I even wrote an article on the subject. If weight is important to you, get a money back, written guarantee of the finished weight before you order. We do this for customers who are paying extra for ultra-lightweight bicycles. If you just trust what someone puts in a catalog, you're in for a disappointment when I weigh your bike on my digital scale.

For 2014, lighter with less carbon! At a Verified 25lbs and 13oz, our Rodriguez ultra-light tandems are some of the lightest tandems you'll find at any price. Don't believe us? Come in today, and feel for yourself the tandem that beats them all!

If you do, you might just experience the same thing as John and Jennifer did.

Our bikes are unique as our customers... they love our bikes, and we love them!

We're offering this bike in two versions. Our lightest model at 25.8 pounds (or 26.7 pounds with pedals and cages) or our second-lightest model tipping the scales at just 29.8.


Image Galleries for this Tandem!