Rohloff and other I.G.H. Custom Tandems by Rodriguez


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


Rodriguez MakeShift Tandem Bicycles - from $4,599
Made in USA

The Shift away from Derailleurs!

Over the last few years we've seen more and more people looking into bikes with no derailleurs. We've been building bikes equipped with Rohloff 14 speed hubs for several years now. In 2011, we became the largest builder of Rohloff equipped bicycles in the United States. The universe of derailleurless options is expanding, and so is our selection of Rodriguez MakeShift tandems.

A Rodriguez MakeShift tandem is Somethin' Special
At Rodriguez Bicycles, we know Rohloff, and Alfine equipped tandems. The MakeShift line of custom Rodriguez bicycles has become a standard of sorts in the industry, and one of our better selling models. We've developed and manufactured specific braze-on fittings, dropouts, and other unique exclusive features (like our stem mounted shifter doohickey) that make our Rohloff equipped bicycles something special. We are also the manufacturer and distributor of the patented Bushnell eccentric chain adjuster (another huge favorite around the world with the derailleurless crowd), and a recommended component by Rohloff themselves.


Rodriguez Makeshift Tandem Models

Frame Custom Cro-mo ST Style
Fork Rodriguez Tandem cro-moly
Shift lever Shimano 8sp Twist grip
Brake levers Tektro Ergo
Brakes Tektro Cantilever
Bottom Brackets Sealed Bearing
Eccentric Bushnell Retro pat. 8,070,633
Cranks Origin8 Alloy Standard
Hand built wheels with 3-year warranty

26" wheels:

  • Nexus I.G.H. 8sp 36 hole rear hub
  • Formula sealed bearing 36 hole front hub
  • Weinmann ZAC19 36 hole rims
  • DT Stainless 14 gage spokes with brass nipples
  • 2 cross rear, 4 cross front Lacing pattern
  • Panaracer Pasela PT 26" x 1.5" tires
Cog Shimano
Handlebars Alloy Drop or Flat
Captain Stem Alloy 1 1/8"
Stoker Stem Custom Rodriguez Adjustable
Head Set FSA 1 1/8" Sealed Standard
Bar Tape Black Cork or Ergo ATB Grips
Seat Posts Alloy
Seats WTB Speed V

The Rodriguez Toucan ST MakeShift Tandem - from $4,599!

The Toucan ST MakeShift is the evolution of our economical low step-through frame design. Just like the Toucan ST Sport, This tandem is easy to ride with adults or children. It comes in your choice of 3 different internally geared hub designs. The internal hub reduces maintenance and makes shifting effortless, all while offering our 'comfortable fit' guarantee.

Other Options for the Makeshift ST

For the frame:

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Frame Custom butted Cro-mo Direct Internal Style
Fork Rodriguez Tandem cro-moly
Shift lever Rohloff 14sp Twist grip
Brake levers Tektro Ergo
Brakes Big SqueezeTM
Bottom Brackets Sealed Bearing
Eccentric Bushnell Retro pat. 8,070,633
Cranks Origin8 Alloy Standard
Hand built wheels with 3-year warranty

26" wheels:

  • Rohloff Speedhub 14sp 36 hole rear hub
  • Formula sealed bearing 36 hole front hub
  • Weinmann ZAC19 36 hole rims
  • DT Stainless 14 gage spokes with brass nipples
  • 2 cross rear, 4 cross front Lacing pattern
  • Panaracer Pasela PT 26" x 1.5" tires
700c wheels:
  • Rohloff Speedhub 14sp 36 hole rear hub
  • Formula sealed bearing 36 hole front hub
  • Weinmann ZAC19 36 hole rims
  • Stainless 14 gage spokes with brass nipples
  • 2 cross rear, 4 cross front Lacing pattern
  • Panaracer Pasela PT 700c x 32c tires
Cog Rohloff
Handlebars Alloy Drop or Flat
Captain Stem Alloy 1 1/8"
Stoker Stem Custom Rodriguez Adjustable
Head Set FSA 1 1/8" Sealed Standard
Bar Tape Black Cork or Ergo ATB Grips
Seat Posts Alloy
Seats WTB Speed V

The Rodriguez Double Roller Tandem - $6,699


This is our classic 'direct internal' frame design that's built specifically for your fit and your needs. It's the perfect starting point for any hardcore tandem team.

A direct internal design means that the frame has a 'stiffener' tube running the distance between the rear bottom bracket and the head tube. This makes the frame more suitable for long distance riding while carrying heavy panniers than our custom ST design.

As you may or may not know, here at Rodriguez we've been building tandems since 1973! That's before most of you graduated from high school. Now you can get all of that tandem experience combined with the Rohloff Speedhub for a price that can't be beat!


Other Options for the Double Roller

For the frame:

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Rohloff Hub Graphic
Rohloff 14-speed internally geared Speedhub
Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub
Shimano Alfine
8 and 11-speed internally geared rear hubs

Because of the unique Rodriguez internally geared bike features, our customers find our derailleurless bikes easier to use and travel with than other brands. A lot of Rodriguez MakeShift customers select the travel upgrade for ease of taking their bike on vacation with them. Just like all Rodriguez tandems, every MakeShift series tandem includes Free Custom Sizing (a $400+ upcharge in most brands).

Quick facts: Rodriguez Bicycle Company builds the highest quality Rohloff equipped custom bicycles for less money than any other manufaturer in the United States. We have years of Rohloff experience that's built into every Rodriguez MakeShift. We hand-build every bicycle right here in Seattle. Our bicycles are guaranteed to fit more comfortably and last a lifetime.


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