Custom Tandem Bicycles - Rodriguez Model 2014

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


The Rodriguez Model 20/14

A tandem that fits all of your needs!

Disclaimer: While I'm a good salesperson, I can't do nearly as good of a job describing this amazing bike as Jeff and Louise did themselves.

The story of this bike's creation:
At Rodriguez, we take tandem riding very seriously, and have since 1973. So do our customers! So, when Jeff and Louise came to us for a new tandem, they were serious. They wanted the smallest packing tandem they could get that would ride as much like their full size tandem as possible. We had been building the 6-pack micro-bike for several years, and had several people convert from other small wheeled 'microbike-brands' to our micro-offering. The feedback has been fantastic! Most of our 6-pack customers said they no longer had a need for a full size ride after their 6-pack.

You see, in the world of micro-bikes, a certain level of compromise is assumed, as far as ride quality goes. Therefore, most micro-bike owners also own full size bikes as their everyday ride. They reserve the micro-bike for travel only. This is not what the 6-pack (or the Model 2014 tandem) are about. We design and build the 6-pack as a no-compromise micro-bike. A bike that you will want to ride as your everyday rider as well as your micro-travel bike. It's hard for most people to believe until they ride one though.

Most people assume that micro-travel bikes have a 'whizzy' ride (to quote Steve, the owner of many 'other brand' micros) due to the small wheels. Until we actually built a test ride 6-pack for the shop floor, it was hard to convince people otherwise. Actually, wheel size is not what makes the others feel this way, it's the 'whizzy' frame designs. Continued below...


Model 20/14 Specifications

Frame Custom Model-2014 - Direct Internal Style
Fork Rodriguez Custom cro-moly
Shift levers Shimano Dura Ace 9sp bar-end
Brake levers Tektro Ergo
Brakes Big SqueezeTM
Bottom Brackets Sealed Bearing
Eccentrics Bushnell Retro pat. 8,070,633
Front Derailleur Special Microshift Triple
Rear Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Cranks Alloy Tandem Standard 34/42/53
Hand built wheels with 3-year warranty

20" wheels:

  • Novatec 36 hole rear tandem hub
  • Novatec 36 hole tandem front hub
  • Sun 20" 36 hole rims
  • DT Stainless 14 gage spokes with brass nipples
  • 3 cross lacing pattern
  • Schwalbe Big Apple 20"x 1.9"
Cogs Shimano 11-27
Handlebars Kalloy Uno Compact
Captain Stem Alloy 1 1/8" w/custom extension
Stoker Stem Custom Rodriguez Adjustable
Head Set Threaded 1 1/8" Sealed Standard
Bar Tape Black Cork
Seat Posts Alloy
Seats WTB Speed V

The Model 20/14 Standard Tandem - $9,399


Less expensive and a little lighter than the Rohloff version, the 20/14 Standard version uses traditional derailleurs like most of us are used to. This bike took all of our years of tandem building experience to get it right! Now you can have a micro-travel tandem that's good enough to be your ONLY tandem.

A 'direct internal' frame 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.


Other Options for the Model 20/14 Standard

Frame Custom Model-2014 - Direct Internal Style
Fork Rodriguez Custom cro-moly
Shift lever Rohloff 14sp Twist grip
Brake levers Tektro Ergo
Brakes Big SqueezeTM
Bottom Brackets Sealed Bearing
Eccentrics Bushnell Retro pat. 8,070,633
Cranks Origin8 Alloy Standard
Hand built wheels with 3-year warranty

20" wheels:

  • Rohloff Speedhub 14sp 36 hole rear hub
  • Formula sealed bearing 36 hole front hub
  • Sun 20" 36 hole rims
  • DT Stainless 14 gage spokes with brass nipples
  • 1 cross rear, 3 cross front Lacing pattern
  • Schwalbe Big Apple 20"x 1.9"
Cog Rohloff 13
Handlebars Kalloy Uno Compact (or European folding)
Captain Stem Alloy 1 1/8" w/custom extension
Stoker Stem Custom Rodriguez Adjustable
Head Set Threaded 1 1/8" Sealed Standard
Bar Tape Black Cork or Ergo ATB Grips
Seat Posts Alloy
Seats WTB Speed V

The Model 20/14 Rohloff Tandem - $11,999


Choose the Rohloff version if you desire the miles of maintenance free riding! The Rohloff 14sp hub gives you all the gearing you'll need for both loaded touring and everyday commuting. And, since we are the number 1 U.S. builder of Rohloff bicycles, you'll have the advantage or our years of experience building bicycles around this unique and exciting product. Add to that, our years of tandem building experience, and you've got one heck of a tandem!

A 'direct internal' frame 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.


Other Options for the Model 20/14 Rohloff


Custom folding bike racks Optional customized front & rear racks fold completely flat in seconds.
Rodriguez Micro Folding Tandem In minutes, the entire bike, bottles, cages, front & rear racks, fenders, and the 5 small tools required for everything can be ready to pack into 2 small suitcases.
Jeff and Louise are different than most. They don't own a car, and their tandem is their everyday commuter as well as their recreational vehicle. They really wanted something that could replace their full sized tandem, but after riding other micro-brands, and having the same 'whizzy' experience as Steve, they had all but given up on that goal.....until they talked to me. I told them of our plan to build a tandem version of our 6-pack, and it should do the trick. I just needed a couple that wanted to order one. Originally, they were skeptical. We fitted Jeff for the test ride 6-pack and he took it out for a long ride. He decided that it rode like a big bike and that the tandem was worth a try.

We went to work designing a tandem that could be packed into cases small enough for train travel carry on (even smaller than airline cases). It was crucial that it be quicker and easier in every way to pack and re-assemble than any other travel tandem on the market....micro or not. All of these requirements, plus the goal of 'big bike' quality ride. At Rodriguez, we were up for the challenge, and honored to be chosen. Even though we moved forward on the build, they were not convinced that they should sell the full size bike right away.

When the new bike was ready for its pre-paint test ride, it performed exactly as I had suspected. Logan and I took it out around the U-district, and there was no way to tell that it was a micro-tandem! It rode just like all of our travel tandems do! The real test though, was Jeff and Louise. Would they think they have the same experience as I did? The answer came after their first week or so on the new Model 2014. They put their full size tandem up for sale. They will stay a one-tandem couple and not have to sacrifice anything. Jeff and Louise suggested the name '2014' for this bike because of the 20" wheels, 14 S&S couplings in combination with the 14 speed Rohloff rear hub. Add that to the fact that we created the first one in 2014. We loved the idea and ran with it.

I will say it again:
I can't say it nearly as well as Jeff and Louise. You can read what they have to say about their new bike in their own words here. I think you'll agree, if this bike is good enough for them, it's good enough for every adventurous tandem couple!

If you're ready to own a serious tandem that just happens to be a micro-travel tandem, then you're ready for a Rodriguez Model 2014.


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