O.H.B.S 2010: Co-Motion and Their 24.6 Pound Racing Tandem and Brand New 2011 City View
Since 1988 Co-Motion has been turning out quality handmade bicycles in Eugene, OR. Based on what we found at their booth this year, that tradition is alive and kicking.
Pictured above is a Sram Red equipped aluminum racing tandem coming in at a super light claimed weight of 24.6 pounds. It feels very odd lifting a tandem that is lighter than my daily commuter.
Beyond the break you will find more of this bicycle, a couple more trick tandems, and the all new City View.
Co-Motion replaced the timing chain with a belt drive. They claim it shaves about two pounds off the complete build.
Co-Motion had a travel ready tandem on display as well. It will break down and fit into two flight cases.
Belt drives are becoming more and more prevalent. Co-Motion built up this tandem with a Rohloff internally geard 14 speed hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt system.
A belt was also used instead of a timing chain.
The rear belt drives the Rohloff 14 speed hub. Up front you will find a 14 speed twist shifter at the bar end.
For those of you who don’t ride two per bike, you might be interested in the new for 2011 City View. Co-Motion has opted for a Shimano Alfine setup, instead of their usual Rohloff hub to keep the price down. The City View will run you $3595.00 for a complete build, or $1995.00 for the frameset. The City View comes in about $1600 less than its Rohloff equipped counterpart.
There is an included Nitto front rack.
Surprise, there is a belt drive running that Alfine 8 speed hub. The forthcoming 11 speed Alfine hub will be an option starting in December, costing an extra $300.