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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Rodriguez MakeShift Tandem with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB

Rodriguez Bicycles' Makeshift Rohloff-specific tandemRodriguez Bicycles is one of our biggest Rohloff advocates and customers. The Seattle-based framebuilder makes a variety of tandems, travel/coupler bikes and custom frames, and they often use the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 on their commuter, touring and tandem bikes due to the low maintenance factor of the shift system. In fact, after installing SPEEDHUBs on a number of custom frames, they decided to create a Rohloff-specific model called the MakeShift. Check out a gallery of their MakeShift bikes here.Rodriguez recently built a MakeShift tandem using a Rohloff hub they ordered from us, and when it was done they sent the photos to us to use for one of our bike features. This tandem was put together for a couple who already owned a Rodriguez tandem and had plenty of experience riding as a team, but wanted a new lower-maintenance ride for their daily commuting needs. The SPEEDHUB was a perfect choice for their criteria.The Rohloff SPEEDHUB is a perfect drivetrain for a tandem.The frame has a number of innovative features that really bring to light Rodriguez’s attention to detail. The dropouts are machined to allow the SPEEDHUB’s axle plate to stay in place. Braze-ons on the chainstay are specific to the Rohloff’s cable routing. A mount custom-made by Rodriguez allows the twist shifter to be installed on the fork’s steerer tube rather than the end of the handlebars.Rodriguez's custom-made Rohloff shifter mount.Because tandems carry the weight of two riders, their components must be very strong and durable. Normal derailleur systems have inherent weak points that can be stressed to their limit with two riders cranking on the pedals. The SPEEDHUB eliminates the weak points of a derailleur by housing the mechanics of the shift system inside the rear hub shell. For a tandem, there is really no better choice than the SPEEDHUB.The heavy weight factor also requires tandems to have strong braking systems to make it safely down big hills. This bike has a standard set of cantilever brakes controlled by the front rider, but also a large 203mm disc “drag brake” controlled by a bar-end lever on the rear rider’s handlebars. While the lever looks like a typical bar-end shifter, it’s actually a secondary brake for going down big hills.Avid BB7 brakes and a large 203mm rotor.We work with Rodriguez very frequently, and they're often a good match for customers looking for a quality custom frame. They’re built to order, made in the USA, and they have short lead times and reasonable prices. Call us to see if a Rohloff-equipped Rodriguez is right for you!Build details:

  • Frame: Rodriguez Makeshift Tandem
  • Fork: Rodriguez
  • Headset: Chris King
  • Stem: KORE
  • Handlebar: FSA
  • Shifter: Rohloff
  • Bar Tape: Deda
  • Seatpost: Thompson front, Cane Creek Thudbuster rear
  • Saddle: Specialized front, Specialized women's specific rear
  • Seat Clamp: integrated
  • Front Hub: White Industries
  • Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14
  • Spokes: Sapim
  • Nipples: Sapim
  • Rims: Velocity Chukker rear, Velocity Deep V front
  • Tires: Serfas Seca
  • Cranks: Sugino
  • Bottom Bracket: Bushnell Eccentric
  • Chainring: Sugino
  • Pedals: Speedplay Frogs
  • Chain: SRAM PC
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 Road rear, Cantilever front and rear
  • Levers: Cane Creek Drop V front, Cane Creek Ergo Stoke