Curious about Magnesium tandems? Ask Team Steele from Gold Country Cyclery. We have been riding our Large/Small demo and find the ride quality to be everything that Paketa Cycles claim. Not only lightweight, but the ride quality is superb. Our V2 tandem is one of the most supple riding tandems we've ever ridden. No lateral tube, but no lateral flex. All your team power goes to the rear wheel.
Paketa V2 Magnesium Tandems are built with the lightest structural metal currently available in the world. It's approximately 34% lighter by volume than aluminum and 50% lighter than titanium. Besides being extremely lightweight, magnesium also offers excellent fatigue resistance, denting and buckling resistance, and the highest known damping capacity of any structural metal. The result is an unbelievably smooth ride that is unavailable with other materials.
With a finished weight of barely five pounds in a medium frame size, a V2 can readily be built up into a sub-26 lb. tandem (using name-brand components throughout and tandem-specific carbon fiber fork, wheels with real tandem hubs (145 mm rear) and 24 mm-width rims, and wide-range 3x10 speed gearing). Included as standard equipment are a lightweight bottom bracket eccentric, Alpha Q X2 full carbon tandem fork, and Chris King sealed-bearing headset (all installed). And, with replaceable aluminum rear dropouts, fitting a disc brake -- with or without a rear caliper brake -- is just an ISO-standard disc brake mount dropout away. Six water bottle mounts are standard, since you may find yourself much further from home than usual with your new-found speed, made possible by the Paketa V2.