Orbit Tandems have unveiled their 2012 range of top-of-the-line Summit tandems.
All three models are made with Reynolds 631 steel and hand-built in the UK by the master frame builders at Bob Jackson Cycles of Leeds, and hand-finished at Orbit’s Yorkshire workshop.
As with all three bikes in the Summit range, the Rohloff (£4,500) uses S&S couplings which allow the bike to be collapsed for easy transportation. It has a 14-speed hub gearing, 26” Alex DH19 wheels and Shimano Deore V-brakes. It comes in three standard sizes or custom sizing at an additional £150 – the case with all the Summit bikes.
Orbit Summer 700c
The Summit XT (£4,250) is built for comfort and is ideal for touring or longer expeditions. As such, it’s available in 26” or the larger 700c wheel sizes, a wider range of gears (Shimano XT 27-speed shifters) and Shimano XT derailleurs.
The Summit 700c (£4,000), as its name suggests, is a larger-wheeled, sportier option and designed for mile-munching couples. It comes with Shimano Tiagra 27-speed shifters, an 11-34T cassette and Shimano XT rear derailleur.