"A travel bike built for two... I mean one... I mean two"
The Story - When S&S couplings first came out, I immediately thought about a 'convertible' bike. One that would not only pack into a small flight case, but serve as both a traveler's single bike and a traveling couple's tandem bike. It made sense to me. I drew one up before we even had any couplings in stock. But, my head frame builder at the time didn't think it made sense, so we scrapped the project.
A few months later, our service manager drew up a design for a tandem that he could fit into a back pack. Our frame builder brought the design up to me (it looked very similar to the convertible that I had drawn), we combined the 2 designs, and with a few modifications, the Eight ball was born.
It wasn't long after that when Willie Weir and his wife Kat came to us about getting a tandem for their tour in Cuba. Willie is a world class bicycle traveler, columnist and KUOW commentator. He bicycles in places around the world that are obscure and amazing. After hearing about their plan, we decided that the Eight ball would be the perfect bike for them.
Willie was to go to Cuba first, and tour by himself for an extended period of time. Then Kat would fly in and join him. Our thought was that Willie could just take the 'single' configuration with him, and Kat could bring the pieces for the tandem conversion with her. This way, they wouldn't have an extra bike to try and store somewhere in Cuba. The plan went perfectly.
In the years since, we've built several of these bikes. Everyone who has one loves it. We've even had one customer add a 3rd section to their Eight ball, and now it's a travel single, a travel tandem, and a travel triplet! The versatility is amazing.
There's no better test for a bicycle design than having someone like Willie and Kat tour where there are no roads, bike shops, or spare parts. The Rodriguez Eight ball has proven its self to be a travelers best friend time and time again. I encourage anyone who thinks they would like to travel with a bicycle to consider this versatile design.
This year, we've added a Rohloff drive option for the 8-ball. We've developed a clean way of incorporating this unique design into a versatile tandem/touring bike.
There are 4 stock colors to choose from, and custom paint is quoted per job.
(add $300 for Rohloff version frame) for the tandem/single/travel configuration.
Full Bike Specs
|Fork||Cro-moly Steel||Cro-moly Steel||Alpha Q/Woundup Carbon||Cro-moly Steel|
|Head set||Alloy Sealed Cartridge||Alloy Sealed Cartridge||FSA Orbit X||Alloy Sealed Cartridge|
|Brake/Shift levers||Campagnolo Mirage Ergo||Campagnolo Veloce Ergo||Campagnolo Record Ergo 10-sp||Tektro ATB/Rohloff twist grip|
|Cranks||Alloy Tandem||Alloy Tandem||DaVinci Tandem||Alloy|
|Brakes||Trillium Big Squeeze||Trillium Big Squeeze||Campagnolo Record/Big Squeeze||Trillium Big Squeeze|
|Stoker stem||Rodriguez adjustable||Rodriguez adjustable||Rodriguez adjustable||Rodriguez adjustable|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Sora||Shimano Sora||Campagnolo Comp Triple||None|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Mirage||Campagnolo Veloce||Campagnolo Comp Triple||Rohloff 14-speed internal|
|Bar tape||Cinelli Cork||Cinelli cork||Cinelli cork||ATB grips|
|Tires||Serfas Kevlar Belted||Serfas Kevlar Belted||Vredestein Fortezza||Serfas Kevlar Belted|
|Bottom brackets||Phil Wood stainless||Phil Wood stainless||Phil Wood Titanium||Phil Wood stainless|
|26" wheels||with 3- year warranty|
|Rims||Alex SUB||Alex SUB||Alex SUB||Alex SUB|
|Rear Hub||Phil Wood Cassette||Phil Wood Cassette||Phil Wood Cassette/Alloy Axle||Rohloff|
|Front hub||Phil Wood||Phil Wood||Phil Wood/Alloy Axle||Phil Wood|
|700c Wheels||with 3- year warranty|
|Rims||Velocity Deep V||Velocity Deep V||Velocity Deep V|
|Rear Hub||Phil Wood Cassette||Phil Wood Cassette||Phil Wood Cassette/Alloy Axle|
|Front hub||Phil Wood||Phil Wood||Phil Wood/Alloy Axle|
|Handle bars||Profile Alloy||Profile Alloy||FSA K-Wing Carbon||Alloy Flat Bars|
|Seat Posts||Alloy 27.2||Alloy 27.2||FSA K-Force Carbon||Alloy 27.2|
|Spokes||DT stainless steel||DT stainless steel||DT stainless 14/15 w/alloy nipples||DT stainless steel|
|Cogs||Hyperglide cassette||Hyperglide cassette||Hyperglide cassette||Rohloff|
|Seats||WTB or Serfas||WTB or Serfas||Terry Fly Ti||WTB or Serfas|