JD Cycles add two more exclusive tandem brands
Thursday 2 September 2010, Filed in: General
Last autumn, JD Cycles of Ilkley acquired the tandem manufacturing side of Orbit Cycles’ business. Owners John and Ruth Hargreaves say they have plans to develop and expand the Orbit tandem range over the coming years, and will be retailing their new in-house brand exclusively through their shop and website, www.tandems.co.uk . The Orbit tandems can accommodate both 700c and 26” wheel sizes, with prices ranging from £795 to £1200.
A more recent edition to JD Cycles’ range is the custom-built Santos. Renowned throughout the Netherlands for their style and build quality, until now the brand has not been available in the UK. John and Ruth visited the impressive Santos Bikes factory last autumn and had the opportunity to extensively test ride their tandems and meet the Santos team, whose ethos follows very closely that of their own. JD Cycles are delighted to be able to offer this exciting tandem range to the UK market, and believe the Santos tandems will appeal to those looking for a combination of extreme comfort and ease of riding without compromise to performance. The Santos range is available with either derailleur gears or Rohloff-equipped, and JD Cycles offer demonstration models with both systems. Every Santos tandem is available in a spectrum of twenty-four fantastic colours and three different sizes, with prices starting from £2,250.
John and Ruth Hargreaves enjoy riding a mixture of their demonstration models, including the prestigious US-made Santana tandems, again another exclusive brand for them in the UK. One of their favourites is the Santana Beyond, a fusion of carbon and titanium weighing in at a mere 29lbs 9oz; it is arguably the most expensive production bicycle available worldwide. The Santana range starts at £2,500.
These three exclusive tandem brands, along with KHS, Dawes and Landescape, make a visit to JD Cycles a must for every tandem enthusiast or beginner. Discover Tandeming days, at only £50 per couple, are offered for novice riders to learn what tandem riding is all about, and a new tandem may be purchased as inexpensively as £425. Contact them on 01943 816101, or call into Nelson Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. For more information, check out their website: www.tandems.co.uk.
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