Co-Motion builds tandem, road, and touring bicycles out of their factory in Eugene, OR. In addition to many custom frames, they also stock models with coupling systems that can be taken apart for travel and checked as regular baggage.
- address: 4765 Pacific Ave.Eugene, OR 97402
- telephone: (866) 282-6336
- fax: (541) 342-2210
- website: http://www.co-motion.com
- e-mail: [email protected]
Co-Motion Cycles is a small, well-regarded American frame builder offering some gorgeous paint jobs, including a pearlized red, white, and true blue American flag design that’s sure to get noticed. The company is best known for tandems and promotes the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Race in Oregon for novices through seasoned racers. They sell a wide range of tandems, including racing ones, and also triplets, quads, and quints! These larger models aren’t gimmicky bikes; they handle well, and as with all Co-Motions, each is handmade in Eugene, Oregon in a building designed for the purpose. Some tandems are equipped with PeriScope seatposts, adjustable cranks, and easy-to-swap pedals. With these, the owner can change the fit from child-size to adult-size and back in minutes. If a stoker kit is added into the mix, even a 2 ½-year-old can join in the fun.
But what if you want to ride without the kids? No problem. Leave them home, because you can convert your quint or other multi-person bike down to the number of seats you need—four, three, or a regular two-person tandem—as long as it’s custom-built with S&S couplers. Just unbolt the couplers, remove tubes and seats, and put together a smaller tandem. This pretty wild coupler technology is made of interlocking tapered teeth drawn together by a threaded lockring. Actually, Co-Motion uses these couplers more often for frames to be taken apart for airline travel. Airline-ready coupling systems can be part of any custom bike and are also designed into several stock (not custom) tandems and single bikes. The disassembled bike pieces fit into a case with clearly labeled pads. Then the case gets checked as regular luggage. In October 2001, Bicycling Magazine reported that putting back together a Co-Motion Co-Pilot bike was, “no more difficult than assembling a cabin from Lincoln Logs.” The end result is a bicycle that’s stronger than the same frame without the couplings. But more important, as Co-Motion says, “the world becomes your cycling playground.”
As might be expected from a company so in tune with bike travel, Co-Motion has a line of touring bikes they say you can rely on far from home on transcontinental trips. They also sell noteworthy road bikes, and any Co-Motion model can be custom built to a rider’s exact measurements. When Dwan Shepard and Dan Vrijmoet founded the company more than 20 years ago, they chose the name Co-Motion to represent the “unique relationship between people and their bicycles.”
Hours of work
Monday – Friday
9 am to 5 pm
- Standard Frames: Yes
- Custom Frames: Yes
- Retrofitting old bikes: No
- Year Established: 1988
- Products Made In: Eugene, Oregon (USA)
- Availability: Independent Bicycle Dealers throughout the world.
- Types of Bicycles: Tandem, Road, Touring, Hybrid, Cyclocross, Off Road, Off Road Tandem
- Construction Methods: Lugged, TIG welded, Fillet brazed
- Frame Materials: Steel, Aluminum (non-coupled only at this time)