The first Ibis collaboration with Rick Jorgensen was in the mid-eighties when we were very involved in making tandems. Rick, an engineer by trade, was designing the most high performance and technically advanced tandems we had ever seen. Rick’s production of Tango Tandems was pretty small, he did everything himself. Ibis had a number of builders, we were very involved in tandems so we struck a deal. Rick designed the Ibis Uptube tandem for us. It was a smashing success. I still have one and ride it regularly. Here’s a quick testimonial for you, it’s been up the Alpe d’Huez an hour before the Tour came up in 1987, and over many alpine passes in the Alps. The same bike has been ridden down to the tip of Baja. Fast forward 20 years and it’s still being ridden on a regular basis.
Now Rick is selling bikes that we’ve designed. It’s the same thing in reverse. And I can only hope that when look back 20 years from now, our designs will be as revered and timeless as Rick’s.
Founder, Ibis Cycles