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Calfee Tandem, AME Carbon Fork, tire woes, Etc...(9 posts)

Calfee Tandem, AME Carbon Fork, tire woes, Etc...MrCelloBoy
Jan 21, 2002 1:44 PM
We've been mostly thrilled with our Calfee Tetra Tetra, but in our last few weeks of winter riding we've had a rash of flats so I though I'd share some info. with you.
1.) For those who don't know or haven't heard...Winter rains wash a lot of crap onto the road shoulder that isn't there the rest of the year, so flats will be more common.
2.) The Calfee Tetra Tetra is designed as a go-fast ride, not so much as a day-to-day mount. Equipped with the lightest AME carbon fork, the tire clearance limits you to a max. of 25-26mm tires. There aren't a whole lot of heavy-duty (read TANDEM QUALITY) choices in this range. We started with Conti. Gatorskin Ultra's 700x25. They did OK until the rains, then we had 3 flats and a sidewall slash in the last month. I'm going to try a Specialized Turbo Sport 700x26 (Flak Jacket technology). It appears beefier than the Conti's. They also make an Armadillo 700x26 but it looks like it would be too large to fit. I'm not even sure the Turbo Sport will fit. I'll report back on that.
If I'd checked into it in more detail before spec-ing our frame and fork I MIGHT have opted for a bit more spacing in the rear and a slightly heavier fork. This might have allowed for enough room for running up to 700x28's which are considered by many to be the minimal size for tandem use.
How do you like your AME fork ?noupi
Jan 21, 2002 3:25 PM
I am thinking of getting a Colnago CT1 and putting on
the AME all carbon curved fork.
Thanks,
Does AME have a website?KurtVF
Jan 21, 2002 4:07 PM
I'm looking for a fork, they are supposed to be the best.
http://www.alphaqfork.com/ nmTroyboy
Jan 21, 2002 5:44 PM
We have had really good luck with Performance Forte KevlarMB1
Jan 21, 2002 3:56 PM
tires with the kevlar belt size 700X26. On the tandem of course.

2 years ago we did a century in icy, wet, snowy roads that had just been cindered. The other tandem with us had 8 flats in 50 miles before they packed it in for the day. All the singles had 2-6 flats each.

We had 0 flats for the 100 miles. Needless to say they are now the only tires we run on the tandem anymore. Sure we have had 2 flats (one was a pinch flat when I forgot to pump up the tires) in the last 15,000 miles but still....
We have had really good luck with Performance Forte KevlarMrCelloBoy
Jan 21, 2002 10:04 PM
That's pretty bizzare! Kathy is just about to replace her Forte Kevlar 700x23's on her road bike due to a recent rash of flats. I think a big part of the "flat-cycle" is up to cosmic lottery. Good thing for all the tire manufacturers.
The Specialized Turbo S 700x26 fit fine so I'm going to try the Armadillo 70x26 on the rear as soon as the local shop gets them in. Both appear pretty beefy.
Size matters...MB1
Jan 22, 2002 4:29 AM
We have also not had as good results with the skinnier Forte Kevlar tires, just too thin I guess. Amazing results with the 700X26 kevlar belted ones.
Size matters...MrCelloBoy
Jan 22, 2002 8:47 AM
Thanks. I'll let you know how the Armadillo's work out.
Perhaps spin skins, slime tube? nmShad
Jan 21, 2002 8:55 PM