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Tandems....any suggestions?(11 posts)

Tandems....any suggestions?gtscottie
Sep 8, 2003 5:04 PM
My wife and I are looking at getting a tandem. We have went for a 50km test ride last night and loved it. I am looking at getting a Santana but was wondering if anyone with experiance might have some suggestions.

re: Tandems....any suggestions?rwbadley
Sep 8, 2003 8:40 PM
Santana makes some of the best performance tandems out there. You might check out Co-motion and Burley also.

If you know what you want, sometimes you can find a good deal on the used market. Many tandems get purchased with the best intentions, then get used very little. Keep an eye open for a bargain.

Have fun and good luck,

re: Tandems....any suggestions?ukiahb
Sep 8, 2003 9:14 PM
I'm in the market too after recently having a similar test ride experience w/ my GF...anyway, there is some good info and classifieds at
Santana has a great reputation . . .Look381i
Sep 9, 2003 1:41 AM
I assume they make one of the best frames. My wife and I ride a Cannondale, but we ride it only infrequently. My regular riding group includes a Trek, two CoMotions and a very pricey custom tandem with Campy components (unusual). The CoMotion folks are very serious, strong riders, who love their rides, so based on that I would consider one.

Like a single, fit is crucial. After that, pay attention to component selection. XTR derailleurs seem to be the standard for Shimano set-ups.

By the way, I love riding my single with tandems. When they get warmed up, it's great trading pulls with three or four tandems at high speed. It's not that hard for them to do nearly 30 mph on the flats for extended periods. That's 5-10 mph over what we do on our singles.
Santana - YES!GeoCyclist
Sep 9, 2003 3:33 AM
My wife and I ride a 1999 Santana Rio (MTB Tandem). We really love riding our tandem, and even take it on cycling holidays. Santana makes really nice bikes; however, the other bikes mentioned (burly, co motion) are also really nice. Basically, buying a tandem is just like buying a road bike; you get what you pay for! However, there are a few things you would never consider on a road bike; Drag Brake, and shock seat post. The shock seat post is a must for the stoker (person in the back). If you even think you might be riding in the mountains, you should get a drag brake (drum or disk). Don't depend on V brakes (or any rim brake) to work as a drag brake. The down hill speed on a tandem is really something to experience. Check out Sheldon Brown's web site for lots of tandem info.

Ride on X 2!
Sep 9, 2003 5:18 AM
We have a Sovereign and love it. Make sure your LBS does a complete fit job on both captain and stoker.

BTW- if you plan on traveling alot, you might want to consider Bike Friday Tandems. Many in our club have them and swear by them.
Ventana - - great handbuilt bikesthe greek
Sep 9, 2003 5:47 AM
Check out daVinci DesignsMg1
Sep 9, 2003 7:36 AM
Haven't tried it, but ran into one on a ride last year and it looked great, owners raved about the independent coasting.

I have an old steel tandem, it makes for a lively ride with two strong riders. My next will be aluminum. 2nd the suspension seatpost and drag brake, particularly if you will be carrying baggage or pulling a trailer.
Check out daVinci Designsgtscottie
Sep 9, 2003 1:21 PM
That does look interesting. Thanks for the info.
Bike Friday?cyclopathic
Sep 9, 2003 8:58 AM
they have a model with 20" wheels and Ti boom both for stoker and capt. Very smooth ride plus you can pack it into small case and avoid paying airline fees. The bike of choice if you think you and your wife will travel and do some touring.
re: Tandems....any suggestions?JoeBuckeye
Sep 9, 2003 10:47 AM
My wife and I recently went through this process and ended up with a Burley Duet (steel). Not many LBS's carry tandems in Cincinnati and had to drive 100 miles to test ride a Santana. The Santana Soverign SE was a very nice ride (best aluminum we rode). We just couldn't see spending that much as beginners when the Burley Duet was a close second for a much lower price. If we do get into our tandem the way I hope, I can easily see buying the Santana (or co-motion, etc...) in a few years.
Good luck and have fun.