Tandem Cycling - Anyone familiar with these tandems?
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01-17-07, 08:28 PM
I'm visiting a bike shop tomorrow that stocks a Co-Motion Periscope, Raleigh Coupe, Raleigh Companion, and a Fuju Absolute 4.2. Besides fit, is there anything I need to keep in mind when looking and testing riding these bikes?
01-17-07, 09:00 PM
I hesitate to weigh in on this topic since there is so much to say and much of it depends on your interests and experience as a cyclist -- actually both of you, since a tandem takes two. Three of the four bikes are at the low price and features end of the scale, and most could be good entry bikes -- again, depending on your interests. Speaking of "weighing in", I just don't believe the Fuji tandem weight of 25 pounds. It cannot possibly be true. Perhaps the best advice is ride and see what you like. Just like a single bike, a tandem simply has to fit the rider(s). After a good fit, everything else is variable: from quality of frame to mountain vs road wheels/tires, quality of drive train, etc.
Don't buy until you do a bit more research. There are a good number of people on this forum that like KHS and Cannondale tandems, both very affordable and well-equipped. If you can, rent a tandem for the day to make sure you will use it for more than a few hundred miles. I'd suggest a number of great web sites to do more research, but I'm sure you will hear that from others on this list.
I agree with the previous poster, Do your research and test ride. I can say out of the tandems you posted the one big thing Co-Motion has going for them is they specialize in tandems, even there low end tandems are top notch and there made in the good ol USA. I would have to say honestly if you like the Co-Motion and it fits, it is by far the better tandem all the way around than the others listed.
01-17-07, 09:12 PM
My wife/stoker and I test road the raleigh coupe and were made a really good deal on it. It has been a good entry bike and we have about 500 miles on it so far. We added bar extensions to get a change in grip as well as clipless pedals and new saddles. The bike fits us really well and we have had fun. We are signed up for our first century at the Tour de Palm Springs and I suppose I will have more to say afterwards. We did have some trouble so far. The bottom bracket bearings on the captains pedals went out after about 200 miles. We made it home though and the LBS took care of the issue right away. We also broke two spokes in the back wheel, one after about 100 mi. and the other at about 500. I took it to the LBS and they warrantied it with no problem. The stock wheels are good wheels and should not have had this problem. So far any problems have been addressed by LBS and Raleigh with no questions and no problems.
We will probably be shopping for something better next year but for now we are satisfied. If you are looking for something to ride around, low mileage and for fun the Raleigh coupe is not a bad choice.
01-17-07, 09:20 PM
I think all four of them are good tandems for their purpose. The Companion probably more for shorter rides and the Periscope with the "special" feature of a very wide adjustability range for the stoker.
We own a 2004 Fuji absolute tandem and we are really satisfied. I modifed the bike a little bit. Btw, the weight is probably more like 34lb. At least that's what the 2004 model weighed.
01-17-07, 10:01 PM
Depending on proper fit/need/budget, all are entry level tandems. However the best of the bunch, and also the priciest, would be the Co-Motion Peri.
Have test ridden 3 out of the 4 tandems. By the far the Co-Mo is the best in the bunch.
Made by tandem specialist in Eugene, OR, ultra-adjustable in size for both pilot and stoker, and the lightest of the bunch that also provides heaps of options/upgrades, if desired.
Have personally owned a custom Co-Mo that we put 57,000 miles on the odometer. A great investment in our health!
Suggest the two-of-you test ride all these models and save th Co-Mo for the final test ride.
Again, fit/needs/budget wil be the decider.
01-17-07, 10:09 PM
I purchased a Trek T900 tandem last fall for our first tandem. The bike shop had a Raleigh Companion, and I could've saved a few hundred bucks, but I liked the Trek aluminum frame, (much lighter bike), and the overall quality of the hardware, which was like my Gary Fisher hybred. I changed out the 1.95 X 26tires and installed some Bontrager city 1.50 X 26 tires. Lighter, and less resistance, very pleased. I also had my bike shop install the same Bontrager Crow Bar handlebars and replaced the grip shifters again with the same equipment I have in my hybred. I just like the finger/thumb shifters better, and I don't have to re-learn the bike controls. Also, my wife is very short, (4'9"), and the 14.5 rear frame suited my wife much better than the slightly taller frame on the Raleigh. We can't wait till spring gets here and we can start riding again. The tandem set-up helps equalize our riding abilities, and she can now join me on some group rides!
The bike has been flawless so far!!!
09-09-07, 10:10 PM
i'd appreciate your comments regarding raleigh coupe 2005. i will use this tandem primarily with my 7 y/o son, but i need to make some adjustments to this tandem first for a better fit for him.
until recently, we were riding a piccolo burley attached to a specialized elite sequoia, very nice combo, but unfortunately, my son is getting older. now i have an excuse to ride by myself my double comp specialized roubaix. (i love this bike), but i 'm missing the tandem experience with him.
i am getting this tandem for around $ 800 (which it seems a very good value) but still not convinced enough. price makes me suspicious.
i am considering this tandem as a bridge to a better quality in the next few years. i really will appreciate your input in this regard.
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