Tandem Cycling - Single question for you Co-Motion Tandem riders
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06-25-03, 01:52 AM
I am not a tandem rider (yet) but I am interested in a Co-Motion Espresso Co-pilot single with Ultegra and S&S connectors. $1,799. 725 steel. I have test ridden it twice and think it has a very quality ride as well as gorgeous looks (never thought I would love orange, but I do now!).
Anyway, though you may not know much about Co-Motion singles, those of you with Co-Motion Tandems, are you happy with them? Would you buy a Co-Motion single? (Might eventually be my single trainer for a future Co-Motion tandem!). Anyway, I toured the factory in Eugene, OR and was very impressed with the craftsmenship and especially the high tech paint room and mixing shelves. Unreal!
I plan to buy the bike for general club riding, occassional sprint tri's, and light touring.
I would appreciate, in advance, your opinions. Thanks, Scott
06-25-03, 08:02 AM
Dwan, Dan, Alan and the rest of the folks at Co-Motion are what they appear to be... the real deal. They all love cycling and channel those passions into their business which is their sole source of livelihood / families' security.
I would be lying if I said I hadn't heard first hand accounts from customers and former customers who voiced criticism since I started paying attention to the brand back in 1996; however, I can probably count them on one hand and suspect it was just bad chemistry since it was "nits" or "dealership stuff" that were at issue not product quality or support -- hey, it happens.
Bottom Line: The passision and commitment to excellence is apparent in their products and the support they give their customers. Dwan remains very much engaged with the tandem community through his participation in the Tandem@Hobbes discussion forum, sponsorship of the Co-Motion Classic Tandem Stage Race (created last year and scheduled again for this Labor Day in Eugene, OR), and just a real desire to help his customers and potential tandem buyers get "the facts" and make good purchasing / maintenenace / upgrade decisions.
I've been riding a Speedster since Aug of last year. Dwan, Alan and Elayne have always been super helpfull when I've talked and or traded emails with them. The reason Co-Motion is such a good bicycle company is the people that run it, Good people make good products. I cant say I know them personally as I've just said hello at interbike and had a few phone conversations but, all are super nice and very professional.
I liked the Co-Motion for the ride and handling that they are known for. People in the know suggested them to me saying "Co-Motion will handle very much like your single" and I found that it is true. I could have had a Trek, Cannondale, Santana or Burley. I went with Co-Motion over these other brands because I like the bike the best for ride quality, looks and workmanship. Just as importantly I also think the people behind the scene are just as top notch as the products they put out.
I've done a few club rides to where a couple of Co-Motion singles have joined us. They are super sharp, that's a fact. I sold my single Giant last year to help finance the purchase of our Co-Motion tandem. My only single now is an MTB. I've allready decided that when I'm ready to buy a single roadbike, I'll have a Co-Motion single as part of our stable.
06-26-03, 09:54 AM
It's good to hear the glowing reports of Co-Motion because yesterday I plunked down my $ to have a custom Mocha (with a beam, I guess it's a Mocha-cino).
I was impressed by the ride and build quality too. We had an extended test ride on the shop owner's own Co-Motion Sky Cap.
Congrates on the Co-Mo! I didnt know they offered a Mocha-cino. That's what's cool about owning one. You may go a few thousand miles and not see another bike like yours. Did you go with custom paint? I forgot to mention that one of the big reasons we went with Co-Motion was we wanted something a little different, not a stamped out carbon copy of what everyone else rides. Yes, we are seeing more and more Co-Motions on the road but, so far have not seen one with our custom paint.
06-26-03, 07:05 PM
My wife did want to do the custom flames paint on it but when the frame/fork is already in the $3,000 ball park with the customizations we are doing (sizing, beam, disk mount) we decided to save some $$ for components we'll need. We are very excited.
Sounds very cool. Post a pic for us when you get it!
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