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    tandem bents

    Am thinking of purchasing a tandem bent, so far have seen a rans screemer, who else makes one?

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    I think Barcroft makes one.

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    Pic, ive never seen one before.
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    Tandem bents have been offered by....
    Angletech Cycles, Barcroft Cycles, BikeE, Bilenky, Cambie Cycles, Flevobike, Greenspeed, Hase Spezialräder, Kettwiesel tandems ICE, M5, Linear, Longbikes,Optima, Organic Engines, Ostrad, Rans, Ryan, S & B Recumbents, Speedbike,Terry Osell, Varna, Vision, and Zox (who have I forgoten?)

    Some of the builders listed have stopped offering tandems or closed shop. But they still come up for sale used from time to time. And some of the builders listed only offer tandem trikes.

    Angletech Cycles: Offers custom built high end models of other builders frames. *Barcroft Cycles: SWB/ASS tandem. Good build quality. Rides well, good sport bike.
    *BikeE: Belly up
    Bilenky: Custom built only.
    Bolder Bikes: Custom built
    Cambie Cycles: LWB/ABS tandem
    Flevobike: Back to back
    *Greenspeed: The tandem trike to have
    Hase Spezialräder: Back to back
    Kettwiesel: Really not a tandem to single trikes hooked together to make a tandem
    ICE: Trike (nicer then Greenspeed IMHO)
    M5: Back to back
    *Linear: Belly up, but Bicycle Man has bought the line is offering singles, no tandems at this time
    *Longbikes: SWB/USS and LWB/USS or ASS
    Optima: No info
    *Organic Engines: US built tandem trike (about 1/2 the cost of a Greenspeed)
    Ostrad:No info
    *Rans: SWB/ASS
    *Ryan: No longer building bikes.
    S & B Recumbents. LWB/ASS
    Speedbike: No info
    Terry Osell: Custom builder, may have retired.
    Turrner: Three wheels all in line, two in front steer the bike
    Varna: No info
    *Vision: Belly up SWB/USS mono tube
    Zox: SWB/ASS box tube frame

    *= Bikes I have owned or riden

    DO you know what kind of tandem you want SWB LWB USS or ASS? Bicycle or trike?
    Bentbaggerlen
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    DOA! *Wiz Wheels! Very nice tandem trike.
    Bentbaggerlen
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    Add Bike Friday to the list. Hase Specialrader of Germany offer the titanium Pino: front is 'bent, rear is upright (steering from the rear) and weighs under 30 lbs (similar to the Viewpoint or the Counterpoint Opus).

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    Bacchetta has shown a prototype tandem. No word on when it will go into production:

    http://www.bentrideronline.com/featu...ettatandem.jpg

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    I have an EZ Tandem. It's not as fast as a Rans Screamer, but about half the price. http://www.easyracers.com/ez_tandem.htm
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    Oh yea, bike Friday... I had a hell of a time putting one of them togeter. The owner wanted to ship it. But insted of just folding the bike they took it apart. Put all the small parts in a bag and placed everything in a box. Took me about six hours to put it back together. Do they still offer it?

    Bacchetta's tandem looks interesting, I hope it will see production.

    The Counterpoint is a great concept, but I had a case of stoker envey when I tried one. I also had a chance to ride a Counterpoint tripple. I think they built five of them total.
    Bentbaggerlen
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    I suppose I went in prejudiced as I already owned a Vision R45 when I began to consider a tandem. I eventually tried the Rans Screamer, the Barcroft Columbia, and the Vision (Double Vision) R85 OSS. My choice was the Double Vision; however, the other bikes I tried were both excellent and I am certain that I could have been happy with any of the above.

    As stated earlier, Vision is out of business; however, it is proving to be an excellent bike and, of course, there is a used market out there.

    John D
    Visions R45 USS, R40 USS, R85 OSS

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    I have a Sun EZ Alum. frame tandem. I haven't ridden it very much yet, but so far I like it. It is easy to ride and is not as expensive as most of the other tandems. It also has independent peddeling which I like. I think it would be faster with narrower tires, but I am into comfort and not speed.
    Terry

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