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    Clipless in Coeur d'Alene twocicle's Avatar
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    2015 Calfee Dragonfly build

    Here is our latest 2015 Dragonfly frame build hot off production:

    IMAG0381.jpgIMAG0380.jpgIMAG0379.jpg

    Size Med/Sm Dragonfly with couplers, thru-axle, 1cm headtube extension, brake hose clips for travel/packing, +1 bottle cage on the bottom tube. Per the photo... yeap, 9.77lbs totally nude except for a few painted decals + the Ti head badge.
    P1050475.jpg

    With more people opting for higher power disc brakes (Shimano hydraulics for example), Calfee is now adding a brace on the rear disc side to all their tandems. They have done this for quite a while on their mtn frames, now it is also on the road setups. If you are going with rim brakes or a lightweight disc (ie TRP Spyer or Avid BB7) then you could probably still ask for no extra brace for the lightest possible setup. I opted to keep the rear rim brake bridge for the dual purpose of maybe running rim brakes (maybe for a race setup) and also for a "touring mode" pannier rack mount point (at brake bridge & threaded frame eyelets). Our default brake config will be using the Shimano R785 Di2 hydro disc levers and calipers. Our 2016 tour destination looks to be in those gentle hills known as the Pyrenees.

    Fork is a Whisky No.9 road disc 49mm rake.

    Here's a sibling side-by-side (err, over under). Interestingly, the new Dragonfly stoker top tube couplers are spaced approx 5/8" further apart than the 2013 Tetra. Not sure why, but ok...

    P1050476.jpg

    More on this as I get myself organized to build it up. Heading out to single bike races in Wenachee this weekend.
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    Nice looking bike. I also find it interesting to see the Calfee shop in the background. Does anyone have an idea of the number of tandem frames built by Calfee in a year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynesulak View Post
    Nice looking bike. I also find it interesting to see the Calfee shop in the background. Does anyone have an idea of the number of tandem frames built by Calfee in a year?
    i don't know, but it seems a lot are sold to members of this forum.
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    Twocicle,

    Very nice. Any idea how much of the 9.77lbs is the couplers?
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    Clipless in Coeur d'Alene twocicle's Avatar
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    they say 2.8lbs for the couplers.

    the new rear end is massive looking, so that must add a bit as well...
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    some factory drillium work done for Di2 wire routing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by twocicle View Post
    Here is our latest 2015 Dragonfly frame build hot off production:

    IMAG0381.jpgIMAG0380.jpgIMAG0379.jpg

    Size Med/Sm Dragonfly with couplers, thru-axle, 1cm headtube extension, brake hose clips for travel/packing, +1 bottle cage on the bottom tube. Per the photo... yeap, 9.77lbs totally nude except for a few painted decals + the Ti head badge.
    P1050475.jpg

    With more people opting for higher power disc brakes (Shimano hydraulics for example), Calfee is now adding a brace on the rear disc side to all their tandems. They have done this for quite a while on their mtn frames, now it is also on the road setups. If you are going with rim brakes or a lightweight disc (ie TRP Spyer or Avid BB7) then you could probably still ask for no extra brace for the lightest possible setup. I opted to keep the rear rim brake bridge for the dual purpose of maybe running rim brakes (maybe for a race setup) and also for a "touring mode" pannier rack mount point (at brake bridge & threaded frame eyelets). Our default brake config will be using the Shimano R785 Di2 hydro disc levers and calipers. Our 2016 tour destination looks to be in those gentle hills known as the Pyrenees.

    Fork is a Whisky No.9 road disc 49mm rake.

    Here's a sibling side-by-side (err, over under). Interestingly, the new Cragonfly stoker top tube couplers are spaced approx 5/8" further apart than the 2013 Tetra. Not sure why, but ok...

    P1050476.jpg

    More on this as I get myself organized to build it up. Heading out to single bike races in Wenachee this weekend.
    I am confident that there is an extremely good reason for the new frame, if I remember correctly this is the third frame in three years and the current one has been extensively modified. So, what will this one accomplish that the previous two did not and what objective performance gains do you expect to receive? A curious mind wants to know.

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    Clipless in Coeur d'Alene twocicle's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by DubT View Post
    I am confident that there is an extremely good reason for the new frame, if I remember correctly this is the third frame in three years and the current one has been extensively modified. So, what will this one accomplish that the previous two did not and what objective performance gains do you expect to receive? A curious mind wants to know.
    Three years is not quiet correct. Make it four

    This one is mostly about getting the rear thru-axle 142mm (135mm hub) and new rear spec for hydraulic disc. Matched with a 49mm rake thru-axle disc fork. Remember, I was the first to post about the thru-axles coming, but missed the TA parts availability at the time. I've just done my first WI rear hub QR to TA hub conversion... a piece of cake to do and cheaply done. Love the way the wheel is locked onto the bike and zero chance of losing it under hard braking.

    Addnl: Craig did some custom lathe work on the S&S coupler internals for a slightly lighter "SL" version, but the end weight reduction wasn't a lot. The stainless outer part was untouched. We're the testers for this trial.
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    As the owner of your first Calfee, don't we have a deal that whenever you get a new frame I get the old one? I can send you our address if you don't still have it. To be generous, I'll even split the shipping cost 50/50

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    Quote Originally Posted by budhaslug View Post
    As the owner of your first Calfee, don't we have a deal that whenever you get a new frame I get the old one? I can send you our address if you don't still have it. To be generous, I'll even split the shipping cost 50/50
    Just send me a check for $10k and I'll return the diff to you. Oh wait, wrong thread and I did it backwards too.

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    Hmm... $10K? I assume you're using the potassium to make an energy drink, but it is much easier to do that from KCl. Since 19/36 of KCl is potassium, I'll send you a check for $18.95 to cover the chlorine cost as well.

    In all seriousness, the new tandem looks lovely (as does the "old" tandem). Are you keeping both? Doing something new and innovative with the old one? Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynesulak View Post
    Nice looking bike. I also find it interesting to see the Calfee shop in the background. Does anyone have an idea of the number of tandem frames built by Calfee in a year?
    I think the serial number would tell you that. Ours was No 3 hundred something and that was some years ago.

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    I've just added some new distal radius hardware to our build. Outcome from a road race pileup. Won't be testing it on the road for ~3 months.

    Looks like this...

    drrr1.jpgdrrr2.jpg

    TBD: Ride this new Calfee sometime in September.
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    Ouch!

    I'm trying to recall from my high school biology: "distal radius" - wrist end of the big bone in your forearm?

    When I hear of crashes it makes me not want to ride in packs.

    Heal fast & fully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twocicle View Post
    I've just added some new distal radius hardware to our build. Outcome from a road race pileup. Won't be testing it on the road for ~3 months.

    Looks like this...

    drrr1.jpgdrrr2.jpg

    TBD: Ride this new Calfee sometime in September.
    Makes my stokers current broken collarbone look routine. Racing anything is more exciting and dangerous than just riding it.
    Breaks that close to the joint make me shiver.

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