Lovin' my Fixie
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Euclid, Ohio, USA (Near the Great Lake Erie)
Bikes: Litespeed Classic, C-Dale MT1000, 80's Trek 770, 2005 Raleigh Rush Hour Pro, Fixed
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I bought a Cannondale tandem (MT-1000) a number of years ago at an end-of-season-super-sale through a LBS (I know the owner and the shop manager). It was a steal and we've enjoyed it. For general cruising, club rides and family fun it is a blast. Not fast, but rock solid on downhills. Slow on the flats when we try to keep pace with friends on their Santana.
Rolling resistance because of the fat slicks, weight of the rims (even though they are light MTB racing rims), and the mountain bike gearing will slow you down. It is easy to get "spun-out" on the flats or down a hill. I hope to change the chainrings someday, but it is a low priority now.
If I had to do it all over again I would get a 700c road bike tandem. The MTB tandem looks very cool. I've upgraded the brakes to Magura Hydraulic (tough to do on a road frame), and the bars are pretty comfy with bar ends for the captain and stoker positions. I'll keep the bike for now, but do wish for more speed at times.
I concur - go with the road tandem with 700c. You can always upgrade the tires for gravel and dirt roads.