pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
High End Tandems
We have a Burley Duet, and are thinking of upgrading. The Burley has been a good serviceable bike for 14 years. However when we ride it, it always seems slow, and not very responsive. This is particularly true in comparison to riding our single bikes. ( Merlin Extralight, and a Canondale R2000). I compare it to the difference between driving a Ford Explorer and a Porsche.
I realize it's not fair to compare a $2000 tandem to a $6,000 single bike. My quesiton is how much of the slow heavy feel of the Burley is attributable to the bike, and how much is inherent in the fact it's a tandem. Stated another way, would we see a noticeable, even measurable, difference in up grading to a higher end bike. (I'm thinking something like a Santana Team AL with aero wheels, or possibly carbon fiber).
How many of you have upgraded to a high end tandem from an entry level tandem. Did you notice a significant difference? Was the price worth it to you?