From everything we've heard from the folks who have ridden the upcoupled versions, nice design, but not super-stiff. The uncoupled trident is VERY flexible, but a good captain can manage through it. In fact, one intrepid / strong and lightweight couple from Chicago teamed up with a superstrong, very short stoker and attacked Clingman's Dome:
Distance to the summit: 20.24 miles
Elevation Gain: 4645 feet
Total Climbing: 5246 feet
Average Grade: 4.35%
Max Grade: 12.0%
FWIW: I believe this same green Trident will make an appearance at STR for the Friday ride...
So, at least based on what I've heard from friends who've captained and stoked on these, they seem to be ideal for adult captain and small stokers or sto-kids, and adaptable for average side adults who aren't looking for a race bike. They provide a very nice, semi-conventional looking "family tandem" that is far better than its peers or many less expensive and older tandems, but there are some trade-offs on frame stiffness due to the frame design. Couplers would definitely increase the frame's stiffness. If we had young kids, no question that we would be taking one for a test ride.
Bottom Line: Test ride and then decide.
Last edited by TandemGeek; 09-29-05 at 09:40 AM.