After hearing a report from someone who toured our display at
Interbike, [tandemgeek] sent an e-mail asking for some
clarifications. After writing the following for him, I decided some of
the rest of you might be interested.
Following 18 months of intense testing and development, at Interbike
Santana displayed a new tandem-specific mechanical disc brake. Made
exclusively for Santana by Winzip, this brake has a uniqued design that
provides hydraulic-like efficiency without complicated maintenance or
messy fluid. Specifically, unlike every other mechanical disc caliper,
with Winzip's patented mechanism BOTH pads move (with every other
mechanical disc, braking is produced when the one moving pad warps the
disc up against opposing fixed pad). As a result, this disc is (1) more
efficient, (2) more powerful and (3) easier to adjust than all previous
mechanical discs. Virtually maintenance free, Santana's new tandem disc
brake uses standard cables, mounting brackets, and Shimano dimension
Because our new disc caliper uses the same "international" mounting
points as Avid, Formula, Hayes and Shimano, owners of those brakes can
easily get better braking by bolting-on this more-powerful caliper.
Additionally, owners of tandems with the Hayes-style chainstay brake
braze-ons (standard on every Santana since 2000) can purchase a new
bracket to combine this tandem-specific caliper with our 10-inch rotor.
As compared to a single bike's 8-inch rotor, this tandem-sized rotor
reduces fade and increases stopping power by an additional 29%.
And while a disc with this much power and heat capacity may render the
whole notion of a "drag brake" obsolete (does anyone have a drag brake
on their single?), this is also the first disc that is approved for
continuous use. So if you want to operate it with a set-n-forget shift
lever, be our guest. Is this brake heavy? No, with a caliper weight of
just 200 grams, these brakes set a new power-to-weight benchmark.
Also on display at Interbike was Santana's new "Perfect-10" drivetrain
that combines Ultegra-30 controls with a tandem-specific Mega-10
cassette. Compared to the best previous 12-27 cassettes, our exclusive
11-34 shifts faster and has tighter mid-range gear spacing. With
controls and a front derailleur that is head and shoulders above
Shimano's previous generation of Ultegra (or even Dura-Ace), Santana
guarantees that tandem enthusiasts who experience "Perfect-10" for 30
days will like it better than Campy. If not, they can return the
Perfect-10 pieces and we'll supply "Campy for Free."
Columbus Spirit-Niobium tubing:
Developed for the automotive industry, the newest Mercedes and BMW
sedans come with 4 of these these high strength tubes---one in each
door. Because Niobium steel is strong without being brittle, these
lightweight tubes protect occupants from errant SUV's by absorbing
energy that would fold or snap a heavier steel tube. When drawn into
double butted sections for bikes, the unprecedented thin sections (as
thin as .3mm) can be built into steel frames that mimic the weight of
aluminum and the ride quality of titanium. As compared to the finest
chrome-moly, these thinner and lighter tubes also have greater dent
resistance! One year ago Columbus chose Santana and Serotta to
introduce these tubes to American enthusiasts. After a year of working
with this new alloy, we have not discovered a single drawback.
Santana's Niobium tubes are drawn to tandem-specific diameters, lengths
and gauges---including custom tubes that are properly butted for use
with our exclusive weldable stainless-steel S&S couplers.
Easton Scandium tubing:
Also intro'd at last year's Interbike, Scandium does for aluminum what
Niobium does for steel. By adding this rare alloying agent and then
drawing larger tubes to thinner gauges, the resulting aluminum tandem
frame is stiffer, more comfortable and 1.3 pounds lighter---all while
being tougher to dent! Warning, because you can't trademark an element,
anyone can legally tack the word "Scandium" onto a generic aluminum
tubeset. Easton, however, is the only company with sufficient
quantities of this rare element to produce "real" scandium alloy tubes.
Santana is the only company building tandems with Easton's premium
aluminum alloy. As is the case with Columbus' Niobium, with each
passing day we become more convinced that Easton's Scandium is a
superior choice for tandem enthusiasts. (And if you'd rather obtain
your ultimate steel or aluminum tandem from another framebuilder, we're
happy to supply tubesets from our inventory).
If your builder is certified by S&S, we can also supply properly
dimensioned stainless or aluminum couplers; including our new oval
aluminum coupler that fits our larger Easton Scandium oval bottom tube.
Lighter Sweet-16 wheelsets:
The fastest wheels in tandeming are now 150 grams lighter. Reliability?
Unlike other low-spoke tandem wheels, these 16-spoke beauties are
rugged enough for years of everyday use. Current record? 12,000 miles
of troublefree reliability. Like all of our tandem wheels, the Shimano
Sweet-16s now come with a two year performance warranty that has no
restrictions for tandem weight or use.
Santana Cycles, Inc.
PS: Further details for all of the above items (and a whole lot more)
can be found in the latest issue of Tandems & Tandeming (being mailed
late this week). To get a free subscription, simply supply your names
(tandem partner too), home mailing address and the brand and model of
tandem you currently own (if any) by phone, (800) 334-6136, fax (909)
596-5853 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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tandem-specific junk mail.