My wife and I have been considering an entry level tandem for several years. Similar story to most, don't want to spend too much until we know we love it, but know we can't go too cheap if we want to maintain a decent riding experience.
We have ridden the Trek 900 and did not find it terribly appealing. Recently road a 2004 KHS Tandemania Alite and really liked it. We would buy that bike if we could find one, but we could wait a long time to find one used. Unfortunately, in 2005 KHS changed the Alite pretty dramatically in frame design and componetry. The price dropped by $400 - $500, but I suspect that the quality of the ride has suffered significantly in the process.
Does anyone have any first hand experience of the 2005/06 model Alite, or even better, can anyone comment first hand about the difference in riding experience between the 2004 and 2005 models?
Also interested in any first hand experience with the new KHS Tandemania Cross model. This is the off-road/hybrid version of the Milano. From the pics and specs the 2004 Tandemania Alite we liked so much seems to have more in common with the 2006 Cross than it does with the 2006 Alite. Again any first hand experience or advice would be appreciated.