Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
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The drumbrake QR kit is indeed a good investment.
Most new tandems with drum brake now come standard with the QR already in place. It's not a question of 'poor design'. To cut price/corners there are a few tandems left out there that let the buyer do the upgrading.
Just like adjustable stoker stems were unheard of. We had our first one custom made years ago, as there was no such thing on the market. Eventually manufacturers wise up and first offer it as a 'optional' equipment and later realize that 98% of the folks want/need it, and, are willing to pay for it.
So next thing you know, it becomes standard epuiment!
Enjoy the ride "TWOgether!"
Rudy and Kay/zonatyandem