We have the good problem of building a new tandem, our third. We are going back to 26" wheels and I'm weighing (not literally) my options for component spec.
I'm thinking about going with a Shimano Hub and Bontrager Clyde rims. They come in 48 & 36 hole. We had 36 on our first 26" wheeled tandem and we didn't have any problems, but we didn't do any loaded touring either. We are planning to on our new tandem. 48 seems excessive for a 26" rim but it is the direction I'm leaning. Any feedback on that? I'm also interested in other hub/rim combo's
My next tough choice is cranksets. I'd like to go 8 speed if possible as I have most of the parts I need already. I haven't check on the availability of 8 speed chainrings lately though. We both like 170's on our single bikes. Any recommendations?
Lastly, we'd like a good suspension seatpost (stoker only). Any recommendations would be most appreciated! TIA!