LBS just received our new tandem frame, a Calfee with ti couplers, some comments and questions:
Frame is a little heavier than I thought it would be, 4.55kg (10.0 lbs), but I guess maybe that is due to size (64cm captain, 52cm stoker) and the couplers. Might be a little tight getting it built up under 30 pounds, even with some light components. Will know by this weekend.
Curious about how things come apart with cable splitters. Frame has some built in cable routing that means that splitters can allow sections to be separated, but the front two sections will still be joined by the loose cable unless I remove the tail end of the splitter (due to cable routing at captain seatpost). Is this normal?
Also looking at the water bottle mounting posts and wondering where the rear derailleur clamp is going to go (see second picture). In between the water bottle mounting posts? Looks like I got a mounting post for a rear fender too?
Bit of a goof-up in that frame was delivered with an Alpha Q CX (or CX20) in nicely matching paint, which I was not really planning on, doing a mostly Campy Record build, including caliper brakes. So had LBS order an Alpha Q X2 via overnight so we can get the bike built up for the weekend. Guess I might send it back to Calfee for paint later.
Your thoughts and ideas welcome. I will post pics and further impressions after it's all put together!