Since I couldn't edit the Title, I'm re-posting this with the hopes of getting some input from Coupe owners.
I've been looking around for new, new old stock, and used tandems. We'll be an experienced road/mtn riding captain and a minimal experienced stoker. 395lb team. Based on what I've been reading, seems like I should have a great braking system, and I'm happy with the idea of 203mm discs. I've been thinking of a new old C'dale Road for $2500 (or a used one if I can find one and can wait) or a new old Raleigh 05 Coupe leftover at $900 and I'll modify to the 203mm rotors. (I'm an experienced wrench) Obviously, there's a difference in components and pricing. And the Coupe is a morph of road and mountain positions/components.
Since we are a new team, I hope that a love for riding faster and longer develops with my stoker than just farting around the neighborhood. But that might not happen.
In addition, I'd like to ride with my 14 year old daughter, to help her develop in strength and others that unfortunately she's been 'challenged' with since birth. I understand from reading that this is great for kids with these issues. The Coupe also has a lower step over in the rear which would be easier for her. She has ridden tandems before, btw.
Here's the C'dale spec........
Frame Road Tandem
Fork Fatty R Tandem
Rear Shock N/A
Rims Mavic A719 w/eyelet and machined sidewall, 40 hole
Hubs DT Swiss Tandem Disc
Spokes DT Swiss Champion
Tires Continental Ultra GatorSkin, 700 x 28c
Crank TruVatiV Elita Tandem, 30/39/52
Chain Shimano 9-speed (drive), SRAM 9-speed (timing)
Rear Cogs SRAM PG-970, 11-34
Bottom Bracket TruVatiV Giga X Drive
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Shifters Shimano Ultegra 9-speed
Handlebars Cannondale Fire, 31.8mm front, stoker rear
Stem Cannondale 3-D Forged
Headset Cane Creek S-1
Brakeset Avid BB7 Disc
Brakelevers Shimano Ultegra
Saddle Fi'zi:k Aliante Sport Mg
Seat Post Kalloy SP-248D front, Satori Poise XC suspension rear
here's the Coupes:
Frame Atomic 13 Aluminum Tandem
Fork Chromoly Road w/disc mount
Crankset Truvativ Elita Tandem 30/42/52t
Bottom Bracket Truvativ ISIS
F. Derailleur FB FD-443
R. Derailleur 105 RD-5500GS
Shift Lever FB ST-440L
Brake Levers Avid Speed Dial 7
Brakes Avid BB7
Cog Set 9spd CS6500 (12-27t)
Rims Alex DM-21
Tires Vittoria Ranndoneur 28c w/puncture protection
Pedals Mtn Platform w/Alloy Cage, Clips, and Straps
Handlebar Truvativ XR Flat
Stem Truvativ XR / Stoker
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust / Alloy Suspension
Saddle WTB Speed V / WTB Speed She
Headset WTB Zero Stack
Drivetrain Shimano / Truvativ 27 Speed
Chain KMC Z9000/Z610
Hubset 40h Joytech Tandem Disc
Spokes 14G Stainless Black
Seatpost Clamp MX-30-RT
Extras Rack & Fender Mounts, Water Bottle Mounts
I know the C'dale is a superior spec. But is it worth 3x the price?
Do you Coupe owners have any guidance for us? How has your experience been with riding, quality and performance of the Coupe? Do you ride it aggressively or just around town?
INDY aka Spongebob