Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
Bikes: Tsunami Bikes
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I have a M/S Cannondale. I'm about like you (minus 1" inseam - or more), my wife is about 5'4" also, her legs are longer than mine. We have a Thudbuster that is raised up a bit on the back so you should be able to drop it for your daughter. I can measure things if you like but overall it's a good fit.
My bike came with 175 front cranks - keeps my rpms down and I've used a 175 for a while now (although I'm experimenting with 170s right now).
Disk brakes are relatively cheap (mechanical Avids anyway). 203 mm rotors came stock on them last year. Your frame will be fit for them although your hubs may not, on eBay I've seen standard rotor ones for less than $100 for both wheels.
The non-disc bike (Tandem3) comes with a drum brake in the rear so either way you'll have a non-rim brake. I believe that this will preclude using a disc but I'm not sure - you'd have to ask your shop.
Cannondale frame/forks are the same so you can upgrade as you feel comfortable. Exception is the "Street" tandem which is a mountain tandem frame (26" wheels). I'm looking at the 2008 online catalog for reference.
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