My wife and I just did our first MS 150 on a Tandem…(We have done them before on singles). We are hooked. It really gave us a chance to do something together.
We did it on a rented Trek T1000 ( to see if we could survive ) that was in less than great shape.
We now have to buy one. I want to search and see if I can find a good used Burley Tosa, comparable co motion or Santana in the $2000.00 range.
For the time being I have found a used Cannondale MT800 that has been converted to a road bike. ( new fork, bars and smaller tires) for 700.00. It looks a lot better that the one I rented and the components seem to be a tad better all the way around.
I was thinking about getting this for now to give me time to do some research and look around. I figure I can ride it a while and probably get close to what I paid for it once I find a better bike. If I cant find one in 6 month or so, I will juts buy a new one
Is this a good deal? Am I stepping into a landmine on a converted bike. Even converted, for the short time I rode it, it didn’t seem any heavier than the Trek I rented and seemed to handle better, but I didn’t ride it for 180 miles either
What is everyone’s thoughts on the Somba? Seem to me like a great value for the $$$$
Last edited by mjohn; 05-06-08 at 10:25 PM.
Reason: Listed wrong bike
If the C'dale fits . . . get it.
The Burley Samba was near the lowest (26" wheel) in their lineup. It would cost you some to swith it over like the C'dale.
If you intend to get a new one anyway, the C'dale will do nicely.
'10 C'Dale Tandem RT2. '07 Trek Tandem T2000, '10 Epic Marathon MTB, '12 Rocky Mountain Element 950 MTB, '95 C'dale R900, "04 Giant DS 2 '07 Kona Jake the Snake, '95 Nishiki Backroads
I can't speak to the Burley but if the C'dale fits and components function as designed, I can't see any way you can go wrong for that kind of money. Use it as you said and you can always get your money back if you sell...it is a solid tandem that you won't be disappointed with.
It was a super clean Cannondale. For now I will ride it as is, I do not want to put alot into it as I want to get more of a true road bike. But it should work fine for now. I wish the gearing was bigger, I would like a 52t on the top and this has a 43 I think. being a masher I will loose alot of my top end.