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Old 05-22-08, 05:30 AM   #1
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First tandem: Kent dual drive Beach cruiser vs Diamondback Wildwood

Okay, I've read a fair bit on the "I'm getting a first tandem" front. I've read the reviews of the Kents and the reviews of the Diamond backs. I was wondering if anyone here has had the chance to do direct bike to bike comparison. I can get a Kent for $350 CDN or a Diamondback for $650 (both brand new - finding used tandems in the Toronto Area is not easy). I would mostly be using this for me and my daughter to cruise around on (maybe once or twice a month)

The next question, I am 6'3" and both of these frames are 19" in the front. Will sizing be an issue? Will these tandems be big enough for me?
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Old 05-22-08, 07:01 AM   #2
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Malkin and I started on a Diamondback. It was a great bike for casual rides--very comfortable (upright positions front and back) and easy to maintain. We moved up to a Burley and then to a Co-Mo when we wanted to spin more miles and became strictly road riders. I'm 6'2" and found the frame to be plenty big for me. The only real answer to the size question, though, is for you to some fitting work on the bike.

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Old 05-22-08, 09:01 PM   #3
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I'd defintely pass on the Kent . . .
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