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    New 2009 RT2 Tandem Review

    I posted this halfway down another thread, so I thought I'd call it out to get a more specific answer. Has anyone ridden the new 2009 RT2 yet? Any feedback on the new frame design would be appreaciated - geometry, ride quality, weight changes from the 2008 model. Or just general feedback. I am looking at making the purchase, but unfortunately I can't demo any in the area (SF Bay Area).

    Thanks in advance, and if I do pull the trigger on a purchase I'll be sure to give a thorough ride review!

    Cheers,
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    During Christmas, the guys at The Pedaler Bike store in El Sobrante told me they had a Cannondale RT2 on order and it should be arriving by late January. They were suppose to call me when it arrives. Give them a buzz at (510) 222-3420

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    RT2 Tandem

    My wife and I just purchased a 2009 RT2 from Cannondale for Christmas. We have ridden three times for a total of about 100 miles. I can't really compare it to any other tandem since this is our first two-seater. We have really enjoyed the bike and have been impressed by its quality. The first ride we went on, we were coasting down a hill going 44 MPH, and the bike was a smooth and sturdy as could be. It has Ultegra componentry. It's also a good looking bike. I've had several avid cyclists comment on how attractive the white paint and red accents look. We like the bike and are excited to get out more as the weather warms up.

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    That's great to hear - thanks for posting, congratulations on your new ride, many happy and safe miles to you

    Like you, I'm keenly interested in this machine. Please keep posting as you get to use it more.

    My particular interest:

    I've never had an aluminium frame. I tried a friend's early cannondale single, and while it was certainly fast and light, it seemed harsh and vibratey (if that's a word) to me. How's the tandem frame? Does the extra length and weight of two people make it a little more smooth?

    And how do you find the disk brakes? Again, I've never used those, and I'm keen to learn if they work well without a lot of adjustment and maintenance?

    Again, congratulations and I hope you like it a lot!

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    Orembiker - thanks for the feedback. I see that it comes with the IRD rear cassette that has been talked about frequently on this site, and the associated shifting issues that it appears to cause. Have you had any issues with shifting?

    Any other reviews of the RT2 are still welcome.

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    How much does it weigh?

    Was thinking about just ordering the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wobblyoldgeezer View Post
    I've never had an aluminium frame. I tried a friend's early cannondale single, and while it was certainly fast and light, it seemed harsh and vibratey (if that's a word) to me. How's the tandem frame? Does the extra length and weight of two people make it a little more smooth?
    The comfort level of Canondale's single bikes has improved dramatically from the originals.

    And the ability to make a very stiff frame, makes the C'dale Approach of oversized aluminum tubing very well suited for a tandem.

    Our Aluminum frame, (admittedly not a C'dale) gives a good ride, close in the comfort department to our previous steel tandem, and is much more laterally stiff.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    The comfort level of Canondale's single bikes has improved dramatically from the originals.

    And the ability to make a very stiff frame, makes the C'dale Approach of oversized aluminum tubing very well suited for a tandem.

    Our Aluminum frame, (admittedly not a C'dale) gives a good ride, close in the comfort department to our previous steel tandem, and is much more laterally stiff.
    Like Merlin, we have gone from steel to aluminum.

    Our first road tandem was a Co-Motion Speedster with a steel fork. That bike was smooth and comfy. Our bike now is a Co-Motion Roadster carbon fibre fork. While this bike is also smooth, it is telling a little more about the road beneath your tires. Not bad, just a little buzzy.

    The steel frame would also wind up more if you weren't smooth, and it also had a tendency to feel bouncy with larger efforts. For a lighter team this may not be noticed. That Speedster was smooth. The wife / stoker immediately noticed the new properties of the aluminum frame and commented within our first 500 feet of riding it, saying that she prefers the aluminum for us.

    I was pretty convinced we would be on a 2009 RT2, this and that happened and we did something else.

    Overall I thought it was a good value of bike for the money. I did not however get to see one or ride one.

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    The guys at the Pedaler has a RT3 in stock. I think it's basically the same frame as the RT2, but with cheaper components. It's a L/S and should be completely built up by days end or tomorrow.

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    So far we have enjoyed the bike's ride. I ride a Trek Madonne for my single bike, and I have really enjoyed the three rides we've had on the Cannondale. It is very sturdy, yet comfortable. As for the shifting issues, I have noticed that it doesn't seem to have a problem shifting down, but when I try shifting up, it occasionally skips a sprocket. Part of that may be that I need to take it in to get tuned up since the cables have probably stretched in the first couple of months I've had it. I'll keep you informed.

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