Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Others will tell you to get the proper Tandem Forks but they can be expensive but do work. There are alternatives within the Mountain bike world. Or there would be- providing you can get hard enough springs for them. Unless you can get a hard enough spring- then they will be bouncy.
I do ride my Tandem aggressively offroad and Initially I used Marzochhi Freeride forks. Hardest springs available and they still bounced a lot. Quick cure though was to use the heavist weight Oil I could get (20W) and to overfill the forks to slow down the action. Still bounced though. Then I went Rockshox Boxers and used the heaviest springs and oil again. These were better but had to slow the rebound and put in the maximum amount of Sag adjusters in-15 in each leg- before they stop being a Pogo stick. They do work well and work well for our 400lbs team and the lumpy terrain that we ride on.
Incidentally- the Boxers are an older set and only have 6" of travel.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.