Spring is just around the corner and my wife and I are planning to purchase a new tandem. We have a Burley Samba which we have used with great joy for the last three years. It is a fine hybrid tandem and we plan on keeping it and continuing to use it, but we now want a road tandem as well and we are considering a da Vinci Joint Venture.
So far we have taken two very short rides on a da Vinci and found it a nice experience. We can appreciate that we will have to communicate more often than we do now on the Burley when stopping and shifting, but otherwise we saw no other difficulty to adjusting to the da Vinci.
We would like to solicit your opinion of the da Vinci Joint Venture tandem. Specifically, we are wondering if the independent coasting system is really worth the additional costs? What other features of the da Vinci stand out in your mind as worthwhile? Are the components used in the Joint Venture significantly different from the entry level Grand Junction to justify the additional costs? What is your opinion of the S&S Couplers and travel case versus just using just acquiring an elongated Bike Pro USA Tandem Case for transportation? And lastly, what are the pros and cons of 26 inch versus 700c wheels?
Your feedback is welcomed. Thank you