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    Our new Calfee

    Still getting parts. It will be 2-3 weeks until it's ready to rock, I think.

    We picked up the frame set yesterday after work. It looks amazing! I am so glad we went with the white.

    All I have is this lame teaser shot.. sorry for the poor lighting.

    I will update as parts come in.


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    I need to call Calfee on Monday and ask them why the is a single water bottle stud on the backside of the stoker seat post. I have no idea why it is there. I will post a pic later.

    TG, and other calfee folks... any ideas?

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    Aha, Calfee's Mike Moore emailed me last evening (to explain why I haven't heard anything from him)...

    "I've finished a very, very busy week of bicycle deliveries. Still waiting for a young tandeming couple to stop by and pick up their new opaque white (very cool!!) Tetra this evening".

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    I need to call Calfee on Monday and ask them why the is a single water bottle stud on the backside of the stoker seat post. I have no idea why it is there. I will post a pic later.

    TG, and other calfee folks... any ideas?
    Maybe for a fender?

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    TG, and other calfee folks... any ideas?
    As noted above, it's the rear mud guard mounting stud.

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    Aha!

    Duh...

    Good because I wanted that...

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    Man... I just cannot take a pic today for the life of me. Outside in my yard, the trees block all the sunlight in the good parts of the yard. It was sunny in the (ugly) corner with the grill and the recycling bins
    Then I take a pic over there and it's difficult not to get washed out photos from the overhead sunlight.

    Inside the lighting is pretty low for a really nice shot. Morning or evening outside shots would probably be best. In any case, here's what I have so far... I assure you it looks 10000x better in person
















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    Very nice....It's like everybody on here is getting a calfee

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    Very Nice!

    Try the Camelbak bottles for no leaks on that bottom tube.
    Time to Ride...

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    Seems more and more folks are getting into c/f tandems . . .
    Still love ours; have 25,000+ miles on the odometer.

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    nice frame.
    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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    I really like the white. Please post a ride report after you get some time on it.
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    So what kind of components are you going to build it up with? I assume you are going to install a rear disc?

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    Congrats on the awesome tandem.
    I am planning on ordering one this year, those pictures are helping to convince me.
    Let us know what your components you choose and looking forward to hearing a ride report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R900 View Post
    Very Nice!

    Try the Camelbak bottles for no leaks on that bottom tube.
    Yep, we already use those bottles. They work well.

    The two mounts on the boom tube will be for "stash bottles"

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    What is with the economy? Lots of new Calfee's coming on the forum. Maybe Craig will go public.

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    FWIW, I believe at least 7 of the 116 or so tandems at the Eastern Tandem Rally were Calfees... and at least 4 of them were newer than ours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R900 View Post
    Try the Camelbak bottles for no leaks on that bottom tube.
    This looks like the perfect place to use a double bottle holder from Tandems East. It adds an additional bottle cage and since they are mounted vertically they're easier for the stoker to reach and replace.
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    << Green with envy. It looks awesome. Congrats.

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    There is a couple that ride a purple Calfee in our area. Wow it is nice. They have purple cf handlebars and stems that allow the cf pattern to be seen through the coating. Match the bike perfectly as they are also made by calfee. It is one sweet tandem. I've never seen a nicer tandem. I sholud have gotten pics of it, maybe next time so that I can post them in this forum.

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    Build up list...

    Wheel set: Velocity Deep-V rims (black), White Ind. MI5/MI6 hubs (polished silver), Sapim CX-Ray bladed front spokes (32h, 3x, silver), DT double butted rear spokes (36h, 4x, silver).
    Tires: Conti GP4000 700x25
    Cranks: DaVinci with 53/42/28 chainrings (taken off the old tandem, used to be a 30t granny since it was paired with an 11-32 cassette)
    BBs: IRD QB-55 (107mm captain, 110mm stoker)
    Shifters: 2007 Campy Chorus 10spd (taken off the old tandem)
    RD: Campy Comp Triple with Jtek Shiftmate
    FD: Campy Comp Triple (taken off the old tandem)
    Cassette: Sram RED 11-28
    Chains: All SRAM 1090R chains (found a good deal).
    Front Brake: Mavic SSC Road Caliper
    Rear Brake: Avid BB7 Road Caliper with Hope floating (non-vented) 203mm rotor and in-line Power Brake Booster
    Headset: Chris King all black
    Capt bars: Deda 215 44cm (taken off the old tandem)
    Capt stem: Thomson X2 110cm (taken off the old tandem)
    Stoker bars: Deda 215 46cm
    Stoker stem: Oval Concepts R700 140mm +/- 6 deg standard stem.
    Capt seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Stoker seatpost: Ritchey WCS Carbon (taken off the old tandem)
    Capt saddle: Specialized Phenom 143 (taken off the old tandem)
    Stoker saddle: TBA (She wants to try a new one)...
    Bottle Cages: 6x King Cage SS... The 2 boom tube cages are for "stash bottles" to hold tools/tubes/food...
    Cables: Campy housings
    Capt pedals: Look Keo Carbon (taken off the old tandem)
    Stoker pedals: Shimano road spd PD-A520 (taken off the old tandem)
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    A thing of beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Build up list...

    BBs: IRD QB-55 (107mm captain, 110mm stoker)

    Bottle Cages: 6x King Cage SS... The 2 boom tube cages are for "stash bottles" to hold tools/tubes/food...
    I'll be interested in hearing how the IRD BB's work out. Just not too many good choices out there in very narrow spindles other than 'ca-ching', the PWs. I would have liked to have scored a set of the White Ind. BBs, but they are only offered in 113mm and up; I need 108mm and 111mm.

    Bottle Cages.... Hmmm, might want to rethink that one.

    I had SS cages and, well, Craig Calfee had to point out the error of my ways on that particular decision related to vibration generated by empty alloy cages (it's buried in my Calfee journal somewhere). While I was never a fan of carbon bottle cages, I was able to find a brand and model that has proven to be more than satisfactory and vis-a-vis Ebay, didn't break the bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uspspro View Post
    Build up list...

    Shifters: 2007 Campy Chorus 10spd (taken off the old tandem)
    RD: Campy Comp Triple with Jtek Shiftmate
    FD: Campy Comp Triple (taken off the old tandem)
    Cassette: Sram RED 11-28

    Bottle Cages: 6x King Cage SS... The 2 boom tube cages are for "stash bottles" to hold tools/tubes/food...
    Why the Jtek? to make it compatiable with the casette? Will you be able to bigger than the 11-28?

    I have a Calfee with stash bottles, get more questions about those then any other aspect of the bike, need to get some radioactive or biohazard labels for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    I'll be interested in hearing how the IRD BB's work out. Just not too many good choices out there in very narrow spindles other than 'ca-ching', the PWs. I would have liked to have scored a set of the White Ind. BBs, but they are only offered in 113mm and up; I need 108mm and 111mm.

    Bottle Cages.... Hmmm, might want to rethink that one.

    I had SS cages and, well, Craig Calfee had to point out the error of my ways on that particular decision related to vibration generated by empty alloy cages (it's buried in my Calfee journal somewhere). While I was never a fan of carbon bottle cages, I was able to find a brand and model that has proven to be more than satisfactory and vis-a-vis Ebay, didn't break the bank.

    I have the IRDs on the current Santana, and they work great!

    The QB-75 model only saves 15g over the QB-55 by using alloy cups. The QB-55 are like $27 or something like that. Great deal IMHO.

    Your BB sizes are what made me choose 107/110. (They don't have 108/111).

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