I hate to post another one of these kind of messages, but I am torn in my decision and would love a little advice. I am strongly considering getting a 2-seater in order to drop 20+ pounds from the triplet that is often times ridden with only 2 riders.
My primary stoker is my daughter (8 years old). I just took off the child-stoker kit earlier this summer and the distance from BB to top of seat tube is 16", with about an inch of seatpost.
Unfortunately my budget doesn't allow for a Calfee, paketa, or some other sub-30 pound tandem, I'll be looking at more like $4K or less. This budget also rules out the 2-3 seat convertible options.
Of course, I know that a co-motion periscope would be our best option for adjustability so I'm looking at the torpedo 700c (I just wish I could get the hammerhead, oh well, in another lifetime). Then I realized that a C'dale T2 actually has a very short stoker seat-tube as well and would probably fit. The two bikes are spec'd almost the same, but the C'dale is Aluminum. From what I've been able to find, the C'dale might weigh about 5 pounds less (not exactly sure about this). Plus the C'dale is about $1,000 less. That money could easily go to other things in life, or could be used for upgrades. I have no experience with c'dale, but I know co-mo's quality and have had fantastic experiences riding as stoker on a few.
I'm checking out local shops to see if I test ride them. unfortunately, they won't be carried by the same shop, but I do have Precision tandems as well as plenty of local c'dale shops.
Any thoughts on which way to go? Any other suggestions?