Looking at the photos of the tandem you are referrring to, here are a couple questions you'd want to ask the seller:
1. What is the distance between the pedal axle in its lowest position and the top of the saddle?
2. What is the distance between the nose of the saddle and the handlebars?
3. What size cassette will come on the bike?
You'll obviously want to compare the numbers you get back with your own road bike. The stem that's on the tandem is pretty long with a good deal of rise so it's about maxed-out in that regard. The seat height is about even with the bars so there may be some additional rise buried in there if needed, depending on if you ride with your seat equal to or above the tops of your handlebars. Finally, the cassette on the tandem looks to be no more than a 12x27. These things came with 11x34. This may or may not be a big deal, but don't let it be a surprise.
Also, while the RT3000 was $3300 (USD) in '03, the '04 RT is now $2,250 (USD) and includes Avid disc brakes front & rear. Yes, the Ultegra cranks are nice, but the Truvativ cranks are quite nice too. Just something to keep in mind in that C'dale really did a dis-service to the resale value of it's prior year tandems when it drastically lowered the price on its two '04 tandem offerings. Also bear in mind, you will not have any warranty coverage as the second owner of the used tandem. All that said, his asking price is probably about right, but at the high end of the scale. Therefore, you'll want to be sure your costs for shipping and any applicable duty are factored into your decision since that would put your acquisition cost a few notches up. You'd need to look at that vs. the cost of a new Cannondale as I believe you can buy them down under.
Just some food for thought.
Last edited by livngood; 07-30-04 at 07:35 AM.