Hello all (particularly our bank of long standing boffins)
Some help please
Want to upgrade from Cannodale Mountain Tandem 2006 (modified for three panniers and a Bob Yak) for long distance touring mostly on bike paths and some gravel in Europe.
Broad requirements are: Couplers (we nearly missed a flight when the specially ordered large cab's rear door jammed and could not get the tandem box inside); low gear range for pulling full load up hill 11-26; but reasonbly high top range for charging down hill to flatten the next hill 32-48 or higher if poss); light as possible; disc brakes front and back; flat bars front and back; 40 spoke wheels (for the load and to handle being pushed off the road into rough terrain at speed); reliable bottom brackets; Pannier carrier attachments to the frame front and back; suspension in the stoker seat post? 3 by 9 gears = 27? doulble butted rims? thickish tyres 50-559 126* 2.001
Would value your advice as to what components would best match the above and any changes to the requirements that might come to mind.
We are a middle aged 300 lbs team M/S frame size