The Calfee Dragonfly that I started planning a year ago, and about which I've previously posted took a detour after Interbike. Calfee took it to show at Livestrong Austin, resulting in cosmetic problems that necessitated its refinishing. Since it was disassembled and at Joe's Bicycle Painting I thought it opportune to make a change from the solid Cabernet Red clearcoat (which Mrs. Ritterview didn't like). I suggested to Calfee that it have a multi-colored design. Heretofore, all Calfee and Joe's Painting ever has had available was solid colors, or fades. Calfee stepped up, and commissioned a graphic designer, who completed a design, which will be available henceforth for new Calfee's.
Calfee really put a lot of energy into the custom painting and design, this to show the bike at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show NAHBS. The frame was stripped, and repainted. I replaced the stoker's Edge drop bar with a Profile Design Cobra Wing. This too was stripped and repainted, along with the Edge captain's stem, the stoker stem, the Edge seatposts, and the Specialized water bottle cages. The drop, boom and chainstay tubes are 'naked carbon' (light clearcoat?).
Calfee discussed wheels with Rich at Wheelbuilder. They wanted to display a wheel that would be of more general utility than my Edge clinchers, which are problematic on a tandem due to rim heat issues. Rich built a set with Velocity A23 aluminum rims, which at around 1480 grams are lighter than the Edge 68's. They sport DT240 rear and ELF front hubs, with CX-Ray 28/32 spokes. I spoke with Rich about these. What with only 28/32 spokes and a shallow rim, these wheels are described as a light racing wheel, and he thought a general purpose tandem wheelset would likely need more spokes (which would involve different hubs, as the ELF and DT's max out at 28 and 32 respectively).
At NAHBS, the tandem was the lone carbon bike in an otherwise bamboo bicycle booth. Two other tandems won prizes, a Bilenky for Best Road Bike, and a Spectrum as Best Steel Frame.
2010 Shimano NAHBS Award Winners
Calfee – Best Tandem
More pics here.Craig Calfee won with a “Dragonfly” – his 23lb., carbon-framed, belt-driven flyweight tandem that will go to a lucky customer. “It’s built to be light and high performance, yet comfortable,” Calfee said.
I'll finally be able to take delivery on March 12, then for its maiden trip on the Solvang Century March 13th, so I hope it all works!
Found a pic from the awards. The real reason I went with the weight weenie theme. So CC can hold my tandem aloft with one arm, while holding the NAHBS 'Best Tandem' plaque in the other. You don't see Bilenky doing this with their tandems.