We're planning to do Ride the Rockies on a tandem: our first. Prelim: captain is mid '50's, in good physical shape but not some Cat 4 racer, and stoker, well, I'm enthusiastic :-). Only ridden a cruiser tandem around town. We know we're in for it, but would like to try.
So: we went to our only tandem dealer (and we are ALL about buying local) and were set on getting a new but old stock 2008 Co-Motion Primera with disc brakes (lots and lots of steeps on RTR) for $3400. Seemed attractive because of the 10 speed cassette: we'll need it!
Wasn't built up, so had to stew for a bit. Now we're reconsidering: a 2010 is $4000 with disc brakes, seems to also have a 10 speed cassette?
Or do we go non-local and get a Cannondale R2 and not lose on the value of an older frame.
OR do we buy a much older Burley Samba for considerably less?
I realize a lot of this is personal, however, input we're looking for:
Does a discount of just $600 seem reasonable for a 2 year old (albeit brand new) Co-Motion? Frame doesn't seem to have changed much, thought cassette had but maybe we're mistaken: need to clarify with dealer.
Would a Cannondale hold up on a RTR tour?
Reasonable to expect if we hate it, could we sell the Co-Motion for a loss of not much more than $600-700? Can't seem to find any comparables out there...
Thanks for any opinions you can give us. We love the idea, love biking as avid recreationists, but money is tight for us right now, this would be a pretty significant investment.