Originally Posted by DZOO
Just got back from the first ever tandem test drive. The one thing I am disappointed with is that I thought that the stoker does not have a suspension seat post. And those things are kind of expensive, anyone have advise for which one is the best value, I want a cheap one but I want it to work.
Very cool. Hope the rest of your weekend goes well.
On the suspension seat post, here are a couple of thoughts....
1. Confirm your wife's saddle height leaves enough room for the different types of suspension seat posts you are considering; ~2'5 - 3" inches of mast height are normally required for the telescoping styles like the Rock Shox model (w/~50mm of travel). The parallelogram models vary so be sure you know how much room you have to work with between the top of the seat tube and the bottom of her seat rails as that's what they often use for checking compatibility. For example, a long-travel (3") Thudbuster requires 6" of clearance whereas the Thudbuster ST requires about 1/2 of that: http://www.thudbuster.com/products.html
2. Consider using the model that Burley uses as it's OEM offering (Rock Shox) and see if your LBS will work it into the price of your tandem. You may not be able to get that extra $200, but you may be able to get a free shockpost. It will have a higher value to you vs what it will cost the LBS and that's all that matters.
3. Of the brands to consider, at least based on what I've observed and read over the years, Rock Shox are the more reliable of the telescoping types of shockposts when it comes to tandems. And, you need to be attentive to the tandem reviews, not the off-road user reviews, since tandem-duty puts a higher demand on the post. Tamer, despite their name brand recognition and long-term relationship with Santana, continues to have a spotty record on tandem reliability with broken bolts and pins used for the seat clamp being the ususal suspects.
Last edited by livngood; 09-04-04 at 07:48 AM.