Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: SE Penna., USA
Bikes: Santana Cabrio triplet, Santana Fusion S&S tandem, Co-Motion Mocha S&S tandem, Co-Motion Pangea S&S, Co-Motion Nor'wester S&S, C'dale F2000
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Yes, they seem to be nice frames. I saw a few at the Tandem Expo a year or so ago. Nice offering in the lower-price market, and filling a niche left when Burley stopped making tandems. Santana has a new entry level tandem out, too, which might be worth looking at.
I'm just guessing about the Hokitika frame, but I have my suspicions that it is actually made by Stephen Bilenky's shop. Tandems East says it's made in the USA, and there aren't that many builders out there with the jigs and experience to make such a frame. Couple that with the fact that Mel has sold Bilenky tandems for a long time, and that Bilenky is "just over the bridge" in Pennsylvania, and it makes the case more compelling.