We recently sold our previous tandem due to stoker fit issues and thought we might just build up a lower cost "beater" this time around and not go overboard. Then my stoker happen to stumble upon a new 2007 Calfee frame for sale from a dealer near Sacramento, CA... and the semi-hi tech/bling game was afoot again. This was such an unusual find we can't believe how lucky we were to get this perfect fit - a medium/small and the added option of a 2cm headtube extension (reduces steerer stack height which nets in a stiffer front end).
Here is the intended list of dodads for this new tandem. A few functional items are duplicates (cassettes & brakes) to allow swapping as needed. The initial build/workstand photos show a temporary stem and seatpost just put there to hold the frame and fork in place until the final steerer tube height is determined.
As you can see from the list above, I made a conscious decision to go alloy on the handlebars, stems and seatposts. The selection is still very lightweight but also durable and a lot more cost effective. Besides, I wanted to avoid problems attaching a seatpost rack on the back, aero bars on the front, and never liked the idea of having a stoker stem clamped on a carbon captain seatpost. With the carbon Calfee frame and AlphaQ fork, plus the Spinergy wheels, the ride should be plenty plush without needing the upper accessories to be carbon as well.
2007 Calfee Medium/Small Tetra. 145mm rear spacing
Alpha Q fork paint matched. 700c 44mm rake.
Cobalt Blue Opaque w/Horizontal fade
R601 175mm Captains crankset, w/BB6700 68mm
R603 170mm Stokers crankset, w/BB6700 68mm 52/39/30 rings
6700 Brake calipers (rear caliper TBI due to Avid BB7 installed on rear)
6703 10-Spd triple (3x10) shifters
6703 front triple derailleur
6700 11-28 cassette
6600 10-Spd chain for drive side (SRAM PC 1051 created problems with the big chainring pins)
XTR M972 SGS rear derailleur
XT M771 11-34 cassette (wider range for steeper hill climbing. not typically req'd for our general riding)
XT RT86 IceTech 203mm 6-bolt Rotor (a great replacement for Avid rotors)
Chris King NoThreadset (headset)
Spinergy Tx2 tandem wheels w/rear disc
Continental 4-Season 25mm tires
Avid BB7 rear disc caliper w/203mm IS adapter
Sram PC 991 (9spd chain) + KMC 3/32" half-link - timing side.
Jagwire Racer Road Complete Brake and Derailleur Cable & Housing Kit
Jagwire Hyper Slick Stainless tandem length cables
Jagwire in-line cable adjusters
Cinelli cork handlebar tape
Frame-saver tape: ISC Helicopter-OG Surface Guard Tape (8 mil Outdoor Grade)
Ritchey WCS EVO Curve 31.8mm 42cm drop bars - captain & stoker
3T ARX stem - captain 120mm 6 degree
3T ARX 31.8 stem - stoker 140mm 17degree
Deda Elementi Zero100 seatposts 27.2mm
Terry Zero Ti Captain, Terry Butterfly Ti - stoker
Speedplay Zero pedals - captain (stainless) & stoker (Ti)
Cane Creek stoker pegs
Arundel Sideloader carbon bottle cages (3)
Lezyne Carbon bottle cage w/integrated pump holder (1)
Lezyne Road Drive pump
Garmin Edge 800 (dual for both capt & stoker), with a single Spd&Cad Sensor
FSA Control Center mounts (2)
Starting with getting the Chris King headset installed at the local bike shop. Don't freak out about the photos showing the brake pads not lining up... it's a build work in progress.
Update: Full completed build web album: