I just bought a used 2001 Team Al Santana a few days ago, and have just gone on a couple short rides. I weighed it in my garage before I put pedals on it, and it was about 35.3 pounds. I'm hoping to reduce the weight a bit. I weighed the rear wheel with the 11-34 XT cassette, disc brake, and tire on it, and it weighed over 5 pounds. The wheels appear to have Hadley hubs, and I believe they are 48 spokes. I've posted photos of the hubs. I'm guessing I could reduce a decent amount of weight by going with a lighter wheelset. In looking through the forum, it sounds like the new Spinergy tx2 wheels may be a good option. Thoughts?
On my test ride, when descending, the brakes seemed a bit soft. I'm not sure if it was just that the brakes needed adjusted, if I need to re-calibrate my expectations for braking power on a tandem, and/or if I should get better brakes. I've posted some photos of my brakes. Should I upgrade the brakes?
The bike has a carbon fork, but I couldn't see any markings on it to indicate what brand/model it is. Any ideas on whether this is a good carbon fork?
I've also posted a photo of my complete bike, and was curious as to whether or not there are obvious upgrades that could be made that would lighten the bike up (e.g., stems, seatposts, etc). One change we are making is to replace the suspension seatpost (I believe it is the "tamer" seatpost) with a normal (non-suspension) seatpost, as my stoker needs the saddle to be lower, and it doesn't appear that any of the suspension seatposts can be low enough to accommodate her riding position.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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