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Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Torelli road bike, Tsunami tandem
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Getting a second cheap tandem. Question about rear derailleur upgrade
Hey everyone, been riding my original tandem (frame from Chucksbikes, a Tsunami 26 inch wheel built up as a road bike) since 2008. Absolutely love my tandem. I usually travel with an attached Burley Piccolo so I can bring at least one child with me.
Recently I remarried and with that came 5 year old triplets. I want us all to be able to travel on 2 bikes so I searched for a second tandem my lovely wife could captain. She could take one of the triplets and I could take 2. Found an incredible deal on a 2001 Univega Sport tandem.
The Univega is obviously an entry level tandem. The total weight on this tandem will be sub 200 lbs so I don't suspect we will have any problems with broken spokes. That was the complaint I read about while searching for reviews on this model. I have an old Shimano Ultegra 8 speed rear derailleur
that I think might be compatible. The Univega comes with a Shimano C201 Rapid-Rise. Does anyone know if my Ultegra 8 speed road bike derailleur is a compatible replacement? My Ultegra derailleur was purchased new in 1997 and has very few miles. I probably have a good quality 8 speed cassette hidden away as well. Here is a link to the specs on the Univega.
Thanks for looking. The reasons I'm looking to upgrade components are twofold. One, I love to work on bikes. Second, why not use better components if I have them sitting in a box in my garage. I would rather the cheaper components be sitting in a box in my garage.