Hi, first post on a great forum. First I want to thank the many folks here who have taken the time to share so much about tandems. I've spent a lot of time and had a lot of fun lurking,reading and learning as much as I can. We are going to get a tandem, have taken test rides to confirm it's something we can learn and enjoy. I'm a pretty big guy, 6'-6"+ and 260 lbs with a pretty normal-sized stoker wife. Been looking at Santana, Co-Motion, Rodriguez, and Hokitika from Tandems East. I haven't found many opinions on Hokitika, and most seem to be from this forum and none recent. I'm checking to see if, hopefully, there are more folks with advice/opinions. They seem to be about the lowest-priced tandem that would fit us, with their custom sizing. I'm in Indiana, and no good tandem shops within reasonable distance so whatever we get will be via phone order. Co-motion dealer close by but prefer the Hokitika price. So I guess a question is what is it about the Co-Motion Speedster that makes it worth over $2,000 more than the Hokitika? Both chromoly frames with (I think...) a bit better components with CM. I guess I'd have the same question about Rodriguez, i.e. what, if anything, makes it worth over $1,000 more than Hokitika? Thanks for any advice.
-sheesh, sorry so long.