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03-12-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,740
Posted By akexpress

Rolled up with handlebars at least 20 times on...

Rolled up with handlebars at least 20 times on our coupled tandems (Di2). Reusable velcro straps are your friend. Calfee has hose guides that allow removal of the lines. Remount Caliper squeeze...
03-10-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 943
Posted By akexpress

On a mountain tandem Im not sure a" high end "...

On a mountain tandem Im not sure a" high end " crankset is needed or desired. We use Middleburn cranks on our Calfee Adventure tandem and our Ventana full suspension mtn tandem. On the mountain...
01-26-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 759
Posted By akexpress

I don't know how much tandem experience you have...

I don't know how much tandem experience you have but the coordination with your stoker might be problematic. You drop the post and and all of sudden her (his) handlebars drop out from underneath...
12-22-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,224
Posted By akexpress

Maybe not the kind of investment you are...

Maybe not the kind of investment you are interested in but it has been the best dollar to relationship enhancing dollars ever spent . We have a fair number of miles and trips on it. It just works...
12-11-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,897
Posted By akexpress

In our experience Calfee takes a lot of pride in...

In our experience Calfee takes a lot of pride in their bikes and it shows in the attention to detail. You will be the envy on many on group rides. We have had our bikes in the cases at least 30-40...
12-09-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,897
Posted By akexpress

Beautiful bike. As you have couplers I assume...

Beautiful bike. As you have couplers I assume you will travel with it. We have traveled extensively with ours for over 12 years. Lightening cranks that you have have proprietary BB bearings that...
11-09-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 765
Posted By akexpress

Look for enclosed 2 place snowmobile trailer. ...

Look for enclosed 2 place snowmobile trailer. We have used ours for that purpose a number of times. You could even mount a number of different bike carriers on the floor and use them to secure the...
11-09-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,186
Posted By akexpress

We have a Calfee very similar to Merlin"s that we...

We have a Calfee very similar to Merlin"s that we spec'ed with couplers as we live in Alaska and since we have to travel via air it has been in the cases lots of times. The nude carbon makes packing...
10-28-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,186
Posted By akexpress

We have 142 x 12 on both our Calfee adventure and...

We have 142 x 12 on both our Calfee adventure and Calfee road and they have been perfect with zero issues.
09-27-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,186
Posted By akexpress

A familiar looking bike. Some nice improvements...

A familiar looking bike. Some nice improvements over ours which was one of the first " Adventure" Calfee tandems. We ride ours more then the dedicated road Tetra. You will love the bike!!
04-20-20, 12:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,884
Posted By akexpress

I'm not a super SRAM expert but having done a...

I'm not a super SRAM expert but having done a number of Shimano DI2 systems you will have two problems on the brakes on an existing tandem. Like you have discovered cable length on the rear. SRAM...
03-09-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

FYI If you use the latest shifters ( Dura-ace or...

FYI If you use the latest shifters ( Dura-ace or Ultegra) you will have to use Shimano BH90 hydraulic hose as Goodridge does not make the correct fittings for the shift lever end. Also these are...
03-09-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

We ended up with a set of Nextie Carbon 30mm wide...

We ended up with a set of Nextie Carbon 30mm wide rims on DT swiss hubs in 27.5 diameter and have run 47mm tires for those applications with good results. There are a lot of tire choices in that...
02-13-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

We have a 29r Ventana full suspension tandem so...

We have a 29r Ventana full suspension tandem so we did not design the Calfee for single track riding
02-13-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

so you are basically building the same bike we...

so you are basically building the same bike we built ! Fork choice is the main issue and changing head tube angle to match your Draginfly riding characteristics. I worked with Michael at the time but...
02-12-20, 12:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

I don't think we have noticed a big difference in...

I don't think we have noticed a big difference in the frame bags or panniers. We have tended to use the panniers on road touring and the bags on gravel /mixed type of trips. They both suck on big...
02-12-20, 12:25 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

[QUOTE=merlinextraligh;21323261]Mark, my...

[QUOTE=merlinextraligh;21323261]Mark,

my understanding is that you had this frame custom built by Calfee. They now offer an Adventure tandem on their website.

Iím assuming that your bike was...
01-15-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,601
Posted By akexpress

15 plus years ago most tandems came with 12-28...

15 plus years ago most tandems came with 12-28 cassettes. As we started putting on ever larger cassettes to expand gear range especially with two ring cranks this became an issue. One of the first...
01-13-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,601
Posted By akexpress

I doubt you will need to add chain links

I doubt you will need to add chain links
01-13-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,601
Posted By akexpress

it will work fine on a triple It is more of a...

it will work fine on a triple It is more of a factor of the large cassette
01-13-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,601
Posted By akexpress

most Tamdems have the eccentric in captains...

most Tamdems have the eccentric in captains bottom bracket so it does not affect chain length to the derailluers
01-13-20, 12:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,601
Posted By akexpress

What size is your rear cassette. You might want...

What size is your rear cassette. You might want to get a road liink or goat link from wolf tooth components to move the derailleur down and back. Very common with the new large cassettes. An...
12-16-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

Leaving Alaska in June to Mexico and spending...

Leaving Alaska in June to Mexico and spending winter in the Sea of Cortez. Spring 2021 Mexico to French Polynesia via the Galapagos. New Zealand and Australia and onward west. Open ended as far...
12-16-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

Dan Sorry i had not visited here in few days...

Dan
Sorry i had not visited here in few days and just saw your post. Short answer is if we didn't have dedicated road tandem we would not buy one. This bike has far exceeded our expectations. ...
08-14-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,654
Posted By akexpress

In my opinion these are the best brakes for a...

In my opinion these are the best brakes for a drop bar tandem. We have done some crazy descents with them confidently. Enjoy your new stopping power !!
08-13-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,654
Posted By akexpress

It will not quite as firm as the front but donít...

It will not quite as firm as the front but donít settle till itís good
08-07-19, 12:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,654
Posted By akexpress

I have done it both ways as normal mountain bike...

I have done it both ways as normal mountain bike brakes work great with the syringe method but it is hard to push all that on the rear brake of the tandem. Either way hang the bike and then hang it...
08-06-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,654
Posted By akexpress

One word of advise when bleeding the rear brake...

One word of advise when bleeding the rear brake is to be patient. Hang the bike almost vertical with handlers up and leave the bleed funnel in the shifters for 24 hours. Snap the brake levers a...
03-31-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,542
Posted By akexpress

Don't bother, they are a real pain to use in our...

Don't bother, they are a real pain to use in our experience. We have traveled with our tandem at least 30 times and used the nets exactly once. They don't really make it a simple package to pick up...
03-24-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,577
Posted By akexpress

Steve There are couple of things at play here.,...

Steve
There are couple of things at play here., mostly it is that the crank is going to go a lot further on the spindle when you tighten it down. I have attached a picture of one sucked all the way...
02-03-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,395
Posted By akexpress

Just a heads up regarding Dt Swiss hubs that we...

Just a heads up regarding Dt Swiss hubs that we recently experienced. When traveling with our S&S coupled bike I put one wheel in each case. I leave the rear cassette on and it is upside down in...
01-21-19, 01:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,971
Posted By akexpress

We are just finishing a tour of Vietnam and...

We are just finishing a tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Very rough roads gravel chip seal sand pot holes you name it and we rode it. Our whisky cross fork. And 42 mm compass tires tubless were...
01-06-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

Calfee has a very ingenious method of attaching...

Calfee has a very ingenious method of attaching the hydraulic hose to the frame that is basically 2 hooks of carbon fiber that you just turn the hose 90 degrees to get it into them. I just packed...
09-06-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,259
Posted By akexpress

We rode one for a few hundred miles at a rally...

We rode one for a few hundred miles at a rally when our new Calfee got lost by Fed-Ex. They loaned us the bamboo tandem to use. It rode fine but I would like to ride one again now that we have lots...
09-05-18, 10:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

I might have been a little misleading in that our...

I might have been a little misleading in that our kit not counting bags is at about 30 lbs so we are probably close to you in overall weight added to bike. We have both a Big agnes tent or a...
09-05-18, 02:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

Our fork can handle fenders but not a front rack....

Our fork can handle fenders but not a front rack. With a rear rack and addition of rear panniers I can't see a need for a front rack. We can go in just the frame bags if needed. You are carrying...
08-21-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,474
Posted By akexpress

Sella Anatomica most comfortable tandem saddle.

Sella Anatomica most comfortable tandem saddle.
08-10-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,932
Posted By akexpress

We own two Calfee tandems and two Calfee...

We own two Calfee tandems and two Calfee Dragonfly singles and had a previous Calfee tandem frame To the best of my knowledge only the Dragonfly, Luna and Mantra singles use lugs.
Every Calfee...
07-24-18, 12:25 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,932
Posted By akexpress

We ride many miles a year with friends with...

We ride many miles a year with friends with carbon bikes 4 Calfees and 2 Santana Beyonds and have not seen frame flex like you are describing. A simple test is to push laterally on the bottom...
07-22-18, 08:38 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,932
Posted By akexpress

I wonder if your shift issues are related to the...

I wonder if your shift issues are related to the flex. We have two carbon tandems and 3 singles with DI2 and never have had to reprogram a derailleur. Shimano should take care of that. Hopefully...
07-17-18, 12:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,656
Posted By akexpress

Brian I appreciate your skills and experience...

Brian
I appreciate your skills and experience but I find it hard to believe at 49 mph one would have a hard time communicating to the stoker the need to hop and pulling off in time especially if...
07-14-18, 11:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,750
Posted By akexpress

I believe he has a full time mechanical engineer...

I believe he has a full time mechanical engineer on staff
07-08-18, 09:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,725
Posted By akexpress

One solution is to rent a pickup Many times at...

One solution is to rent a pickup Many times at National they are in the any car pick it line. We have a Sea sucker mount we carry and put it on top of the cab. Super easy to use and carry. We...
06-25-18, 03:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,750
Posted By akexpress

I donít think durability in a carbon tandem for...

I donít think durability in a carbon tandem for traveling should be a consideration. Our tandem has been in the cases at least 30 times with zero issues save a few paint chips and scratches. We...
06-18-18, 12:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,750
Posted By akexpress

Take this from a very biased post as we have 2...

Take this from a very biased post as we have 2 Calfee tetra's. Our first was built in 2008 and the new one in 2017. The one thing that I think the Calfee (and maybe Landshark) have going for them is...
06-07-18, 12:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 25,525
Posted By akexpress

Dan thanks This bike has far exceeded our...

Dan thanks This bike has far exceeded our expectations . Now that we have a couple thousand miles on it there isn't really much I would change . We have 3 sets of wheels we can run on it...
05-18-18, 11:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,699
Posted By akexpress

After seeing your weight posted I decided to go...

After seeing your weight posted I decided to go weigh our Calfee and it weights 34.5 lbs. all up ready to ride. (no water bottle or spares bag but everything else including pedals, computer mounts...
05-18-18, 11:15 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,699
Posted By akexpress

FWIW We have used these saddle on out tandems...

FWIW We have used these saddle on out tandems for about 10 years and have worn out a number of them. Biggest complaint is noise especially on my captains saddles ( must be my weight), however not...
05-15-18, 05:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,699
Posted By akexpress

Very nice What was done to allow the front XTR...

Very nice What was done to allow the front XTR derailleur handle the 53 if that is what is on it. Maybe canted the derailleur forward? A beautiful bike!!!!
05-15-18, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,054
Posted By akexpress

We run WTB byways on our adventure tandem at...

We run WTB byways on our adventure tandem at 50psi tubeless on 35mm carbon rims with no issues.
these are used on gravel , rail trials and pavement. When loaded for touring total weight is about...
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