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05-16-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,186
Posted By mtseymour

[/QUOTE] So now, my plan is to go "hybrid"...

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So now, my plan is to go "hybrid" braking:
Front brake will be on disc, ideally hydraulic, but must be compatible with the Campagnolo Record cable braking system and levers. TRP HY/RD...
01-21-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,352
Posted By mtseymour

The Bluetooth range should be ample, but I don't...

The Bluetooth range should be ample, but I don't have a R8100 or R9200 on hand to check. I'm waiting for the Ultegra group to be available in Spring.
01-21-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,978
Posted By mtseymour

Very nice build wtandem...

Very nice build wtandem (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/wtandem-70612.html)!

We're doing a similar update on our Tetra frame. The factory is modifying the rear triangle to add 32mm tire...
01-21-22, 10:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,352
Posted By mtseymour

Thanks for the useful Di2 tips. We're planning to...

Thanks for the useful Di2 tips. We're planning to upgrade from Ultegra 6870 Di2 to the new 12sp Ultegra R8100. Should the Bluetooth receiver on the RD-8150 rear derailleur work reliably on a longer...
09-06-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,597
Posted By mtseymour

Well done! We have a Tetra that's optimized...

Well done!

We have a Tetra that's optimized for fast road rides. However, we're considering factory mods to increase comfort on longer rides or rough roads. One is increase tire clearance so we...
03-25-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,415
Posted By mtseymour

You should be carefully about comparing the...

You should be carefully about comparing the braking on your mtn tandem to your new road tandem. My understanding is that your Tour Divide Ride was a long tour done mainly on wide dirt roads and Jeep...
03-15-21, 12:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,415
Posted By mtseymour

Keep in mind that manufacturers spec their bikes...

Keep in mind that manufacturers spec their bikes for their typical customer. A team will get good results with the Spyre if they're average weight (eg. not loaded touring), don't do steep or extended...
03-15-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,415
Posted By mtseymour

If you're investing in a custom tandem, it's not...

If you're investing in a custom tandem, it's not a good idea to skimp on brakes. The price difference between the Spyre and Hy/Rd is only about $40 per wheel, but the latter is more powerful due to...
01-07-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,791
Posted By mtseymour

Really cool ride! What's the battery size...

Really cool ride!

What's the battery size and range?
01-03-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,596
Posted By mtseymour

This is old news, LOL. Is there any who still...

This is old news, LOL. Is there any who still thinks that the BB7 is close to the performance of a cable-actuated hydraulic disc brake (eg. TRP Hy/Rd) or a full hydraulic disk brake (eg. Shimano...
10-30-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,663
Posted By mtseymour

Glad that you're happy with your new ride. We...

Glad that you're happy with your new ride. We also have a Tetra with similar specs (eg. Di2, Bodyfloat) and have questions about your components. Are you using a FSA front crank with a carbon...
09-21-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
Posted By mtseymour

I also don't see the value with the X-Shifter....

I also don't see the value with the X-Shifter. For fast tandem rides, Di2 or eTap provide a safer integration of braking and shifting. The automatic front and rear derailluer trim provides fast and...
08-17-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,783
Posted By mtseymour

With a team weight of more than 400lbs, you're...

With a team weight of more than 400lbs, you're essentially riding a motorcycle with bicycle parts. For comparison purposes, an entry level dirt bike (eg. Honda CRF125) only weighs 200 lbs. Like most...
07-18-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,905
Posted By mtseymour

It's nice when you have access to a good local...

It's nice when you have access to a good local builder. The wheels look very good. Do they use 32H lacing? We're about the same weight and think that 28H lacing will be strong enough (esp with 35 or...
07-17-20, 12:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,905
Posted By mtseymour

After talking to Calfee, I will get the Colab...

After talking to Calfee, I will get the Colab Cross fork and build up a new front wheel with the 15mm thru axle. Why did you choose Woven? I'm not familiar with this wheelbuilder.
07-16-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,812
Posted By mtseymour

The banjo is an unexpected complication. I didn't...

The banjo is an unexpected complication. I didn't realize that Shimano crimps the banjo at the factory. I came across the Jagwire Quick-Fit option, but the TRP hose coupler is a good alternative...
07-16-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,812
Posted By mtseymour

I'm thinking about using the latest Ultegra R8070...

I'm thinking about using the latest Ultegra R8070 shifters with the XT M8120 calipers. Will the shifters and calipers both use the BH90 hose?
03-29-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,589
Posted By mtseymour

Nice wheels! How do you like the Reverse 200mm...

Nice wheels! How do you like the Reverse 200mm Disc Rotors? Are they comparable to the Shimano XT Ice-Tech rotors?
03-17-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,075
Posted By mtseymour

You will probably come across new tweaks with...

You will probably come across new tweaks with more mileage. You can enjoy your new ride more often in the Spring weather. Cycling is one if few fun things left with all the recent Covid-19...
03-15-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,075
Posted By mtseymour

Even in full synchro mode, the computer doesn't...

Even in full synchro mode, the computer doesn't take over. Depending on the terrain, I might downshift from the 50 to 34T sooner than the programmed shift point. I might also simultaneously downshift...
03-15-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,075
Posted By mtseymour

The biggest advantage of Di2 or eTap is front...

The biggest advantage of Di2 or eTap is front shifting. The improved rear shifting is significant (consistency, speed) but the front shifting is the biggest payoff (no dropped chain or missed shift...
09-11-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,974
Posted By mtseymour

The TRP Sphyre mechanical is best suited for...

The TRP Sphyre mechanical is best suited for single riders who are less than 200 lbs or ride at moderate speeds. Hydraulic disk brakes is the industry standard with mechanical brakes relegated to...
06-16-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,558
Posted By mtseymour

Do you have a custom length of EW-SD50 cable that...

Do you have a custom length of EW-SD50 cable that is long enough to go from the shifters to the rear bottom bracket? Do your bottom bracket shells have openings to allow the cable to thread through?...
06-10-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,088
Posted By mtseymour

It depends on what you mean by "trails". If...

It depends on what you mean by "trails". If you're riding on flat gravel in dry weather, the Speedhub has more drawbacks (weight, price, bigger gear jumps) than advantages (low maintenance,...
01-09-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,284
Posted By mtseymour

There is NO downside. Hydraulic brakes have been...

There is NO downside. Hydraulic brakes have been around so long that mfgs will use the optimal piston sizes for braking power and modulation. With both cable-actuated hydraulic (eg. HY/Rd) and full...
01-08-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,284
Posted By mtseymour

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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There is a fundamental difference between the Spyre and Hy/Rd due to...
01-08-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,284
Posted By mtseymour

The TRP Hy/Rd list price $125, but it's easy to...

The TRP Hy/Rd list price $125, but it's easy to find them on sale for $100. The Hy/Rd does't require any changes to brifters, drivetrain or rotors. You have to decide if $200 per tandem is a "big...
01-08-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,284
Posted By mtseymour

You're expecting too much from the BB7 (and other...

You're expecting too much from the BB7 (and other mechanical disc brakes) because they're obsolete. They all rely on a single piston to push the rotor against a fixed pad. The Spyre is slightly...
10-02-18, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,726
Posted By mtseymour

The TRP CX fork is rated for a 160mm rotor. Are...

The TRP CX fork is rated for a 160mm rotor. Are you confident that the TRP can handle the braking force from a 180mm rotor? Did Calfee have any experience with this fork?
10-01-18, 06:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,726
Posted By mtseymour

Very nice! I'm interested in your TRP fork...

Very nice!

I'm interested in your TRP fork because it has the right axle-to-crown length for our Calfee. How do you like the handling?

You're using the Shimano FD-8050 with a 18T gear jump...
09-19-18, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,381
Posted By mtseymour

Is there a tandem crank that will accept the Sram...

Is there a tandem crank that will accept the Sram Eagle drivearm? The Eagle crank requires a BB30, PF30, or PFGXP bottom bracket.

For the SRAM Eagle, the rear wheel must use the dedicated XD...
09-07-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,381
Posted By mtseymour

The Sram Eagle (or the older 1x11 drivetrain) is...

The Sram Eagle (or the older 1x11 drivetrain) is very useful on a mtn tandem or mtn singles because it's virtually impossible to drop the chain on rough terrain, especially with a chain guide. It's...
08-29-18, 07:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,498
Posted By mtseymour

We've been using the CDX belt for about 3 years...

We've been using the CDX belt for about 3 years without any issues. We have a spare belt but it's still un-used. We prefer the belt to chain because it's quieter and cleaner. .
08-09-18, 12:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

I don't think that I had any "first post bias". I...

I don't think that I had any "first post bias". I actually made the effort to talk to Woodcycl and John Slatwa, and look closely at the team's body size and frame geometry. My impression is that...
08-09-18, 08:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

That's a fair comment because "easy" is a...

That's a fair comment because "easy" is a relative term.

If we were talking about a $3-5,000 tandem, it may be impractical to strip the paint and assess the work to be done. This $15,000 tandem is...
08-09-18, 12:04 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

The construction method shouldn't affect the...

The construction method shouldn't affect the repair outcome. The majority of carbon fiber frames use a monocoque (or molded) front triangle, with the seatstays and chainstays fabricated separately...
08-06-18, 11:32 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

To be fair to Landshark, custom builds are...

To be fair to Landshark, custom builds are challenging. I'm on my 3rd tandem and countless single bikes (aluminum, steel, ti, and carbon). Practically every build required tweaking (eg. custom stoker...
08-06-18, 07:10 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

Carbon is an easy material to modify or repair. A...

Carbon is an easy material to modify or repair. A carbon frame is basically sheets of carbon fabric ("prepreg") bonded by resin with heat and pressure. It's much easier than repairing a steel or ti...
08-06-18, 01:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1214x557/1_landshark_geometry__05c3bf52c97ba3b75004a5a101631b40ce5e16e3.jpg

Pic 1...
07-25-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

I don't know if Woodcycl, Landshark, or Tandem...

I don't know if Woodcycl, Landshark, or Tandem East thought that a "cone of silence" was a good idea. I just know that the absence of facts will unfairly affect opinions and buying decisions.
07-25-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

Woodcycl may have set a record for turning a...

Woodcycl may have set a record for turning a "dream" bike into a "lemon". Unfortunately, we're left to speculate because so many basic facts are unknown:

-Did the Landshark frame actually flex...
07-22-18, 04:10 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,839
Posted By mtseymour

Did you notice the frame flex when you did your...

Did you notice the frame flex when you did your first ride? Has the frame become more flexy over time? Did you carefully inspect the frame for any mfg defect or shipping damage? You should have...
07-18-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,236
Posted By mtseymour

I'm sure that a skilled team can bunny hop at...

I'm sure that a skilled team can bunny hop at high speed because I know riders with amazing technical skills (eg. bunny hop more than 30" with flat pedals). We would never try a bunny hop at high...
07-12-18, 08:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,060
Posted By mtseymour

Your Filament is definitely a dream bike. How is...

Your Filament is definitely a dream bike. How is the Columbus Futura disc fork holding up? It doesn't seem to be available in N America.
07-09-18, 08:45 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,556
Posted By mtseymour

Crank arm length should based on the rider's body...

Crank arm length should based on the rider's body measurements, not on leverage. A good bike fitter can tell if 170 is the right length for your stoker.

Male track cyclist generally use 165-170mm...
07-07-18, 12:40 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 27,591
Posted By mtseymour

I'm not aware of any new features on the latest...

I'm not aware of any new features on the latest E-Tube software. However, Shimano continues to offer firmware updates for new shifters, derailleurs (eg. RD-9150), and other Di2 (eg. optional...
07-07-18, 12:21 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,556
Posted By mtseymour

The biggest factor in changing cadence is...

The biggest factor in changing cadence is technique. I used to think that 90 rpm was high, but I've learned to vary my cadence from 60 to 130 for different situations. The best way to learn is at a...
07-04-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,479
Posted By mtseymour

The Cirrus Kinekt 2.1 (the new version of the...

The Cirrus Kinekt 2.1 (the new version of the Bodyfloat) uses two springs. One supports your body weight and the other spring (at a different angle) provides damping. The Redshift only uses one...
06-24-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,060
Posted By mtseymour

I don’t think that it’s “bashing” when the OP...

I don’t think that it’s “bashing” when the OP asked for a comparison of two "dream" tandems. Is it unfair to point out limitations in frame material, wheel spacing, and weak brakes at this elevated...
06-22-18, 04:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,060
Posted By mtseymour

The reason is that some teams believe Santana's...

The reason is that some teams believe Santana's hype: "All are guaranteed to be lighter, stiffer and more comfortable than offerings from other builders." This bold claim doesn't hold up when you...
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