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09-11-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,664
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: 5,199
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: 3,734
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: 4,145
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: 4,145
Posted By mtseymour

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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: 4,145
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: 4,145
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: 2,399
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: 2,399
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: 35
Views: 2,185
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: 35
Views: 2,185
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: 4,903
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: 10,211
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: 10,211
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: 10,211
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: 10,211
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: 10,211
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: 10,211
Posted By mtseymour

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07-25-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,211
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: 10,211
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: 10,211
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: 42
Views: 5,314
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: 7,020
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: 4,087
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: 21,595
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: 4,087
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: 34
Views: 5,973
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: 7,020
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: 7,020
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...
06-17-18, 10:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,020
Posted By mtseymour

There's no need to rely on someone else's opinion...

There's no need to rely on someone else's opinion or blind faith. I assume that you're planning to upgrade from Cannondale to get a better bike fit and overall performance.

Your first decision is...
06-15-18, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,481
Posted By mtseymour

Santana's advice to use 10" rotor as a "drag"...

Santana's advice to use 10" rotor as a "drag" brake should be ignored. This advice is motivated more by self-interest than good technique. Do your own research, and you'll see that skilled riders and...
06-14-18, 08:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,481
Posted By mtseymour

Harsh but true. However, teams need the 10"...

Harsh but true.

However, teams need the 10" rotor if they follow Santana's advice to use the rear disc as a drag brake (to "save" the front caliper) on long descents. Most teams safely use the 8"...
06-13-18, 07:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,020
Posted By mtseymour

We've owned Santana and Co-Motion tandems, and...

We've owned Santana and Co-Motion tandems, and currently ride a Tetra. We love our custom Tetra but Paketa and Landshark are pretty cool too.

FWIW, I think that Santana is driven more by ideology...
06-01-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,883
Posted By mtseymour

There's been good suggestions about tandem...

There's been good suggestions about tandem techniques and communication. Your concern about power imbalance can be solved through improved pedaling technique. A lot of new riders don't give much...
05-29-18, 07:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,576
Posted By mtseymour

My typo. Chainrings using are usually 16T apart. ...

My typo. Chainrings using are usually 16T apart.

Before you remove the granny on your triple, check that the front derailleur clamp will allow the eTap to reach the big ring. The chainline may...
05-27-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,973
Posted By mtseymour

We've used the Thudbuster ST, and quickly...

We've used the Thudbuster ST, and quickly replaced it because my stoker couldn't get adequate travel and damping. The problem is that Thudbuster uses elastomers rather than steel or air springs....
05-25-18, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,576
Posted By mtseymour

If your frame doesn't allow for internal cable...

If your frame doesn't allow for internal cable routing, then eTap is the way to go. If it's easy to modify your frame for internal cabling, then Di2 offers several advantages that you didn't mention:...
05-18-18, 08:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,987
Posted By mtseymour

Beautiful frame! Are you using TRP Spyre...

Beautiful frame!

Are you using TRP Spyre brakes?
04-28-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,329
Posted By mtseymour

Your current gearing (52/39/30 x 11/32) is...

Your current gearing (52/39/30 x 11/32) is already fairly low. It's possible that better training will allow you to tackle moderate (5-7%) and hard (8-12%) climbs without any gearing changes.
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04-20-18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,615
Posted By mtseymour

The Redshift is a good design that's more suited...

The Redshift is a good design that's more suited to single bikes than tandems. This seatpost is un-damped and is intended for small, high-frequency bumps. According to their website,

"Damping...
04-03-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By mtseymour

We use the Shimano RT86 Ice Tech (203mm) and find...

We use the Shimano RT86 Ice Tech (203mm) and find them very reliable even on steep descents (10-12%). Our team weight is 300 lbs.

Rather than buy Centerlock adapters, try the IceTech rotors in a...
01-18-18, 01:40 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 21,553
Posted By mtseymour

The rear hanger is replaceable for good reason. ...

The rear hanger is replaceable for good reason. I knocked over my carbon mtn bike when I was moving another bike in my crowded garage. No harm done. I assume that Sram's 2-yr warranty should take...
01-17-18, 09:47 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 21,553
Posted By mtseymour

I don't think that it's "witch hunt" because rear...

I don't think that it's "witch hunt" because rear derailleur failures have been discussed on various forums (eg. Weight Weenie).

Since the eTap derailleur combines transmitter, battery, and servo...
01-16-18, 10:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 21,553
Posted By mtseymour

Did your LBS have an explanation for the eTap ...

Did your LBS have an explanation for the eTap failure? Did they observe a higher failure rate with eTap vs Di2 (11sp)?
01-10-18, 10:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,306
Posted By mtseymour

A rough budget would be $10-14,000 depending on...

A rough budget would be $10-14,000 depending on component choices. You can save a fair bit if you're patient and wait for sales or "used" components on eBay. For example, Ultegra is practically the...
01-01-18, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,691
Posted By mtseymour

An 11-sp cassette (eg. CS-R8000) can't be used on...

An 11-sp cassette (eg. CS-R8000) can't be used on a 10sp hub because the freehub body is not wide enough. On the other hand, a 11sp freehub can accept a 10sp cassette by adding a spacer. I don't...
12-30-17, 03:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,691
Posted By mtseymour

Your 11sp upgrade is feasible, but is it...

Your 11sp upgrade is feasible, but is it worthwhile to spend around $1,400 to get a modest improvement in shifting on a 20 year-old frame?

The DaVinci cranks use square taper BB to fit 68mm...
12-29-17, 07:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,066
Posted By mtseymour

Beautiful tandem with a stellar paint job. ...

Beautiful tandem with a stellar paint job.

What fork and wheels did you use? Was it tricky to route the rear brake hose through the frame?
12-01-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 21,595
Posted By mtseymour

Did you get the Shimano MT800 display? This...

Did you get the Shimano MT800 display? This replaces the Junction A and shows bettery level, gear position, and synchro mode.
11-29-17, 08:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,383
Posted By mtseymour

I also think that you should look at your...

I also think that you should look at your eccentric because a chain or belt should not require re-tightening so frequently. The Cannondale seems to use a split-wedge eccentric which is an older and...
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