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03-31-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 6
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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: 917
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: 32
Views: 3,564
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: 1,686
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: 41
Views: 11,335
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: 855
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: 41
Views: 11,335
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: 41
Views: 11,335
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
08-10-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,177
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: 9,177
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: 9,177
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: 42
Views: 4,868
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: 6,060
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: 1,346
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: 6,060
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: 6,060
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: 41
Views: 11,335
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: 5,232
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: 5,232
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: 5,232
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: 1,242
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...
04-18-18, 11:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By akexpress

Brian Good info, although inspection of the...

Brian Good info, although inspection of the pads does not show a band of pad not being used so I don't
think it makes much difference at least with this and the R785 (Xt) brakes. I will try a...
04-18-18, 09:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,289
Posted By akexpress

So are you going with DI2 ? I assume that you...

So are you going with DI2 ? I assume that you are then using either Xt or Xtr derailleurs and pairing with Ultegra road shifters? I will be very curious how the front derailleur handles the 52 or...
04-17-18, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By akexpress

That is the majority of the pad width. The Hope...

That is the majority of the pad width. The Hope V2 rotor is pretty wide so yes there is lots of rotor not in play as braking surface.
04-15-18, 11:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,868
Posted By akexpress

We had a set of custom wheels built by...

We had a set of custom wheels built by Wheelbuilder .com that consist of ZIPP 404 carbon rims with 28 Sapim bladed spokes on White Industries CLD hubs. I don't have the exact weight but they are...
04-15-18, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By akexpress

We have this fork on our Calfee and use a 180mm...

We have this fork on our Calfee and use a 180mm rotor on it. There is adequate room for a 200 or 203 but you would have to stack adaptors if that is even possible. It takes a 203 adapter to use a...
03-31-18, 01:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,906
Posted By akexpress

My wife who is 5'6" routinely captains our...

My wife who is 5'6" routinely captains our tandems. We ride small /small frames. We have 5 tandems that have 700C , 700c/650B, 29r, 26, and fattire tandem with 5.0 tires. The first three have...
03-27-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By akexpress

I am interested in how the front derailleur works...

I am interested in how the front derailleur works with a 52 as the cage is quite different then a road cage . We have "DI3" on our adventure tandem when in gravel mode but only have a 44 large...
03-27-18, 10:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,335
Posted By akexpress

Here are some pics of the custom frame bags Joe...

Here are some pics of the custom frame bags Joe at J-paks built for our adventure tandem. As this bike has far exceeded our expectations for the variety of rides it is suited for we invested in...
03-21-18, 11:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By akexpress

You might also look at Middleburn cranks. They...

You might also look at Middleburn cranks. They are modular and can go from triples to doubles vey easily. You are building a high end tandem and may at some point want to go to electronic shifting...
03-17-18, 12:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,386
Posted By akexpress

We carry our Calfee carbon tandem in our truck...

We carry our Calfee carbon tandem in our truck quite often . The simplest way is to get a Dakine bike pad for the tailgate and merely hang the front wheel over the back. The Dakine pad has velcro...
03-15-18, 10:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,913
Posted By akexpress

FWIW I doubt you could get the 11-40 to work...

FWIW I doubt you could get the 11-40 to work with a triple. Too much chain to take up.
03-15-18, 12:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,913
Posted By akexpress

As this topic of double vs triple has been...

As this topic of double vs triple has been discussed many times on this forum, your bike is in sort of no mans land with a common cassette for a triple but no so great for a double. A 11-40 and...
03-05-18, 01:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By akexpress

I suspect many(most) of those placards are from...

I suspect many(most) of those placards are from participants of Santana tandem tours. They supply those to their customers whom do their trips.
02-06-18, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,464
Posted By akexpress

I would check clearances before you buy new...

I would check clearances before you buy new tires. Based on the age of the your tandem your fork may be the limiting factor. 28mm may be as big as you can ride on the front. We like GP4000 and GP...
02-01-18, 12:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,380
Posted By akexpress

Beautiful bike!!!

Beautiful bike!!!
01-27-18, 02:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,960
Posted By akexpress

I built a set of wheels like this except I used a...

I built a set of wheels like this except I used a set of Nextie rims ( i have had great luck with numerous other of sets of their rims). They have been very good and have been using WTB Horizon...
01-22-18, 10:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Posted By akexpress

It is getting hard to source (eBay works) but...

It is getting hard to source (eBay works) but Goodridge hose is really good hose with reusable fittings. It comes in a variety of colors and provides a very solid lever feel. Good quality hose is...
01-20-18, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,614
Posted By akexpress

You donít need to use zip ties. Jaquire makes...

You donít need to use zip ties. Jaquire makes adhesive hose guides. You do use zip ties in them but inconspicuous like on mtn bikes. We used them on our Calfee when the Shimano brakes first came...
01-10-18, 07:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,335
Posted By akexpress

To be honest I haven't really added it up. We...

To be honest I haven't really added it up. We built it with pretty much all top end components. I do shop carefully for sales on the components and do all the labor myself because I can and I like...
12-11-17, 10:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,335
Posted By akexpress

Our couplers are behind the captains seat post...

Our couplers are behind the captains seat post and I find it very easy to pack in the S&S cases with basically each half of the bike in one case. Also I don't like the fact that with couplers in...
12-09-17, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,741
Posted By akexpress

May be another option shortly for a quick...

May be another option shortly for a quick disconnect on hydraulic lines from the tri world. https://www.bikerumor.com/2017/09/06/eb17-trp-tt-hydro-disc-brakes-triathlon-gain-di2-etap-buttons/
11-06-17, 12:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,248
Posted By akexpress

check out this thread. We use the trials stem...

check out this thread. We use the trials stem instead of a adjustable stoker stem lighter cheaper and simple https://www.bikeforums.net/tandem-cycling/875233-35-degree-stoker-stem.html
11-01-17, 06:43 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,959
Posted By akexpress

We have the DI2 Xtr triple on our adventure...

We have the DI2 Xtr triple on our adventure tandem and I have two bar setups depending on the road conditions we expect. Our flat bar setup uses XT shifters and Saint brakes for gravel loaded trips,...
10-28-17, 12:08 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,959
Posted By akexpress

You already have the K-edge and don't need a...

You already have the K-edge and don't need a wolflink as they do the same thing and won't work together. As I and many have stated in the past the 11-40 will work just fine with your 52/34. This...
10-25-17, 10:01 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,959
Posted By akexpress

You would need to see if a Sram cassette body is...

You would need to see if a Sram cassette body is available for Spinergy hubs (Hadley I think makes some of them) I was able to get 11speed Shimano cassette body to replace a 10 speed but not sure...
09-29-17, 07:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,335
Posted By akexpress

Update on this bike after riding it for last 5...

Update on this bike after riding it for last 5 months and just completing a 475 mile self supported tour of Vermont. The bike has really exceeded our expectations. We have now ridden it in light...
09-27-17, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,833
Posted By akexpress

So a couple DI2 possibilities that may not be...

So a couple DI2 possibilities that may not be available for Etap. Hydraulic brakes and even greater gear range with some simple mods.
09-27-17, 04:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,861
Posted By akexpress

The K edge cage is not only longer but also...

The K edge cage is not only longer but also repositions the top pully down and back. We have used the k-edge very successfully with 11-40 and I think it would do 11-42 with just a little more b...
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