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Old 01-10-18, 10:21 AM
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Like it! What's a rough budget for such a bike?
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 same as Dura Ace, and it's often on sale.

For comparative purposes, top-end singles from Trek, Specialized, Pinarello, etc are easily over $10,000.
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Old 01-10-18, 07:25 PM
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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 to. Current pricing on the frame alone as built is $ 8950 and about $550 for the fork. About the only component I did not go the best is the cranks and they are still really nice but just not as light as Lightening Cranks but I did not want to use their proprietary bottom brackets as I wanted to be able to go into any bike shop and get a bottom bracket. Since we used Chris King BB it will probably never be necessary . By the time it is all said and done 14-17 depending on the wheels used is a good range. We have a set of custom frame bags being made and they were about 1k so one can spend as much as they want. I also have two complete setups that take about 15 minutes to change the bike from flat bars to drop bars depending on the trip we are taking. We also have a dedicated Calfee that is set up for pavement only and is about as light as one can have a coupled bike without fragile component choices. BTW tandem spent dollars are the best ratio of dollars to fun of just about anything we spend money on.Its always an amazing time with the person I always want to be with and we work together to accomplish riding goals. Happily married for many years.

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Old 01-11-18, 05:18 PM
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Well said! The tandem money spent is priceless!
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Old 01-13-18, 10:32 AM
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thanks Akexpress. My wife enjoyed and fully agreed with your reply. Also brings a new level of admiration in your build skills. BTW, we live about 15 miles from Calfee so the temptation is even greater. /Doug
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... The frame bags we recently used were velcro however we are having a set of custom bags made by Jpaks. These are going to be held by frame mounts on the side and bottom but use lacing on the top. Calfee did not want us to add frame mounts on the top tubes so hence we went with lace on which is ideally less abrasion on the finish. Our adventure tandem is nude so it doesn't really matter but we have another Calfee which has a nice paint job and the same frame geometry and we can use the bags on it if we choose. BTW we love the bike ,it has exceeded our expectations and there is not much if anything I would change given a chance.
Great to hear that Joe @ Japaks is doing some more frame bags for tandems!!! He does awesome work and am just thrilled to see his equipment being used by some of my fellow tandem riders.
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Old 03-27-18, 10:58 AM
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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 custom bags. These will be used for gravel adventures like the Idaho Hot springs tour we are planning. In this configuration it is equipped with flat bars (actually Jones H-bars) for increased control and numerous hand positions for the rougher gravel roads. We also use the 650 B tubeless wheels for these adventures. We have two pavement tours planned this summer and fall and will change out to drop bars and 700c wheels. With Di2 it literally takes 15 minutes to change out the total dynamics of the bike. We are still a few weeks away from getting out on the roads evidenced by the snow piles still around. We can strip all the touring stuff off and put on our go fast wheels and the bike rides very close to our dedicated go fast tandem.
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That bike is ridiculous! I mean that in the best possible way!
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Old 06-07-18, 12:40 PM
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That bike is ridiculous! I mean that in the best possible way!
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 depending on conditions. Also two setups for drop bars and flat bars. Stripped down it rides like our dedicated road Calfee. Fully bagged we can bike pack or tour with it. I can change form one setup to another in about 15 minutes or so. I ordered a spare right side stoker crank so I can go from a triple to a double is super simple and the shifters stay the same. With Di2 everything just works. I think we will even be able to get it into a single EVOC single bike case for travel which will require less time for assembly and disassembly. We don't worry so much about scratches and chips into a fancy paint job with the nude carbon finish. BTW there has been a lot of discussion about large tires having less rolling resistance and being just as fast. Well our experience would not agree with that as the fast 28mm tires are faster period , same bike same riders same routes. Different tools for different jobs as the big tires are better for loaded touring or bike packing. I would build all wheels for tandems with CLD hubs so you have every option available for brake rotors as the tech is always improving and one can always use 6 bolts adapters on CLD hubs. We have had zero issues with 11 speed drivetrain components and belt drives. We are not racers any longer but feel we are strong riders and ride the mountains and the stuff has held up. Build the bikes with top quality up front and then you get to just ride. We are doing the Nathez Trace in August and 3 weeks on the north coast of Spain in September and we will just do different configurations of the bike for each. The swiss army knife approach to tandems. The best part is I share with my spectacular wife all these adventures. One of these days I will take the time to put the bike in all three modes and take pictures as the differences are pretty dramatic.
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Are you able to add a rack to the front fork or is it a NO because the front fork is carbon ?
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Old 09-05-18, 02:31 PM
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Are you able to add a rack to the front fork or is it a NO because the front fork is carbon ?
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 too much stuff if you need all that capacity. Our tent, sleeping system for two is about 8lbs total. We can get everything including food for less the 30lbs. There is some awesome backpacking gear out there that translates well to bike packing. We have a combined age of 120 so we do like to have comfort and yet still ride a responsive bike and put in some miles if needed. We are headed to Spain soon for three weeks of credit card touring and will keep the bike quite light and go to drop bars and 2x drivetrain. This bike rides great.
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Originally Posted by akexpress View Post
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 too much stuff if you need all that capacity. Our tent, sleeping system for two is about 8lbs total. We can get everything including food for less the 30lbs. There is some awesome backpacking gear out there that translates well to bike packing. We have a combined age of 120 so we do like to have comfort and yet still ride a responsive bike and put in some miles if needed. We are headed to Spain soon for three weeks of credit card touring and will keep the bike quite light and go to drop bars and 2x drivetrain. This bike rides great.
That's amazingly light! We add 44 lbs., not including water, to the weight of the naked bike to go camp touring. Maybe our cook kit is heavier? That much heavier? Have to have spares and tools, pump, etc. Rack and bags weigh something. We use 2 panniers and 4 small, light bags here and there.
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That's amazingly light! We add 44 lbs., not including water, to the weight of the naked bike to go camp touring. Maybe our cook kit is heavier? That much heavier? Have to have spares and tools, pump, etc. Rack and bags weigh something. We use 2 panniers and 4 small, light bags here and there.
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 Hyperlight tent that are under 3 lbs and sleeping system at about 5 lbs. Hyperlite makes very light stuff sacks for organizing. MSR multi fuel stove titanium cookset and utensils. A spare biking kit each , light jacket, multipurpose pants and tops each. Minimal tools (Wollftooth components) makes some very light multipurpose tools. It is possible to get very light but it takes planning and some investment . On our last trip we stopped mid trip at a post office and mailed stuff we decided would be necessary for the rest of the trip home in a flat rate box.
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