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Steelhead vs Carrera

Old 06-21-20, 06:54 AM
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Steelhead vs Carrera

We are thinking about getting another tandem and are considering a Co-motion Steelhead or Carrera.
A little bit about us. We don't currently have a tandem but have owned a Cannondale and a Co-Motion Speedster in the past. We did some supported tandem touring (Ericksen Cycle Tours) and really enjoyed weekend tandem rallies. We both have several single bikes and enjoy both paved and gravel riding. All of our tandem experience was paved riding. We sold our Co-motion 5-6 years ago because it wasn't getting as much use, and needed a lot of component upgrade / replacement.

We don't think we want to use a new tandem on gravel, mainly as a paved road machine. If we would go with a Steelhead and a second set of wheels would we be giving up much performance on road compared to a Carrera. We are in our mid 50's and still like spirited riding, but certainly not racing. The Steelhead would give us the option for gravel if we would change our mind down the road, I just don't want to compromise too much on road performance. Thoughts?
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Old 06-21-20, 07:03 PM
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Compare the geometry tables of the Steelhead and Carrera. I think you will notice the Carrera has faster handling and a
shorter wheelbase. I have an 2018 Carrera and think the Rolf wheels roll with less resistance. Co-Motion is good about advice on the difference between about their tandem models, give them a call and see what they say. Good luck with your decision and let us know what you decide.
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The other option might be to go with the Kalapuya and it's aluminum frame. It would give you lighter weight then the Steelhead but a similar set-up with both 29 and 700c wheels. One other possibility with the Carrera is to purchase a set of 650B wheels which would give you the ability to go with closer to gravel width tire on the 650 diameter. Welcome back to tandem world! :-)
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I thought about the Kalapuya but hadn't thought about a Carrera with a 650b wheelset. You are supposed to make this easier not harder.
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