a Recreational Rider
from kuala lumpur
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2001
Strengths: The frame is fast,light,responsive and seemingly indestructible. No frame flex and tracks like an arrow. Black decals on black anodized paint is very cool.
Weaknesses: It was a 2001 MT800 with plenty of aftermarket upgrades. Junked the stock Deore shifters, Coda V Brakes & levers, front & rear derailleurs, capt.'s stem & h/bar, pedals and the rigid fork.
We are in love with the bike. We have ridden the bike on different types of terrain ranging from rubber, palm oil estates, tropical jungle singletracks to fireroads and tarmac and the bike seems to be able to handle it all with little fuss. As with all tandems, it can be very fast on flats and descents. Ascending is not too bad either, it gets us there without having to dismount and push. For a stiff aluminium bike, we are pleased with its comfort even on long distance touring. We absolutely love our C'dale tandem. We are already saving for the RT3000. The downside of tandem ownership in Malaysia is the problem of getting hold of tandem compatible components in this part of the world.
Similar Products Used: None. Not seen any other tandem in this country.
Bike Setup: Psylo SL Fork (we are a very light and svelte team), XT shifters/derailleurs, 858 pedals, thomson stem/seatposts, easton ct2 monkey bar, post moderne stoker seatpost, magura H33 hydraulic rim brakes, XT hubs, sun rhyno lite 40 hole rims and conti explorer pro 2.1 tyres.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001
Strengths: very stiff frame, lightweight, very efficient. price - a great value!
Weaknesses: stock saddles (replaced with my favorite), xray gripshifter (terrible!!), cantilever brakes (ok for the road, but not recommended for off-road). bigggg tubes (cannot place in a standard workstand).
we tried several steel models and found the lateral noodle effect while pedaling very disconcerting. normally i would not buy aluminum due to the harsh ride, but with the long wheelbase, this is not an issue. the frame stiffness gives a very efficient pedaling response. we travel over mostly paved railways; very little off-road use. with the stock tires (slicks), i would not want to go off road. overall, one of the best purchases we have made. changes i recommend: replace canti brakes with v-brakes. change the shifters (the stock shifters are balky and imprecise) and swap the tires if you plan to take it off-road. for this, 4 stars overall, 5 stars for value.
Similar Products Used: schwinn and ironhorse tandems
Bike Setup: stock - with adams trail-a-bike attached for our 5 year old.
a Recreational Rider
from Columbus, OH
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2000
Strengths: Smooth ride, Stiff frame, suspension seatpost for the stoker
Weaknesses: water bottle placement, room for big captains, uncomfortable seats
We do most of our riding on pavment or gravel and this bike performs well. The ride is silky smooth, yet the frame has little flex. Climbing with twice the power is excellent (dont tell my wife, but she does all the work!). I am anxious to try this beast on some trails.
Im 6'6" and the top tube is a tad short. I needed to use a longer stem and seatpost to make the bike fit properly. I also dont like the water bottle placement as the bottles are either to far away or difficult to access
Bike Setup: Stock. Except for a longer stem and seatpost
a Recreational Rider
from TA, Israel
Date Reviewed: April 13, 2000
Strengths: Product Strengths: 1. Durability: - Indestructible frame. - Cannondale/Tandem-specific components (cable rollers, chain tensioning mechanism etc) also surprisingly durable. 2. Versatility - Light frame which is at the same time very pedaling efficient. - Converts into an excellent road-tourer with a mere tire-change.
Weaknesses: The bike seem to have been originally meant as a hybrid. The most aggravating aspect is the low rear tire-clearance which limits us to 2.1 in the back. I would instantly put on 2.35 DH tire if it was not for that.
Along the same hybrid line: 1. No front-shock. But than again this is what we paid for, and we make-do with a suspension stem. 2. Had to gradually change components to more offroad worthy alternatives (read "XTR"). On a Tandem used offroad, nothing but the most durable stuff lasts.
We are extremely happy with our tandem. We bought the entry-level model since we were not sure the concept is viable. It has proved to be far better than we had hoped. We use it on a weekly basis, riding with “normal” bikes on technical routes, with fewer limitations less than one would expect. We have also conducted several tours abroad with it, both on and off-road. The importance of the bike’s durability can not be overestimated, as it means we trust it in doing extreme things with it, both on and off-road. Wish I could say the same about the rest of my (regular) bikes.
Similar Products Used: A friend's Santana cromoly with front-shock - More comfy, but much heavier and less efficient and versatile. He also seems to have a much harder time servicing all his non standard components.
Bike Setup: Size 22/18 (For 6’ captain like me you'd probably be better of with 20 in front XTR hubs w Sun Rhyno Lite (excellent, durable rims). XTR cassette Sugino Tandem Cranks. XT derailers, shifters and V brakes. Softride suspension stem (your kidneys will thank you). Panaracer Magic 2.1 front. Noname heavy durable 2.1 rear. (NO hi-tech XC rear tire will last more than 100 miles).
a Cross-Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 3, 1999
Strengths: Low maintenance, stiff frame, great acceleration, incredibly durable, lots of stoker room
This is a great off-road tandem...over 3 years of hard, singletrack riding with only standard maintenance to the bike. Climbs great. V-brakes are a must! Also, I wouldn't ride on an off-road tandem with anything but the Velociraptor tires. They grab like a dream! Would definitely recommend this tandem. We also own a '99 Santana Rio . This bike is cool, but the Cannondale is a much better deal for the price, and a lot less finicky than the Santana.