Thursday, September 23, 2010

For your viewing pleasure.

Here she is.  After years of wanting one of these Meg and I have taken the plunge.  As with many things such as these, I figured I shouldn't do it half assed.  Without further ado I'd like to introduce you to our tandem.  
 The bike is a MTB Tandems Fandango 29er with a White Brothers 100t fork.  It is driven by a set of ISIS Race Face Turbine tandem cranks through a Rohloff 14 speed internal hub. 
 The wheels feature Sun's MTX 33 free ride rims laced to the Rohloff out back and a White Industries Venti in the front.  Spokes are tandem weight from Sapim. 
 All in all I couldn't be happier.  I'm terribly excited to get out on it with Meg and just cruise around.  If the rain here relents anytime soon we may make it out on Monday.  For those of you wondering, it weighs 47 lbs as pictured.  Figure it'll be closer to 50 lbs with rear pedals, flat pack and cages.  Not too bad really.
Please excuse the poor photos.  It's been pouring rain, these are the best I can do for now.  I will be posting further on specifics as we dial the bike in to our needs.  Stop by the shop and check it out for yourselves, this one you have to see to really appreciate! 

13 comments:

Guitar Ted said...

Suh-weeeet! Reminds me of a long black Cadillac!

I bet that thing will rock and I hope Meg and you enjoy many miles of tandem joy on this bike.

Captain Bob said...

Yeah, that is sooo nice! I like it a lot. You two will have a ton of fun.

Jerry said...

the rohloff and matching brooks saddles. very nice.

Anonymous said...

Put some handlebar streamers and a pink seat on that back end and you will be in like Flinn, or does MEG do all the front seat riding?

Ben said...

There will be some manner of fun stuff on this bike, (streamers etc,) I just haven't gotten there yet.

Meg will be in back, but she hates pink!

GNAT said...

That looks awesome. Congrats Ben & Meg. Looks like so much fun.

Tom Moore said...

What is the seat post on the back?

I am thinking for my wife's bike.

Thanks

Tom

Ben said...

Tom- the seatpost is a Cane Creek Thudbuster. They make this version, the LT or long travel, and a ST or short travel. I have a ST in stock at the shop, and can easily get a LT for you if you'd prefer. They are far and away the best shock type post on the market. I love both of mine.

TGooz said...

Very NICE! Since the stoker has no pedals does this mean YOU, as captain, will be doing ALL of the pedaling?

Ben said...

Those pictures were taken when I could with the weather, so it's not quite finished as pictured there. The bike is complete now and looks a little different. Both saddles have been raised, along with addition of pedals, bottle cages, and other odds and ends.

We went for a nice 10 mile shake down ride yesterday. The bike is now almost adjusted, and wroked very well indeed. More to come as we get some more miles on it.

Logan said...

One word...Sick....

Peyton said...

My wife and I are considering a Rohloff 14 Speed hub as well for our tandem 29er. How has it worked for you on single track? Im really concerned about our total weight and torque for climbing some of the mountains in the Denver area. Any help would be great.

Curtis said...

Peyton, this tandem was sold a while back but when we still had it at the shop it worked great for single track. Handling the torque is not at all a concern, if you're concerned about the weight, yes it may weigh more, but you would gain so much in duriblity I would think its worth the weight penilty.

If you would like more information on Rohloff hubs you could email milltowncyclces@gmail.com and we could answer any of your questions