What do you want for the frame rob?
I'd be interested in the frame if you have further details. My email is in my signature.
Bit late to this one, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the Raleigh Pioneer that we got second hand (but hardly used). Decent frame, could plug a sus fork into it, has disc mounts, room for big tyres. The stock components are about what you'd expect but a few choice upgrades from the shed sorted that out. We use it mainly for ferrying children around but it's fine on gentle off-road. Don't know if I'd tackle the kinds of things Rob's doing, but for the money I reckon it's a great bet. There's been a few on ebay for around £300 recently.
@xiphon, if you want to write offensive things about people you don't know, prehaps think before pressing 'enter'. If you'd rather take Sandys place then I'll see you at Glencoe next weekend and you can ride the red DH route like we did this weekend.
An apology is required here....
Just acquired a Dawes Double Edge and now with a few hundred miles on it after a couple of weeks, have the following comments that I hope help.
Great bike now that it has a decent handlebar and stem on, 710 dh bars and chunky stem make a huge difference to handling. So far, we've only used it for light trails, commuting and a tour with trailer, which it hauls absolutely fine. The slightly slow gear shifting requires a bit of communication to 'back off' the power, especially on up shifts.
I'm very happy with the original 2x cable discs and I'd be cagey about heat build up on long descents with hydraulics; more so on tours with the trailer. Tandemwarriors knows better than I do on this though.
The stock wheels are heavy but strong, which is the main thing. I know of a couple of these that have had big forks with 20mm maxles added and these ride really well on moderate singletrack where ground clearance hasn't become an issue.
There's a good margin on Dawes, so you may be able to secure a bit of discount on one, although supply of new ones is a bit erratic.
Just had my first ever ride on a tandem - with my 10yo on a rigid Cannondale with v-brakes (7 speed gripshift, so I suspect around 10-12 years old).
It was fantastic! Even off road on some gnarly rocks. Mind you we don't weigh too much. (60kg and 35kg).
Some adventure ideas have been popping into my head now...
A quick look on ebay and this one is the same model: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cannondale-Tandem-/170896036217?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item27ca329179
I'd be tempted, but in theory this one is available to borrow anytime.
We bought a secondhand Raleigh Pioneer Venture U+1 tandem a few weeks ago from Gumtree. As posted by Mike_D, the components are basic but the frame is good. The stock gears (Shimano Acera) work OK given the longer cable lengths.
However, the cable disc brakes (Quad QMD-5 203 mm) are not good. The front brake is like a V-brake in need of adjustment, and the rear disc brake is simply awful.
I'm considering replacing the whole braking system - does anyone have any suggestions for tandem disc brakes? The Avid BB7 + SD levers seems like an option, but I'm not sure how these would fare with a long cable to the rear.
Essential information to help with brake choice:
Team weight approx 110kg + 20 kg tandem. We aren't doing serious off-road singletrack, but rather a mixture of roads and towpaths, disused railways and bridleways etc. No alpine descents!
Mrs MTG and myself are thinking of getting a tandem.
We want an MTB one, preferably full sus, so that limits the choice a bit and virtually rules out second hand as there don't seem to be any about.
There's a hire place not far from us doing them at either £40 or £60 for the day.
On the other hand, we could get something cheap and second hand off ebay.
If it last five days it's worth it over the hire costs.
NickBab posted a list on the previous page.
Ellsworth and Nicolai do full sus tandems, although the Nicolai one only appears on a USA shop site, not on Nicolai's UK or German site.
Any thoughts ?
How bad is that Barracuda ? I've got spare 27 speed gears and hydraulic discs, so could upgrade for the cost of new cables and hoses.
As long as the frame & forks hold up, I could keep it rideable for a while until we decide if we want to spend £2000+ on a frame.
I know slowrider picked up one of the cheap tandems, but I'm not sure how much off road he does on it. When I asked the same question (see link on previous page) some folks saidf they weren't all that bad - however we were lucky enough to pick up a secondhand dawes tandem. I've since upgraded the rigid QR forks and v brakes to 150mm bolt through marzocchi and 203mm hydraulic disks mind you
I'm in the middle of replacing BBs (and having issues as the crank bolt is stucl) but once it's back in one piece yo;re welcome to give it a go
Would love a Nicolai tandem ourselves when but when contacted they do not seem able to advise on how to go about purchasing. So that that's that them out.
Thanks for the offer, nbt. We're in Worcestershire. If you're not too far away we might take you up on that.
Mrs MTG has a lot of tandem experience. She used to ride stoker with two guys from her running club or captain with her kids on the back when they were little. I've never ridden one.
This is all just preliminary enquiries at the moment.
I'll keep looking on ebay and elsewhere and see if something cheap and local turns up.
MidlandTrailquestsGraham » Thanks for the offer, nbt. We're in Worcestershire. If you're not too far away we might take you up on that.
We're in marple, so a couple of hours drive. THere's some nice trails to try tandems on round here too. If you want to make a weekend of it we can recommend a local B&B.
Need to sort out the tandem first though
There was not wrong with your tandem in Swaledale.
mt » There was not wrong with your tandem in Swaledale.
apart from the squealing brakes and that godawful mechanical screech on the sunday morning you mean? rear brake needs new pistons, and it needs two new bottom brackets (both are wobbling), new middle chainring and new cassette as the chain was slipping
tandem for sale here if anyone's looking
not mine, would like to upgrade but not got enough cash at the moment or I'd have been interested
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