- Tandem curious
That looks a fine bike if the price is right. MY frame is all standard sizes of stuff and is of a similar vintage. Octalink cranks and 1 1/8 headset 27.2 mm seatposts
Im suprised it does not have disc brake mounts on the fork mne has both disc brakes and canti munts. If it hasn’f got disc mounts on the frame it would need to e cheapPosted 2 months ago
Be careful on older forks, our Dawes tandem came “disk ready” but when I spoke to Dawes they suggested that a 203mm rotor (most tandems run 203 front and rear) might be too much for the tabs
This tandem has been through several phases – rigid MTB, HT MTB, HT tourer, rigid tourer with 29er forks, rigid tourer with 26 jump forks. We upgraded to a new tandem earlier this year so I restored it to the original rigid MTB state (with v-brakes) ready to sell, but Martyn Ashton’s “random tandem” videos inspired Mrs NBT to ask me to set it up as a HT MTB again. She’s now having second thoughts about the suitability of this idea…Posted 2 months agoDickyboySubscriber
We have exact same model of tandem as nbt, very versatile indeed, I think just the frame forks chainsets and headset are left original. Been running 200mm disc up front on original forks for loaded touring in alps and rigid mtb in Chilterns and south downs – surprising a few people at the speed of our descents too – without any fork failure yet but the disc mount does look a bit of a potential weakness so might get that seen to once I’ve got the bouncy forks fitted. If nbt is selling, that dawes is a good starting point 👍Posted 2 months ago
Tyring to think what’s original on mine
- Headset (I don’t specifically recall replacing it anyway)
- Captain’s seatpost and clamp
- Stoker seatpost and clamp
other than that we’re spent a fortune on it over the years,either in new bits or in repurposed hand-me-down gear from other bikes
- new drivetrain – went square taper
- new shifters (old dual-release SLX ones from when Mrs NBT went 1*11)
- New rear wheel – the threads failed on the disk adapter mount on the old one. Still got it, it’ll still work with a rim brake wheel but not with disks
- new fork, obvs (still have the old one)
- new front wheel with 20mm adapter for these forks, plus other options like QR thru-axle. again, still have the original front wheel
- new stoker stem (came with a regular stem and a shim, which I stil have somewhere) and bars
- new oversize bars and stem on the front
- new disk brakes (twice – Avid Code hydraulics at first, now avid BB7s)
- new saddles
- new pedals
- new grips
I was gonig to sell, now I’ve built it up as an MTB I’d like to give it another whirl. but I’ll inevitably end up having to sell it I suppose. Drop me a PM if you’re temptedPosted 2 months agokayla1Member
We got a cheap Raleigh Pioneer and after I changed the awful gripshifts to Shimano Alivio triggers and stuck a new back brake cable on it (cable discs f&r) it’s really good fun to ride- it actually shifts and stops now! It was only £260 and I reckon we’ve chucked another £50 at it making it fit us. Oh, and I chucked a height adjustable stem on it too cos the front was way too low, so probably £80 all in to sort it out.
It’s a good laugh, we’ve got a drive/coast system sorted (OH shouts ‘drive’ or ‘coast’ when he fancies, basically 😆 ) and we’ve used it more than I thought we would.Posted 2 months ago
So here’s a question- how do you clamp a tandem in a workstand?
Assuming rotating clamp head, at an angle with one wheel still on the ground is how I do it.
That’s how I normally do stuff, but my back was killing me indexing gears yesterday so i had a brainwave
Posted 2 months ago
Done it. (re)Built it, ridden it.
Need to fettle the limit screws on the front mech, it was rubbing on the tyre – the 2.4″ knobblies in the there are a tad bigger than the 1.25″ marathon we used when it was a touring tandem. There was some screaming but as the ride progressed it grew less frequent and by the end, it was declared to have been a fun experiencePosted 2 months ago
How are you getting on with the tandem? We’ve come to the decision that MTB tandeming is not going to feature heavily in our future so we’ll sell ours, and stick to solo bikes off road. We’ll still ride the road tandem but personal circumstances mean the off-road version is not as appealing 🙁Posted 1 month agoDickyboySubscriber
If there is anyone else tandem curious the dawes that nbt is selling is a really good starting point. Had ours 4 years now, done touring, road riding and off roading without any problems. Sorry to hear you are selling yours nbt I’m just gutted I didn’t get into offroad stuff on a tandem year ago…Posted 1 month agobobloMember
George Longstaff used to be the go-to tandem maker I think. I remember drooling over one of his gorgeous tandem trikes once upon a time but luckily I didn’t have enough money
Can’t believe I missed my opportunity here…
I have a Longstaff…
No, I really do 🙂
We bought an off the peg jobbie at first then on our first tour, bumped into some pensioners in SW Portugal with a Longstaff in lovely British Racing Green. Got home and immediately went to see the auld fella… It’s all a bit obsolescent now but still lovely so we’ll just keep on trucking with it.Posted 1 month ago
Ever take it off any sweet jumps?Posted 1 month ago
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