El Conquistador, fit question
A 2000 EC is for sale. Currently set up, it has a standover height of 33". Owner says adjusting the front shock, will lower standover to about 31". The front shock is a Stratos FR4-T (tandem model), 1-1/8" stearing tube, standard 101mm travel.
However, I have a 28" inseam and would like to have a, um, safer, standover height. Keep in mind this model of EC has a 16" bottom bracket.
Any suggestions or thoughts about making this bike fit me?
I want to take my kids on some of the fireroads and tamer single track in the East Bay.
I've taken some liberties with standover height on my solo bikes, but never greater than my crotch clearance.
Knowing what I know so far on my limited time on the tandem, I wouldn't violate this. I spend a great deal of time standing over the frame stabilizing it while my wife gets settled on the back, and have had a handful of times where I've had to get my feet on the ground fast to catch the bike from falling over. Too big a chance for busting the boys with a sub-standard standover clearance, IMHO.
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Have you fathered all the children you plan to?
I wouldn't try it. On my first ECDM I bought it used and thought I could make it work, but ended up selling it and buying a new one. The new one I have Sherwood customize it with the a longer top tube and the seattube and standover of the 19" model and it is perfect.
You need to remember that on the tandem when you drop a foot to the trail you will have the stoker's weight to support and if they are leaning one way or another I would make sure that I wasn't up on my toes, but flat footed with a good base!