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    Stevens twinpower - Cannondale 29er

    Hello,
    We are looking for our first tandem. This is not so popular in Belgium I think. We are thinking stevens twinpower or cannondale 29.
    The first is a 27,5... the second a 29. What do the forumpeople think and why?

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    I have been told the Cannondale has lower than typical bottom brackets and less ground clearance.

    Know nothing about the Stevens.

    I would suggest you might also consider a Fandango. These machines are proven performers and Alex of MTBTandems.com sends them all around the world for customers.

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    Thanks for the for the reaction PMK

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    In Europe, I would take a look at the Lapierre X2 MTB tandem as it has a decent height bottom bracket. I used to have one before getting the ECDM. It's about 2900 and well worth the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by switchbacktrog View Post
    I used to have one before getting the ECDM...
    Just jump right to getting an ECdM! You will never regret it. I know, it seems like a lot of money, but hell, what's money for anyway, right?

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    If you can post local-to-you costs and spec levels of the bikes in your country, that would help us decide. Stevens isn't a known brand in the USA, and most of the posters here are based in the USA.

    It would also help to know what types of terrain you are aiming for, and other local trail challenges we won't know about. Lastly, depending on the manufacturer, you may have frame-sizing issues (in that one or the other might not fit you and your stoker).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okayfine View Post
    If you can post local-to-you costs and spec levels of the bikes in your country, that would help us decide. Stevens isn't a known brand in the USA, and most of the posters here are based in the USA.

    It would also help to know what types of terrain you are aiming for, and other local trail challenges we won't know about. Lastly, depending on the manufacturer, you may have frame-sizing issues (in that one or the other might not fit you and your stoker).
    We will us the tandem for trekking holidays.... On gravel roads and light off road trails.... not the hardcore mountain-bike. But with luggage

    Stevens.....

    Frame Aluminium 6061 TB
    Front fork STEVENS Alu 1.5 Taper Disc
    Headset Ritchey WCS Logic Zero Press Fit 1 1/8-1.5
    Brakes Magura MT4, 203/203mm
    Crankset Shimano Deore LX Tandem FC-M571, 48-36-26
    Derailleur r Shimano Deore XT RD-M772
    Derailleur f Shimano Deore XT FD-M770
    Chain Shimano CN-HG73 (h | v)
    Cassette Shimano CS-M770 11-32
    Hubs DT 540 Tandem, 100/140mm
    Rims Scorpo Tandem 650B Disc
    Tires Schwalbe Super Moto-X GreenGuard 27.5x2.4
    Handlebar Oxygen Scorpo SL Rise 20mm, Aluminium 2014, 680mm
    Stem Oxygen Scorpo 31.8mm | Oxygen (adjustable)
    Saddle Oxygen Havoc
    Seatpost Oxygen Scorpo 380mm
    Shiftlever Shimano Deore XT SL-M770
    Brakelever Magura MT4
    Weight 18.0 kg
    Sizes S/M (20-16"), M/L (21-18")
    Color(s) Velvet Black
    Laden weight 210 kg *
    Lightweight MTB tandem with fast 27.5" tires
    Aluminum Fork with Taper steerer for optimal stiffness
    Powerful Magura hydraulic brakes with 203mm rotors
    Shimano Deore XT drivetrain
    Length-adjustable cockpit


    cannondale....

    FRAME

    TANDEM 29, SMARTFORMED 6061 ALLOY, 1.5 HEAD TUBE, BB30

    FORK

    CANNONDALE FATTY TANDEM 29, OPI, 1.5"STEERER

    CRANK

    TRUVATIV FIREX TANDEM, 44/33/22, 38T TIMING

    CRANK OPTION 1

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    BOTTOM BRACKET

    SRAM GXP W/ ECCENTRIC

    SHIFTERS

    SHIMANO SLX

    COG SET

    SHIMANO CS-HG81, 11-36, 10-SPEED

    CHAIN

    KMC Z72 DRIVE / X10 TIMING


    FRONT DERAILLEUR

    SRAM X7, 31.8 CLAMP

    REAR DERAILLEUR

    SHIMANO XT SHADOW PLUS

    RIMS

    DT SWISS TANDEM, 40-HOLE

    HUBS

    DT SWISS TANDEM

    TIRES

    SCHWALBE RACING RALPH PERFORMANCE, 29X2.1", FOLDING, TUBELESS READY

    PEDALS

    CANNONDALE REINFORCED COMPOSITE

    BRAKES

    MAGURA MT5 HYDRAULIC DISC, 203/203MM

    HANDLEBAR

    CANNONDALE C3, 6061 ALLOY, 700X15MM RISE, FRONT AND REAR


    STEM

    CANNONDALE C3 1.5", 3-D FORGED, 5 DEG. / CONTROL TECH EXTENDER STOKER

    HEADSET

    TANGE CUSTOM 1.5"

    BRAKE LEVERS

    MAGURA MT5 HYDRAULIC DISC

    SPOKES

    DT SWISS TANDEM

    GRIPS

    CANNONDALE LOCKING GRIPS

    SADDLE

    CANNONDALE ERGO PERFORMANCE

    SEAT POST

    CANNONDALE C3, 6061 ALLOY, 31.6X350MM FRONT / 27.2X400 REAR

    REAR SHOCK

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    Spec level of the Stevens is better, depends on the cost of each.

    More importantly, is there any way you can try either or both bikes yourselves before purchase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okayfine View Post
    Spec level of the Stevens is better, depends on the cost of each.

    More importantly, is there any way you can try either or both bikes yourselves before purchase?
    Thanks..... We will ride both bikes in February.

    GRTS Danny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okayfine View Post
    Spec level of the Stevens is better, depends on the cost of each.

    More importantly, is there any way you can try either or both bikes yourselves before purchase?
    FWIW: the Stevens is around 2,900 Euros (which equals $3,600), the Cannondale is only 2,200 Euros. C'dale is definitely trying to 'buy back' their market share with big bang for the bucks. The 29er tandem is definitely not meant to be a true MTB tandem with it's rather low BBs and the 38 tooth timing chainwheels. As a trekking tandem however it looks like a winner to me.

    @RUSOR: if you need more "European" info on MTB tandems you can contact me directly at info@tandemclub.nl.

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    Stevens twinpower - Cannondale 29er

    My thought is: rent or borrow a tandem to be sure your partner likes it before you buy. It can be a lot of fun, but not everyone like the lack of control feeling of riding in the backseat. And some stokers like road riding, bike paths and dirt road riding but not trail riding. You could buy the cheaper Cannondale and see how it works out and in a year spend the big money on a Fandango.


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    Stevens twinpower - Cannondale 29er

    Now I see your comment that you plan to use the bike for gravel and light trail duty. I think the Cannondale would be perfect. If you can find a 2014, Cannondale is selling them at a discount now that the 2015 model year is out.


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    Hoi,

    Thanks for the reactions. We just had a testride with a Stevens 2015. It was fun. In February we can try the cannondale.

    @Sisu.... we already rent a few times a road tandem... and yes we like it. But the road tandems isn't good on sand and gravel

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    Stevens twinpower - Cannondale 29er

    Indeed...we have nearly crashed riding gravel with our road tandem.

    You should consider a Thudbuster or BodyFloat seatpost for your stoker.


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