Many of our faithful blog readers are also our most dedicated customers. We know you are passionate about what you want from Salsa, we hear it in every post.
Due to this, we wanted to try something new. We want to use the blog to show a project, all the way from prototype to finished product, document the steps along the way, and take your input during all these steps. This will be the first product to take this route, but it wont be the last.
I would like to introduce you to our Tandem Prototype. The inspiration for this project came a few years back when my wife rode her first Short and Fat race (part of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival), and noticed all of the tandems. She remarked to me that it would be fun to do that some year. I agreed, it looked like a blast. With that in mind, we created two prototypes of a mountain 29er tandem, loosely basing the geometry off of the El Mariachi.
Most of our rough prototypes are born from the ideas, wants, desires and bad ideas in the heads of the Salsa staff. Some end up going nowhere, some end up as very popular products, such as the Fargo. With this tandem, we know its a good idea, it just needs refinement.
Thats where you come in. On this project we have opened up to you, we want your opinion. Weigh in with your thoughts. Tell us what you want to see as the final product. Tell us what you think is wrong with our prototype. We have our own ideas here from riding it, but we know that a good variety of opinions helps shape a better product. Our plan is to have several additional blog posts throughout the life of this project, showing you our progress and giving you a glimpse into what we do to insure we create good products.
Odia happy after her first tandem race:
Rich putting the fixed dropout version through some battle testing:
For the tech geeks out there, I am not going to post geometry. I would like to hear your thoughts instead. But I will post a few details about this prototype. Always keep in mind, these details may or may not make the production version.
- Standard 135mm rear hub spacing
- Alternator dropout (a second prototype was also made with a fixed dropout)
- 16"/20" size
- Eccentric front BB
And for those of you curious about the spec I used to build this one:
- Sram X9 2x10 kit
- Drive-side mounted timing chain using XT and The Hive cranksets
- Hope Tech M4 brakes with XTR 180mm rotors
- XTR on Stan's Arch wheelset
- Marzocchi 44 Ti through-axle fork
- uber-reliable Cane Creek 110 headset and Thudbuster LT seatposts
Thats it! Tell us what you think.