After sixteen years of road and trail riding on our mountain tandem bicycle, we decided it was time for an upgrade. The decision was difficult as Karyn and I were married on the tandem 13 years ago. We still haven't decided if we will keep the old bike or not.
Our new bike, pictured here, is a full suspension mountain tandem from Ventana. It's called the "El Conquistador de Montanas", meaning the conquerer of mountains (I think). The new frame geometry, full suspension, disk brakes, and other features will take a while to get used to, but the first ride was pretty spectacular. It maneavers very well, smooths out the big bumps, and allows the riders to relax while decending versus constantly fighting the bike over the bumps. We look forward to some long rides this weekend.