What is Your Size?
Because captains support the stoker while starting and stopping, captains must be able to straddle a top tube with a stance wide enough to clear rotating pedals. If the sizing chart indicates compatibility with two sizes, the bar centered to your measurement is generally the best choice. However, if your leg length is not proportional to your height (and you need a longer or shorter top tube), it is smart to consider the other alternative.
Stokers quickly learn that the easiest way to climb aboard is to step on a pedal and swing a leg over (while the captain straddles and holds up the bike)—just like getting on a horse. Further, because stokers will never have to put a foot down (take-offs and landings are the responsibility of the captain), standover becomes inconsequential. This makes tandems very versatile—even cyclists under 5’ tall can fit on the back. Because our sizing chart includes clearance for the stoker’s shock-absorbing seatpost, a standard seatpost allows leg lengths to be two inches (5cm) shorter.
Because riding a tandem is different than riding a single, a properly-sized tandem should not mimic the fit of your single bikes. Further, with tandem-specific geometry and numerous micro-adjust points Santana’s standard-sized tandems fit 90% of all couples. Just measure your inseam in centimeters and consult the tables below.
If you don’t think one of our standard sizes will fit your team (and we encourage you to test ride at a dealer to be sure) custom geometry is available for $1000.
As always, if you have special concerns, call us at the factory by dialing (800) 334-6136.