Giordano Viaggio Tandem Road Bike, Blue, 20"/One Size
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- Custom-designed 7005 aluminum frame
- Frame size: 20 inches (front), 16 inches (rear)
- Shimano ST2300 STI 8 Speed
- Rear derailleur: Shimano RD TX51D
- Freewheel: Shimano CS HD30 11-30 8 speed
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The Giordano Viaggio tandem bike encourages you and a friend or family member to share the thrill of cycling. The Viaggio boasts a strong yet lightweight aluminum tandem frame, along with a Shimano 24-speed drive train that provides a gear for virtually every riding terrain. The Viaggio's Shimano STI integrated shifters provide fluid, lightning-fast shifting and braking from the same position. Responsive alloy side pull brakes stop on a dime. Other details include smooth-riding 700x32 tires, and sturdy resin pedals. The Viaggio Tandem is finished in a beautiful white pearl paint or blue.
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We got the white version for Xmas. After reading the other reviews, I decided to follow the recommendations to take the wheels apart and look for metal fragments. Didn't find anything, but decided to use the air gun on the wheels anyways. Put some new rim tape on, stop flats tape, and put it back together. The wheels were not very true, so off to the shop.
While at the shop, got new break pads as suggested by multiple posts here.
Got the wheels trued, and went on to try and fit it to us at home. I opened the size as much as it would go on the stoker seat for my wife who is 5'6" with a 30" inseam. The stock pieces did not allow her the space she needed, so back to the shop.
We got professionally fitted for a modest 40 bucks each. After a few changeouts, longer seat post, new seats, new stem, we were ready to go.
Our first long ride was 40mi. We were fairly comfortable, but I am planning on some more upgrades.
The tensioner is NOISY so today (6 mo later) I took it off and used the rear derailleur from an old bike to apply tension. That took care of the issue 98%. I can barely hear anything now.
Next upgrades include new handle bars, new stems, and new brakes.
Still loving our tandem. Even a higher price bike would have needed some tweaking, so for the price/value this is a great entry level tandem.
The bike was in much better shape than what I expected reading the reviews here. Some reviews are pretty old, and I think they learned a lot from feedback and have made it better. I took advantage of Amazon's included bike assembly from a local bike shop. I was very impressed. The mechanic agreed to install the brakes I purchased Tektro R539 Dual Pivot Rear Brake Caliper - 47-57mm, Hex Nut, Silver and Tektro R539 Dual Pivot Front Brake Caliper - 47-57mm, Hex Nut, Silver at no additional cost. He said that was a great call replacing the brakes (as I read here before). He adjusted all the deraileurs perfectly, and managed to quiet the chain pulley significantly. I had bought a 56t chainring (ghost gear, as detailed in these reviews) to replace the pulley, but it's pretty quiet now, so don't think I'll need it yet. Again, kudos to the great mechanic and free assembly. He spent 2 hours adjusting everything, truing the wheels, etc, and it's perfect.
The rear wheel has a quick release now (previous old reviews said it was a bolt), so that's a nice improvement. Tubes are presta valves. Tires are 700x32C. Plan on using the stock tires until they wear out. They look pretty cheap, so I'd get a least one spare in case of a blowout.
The captain's handlebars were way too far forward (as I expected from the reviews). I bought an 80mm adjustable stem XLC Adjustable Stem 25.4 80mm 25.4 Sl which works perfectly. I'm only 5'6", so I had it near vertical, but that stem would be perfect for most people as it's adjustable. I had to take a hacksaw to the stem that came with it so I could remove it without removing the handlebar tape and cables.
Lastly, I put a rear rack on for panniers. I got this one Planet Bike Eco Rack Oversized 6061 T6 Aluminum Bike Rack with Pre-installed Hardware (Silver) which comes with the P-clamps needed (there are no eyelets on the rear of this bike). Had to twist the rack bars a bit to fasten them on the inside of the stays, so as to not interfere with the brake cable, but it works great.
For the future, we're likely going to need new stoker handlebars. As we're both short, the stoker bars can't be raised higher because the captain's seat is in the way. So riser handlebars will likely be our next purchase.
Anyway, this is a great starter tandem, and highly recommend it. It will need some extras to make it ridable, but still far cheaper than anything else on the market and is acceptable quality. Feel free to ask any questions, as I have the newest model and some of the reviews here are out of date and inaccurate of the current item.