My wife and I are very experienced tandem riders and have been using one for 30 years. We sold our top end Thorn tandem to purchase the Moustache Samedi tandem. Initial impression is this bike appears intimidatingly large. However the instant you start, you realise how mistaken you were. The weight seems to disappear and it’s comfort is truly unbelievable. Anyone who has ridden as stoker knows how painful it can be on the back. Not so on this bike. The fat tyres are the first place the road shock is attenuated, then the seat post is sprung and is simply wonderful. We were worried in case it set up a resonant bounce and maybe sap power, but we haven’t found that to be the case for us. We did change the saddles as we weren’t so keen on the OEM items.
The handlebars are massively wide and are truly a nod at the mountain bike side of its personality. We lopped a couple of inches off both sides. We did spec the bike a little bit differently from how Moustache wanted me to have. We changed the electric motor sprocket and raised the gearing by a couple of teeth. However, to balance that out, we also fitted a super wide rear cassette and it has been perfect. The bike climbs incredibly well, but also really motors on! The front suspension is great and takes all the jarring out for the captain. The bike is a long beast, but both it’s high speed and low speed handling is exemplary. We have had to be a bit imaginative to find another place for a bottle cage. We now have a bottle rack mounted under the stoker’s handlebar stem. Braking is via hydraulic discs. Very powerful but I’d really like to add a drag brake for long descents. The discs do start to fade on VERY long descents. We’ve also found the front can make a bit of noise when it is NOT being used. We added a substantial side stand because I don’t like leaving the bike leaning against a wall when we stop. The lights are astounding with a great beam pattern. The bike very sure footed when hammering round bends. We’ve also used it off road and over fields and that warrants another tick in the box. The bike is very appealing, so please make sure you purchase (and use) a high quality lock. Good locks are heavy, but so is the bike! We always use a pannier so we have a place to keep it. I do have a gripe though. The Bosch Nyon dashboard is ok, but the inbuilt SatNav is a total waste of time. It is REALLY disappointing. It is not intuitive, The operator has a choice of navigation modes (MTB, Curvy roads or fastest route) and the fastest route is far from good. Often it leads you onto un-navigable tracks, peoples gardens and across fields. Come on Bosch please get this feature sorted. Maybe pair up with Garmin!
So there you have it. A stunning bike.