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KHS Tandemania Alite, Tandem Bicycle

KHS Tandemania Alite.
Photo: KHS Tandemania Alite.

Connie and I decided to try tandeming. We thought we might encourage each other to exercise on the bike and that it would be fun. Tandems are expensive. We decided to buy an entry level bike to make sure we liked riding a tandem before buying a really expensive, nice tandem. The KHS bikes fit the bill. We purchased this one from Any and All Bikes in Denver.

Parts List / Specifications



  • Aluminum 6061 alloy, color: blue/titanium


  • Rock Shox Judy XC (stock oversized CrMo unicrown fork replaced by dealer)


  • Seat tube length, captain (center to top): 43.2 cm (17")
  • Seat tube length, stoker (center to top): 38.1 cm (15")
  • Head angle: 74 degrees
  • Seat tube angle, captain: 73 degrees
  • Seat tube angle, stoker: 73 degrees
  • Top tube length, captain (effective): 53.8 cm (21.2")
  • Top tube length, stoker (effective): 68.7 cm (27")
  • Chain stay length: 44.0 cm (17.3")
  • Bottom bracket height: 28.5 cm (11.2")
  • Fork trail (rake): 54 mm (2.1")
  • Standover height, captain: 70.4 cm (27.7")
  • Standover height, stoker: 58.8 cm (23.1")

Drive Train

  • Bottom bracket: Truvativ Cartridge
  • Crankset: Truvativ FiveD Tandem, 48/38/28, 39T timing rings
  • Pedals: Shimano PD-M324, SPD clip on one side of each pedal and a standard cage on the other so the bike can be ridden with regular shoes or SPD-cleated bike shoes (substituted for stock VP resin pedals with alloy cage)
  • Chain: KMC Z51/Z82
  • Cassette: Shimano HG50 11-32, 8 speed
  • Front derailleur: Shimano FD-C102
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
  • Brifters: Shimano Revo STI
Chainring (T)
Cog (T) 28 38 48
11 65.2 88.5 111.8
13 55.2 74.9 94.6
15 47.8 64.9 82.0
18 39.9 54.1 68.3
21 34.2 46.4 58.6
24 29.9 40.6 51.3
28 25.6 34.8 43.9
32 22.4 30.4 38.4

Additional Gearing Analysis (Adobe Acrobat pdf format)

Braking System

  • Brakes: Tektro alloy linear pull, long reach
  • Brifters: Shimano Revo STI


  • Front hub: generic alloy, quick release
  • Rear hub: Shimano Tandem 145mm (FH-HF08), double threaded (can accept Arai Drum Brake), quick release
  • Rims: Weinmann ZAC-19 (ERTO 559x19) double wall w/eyelets
  • Spokes: 14G stainless 40°
  • Tires: Continental TravelContact Reflex ERTO 47x559 (26"x1.75")
  • Tubes: Slime


  • Saddle, captain: Brooks B17, black (substituted for stock KHS Padded)
  • Saddle rain cover, captain: Brooks
  • Seatpost captain: alloy micro adjust
  • Saddle, stoker: Brooks B67, black (substituted for stock KHS Padded)
  • Saddle rain cover, stoker: Brooks
  • Seatpost stoker: Dimension model ST6112, 27.2x350mm, one-piece forged AL-2014, black (substituted for stock alloy suspension micro adjust)


  • Headset: Aheadset STS, 1-1/8" threadless (substituted for stock Cane Creek 1-1/8" threadless by dealer)
  • Handlebar, captain: Dimension model HB2038, city bike aluminum riser bar, 25.4 mm clamp, silver, 45mm rise, 24º sweep (substituted for stock alloy straight bar)
  • Stem, captain: alloy, adjustable
  • Handlebar, stoker: Dimension model HB2042, city bike aluminum riser bar, 25.4 mm clamp, silver, 70mm rise, 50º sweep (substituted for stock alloy straight bar)
  • Stem, stoker: alloy, adjustable
  • Grips: Kraton

Lighting System

  • Front: VistaLite dual headlamps, 5W and 10W powered by VistaLite NightStick battery pack.
  • Rear: battery powered LED tail light

Racks and Bags

  • Rear Rack: Tubus, Cargo, black, 26", model #12000, required a pair of Tubus extra long straight stays (350mm) and the Tubus lower rack mounting system to fit this the very small rear triangle of this bike's frame
  • Bag: Transit Epic rack trunk

Other Accessories

  • Rear view mirror: Third Eye bar end
  • Water bottle cage: Generic alloy, black (although this frame has 4 pairs of water bottle bosses, there is only room for a water bottle on the front downtube pair)
  • Kickstand: Greenfield Stabilizer rear mount
  • Lock: Kryptonite, KryptoFlex 1218, coiled key cable lock
  • Computer: Polar 725i with wireless speed and cadence sensors