In a message dated 7/28/2001 2:23:03 AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< The thick center section exists where the front seat-tube passes through the one-piece top tube. Prior to this, tandems with a double-length top tube used a plain gauge tube---a popular time and money saving (easy-to-jig) compromise that LOOKS high-tech and adds a full half pound to the weight of a frame. >>
Sorry, that would be of no purpose on a solo frame; in fact it would be a negative to have a thick section in the center oof the tube!!! .. I just do not believe that Fuji Quad butted tubing was anything like this. I did notice though this above snipped passage is a prime example of typical Santana hyperbole. This is one reason I hated selling and representing Santana (we don't any longer) They obviously go to great lengths to make a better tandem by getting special tubing, but then whoever writes the copy screw it up by nastily overstating the "regular"way of doing things (using straight gauge top tube) as if the other builders were being cheap, lazy and deceitful. Geez that person who wrote that bit of prose is a creep!
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