The AL Capp

AL Capp

Virtually every bicycle we produce is the result of customer interest and the overall evolution of our line. The Softride™ beam is at its best on a Co-Motion tandem, and it has proven to be a wonderful way to improve comfort. That translates to more fun, more and greater efficiency, and more miles, too. Our Cappuccino and Sky Capp models have earned us a lot of loyal fans as well as some stellar reviews in bike publications.

We introduced the AL Capp for the 2000 model year, after receiving requests for an aluminum version of our vaunted Cappuccino for several years. Simple as it seems, that's the concept; AL Capp is informal shorthand for "Aluminum Cappuccino". Everyone wants the lightest tandem possible, and the AL Capp's Softride™ beam will convert a lot of skeptics who have heard that an aluminum tandem might be too stiff for a comfortable ride. The super-rigid and compact rear-end of our Apex frame design, in conjunction with the Softride beam, forms the perfect union of strength and ride-ability.

Custom-drawn Easton 7005 double and triple-butted tubes make up the AL Capp's elegant frame. The top tube is ovalized for extra rigidity at the pivot juncture of the Softride™ beam, forming an Apex to distribute stress loads evenly. It's an original Co-Motion design you may see copied, but never equaled. Since our introduction of the AL Capp , we haven't been surprised to see other tandem builders offering aluminum tandems with Softride™ beams, but there's no matching the orginal.

The AL Capp conquers the weight barrier that has kept some tandem enthusiasts from taking the Softride™ beam seriously. Take another look at the beam, and discover for yourself that the time and effort you'll save not worrying about crossing potholes and railroad tracks will translate into a better time riding together. And that's what tandeming is all about.

Frame Specifications
Frame Size 21/1822/1923/20
Head Angle 73°73°73°
Seat Angle, Captain 73°73°73°
Seat Angle, Stoker 73°73°73°
Top Tube, Front 21.75"22.5"23.25"
Top Tube, Rear 28.5"28.5"28.5"
Bottom Bracket Height 10.75"10.75"10.75"
Rear Axle Spacing 145mm145mm145mm
Seat Post Diameter 29.8mm29.8mm29.8mm
Standover, Front 30.5"31.1"32"
Standover, Rear N/AN/AN/A

Frame sizes are measured from center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube collar.
Frame sizes for Softride models are called out relative to non-beam bikes.
Standover heights are measured at mid top tube.
Top tube lengths are measured on effective horizontal.

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Al Capp Componenet Package
Frame Easton 7005 select triple butted tandem tubing ForkCo-Motion taper-gauge Cro-Moly, with Co-Motion CNC tandem steerer
HeadsetRaceFace Thermo threadless Bottom BracketsShimano UN-52
CranksetRaceFace Tandem Chainrings54-44-32
BrakesAvid Single Digit 7 Brake LeversShimano Ultegra STI Flite Deck
Front DerailleurUltegra 6500 Triple Rear DerailleurShimano XT 9sp
CassetteLX 11-32 9sp ShiftersShimano Ultegra STI Flite Deck
Seat PostsZoom 29.8 mm and Softride beam SaddlesCo-Motion D2 Men's & Women's
Captain StemSalsa Moto-Ace 8-13cm Stoker StemCo-Motion Telescoping adjustable
ChainShimano CN-HG92 PedalsNone
HubsDT Hugi Symmetric 36h, 40h or 48h SpokesDT 14 gauge
RimsVelocity Dyad Silver TiresAvocet Fasgrip20 700x28
QR skewersSalsa HandlebarsProfile 40,42,44, or Stoker

Al Capp Optional Equipment
Co-Motion max-adjustable stoker stem Co-Motion/WoundUp carbon tandem fork
Chris King headset  
Arai drum brake with QR kit Phil Wood tandem hubset
Shimano Ultegra Tandem Crankset package Bar-end shifters & 287-V brake levers in lieu of STI

Paint Options:

Stock colors:
  • Midnight Blue Metallic
  • Tropical Green Metallic
  • Pavo Purple Metallic
  • Prowler Yellow
  • Deep Red Metallic
  • Silver Metallic