Tandem Cycling - hub service
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04-10-08, 04:21 PM
It's time to service my 2002 Bontrager Tandem hubs. How? I have the gears and disc adapter off. Now what? One LBS (doesn't sell Trek) told me they don't need service but I have a squeak I'm trying to get rid of.
04-10-08, 08:31 PM
Although I haven't pulled one apart, I believe the Bontrager Race Lite Tandem wheels uses a DT/Swiss hub. The star ratchet mechanism is very easy to service and should be cleaned and lubed every now and again, but does require the use of a very lightweight lubricant. Here are some links to servicing instructions:
The complete manual for the DT line of hubs that address bearing service, including the 540 tandem hubs, can be found here:
04-10-08, 10:13 PM
Thanks. That's just the info I need.
07-17-09, 11:26 PM
I am using a freehub "soup" from Paul Morningstar at Morningstar Tool Products
I injected it into my Shimano freehub using his Freehub Buddy tool. I have never had a freehub run so quiet and smooth.
I also have another bike with cartridge bearings. I am going to use it to lube the freehub on it with my next overhaul.
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