Clipless in Coeur d'Alene
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Bikes: Tandems: Calfee Dragonfly S&S, Fandango 29er Mtb; Singles: Specialized Tarmac SL4 S-Works, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, plus other misc Road & Mtb.
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Originally Posted by DubT
My daughter has a new Cannondale Evo that is equipped with DA 11 speed. Her mechanic recently converted a set of Easton racing wheels from 10 speed to 11 speed for her. I think that he was able to order a new cassette body and install it.
Interesting. For "tandem specific" hubs I'm not aware of any upgrade kits, yet. Single bike versions, yes, Chris King R45 hub, DT Swiss, White Ind., etc.
I have to say, that after a few weeks of riding the DA 9000 groupo, it is SUPER plush, smoothest ever. Precise and easy shifting front and rear, braking is mega powerful with very nice feel. The new front derailleur/shifter stepping takes a little getting used to (half steps down instead of a full slam into the small ring) but that works very nicely. I am using a compact 50/34 at the moment and the shifting between rings is easy and flawless - a huge improvement over previous compact shifting. The chain pickup on the rear cogs is excellent in both directions with near zero hesitation.
For current tandem options, if you had very clean cable runs and only needed a double chainring setup, getting the 11spd DA groupo without the crankset (can still use 10spd cranks) would be super nice. To get a triple chainring setup, you'd need to mix an old left triple shifter with a new 11sp right shifter. Nashbar has a great sale on 9000 components right now, though I picked up my groupo from Planet Cyclery for a bit less than what he is selling now (still the best groupo deal around by a couple hundred $).
Last edited by twocicle; 05-17-13 at 10:03 AM.