Our just-purchased 1990-ish Burley Bossa Nova has a 6 speed Suntour XC Pro drivetrain, with a non-Suntour (Specialized?) solid axle rear hub and a 6 speed freewheel.
When we bought the bike I noticed that the spokes seemed looser than ideal, but we went and rode it that day anyway because we were impatient and excited to have it. When we got home, alas, I discovered a broken spoke on the rear drive side. Stupid me.
Anyhow, not having any freewheel removal tools, I took the wheel to the local bike co-op, and asked them to replace the spoke and true the wheel. I got a call today saying that they were unable to remove the freewheel and in fact had broken it in their attempts to do so. (They also informed me that it was actually a 'single speed' wheel, since it had threads on both sides... they were looking at the drum brake threads. Not exactly confidence inspiring, but anyway... )
It's looking like we will need a new hub, and freewheel or cassette. As the wheel is a now-hard-to-find 27" and the rim appears to be in good shape, I was thinking it might be good to keep the rim and just rebuild the wheel with a new hub.
Any suggestions for a hub? It seems that tandem rear cassette hubs start at $200+, but there is this one very cheap model: http://www.amazon.com/Wheel-Master-A...dp/B004MEWSNW/
One obvious issue is that it lacks drum brake threads, but we don't have a drum brake and may not need one (no huge descents here, and our combined weight is about 320 lbs).
Would a new 6 speed cassette work on this, and be compatible with the XC-Pro index spacing?
Also, any experience with this hub? Is it total crap?