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Old 05-25-24, 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by PromptCritical
Thatís a great at Universal Cycles, but there are very few QR disc hubs.

Thanks for the link.
This is one reason Iíd look to tandem specialists. Most of the industry has moved on from quick release, but these folks will stock whateverís available to keep older tandems running.
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Old 05-26-24, 07:12 PM
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Id suggest looking at the white industries cld hub. t can be had and or converted between qr/12x100/15x100 with a relatively simple axle swap.
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DT Swiss 240 is available with QR and disc compatible.
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Old 05-27-24, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by TobyGadd
Other than the wheels that have come with my bikes, I usually have my wheels custom-built to my specs. I've always had good luck with DT Swiss hubs, spokes, and rims. I also like Shimano hubs, which are a great value. Universal Cycles has built all of my custom wheelsets over the years, and they've always been excellent. Their configurator lets you select pretty much whatever hubs, spokes, nipples, and rims you like--so you can really tune the cost, performance, durability, etc. to your taste. Universal Cycles -- Custom Wheelset Builder.

If you also need new brakes, you'll likely have to decide of you want to change your brifters to hydraulic or not--which could end up requiring upgrading most of your groupset for big bucks. If you want to keep the existing cable-activated levers, then I'd recommend either Avid BB7 brakes or Paul Klampers. My Cannondale T2 came with BB7 brakes, and I anticipated needing to change them--but they've actually been great for riding steep stuff in Colorado like Mt. Blue Sky, Pikes Peak, etc. Klampers are very expensive, but excellent. If I decided to tour with a big load, I'd likely buy the Klampers, but BB7s have proven to be everything that I need for now (300-pound team plus bike, water, gear).

I'm still a little confused about the fork issue, though. If the fork is disc-compatible, why doesn't Santana want you to put a disc brake on it?
Thanks for the link to Universal Cycles. Great system. Alas, they have very few QR hubs.

I don't have a Santana fork with a disc mount. I'm having one custom made.
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Old 05-27-24, 03:26 PM
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After damaging the front rim on our Rolf wheel I talked to a local wheel builder and he suggested this. DT Swiss RR521db, 700c, disk brake, 32 hole rim Bitex MTF15/20 front hub, 100mm QR, 32hole. While waiting for it to be built I swapped in a Giant branded PR2 front wheel with a Chinese branded thru axle to qr adaptor 28 spoke, we completed a 140+ mile ride today with no issues. According to my Bike computer we were hitting 40+ mph.
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Originally Posted by bboy314
Sounds like they were just saying they donít have a compatible fork for you. They may be able to help with wheels, but again, so can any of the other tandem specialty shops. Iíve personally had great dealings with CoMotion and House of Tandems in Houston.
Iíve been talking to Rick about drivetrain mods. Very knowledgeable and helpful.
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