140mm Rear Hubs Available From Tandems East….

cdaleThis is a subject that is near and dear to my heart, as we had a 140mm rear-spaced Cannondale MT3000 that blew apart it’s Coda/Hugi hub back in January 2000. I was able to get a very affordable Shimano XT 140mm replacement rear wheel from Mel Kornbluh at Tandems East.  A year or two later I had a friend who was retiring and they had a Cannondale RT3000 with a go-fast OEM wheelset (32° front/rear w/140mm rear spaced hub) that was not up to the task for their 500# combined team weight. Once again, Mel came through with a great price on a 48° Shimano XT 140 wheelset that we gave to them as a retirement gift.  Up and until a few weeks ago I’d have either been looking for a used 140mm hub or swallowing a big bill for a Phil Wood hub.

For those who don’t know, back in the 80’s and 90’s there were quite a few different rear width hubs being spec’d for use on tandems: 130mm, 135mm, 140mm, 145mm and 160mm.  For a while 140mm became very popular and as adopted for use on certain years of Cannondale road and off-road tandems and were also used on Santana, Co-Motion, Rodriguez, Bilenky, Ibis, Burley and others.  Needless to say, there are a lot of tandems out there running around on 140mm hubs.

However, a lot of tandems is a ‘blip’ on the screen in the big scheme of things when it comes to the bicycle industry and the very limited number of potential consumers for the somewhat odd 140mm odd-sized rear hubs caused a lot of hub makers to discontinue the size offering.  One of the few exceptions was Phil Wood, but then again you’re talking about a $395 – $487 heirloom quality hub that might be needed for a tandem with a residual value of about $550; and, no…. adding a $487 hub on a new rear wheel to a $550 tandem doesn’t raise the value of the tandem to $1,200: maybe $700 at best if the consumer is really in love with that particular tandem.

Leave it to Mel Kornbluh at Tandems East to once again see a void in the tandem market and do something to support tandem enthusiasts.  Being one of the go-to shops in the tandem speciality market and the densely populated northeastern US where many early tandem adopters reside, Mel found more and more folks coming to him in search of a 140mm hub and aside from the aforementioned Phil Wood there just wasn’t an off-the-shelf offering and the cost for a hub maker to tool up for a limited run was also cost prohibitive.

To fill the void, Mel worked with White Industries and his local machinist to come up with an affordable $280 140mm rear cassette hub offering ($290 for disc) which is what you’d pay for a stock White Industries 145mm hub at Tandems East.  Mel’s machinist makes the 140mm axle that mates up with a White Industries hub body  for a consumer win-win: White Industry hubs are easily a best value in a top quality hub and Mel has been a top quality source for custom-made tandem parts for many years.

140mm Hub

Customer response to the new offering has purportedly been incredibly strong with fifteen 140mm wheelsets going out the door since the hub became available a few weeks back.

So, if you or someone you know has been in a bind with a 140mm rear spaced tandem that you didn’t want to or couldn’t have cold-set to 145mm, you now have an affordable option and can finally do that wheelset upgrade.  For more details, contact Mel Kornbluh at Tandems East:

Website: http://www.tandemseast.com

Phone: 856-451-5104 (M-F 6p-10p, Sat 8a-5p)

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About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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