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Hadley Hubs - thought they were bombproof?

Posted By: Allan Nelson
Date: 31 March 2008

I posted in January in response to a thread on Santana Tandems. I mentioned in that post that we'd currently just 'broke' a Hadley rear hub (pawls disintegrated). Well, we got a new set of pawls, easy to install, and put it down to 'one of those things'. After all, everyone is telling us these things are bomb proof (after we changed from an Edco hub which also failed twice). Hmmm.
We were out on Sunday in the Lakes, had gone over Wrynose (25%) from Cockley Beck and then up over to Blea Tarn (25%) and into Langdale down Wall End. All OK so far. Started pedalling down Langdale Valley, free-wheeled and basically found that we couldn't! Finished the ride off (about 25 miles from home) remembering not to freewheel (jeez that makes a rde hard!).
Stripped the hub down and yes, a pawl has gone again! I realise we're riding in a tough part of the country, but we're really getting quite p***d off with this now.
Are we really asking too much of ANY tandem components in this terrain? Surely not? OK, we're not light, a combined weight of 26 stone (split evenly I might add ;-) My 'stoker' is losing his sight so a tandem is his only option, but less than 1000 miles on a hub? It's going to become a VERY expensive pastime. Anyone any advice (apart from lose weight and move to Norfolk ;-)?
Seriously, we're very concerned about this as it's ruining all the fun we get from tandeming. We're due to ride the Fred Whitton Challenge on it again this year, but at this rate I'm highly dubious that we'll get the thing round in one piece. Anyone else riding tandems in very extreme terrain like the Lakes and having no problems? What other hubs could we be looking at using?
Any help much appreciated.
(The tandem is a Santana with an XT rear mech and cassette)
Cheeers... Allan.

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