I just noticed my old Hope Tech rear hub catching when coasting/backpedaling. I just bought the bike in January (a 2001 ECDM) with about 250 miles on it and we've only ridden it about 60 miles. After taking it apart I noticed cracks in the freehub body (see circled area in pics). This is a steel freehub body. The hub is threaded for a drum brake and has 145mm OLN spacing so I'm certain it was supposed to be tandem rated at the time it was made, maybe not mtb tandem rated. I used a DT Swiss drum to disk brake adapter to mount a disk rotor to it. I was told by Hope tech support that a Hope XC hub freehub body will fit on mine. I can order a steel one from a UK distributor for $64 with shipping but will have to wait until May 5th. I can also get a titanium one here in the US for about the same with no wait. The design of the pawl area of the newer freehub bodies seems to have a little more material so it might last longer.
Is this freehub really strong enough to handle an MTB tandem?. The original freehub body certainly wasn't. Does anyone have any experience with Hope hubs on a tandem? Is it worth repairing? Do I buy the titanium body, wait and buy the steel body, or just buy a new wheel or hub?
Right now I'm using a spare wheel with an XT tandem hub so I can afford to wait if I need to. Any advise is appreciated.
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