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Santana Titanium from the 90's

Old 11-20-21, 03:20 PM
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Santana Titanium from the 90's

I'm considering buying a used Santana Titanium frame tandem. I think it was built late 90's. It currently has Shimano 105 3X up front. If I bought it as an entry in with a plan to upgrade to current components will I run into frame compatibility issues? The biggest thing i'm sure is that there won't be disc brake compatability.

The main reason for this is to get my wife interested in riding with me. We have a 'cruiser' style tandem that's fun to ride sometimes but it doesn't fit the bill for a long weekend ride.
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Old 11-20-21, 08:53 PM
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I don't know those bikes specifically, but the things I usually check when I have combability concerns are threaded vs. threadless on the headset, brake type, and tire clearance. Tire clearance is a relatively new one as wider tires have become more popular in recent years.
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Old 11-20-21, 09:18 PM
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Good general list, but to add, rear wheel spacing or OLD of 145mm or 160mm. A Santana of that vintage should (I think) be 160mm, which is fine. There are modern hubs available for any speed you may wish in 145mm and 160mm. 140, not so much.

How many speed is the drivertrain now, and how “current” do you want to be?
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Old 11-24-21, 04:40 PM
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As mentioned rear wheel maybe 160mm. That could be limiting when looking for new wheels.
Also fork steerer could be 1-1/4 instead of the normal 1-1/8" which should not be an issue.
It could be a really nice tandem though.
We had a Sovereign and enjoyed it for many years.
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Originally Posted by WheelsNT View Post
Good general list, but to add, rear wheel spacing or OLD of 145mm or 160mm. A Santana of that vintage should (I think) be 160mm, which is fine. There are modern hubs available for any speed you may wish in 145mm and 160mm. 140, not so much.

How many speed is the drivertrain now, and how “current” do you want to be?
There are now 141mm mtb hubs that should negate concerns, trek uses them at least on mtbs in the 800-1200.00 range, can't imagine 1mm is much of a stretch. 29" prebuilt wheels might do ok depending on tire clearance with a 30c tire.
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There are now 141mm mtb hubs that should negate concerns, trek uses them at least on mtbs in the 800-1200.00 range, can't imagine 1mm is much of a stretch. 29" prebuilt wheels might do ok depending on tire clearance with a 30c tire.
Not hard to shave a spacer or axle nut to get the length spot on if one is so inclined. It makes the wheels drop in a bit nicer.
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I would definitely replace the brakepads, but rim brakes should be OK except for long descents in the rain. The 105 9-speed should be fine. That was a state of the art high-end tandem in its day. Maybe new saddles and a suspension seatpost for the stoker would be on my list of upgrades.
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