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    S+S Couplings

    Have any of you guys had couplings installed, or are any riding bikes that came with them?

    I have a custom coming next summer, and have been trying to figure out what to do with my current bikes. I have a cross bike (Kona JTS) and a steel road / touring, and find that I take the road / touring a lot more. I'm now thinking that when the custom comes, I'll sell the cross bike and keep the touring ride, but have couplings installed so i can easily travel with it.

    Do couplings add a lot of weight? do they change the characteristics of the frame at all? The bike is already a little noodly (dedacciai steel), and i don't want to make it worse, but i like the idea of being able to throw it in the trunk of the car or into an airplane hold.
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    According to Thorn Cycles, who make some heavy-duty touring frames with S&S couplings, their frames - already pretty robust - are stronger with the couplings than without them. I've also seen custom tandems and triples made with them, so I think you can take their stiffness pretty much for granted and don't have to worry about "noodly".
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    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    According to Thorn Cycles, who make some heavy-duty touring frames with S&S couplings, their frames - already pretty robust - are stronger with the couplings than without them. I've also seen custom tandems and triples made with them, so I think you can take their stiffness pretty much for granted and don't have to worry about "noodly".
    Have heard the same and know several people who have S&S, love them and have no problems with them whatsoever.

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