Mass-market(as in bikesdirect, perf bike) with S&S couplings
I've been riding and travelling with my S&Sed soma travel bike for a few months and I love it. Unfortunately, even with the cheapest possible components the bike ended up costing a lot. It's also a little on the heavy side, being steel and all.
So a couple of questions.
1) Why not build S&S bikes in taiwan, surely that'd reduce the price considerably. I'm sure people would buy coupled bikes even if they don't travel much, just for the possibility of fitting the bike into their puny car or for the occasional trip.
2) Also, why not build al bikes with S&S? I understand that modifying an existing frame is a next to impossible idea, but why not build S&S bikes by cutting the tubes to the right size before assembly.