I apologize for this long-winded post. I chanced upon a very good deal on a Lynskey Cooper, but am uncertain about whether or not it would be a suitable choice as I have the intention of turning it into a travel bike 2-3 years down the road by installing S&S couplers.
The people at Lynskey told me that this would not be possible on standard production frames as the S&S couplers require a round shape while the Cooper has ovalized tubes. As such, i would have to go custom in order to get a frame with round tubes, thus missing out on the deal and needing me to add another $1000 on top of the price of a regular Cooper. I was told that the standard production frame with couplers "won't be right."
The people at Bilenky informed me that they have done retrofittings on Lynskey Coopers with ovalized tubes, but the placement of the couplers would need to move away from the bottom bracket area. Suppose that I get the retrofit done on the ovalized tubes (Bilenky informed me that there are parts of the tube that are more round), what drawbacks would i be looking at? I am primarily concerned about the durability of the resulting frame as well as handling characteristics of the bike (i.e. speed wobbles).
Thanks for any and all input regarding this.