I'm having a frame built and I'm torn about whether to have S&S couplers installed. I can see the great benefits to travel - meeting baggage requirements, saving the bike surcharge, simplified ground travel with a smaller bike case.
But I don't expect to travel alot. Enough to justify the cost of the couplers, but not much more than once a year. Are there any downsides to having the couplers on a bike that might be ridden alot (likely in wet conditions), but might travel once a year or less? Would it be a nuisance to have cable splitters on such a bike? For example, would the cable splitters degrade cable reliability? Do couplers provide a great enough improvement in travel that it offsets loss of the simple, reliable elegance of a non-coupler frame?