Specialized FSR may be best bike for airline travel.
Hi I'm new here and I've got an unusual topic to start off with.
In my search for the ideal mountain bike to travel with I've researched many, many options, including folding bikes and the expensive S&S couplers. but have yet to find the the bike that meets my needs:
1. 26" Wheels
2. Reasonable quality
3. Full suspension
4. Will easily disassemble/reassemble to fit into a jumbo sized hard suitcase that is not noticably bigger than the 62" limit so as to avoid the attention of any nitpicky airline policycrats and therefore pass as free checked luggage. This link shows you the kind of case I'm thinking of: http://www.gaerlan.com/bikes/jumbo/jumbo.html
Full sized 26" folders are too wide when folded and are of a precarious design for off-road use anyway. S&S couplers are an awsome idea but just too darned expensive ($500 installed). Which brings me to my latest research, and that is a rumour I heard, that the older Specialized FSR frame will fit into a large suitcase. Supposedly, if you disconnect the rear shock linkage the swingarm will rotate up and around the main frame. Can anyone confirm this? Not knowing anyone with an FSR I couldn't see for myself and pictures of ebay bikes I've browsed havn't been much help.
Or maybe someone knows of another full suspension frame that will allow the swingarm to rotate into the mainframe?