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S & S Machine Couplers?(3 posts)

S & S Machine Couplers?nova
Aug 8, 2001 8:16 AM
Does anyone here have these on their bike? If so, what do you think about them? I'm wondering if they *really* have no impact on ride feel and performance characteristics. Are the aesthetics acceptable to you when you make eyes at your bike? ;-)

Basically, I'm trying to decide if my next bike (which I plan to keep and ride as long as possible) should have these couplers for any travelling I may do in the future, or if I should hold off on the couplers for now and eventually get yet another bike (that one would have the couplers) specifically for travelling.

If they are a compromise in any way, I don't want to get them on my long-term bike. Know what I mean?
re: S & S Machine Couplers?DaveG
Aug 8, 2001 9:01 AM
I've looked at the S&S also, but never ridden one. However, I have never seen a review where someone claimed it impacted the ride of the bike in any way. The main compromise (fairly minor) is that you are limited to round tubes from either steel or Ti (no fancy shaped, swaged tudes here). They also add about 8oz., if that matters to you. Every review I've seen says that assembling the bike is non-trivial and can take 30-45 minutes initially. So its not as if you pull it out of the pack and you are riding in 5 minutes. I'm not sure I'd want that to be my only bike. Another (possibly more expensive) option is buy a new bike and then to retrofit your existing bike. Cost is about $300-400. That does not include a case. That way you have a nice travel and backup bike.
they kick @$$fuzzybunnies
Aug 8, 2001 6:53 PM
I've git them on my De Rosa which I currently use as a daily bike till i can build up my other frame. I had mine retrofitted and have noticed no discernable difference in the ride quality in any way. Not all that bad looking and I get a lot of questions about them. Makes taking the train or plane rather convenient. TTFN