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Bicycle Travel => Gear Talk => Topic started by: BikeFreak on July 11, 2017, 04:45:04 pm

 
Title: Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
Post by: BikeFreak on July 11, 2017, 04:45:04 pm
Hi,

Does anyone have practical, hands on experience with a loaded touring bike featuring the S&S Couplers? Is it as rigid, wobblefree and solid as a non-S&S coupler bike?

Lucas
Title: Re: Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
Post by: DaveB on July 12, 2017, 08:28:00 am
The couplers are stiffer and more rigid than the tube they are installed in.  The do not reduce the frame's stiffness or stability at all.  Their only downside is cost and a slight weight penalty.
Title: Re: Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
Post by: aggie on July 12, 2017, 11:02:52 am
I have the couplers on a ti bike and they are very secure.  There isn't any flex at the coupler.
Title: Re: Rigidity of S&S Couplers?
Post by: BrianW on July 27, 2017, 10:52:34 pm
Yes. Stronger than the original tunes usually. We have them on our triplet, which we tour on. Full bike weight with three people and front - rear panniers is probably 550-600 pounds rolling, with one long frame on just two wheels (10 feet +/-).