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No.22’s new travel bike couplers: lighter and more seamless than the rest

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No.22’s new journey bike couplers: lighter and extra seamless than the remainder

Travelling with a motorbike may be ache. As soon as it’s packed up, you usually have to decide on the transport that matches your bike, wait in outsized baggage queues, typically pay outsized charges, and rent bigger vehicles. For these causes, splittable journey bikes have discovered a profitable area of interest. The purpose of a journey bike is to journey identical to a daily bike, however match right into a wheel-sized case for straightforward journey.

Journey bikes require a strategy to decouple the body, and there are a variety of approaches for this. Ritchey’s Break-Away system combines a coupler on the down tube together with becoming a member of on the seat tube. Most customized bike builders use the S&S couplers, which characteristic a splined design with a threaded lockring that maintain them in place. After which there’s Santana’s Z-Coupler method which creates an nearly seamless end.

Add to that checklist No.22’s new titanium couplers. At first look these appear much like Satana’s Z-Couplers, however there are some key variations.

“The Z-couplers are a terrific system, however they’re constructed with tandems in thoughts and so use considerably extra materials than ours (which aren’t applicable for a tandem),” mentioned Mike Smith, co-founder of New York-based No.22. “Ours additionally play nicer with our tube dimensions, and critically for our hydraulic coupler our inside cable channels are far bigger.”

This appears to be like very satisfying to make use of.

Now out there as an non-obligatory additional on any of No.22’s titanium frames, the brand new couplers are hidden in plain sight on the high tube and down tube. It’s a noticeably cleaner look than one thing like S&S’ couplers, and based on No.22, they’re roughly 150 grams lighter than these supplied by S&S or Santana. A pair of No.22’s new couplers add roughly 140 g to a normal body.

The couplers characteristic a machined interface that’s mentioned to “lock collectively in all axes” and be “creak-free”. And whereas S&S’ system requires you to hold a singular locking wrench, No.22’s couplers merely undo with a 6 mm hex key.

Designed for inside cabling

One other characteristic of No.22’s couplers is the massive ports supposed for internally routed cables, and No.22 has even designed its personal hydraulic brake hose coupler to cover inside. It is a key distinction to most different disc-equipped journey bikes on the market the place the widespread choices are to both use a mechanical (or hybrid) disc brake which permits a metal cable coupler for use, or alternatively, to externally route the brake hose in order that the caliper may be unclipped when the bike is packed.

Known as the “Brake Break”, No.22 has its personal hidden hose coupler that’s taken inspiration from these used within the motorcycle world. In keeping with No.22, “the design permits for an ideal seal when disconnecting and no rebleeding of the brakes is required even after a number of makes use of.” That is sized to suit by No.22’s new couplers and to stay hidden from view when in use.

The Brake Break is what various journey bike house owners have been ready for. No.22 isn’t providing it for aftermarket sale, no less than for now.

“We haven’t skilled any rattling of the Brake Break in our testing, however identical to after we run inside Di2 junction containers we wish to put a small piece of froth on the Brake Break to verify issues keep silent,” mentioned Smith after I requested him whether or not the massive brake coupler rattles.

Little question this method appears to be like nice and solves various present points with devoted journey bikes. In keeping with Smith, “We’re protecting the couplers and Brake Break restricted to our bikes in the intervening time to verify we are able to cowl our personal demand, however we’ll hold a dialog open with different builders for certain.”

Count on to pay an improve price of US$1,250 over No.22’s regular titanium frame prices to have the brand new couplers and Brake Break added.


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