Travelling abroad with a bike can be a hassle, especially for taller riders whose bikes may be on the limits of fitting well in traditional bike bags or boxes. There is often also a not insignificant cost to taking a bike on an international flight.
For this bike we opted to go with S&S couplers which allow the bike to split in two at the middle and therefore fit in a box the size of a regular suitcase, allowing it to be taken on flights as luggage.
We stuck to rim brakes partly for the ease of removing and refitting and specced Di2 so the front and rear of the bike can be completely separated without worrying about cables.
For this paint scheme we settled on an all over black for a clean and classic look with a light candy green for the Saffron on the down tube.
Given this bike splits in half for travelling, it was the perfect opportunity to play with finishes so that the separate halves whilst in the same colour, have different textures and shines, accentuating the fact that they’re two separate pieces.
We went 50/50 matte and gloss and matched the finishes on the Velo Orange fenders. The finishing kit fits in perfectly with the carbon Easton seatpost in the raw matte finish whilst the S-Works stem comes in gloss black.
As always, the headbadge gets a polished touch and we left the driveside chainstay paint free as this bike is designed to be disassembled and reassembled for travelling so there’s no opportunity for the chain to scratch the paint when the wheels are removed.
Shimano Ultegra R8150 Di2
Chris King Inset 7
Easton EC90 SLX
Easton EC90 SL
Carbon-Ti hubs, DCR alloy rims, Sapim CX Ray spokes
Velo Orange Smooth 38mm fenders