Steel bikes

Retrofit options and details

So how does it work?

For all steel frames we install stainless steel couplers with pointed edges.

 

We use low heat silver brazing to install them, exactly the same process as building a steel frame with lugs. We can fit couplers in non-round and tapered tubes either by rounding the tube or adding shims.

 

Only flat bottom tubes on tandems present problems and these normally have to be replaced.

 

​The couplers add about 8 oz of weight per pair. When the couplers are brazed in, about two inches of paint on either side of each coupler gets removed. Click here to browse through paint touch-up options.

 

We recommend using teflon grease on the threads twice a year, more if you ride in wet and dirty conditions very often. Every retrofit comes with an S&S wrench to tighten and loosen the couplers. 

Steel Retrofit Options

 

Selecting one of our retrofit travel packages is the most economical way to get S&S couplers in your bike and get all the travel accessories you may need. However, if you don't need the whole travel package, individual travel accessories can be ordered a la carte. ​If you're not sure whether you need any of the travel accessories we offer, you can read all about them on our  travel accessories page.

1) Single Retrofit

$595.00

Includes:

• installation of S&S couplers

• frame alignment

• S&S coupler wrench

 

No paint is included in this option. Paint prices are as follows:

 

Utility touch up $100.00​​​

​Contrast touch up: $195.00

​Full powdercoat repaint (frame & fork): $325.00

 

Custom repaints are priced to order. Please note on your order form if this is what you had in mind.

 

2) Single Retrofit Package

$1,100.00

Includes:

• installation of S&S couplers

• frame alignment

• S&S coupler wrench

• frame-saver treatment

• utility paint touch up

• S&S standard gray case

• 3 compression members

• 3 cable disconnects (two for shifters, one for brake)

• frame-tube covers

 

Ordering the travel package brings down the price of additional paint options. They are as follows:

 

Contrast touch-up $100

Full powdercoat repaint (frame & fork) $200

 

Custom repaints are priced to order. Please note on your order form if this is what you had in mind.

3) Tandem Retrofit

$1,795

• installation of 6 S&S couplers

• frame alignment

• S&S tandem coupler wrench

 

No paint is included in this option. Tandem paint touch-ups are priced to order.

4) Tandem Retrofit Package

$3050.00

Complete package includes:

• installation of 6 S&S couplers

• frame alignment

• frame-saver treatment

• S&S tandem coupler wrench

• full powdercoat re-paint

• 2x S&S gray cases

• 6x compression members

6x cable disconnects

• frame tube covers

 

Touch-ups and custom repaints for tandems are priced to order. Please note on your order form if this is what you had in mind.

Ordering a complete bike with retrofit travel package

Need a new bike? We can order you a brand new Surly or Soma frame and fork, retrofit it and assemble it for you. We offer travel packages for these frames that include retrofit and travel accessories. Read about it here.

Recumbent bicycles are priced on request.

Recumbents have so many variations in tubing diameters and frame design that we have to price them on an individual basis. Please note on your order form if this is what you had in mind.

Ready to order?! Confused?!  It's okay--we've got your back. 

 

If you are chomping at the bit to get your bike in the queue, click here to start the ordering process or click on "order" below. The first step is to fill out our online retrofit order form, and that is where you can ask any questions you have about retrofitting your bike. ​

 

NOTE: Prices are based on us receiving a bare frame only. There is an added fee of $120 for dis-assembly, reassembly and parts storage. However, there is no charge for removing  and re-installing headsets and bottom brackets.

 

NOTE: Prices do not include shipping the bike.

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