We built an Axiom S with S&S couplers for Mark Slavonia with our friends at City Cycle in San Francisco. This was Mark’s third Seven, and he uses it for EVERYTHING, including a lot of travel riding. We’ve talked about packing travel bikes before, in terms of the features and benefits of the various cases, and we’ve reviewed some of the frame and component choices that make the most sense for travel bikes, but ultimately, your success and enjoyment of bike travel will come down to how easy it is for you to pack and unpack your bike.
Mark wrote up his own bike packing guide and shared it with us. He also weighs in on the merits of the various coupling systems and the cases available. It’s well worth a read.
He says, “My travel bike is a Seven Axiom with optional S&S couplings. It weighs 18 lbs, 2 oz. with a 60 cm frame. The oversized titanium tubing and the stainless steel couplings make it pretty stiff overall, especially for a titanium bike. I’d use this bike for any ride or race and I never feel compromised by it.”
Thanks to Mark for allowing us to share.