For 2011, Surly is offering an S&S coupled version of their popular Long Haul Trucker frameset. From the Surly website:
For a couple years we offered the Travelers Check, a travel frame based on our Cross Check model. It could be split in two via S&S Machine Company’s BTCs (bicycle torque couplings), better known as S&S Couplers, machined stainless steel pieces brazed into the top and down tubes. They add a small bit of weight (less than 8 oz/227g per frame), but result in a bike that can be packed into a case for relatively easy transport. When you put it all back together, you have a regular bike, your bike, safe and solid.
The Travelers Check was a great bike for lots of people, but despite its versatility it had some drawbacks as an ideal travel bike. Some found the wheel size problematic. 700c wheels do not fit into an airline-regulation maximum size hardcase without deflating the tires, and even then it’s a tight fit. As well, many people use a travel bike for touring far away lands, panniers fully loaded with clothes, cookware, camping equipment, and mousse, and wanted a frame designed for this purpose.
It isn’t really feasible for us to offer two S&S coupled frames so we’re replacing the Travelers Check with the Long Haul Trucker DeLuxe. As you may know, our Long Haul Trucker is a true touring frame. The LHT DeLuxe is a Long Haul Trucker with S&S’s new, lower profile couplers, and the frame uses 26″ wheels. Hey!
No word yet on the MSRP.