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Old 06-17-19, 11:41 AM
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I previously built the fork without posting about it. Experimenting with low trail, fork blades bent by John Clay

I put the couplers on. The gymnastics I had to go through to get them on the butts while leaving enough room on the other end of the tube makes me wonder about the locations I have seen on other bikes. Went really well, I was a little hesitant to do this part. But I'm going to France this summer, so it was time

I have some polishing to do, fork crown, lugs, dropouts, and the couplers are all stainless

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Eric- The two coupled frames I've built also had me questioning retrofits and the wall thickness where the couplers end up. But then I think of all those super thin gage frames with .7mm ends in lugs, or worse with welded joints... Andy
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this one is .75/.45/.75 on both top tube and down tube. But I really didn't want to violate the butt distance recommendations, which are 30mm from the end of the butt to the next tube over. The thing about SfL is that it has really long butted areas, and even then it was tricky to get the couplers in since they add an inch. I guess if I was taller it would be easier.

I'm not worried about the thickness, my experience with these tubes has been really good. My last SFL bike withstood a lot, only succumbing to a stuck seatpost and a failed removal. I still might revive it, we'll see. Main thing stopping me is I made the chainstays too short for the tires I want to use.
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