S and S Machine Butterfly Latch Travel Case
The S&S Butterfly Latch's travel case dimensions are a scant 26"x26"x10" which meets the typical airline standard maximum size limit of 62" combined (length+width+thickness). This means that depending on your airline, it may be treated as luggage if you can keep it under 50lbs total weight. The case is designed for either S&S coupling bikes or Ritchey BreakAway style frames. A standard, non-collapsible frame will not fit.
The case construction features a hard shell made from textured black and extremely tough, high density polyethylene. It has industrial style handles and hardware for high strength and durability. Probably the nicest hardware we have seen on a travel case thus far. Two rugged steel butterfly latches are industrial strength and can take a beating without breaking.
Built in wheel pockets allow the case to be easily pulled and are molded in instead of cut in for extra durability. The heavy duty, ball-bearing wheels are placed far apart for extra stability when being hauled. For additional protection, S&S recommends that up to 3 to 4 compression members may be used with this case (sold separately).
- Durable and full length piano hinge
- Small profile at 26"x26"x10"
- Padlock tabs so a regular or TSA approved padlock can be used
- Two rugged steel butterfly latches
- 15.2lbs total case weight
- Made in the USA
AnonymousPosted on 10/1/2017
I have owned Ritcheys for many years and have gone through at least three of the Ritchey softcases which have issues, including being marginally over the size limit for airlines. I now own this case which works well with one major exception and a few minor ones. The major issue is the butterfly latches which TSA cannot seem to close correctly (or at all). My case has come off of the conveyor multiple times fully open. Ive tried a TSA safe lock, retrofitting guitar case latches, but none of that helped or worked. The other issue is a lack of straps to hold the bike in the case. The net inner bag S&S offers does nothing to hold the bike in the case. I riveted my own straps to the case and they work great (took them from my Ritchey case). Lastly, if you want the case to open easily for yourself or TSA, you HAVE to take the tire off the front wheel. I have my case mostly figured out. It is sustaining damage but the bike is safe. S&S needs to address the strap and closure issues.
Pros Strong case within airline limits
Cons Butterfly closures, no straps to hold the bike in