Extensive travel is painful in its own right. Traveling with a bike in a bag? Possibly excruciating. Lugging an enormous bag around busy, hectic airports at all hours is bad enough, but then we're required to pay for the right to such an enjoyable experience! And sometimes, because of the size, the bike doesn't actually arrive at your destination along with you. All this without even mentioning the possibly-laborious process of building/breaking down the bike for it to make it into the bike bag in the first place.
We speak from experience, having recently returned from a whirlwind Italian trip with two bikes. On our first flight over the pond, the bikes didn't make it to our final destination until the day after our arrival. On our flight home to California, we arrived at the Venice airport at 5:30AM, only to be informed that for this journey we did, in fact, need to pay for the bikes (we hadn't on our first flight). And that transaction couldn't take place at the luggage check-in counter, we needed to go pay for it at ticketing. And that their credit card processing was down, so we needed to wait 30 minutes while being lectured by an irate desk clerk. And that one of our bikes wouldn't fit in the X-Ray scanner, requiring a rather brusk Italian bicycle strip-search to clear security. Ah, the things we do to ride on work trips.
Needless to say, arriving back in San Francisco and seeing this Mosaic TT-1 waiting was a breath of fresh air. S&S couplers let Mosaic's titanium masterpiece wedge into a fee-ducking suitcase-sized hardshell without seriously impacting ride quality or stiffness. SRAM's new Red eTap groupset reduces assembly time, the chance of something coming out of adjustment or unplugged in transit, and adds a modern touch to a bike in a category that's oft-considered an outlier genre when it comes to tech.
Zipp's venerable 202 wheels, Service Course SL cockpit, fi'zi:k's Antares R1 saddle, Arundel's Mandible cages, and Vittoria's new graphene Corsa G+ tires round out a bike that might be the painkiller for the headache of traveling with a bike. Thanks for reading! Something tells us we'll be seeing a lot more of these to come.