Little Wing (Frame)

Features

Frame material 3Al-2.5V aerospace grade titanium
Point of origin Handmade in the USA
Warranty Ten year warranty against manufacturing defects
Head tube 44mm internal diameter
Bottom bracket shell 68mm English thread
Seatmast clamp Bespoke titanium with Enve clamp hardware
Fork (w/ frameset) No. 22 carbon, 1.5" tapered steerer
Headset (w/ frameset) Chris King Inset 8

Description

“All her friends call her Little Wing, but she flies rings around them all…” —Neil Young

There is a raw purity that makes turning the cranks on a track bike unlike any other cycling experience. The mechanics of a bike distilled to its bare essentials. Our Little Wing frame condenses the best elements of contemporary track frames into a stunning, addictively fast package.

Power transfer and tuned handling suited for both the boards and the roads were at the top of our priorities when designing the Little Wing. The frame’s stout stays, oversized head tube, large diameter top and down tubes and integrated seat mast work together to keep all contact points firmly connected and instantly responsive under hard efforts.

The real beauty of the Little Wing lies in its details. The dropouts, for example, are unique to the Little Wing and each is machined from a single bar of titanium, making them stronger and lighter than typical two-piece welded dropouts. Based on feedback from our racers, these new dropouts allow for a full inch of fore/aft adjustment, which allows track racers to more easily change gearing at the track without breaking the chain.

The Little Wing’s all new seat mast topper is a functional work of art. Made from cast titanium and then precision machined, at 120g including Enve hardware our bespoke topper is light, strong and beautiful.

Also new to the Little Wing is a frameset option, which includes a Chris King headset and custom commissioned carbon fork. Finished to match the Little Wing’s graphics, the full carbon fork features a tapered steerer tube for maximum stiffness, and a rake specified to perfectly suit the Little Wing’s geometry.

What makes titanium a great match for the Little Wing? 3Al-2.5V titanium offers an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, which allows us to achieve more frame stiffness with less material. On the Little Wing this translates into incredible crispness and responsiveness. This responsiveness, however, doesn’t come at the expense of ride quality. The resilient, road-smoothing ride quality that popularized titanium frames decades ago stays kindled in the Little Wing.

As with all No. 22 Bicycle Company frames the Little Wing has been built to last, and its craftsmanship is backed by our ten year warranty.

For more information, be sure to check out our in-depth blog post on some of the details that make the new Little Wing special.

Geometry

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 525 540 555 570 585
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 470 491 511 535 558 578
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75.5 75 74.5 74.5 74 74
Head tube angle (deg) 73 73 73 73.5 74 74
Chain stay length (mm) 390 390 393 396 396 396
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 381 384 387 397 407 411
Stack (mm) 506 527 546 567 588 607