1st place Campagnolo Best in Show, NAHBS 2017
Found on: all models
The average weight of a rider on a 50cm frame is vastly different from the average weight of a 60cm frame. Despite this, many manufacturers use the same stiffness target across all frame sizes of a given model. At No. 22 we tailor tube diameters, wall thickness and butting for every individual frame size. The result: smaller sizes are lighter and have a smoother ride quality, while larger sizes are stiff enough for larger riders.
Found on: all models
The relationship between the wheels, chainstays and dropouts of a frame are among the most important factors determining a bike’s ride quality, with dropouts playing a key role. For 2017, every one of our bikes uses a bespoke dropout of our own design. From the Reactor’s unique double-hood that accepts massively oversized chainstays and svelte seatstays, to our disc models’ thru axle dropouts designed to align perfectly with flat-mount calipers and X-12 thru axles, the dropouts on our frames are a perfect example of our sweat-the-details framebuilding method.
Found on: all models except Reactor
One of the biggest challenges facing many framebuilders is fork options: different frame sizes require varying fork offsets, but most aftermarket forks are only available in one. Rather than compromise the handling of our largest and smallest frames, we use our own brand of full-carbon forks, which are made in different rakes to suit our full range of frame sizes. The result is better handling and reduced toe overlap across all sizes.
Found on: all models except Silver Wing and Little Wing
Oversized press-fit bottom brackets are great for frame stiffness, but can be difficult to service and are more susceptible to creaks. The threaded, oversized T47 bottom bracket shell offers the stiffness and strength benefits of press-fit bottom bracket shells, with the creak resistance and easier maintenance of a threaded bottom bracket.
Found on: Great Divide Disc, Broken Arrow, Drifter, Aurora
Flat mount disc brakes offer simpler installation and adjustment, reduce weight and adapter requirements, and look far cleaner than previous disc brake mounting systems. Complimented by our internal rear brake hose routing, our disc brake models offer the cleanest, simplest brake mounting interface available.
Found on: Reactor, Aurora, Great Divide Disc, Broken Arrow, Drifter
Cutting a hole in a tube to pass a cable through is easy, but doing it in a durable and user friendly way is not. Our models with internal rear brake routing use a titanium guide tube welded into a hand mitered hole. The guide tube reinforces the tube, maintaining the strength lost from the cable hole, while making running cables through the frame far easier.
Found on: Reactor, Aurora, Silver Wing
Expertly bonded between a set of custom cut titanium lugs, the full length carbon seat mast used on our range-topping models uses a continuous carbon tube running from the bottom bracket to the saddle. Paired with our one of a kind cast titanium seat mast topper, this construction offers excellent vibration damping and compliance while keeping the crisp, lively ride feel of titanium.
Found on: all models
Our frames are finished in-house using combinations of anodizing, ceramic blasting, brushing and polishing. In a process unique to titanium, our optional anodized finishes are done without the use of dyes or acids. Instead, electric current is run through the surface of the material to manipulate how light is refracted. The anodized finish is as durable as the titanium frame itself, and doesn’t fade or chip like paint. Six standard colours are available.
Trade shows are a logistical challenge at the best of times, and this year the Toronto International Bicycle Show and the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) were separated by four days and nearly 2,000 miles. The whole No. 22 team was scrambling: from late nights anodizing tube samples, last-minute catalogue production, nerve-wracking customs clearances and coordination with our suppliers to make sure not just the bikes, but all of their parts, were there on time. Throw in a blizzard at home and the result has been one of our more ambitious show schedules to date.
So, was it worth it? Absolutely.
We are occasionally asked why we offer a ten year warranty, in contrast to the so-called "lifetime" warranties that are advertised by other titanium builders.
We are tremendously proud of the craftsmanship of our frames, and we have built our brand around offering what we believe are the best made titanium frames currently available. We strive to be open and honest with every element that goes into our bikes, and our warranty is no exception.