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Having the Right Tool for the Job: the Difference between Road, All-Road, and Gravel Bikes

With the advent of disc brakes and ever-increasing tire widths across all types of bikes, it is more tempting than ever to search for one bike to do everything. There are many bikes that promise to be all things for all riders, with the ability to fit a huge range of tire and wheel sizes. "Quiver killer" bikes can be a great concept, but there is also something inherently satisfying in having the perfect tool for the job—or the perfectly focused bike for the sort of riding you intend to do.

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Having the Right Tool for the Job: the Difference between Road, All-Road, and Gravel Bikes

Skinny Tires and Singletrack: Skyler Taylor on his new Aurora

I've ridden the Aurora almost exclusively since Unbound and have about 1400 miles on it. The ride quality is genuinely sublime. It's aggressive, compliant and responsive all at once. How do No. 22 do that? The biggest difference I've felt from my gravel bike is how well the Aurora climbs. It feels faster, and it is faster. I'm also pleasantly surprised by how it sprints. A lot of the lightweight road bikes I've been on have noticeable flex during a full sprint, but the Aurora is rock solid. This bike really does feel like it can do it all.

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Skinny Tires and Singletrack: Skyler Taylor on his new Aurora

Above Category Cycling's Interview with Bryce Gracey

"It's an iteration, an evolution. I think that's the way to think of it," explains No. 22’s co-founder Bryce Gracey during a video call to discuss the brand's all-new Aurora. And on the face of it, he's right. The release even looks like bike business as usual: new season, new things. But in typical No. 22 style, Bryce is underplaying its significance - for No. 22 and the wider industry. Because the new Aurora is not so much an evolution but a seismic shift in how bikes - titanium ones, at least - are designed and built.

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Above Category Cycling's Interview with Bryce Gracey

A Deep Dive Into our New 3D Printed Dropouts

If you asked any framebuilder what is the part that most drives the construction of a frame, chances are they'll tell you it's the dropout. The dropout is responsible for more design and construction decisions than any other part of a frame, and plays a key role in the frame's structure, alignment, serviceability, durability and looks. Against that backdrop we began the process of revising our disc brake dropouts nearly three years ago, and after several years of iterating, prototyping, testing, and revising we are pleased to be rolling out the latest iteration of our dropouts at last.

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A Deep Dive Into our New 3D Printed Dropouts