As NAHBS 2016 in Sacramento, California kicks off, we are excited to announce the launch of two new models for 2016, as well as a number of improvements and upgrades to the rest of our line-up.
Starting with the 2015 NAHBS-winning Broken Arrow as its foundation, the Drifter is a new gravel model designed for customers needing a capable bike on any road. With generous clearance for 40mm tires front and rear, disc brakes and standard thru-axles, the Drifter is the most versatile bike in our lineup.
The Drifter features ideal geometry for all-day, adventure style rides and races, with a lower bottom bracket height and slightly more stable handling than the CX-race focused Broken Arrow. The Drifter also incorporates features seen across much of our 2016 range, including a fully butted tubeset with unique profiles for each frame size, flat mount disc brakes with internal brake hose routing, and a T47 threaded bottom bracket shell.
Finally launching for 2016 is the Old King mountain bike. After more than eighteen months of prototyping, revising and incorporating rider feedback, the Old King is an XC race-ready 29” wheeled hardtail. The Old King blends the classic durability and trail-smoothing ride quality of titanium with decidedly modern stiffness and handling. Using large diameter and heavily sculpted chainstays, oversized, fully butted main tubes and stout seatstays, the Old King turns, pedals and accelerates on par with the best carbon frames available.
As a clean-sheet design, the Old King boasts a number of standard features such as BOOST rear thru axle spacing, an oversized head tube allowing for tapered forks, thoughtful cable routing and a T47 threaded bottom bracket shell. The Old King’s geometry is XC race oriented, but with enough front end stability to make it a perfect trail riding partner.
Both the Drifter and Old King are available for order and production starting immediately, with our current production queue at 6-8 weeks. Full product pages will be up on our website in the coming weeks, but until then please get in touch with any questions at email@example.com.
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The No. 22 welding team is led by Frank Cenchitz, who personally has over 20 years of welding titanium bike frames. Sam Dries, our young prodigy (and hotshot CX racer) has added nearly three years of training under Frank to his previous welding experience. The knowledge and experience of our weld team is a key element of what makes every No. 22 special. Click through to read more about our welding process.
Many different materials can be used in the manufacturing of a bicycle, each with their own set of benefits and challenges. Before launching No. 22 Bicycles, we put significant time and energy into considering the type of performance, comfort, durability and aesthetics we wanted to offer to our customers.
With the frame qualities established, we researched which material would best deliver the ride experience we were working towards. In the end we agreed that titanium was the best solution.
In this post we examine some of the attributes of titanium, and how its properties deliver the ride experience every No. 22 frame offers. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but may help point you in the right direction when choosing your next frame.
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.