Introducing the Drifter gravel bike and the Old King mountain bike

by Mike Smith February 26, 2016 3 Comments

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. 

No. 22 Drifter Gravel Titanium

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 info@22bicycles.com.




Mike Smith
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Dennis Tan
Dennis Tan

August 15, 2016

Hi,

I am keen to buy the Old King model. I have also sent an email to inquire on some specific information as I am overseas.

I hope this would be my final hunt for my long-awaited professional mtb, despite several “professional-but-not-so” brands out there…

Mike Smith
Mike Smith

March 01, 2016

Hi Dane,

Thanks for the compliments on the new bikes. The Old King is built more as a fast trail or XC race bike, so we’re recommending up to a 2.3" tire for healthy mud clearance. This also helps us keep the chainstays to a short 430mm for better handling.

Dane Morrison
Dane Morrison

February 29, 2016

Great Job on the new bikes and all the little details.

Will the Old King take Plus Sized Tires? Either 27.5 or 29?

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