We have been hard at work for the past few months updating and improving the Little Wing, and are excited to announce that production has commenced.
First, what's not changing on the Little Wing: the bike's core elements that made the original Little Wing such a success are all intact. The revised Little Wing keeps the stiff yet comfortable ride quality, track specific geometry and striking design of the original.
So what has changed?
Our move to our new in-house production facility in upstate NY earlier has given us much tighter control over the finishing quality of our bikes. Each new Little Wing is finish welded by Frank Cenchitz, who gained over 18 years of titanium welding experience at Serotta before joining us earlier this year. In addition to Frank's expert welds, the new Little Wing will feature crisper graphics similar to those currently seen on our "raw" finish Great Divide model.
Clean welds and crisp graphics.
The Little Wing retains its integrated seatmast and we have completely redesigned the seatmast topper, offering several key improvements. First, the new topper is a one-piece, zero offset cast titanium part, which results in a lighter and stronger part than the previous welded piece. The new topper is also more compact, which allows a greater range of height adjustment on every size frame. The new topper still uses Enve's excellent saddle mounting hardware to ensure a solid grip and easy adjustability on any saddle.
Rendering of the Little Wing's cast titanium seatmast topper, now in production.
In response to feedback from racers on the previous Little Wing, we have lengthened the bike's horizontal dropouts to allow up to 1" of fore/aft adjustment. This now allows for larger chain ring or cog changes without having to break the chain—especially helpful when making gearing changes at the track. Unlike most horizontal titanium dropouts that are welded from two separate pieces, ours are machined from a solid 2" 6/4 titanium bar.
We have also designed new, stiffer seatstay bridges. Water-jet cut from a solid plate of 6/4 titanium, these bridges add strength and a bespoke signature to the Little Wing stays.
One-piece titanium dropouts now offer a full 1" of adjustment.
The new brake bridge is water-jet cut from a solid plate of 6/4 titanium.
For the first time, we are offering the Little Wing with two fork options: with or without a brake mount hole. Both forks are full carbon pieces with tapered carbon steerer tubes, and a custom rake to suit the Little Wing's geometry. The forks are finished with subtle black No. 22 graphics to complement the frame.
Along with some minor geometry tweaks on all sizes, we have added a 50cm frame option to fit more riders. The Little Wing is now offered in six stock sizes, with full geometry details below.
The new Little Wing is offered in three configurations: frame, frameset, and complete build.
We are now accepting orders for the first production Little Wings. Production on the first Little Wing frames is beginning now, and we anticipate the first frames will ship within 3-4 weeks of order placement. To start the order process, get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
It's not every day that we get to announce a new model, which made our launch of the Aurora at the recent Philly Bike Expo even more special. Blending the sublime handling of our Great Divide Disc with the smooth ride quality and increased stiffness under power of the Reactor, the Aurora has been one of the most anticipated bikes we've ever released.
Up front, the Aurora uses a tapered head tube with an integrated headset, shrink-wrapped around the thru-axle tapered steerer carbon road fork. Taking a page from the Reactor's playbook, the Aurora features a CNC-engraved head tube "badge", saving a few grams over our conventional solid titanium badges.