Deep Dive: The All New No. 22 Little Wing

November 06, 2014 6 Comments

After months of development, we are excited to launch the latest version of the No. 22 Little Wing titanium track frame. Building on the success of the original Little Wing, this new version has been our most ambitious new bike development yet. You can check out the essentials about the bike on our Little Wing product page, but this blog post digs a little deeper into the details that make the Little Wing so special.

Cast Titanium Seat Mast Topper

An integrated seat mast has always been a core element of the Little Wing, and the new Little Wing gave us the opportunity to improve on our previous seat mast topper. Our primary goals for the new topper were lower weight and increased adjustability, while maintaining durability.

Early in the development process we investigated different production methods to best achieve these goals. We explored refining the previous topper's welded construction, 3D printing, machining the topper from a single billet of titanium, and casting the part from molten titanium. After developing versions of the new topper for each of these methods, the clear choice was a cast part.

At 120g including ENVE saddle rail hardware, our new cast titanium seat mast topper is more than 40g lighter than the version it replaced. The new topper is also shorter with decreased minimum insertion, which allows riders to drop the saddle more than an inch lower than our previous design allowed.

Water Jet Cut Seatstay Bridge

One of the most appealing parts of a track bike is its simplicity. Without derailleurs, brakes, shifters or cables, a track bike's minimalism brings attention to its smallest details. Often overlooked on other bikes, the Little Wing's seatstay bridge showcases the thought put into every detail on this frame.

The bridges are water jet cut from a plate of 6/4 titanium, CNC machined then individually mitered for a perfect fit to each frame size. Shared with our Broken Arrow disc cyclocross frames, these bridges are a light, strong and beautiful way to stiffen the rear end of our frames.

One-Piece Dropouts

Originally developed with input from experienced track racers, the Little Wing has always been a favourite at the track. One piece of feedback we received from our racers, however, was about the bike's standard, 3/4" horizontal dropouts. When changing gearing at the track, the 3/4" range of horizontal adjustment was too short to allow for a gear change without breaking the chain.

Our new dropouts have addressed this feedback, and now offer a full 1" of horizontal adjustment. Small gearing adjustments can now be done without breaking the chain, saving valuable time at an event.

In addition, the Little Wing's new dropouts are machined from a 2" round bar of 6/4 titanium. Most hooded dropouts (including the previous Little Wing's) are made from two pieces of plate titanium, formed and welded together. Our new one-piece dropouts are more complex to manufacture, but the result is a stronger, more precise and lighter dropout than the welded alternative.

Bespoke Carbon Fork

Completing the new Little Wing frameset is a full carbon fork with proper rake to match the frame's geometry. Featuring a 1.5" tapered steerer tube and full carbon construction, the Little Wing's fork delivers on the stiff, responsive promise of the frame's construction.

Thanks to customer demand, the Little Wing's fork is being offered both with and without a brake hole. Customers wanting to run a front brake on their Little Wing can now do so while still running a fork with rake and stiffness perfectly matched to the frame.

Overall Weight Reduction

While the new Little Wing's main design priorities remain ride quality, handling, and durability, we also spent substantial effort in reducing the weight of the Little Wing. A series of detail changes throughout the bike have added up to a substantial weight reduction—more than 400g of weight savings across all sizes. An internally relieved head tube, our one-piece dropouts, relieved bottom bracket shell, lighter seatmast and topper all combine to deliver a bike that is lighter, stronger, and better riding than ever. A 54cm Little Wing frame weighs approximately 1780g, including a full length seat mast, topper and hardware.

Final Thoughts

The Little Wing has been an exciting project for us, and a great opportunity for us to push the boundaries of our construction abilities. With a small number of other new models already in development, this Little Wing is a good sign of what's to come.


6 Responses

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

July 12, 2017

Thanks Hyo. The weight is for the frame, seat mast, topper and hardware. It doesn’t include the fork or headset.

HYO BUM PHEON
HYO BUM PHEON

July 11, 2017

It is a very nice frame set. I have a question. Please answer. Is weight 1780g weight including fork and headset?

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

April 24, 2017

Mark, the frame has clearance front and rear for a 25mm tire. We don’t offer a version with 6/4 titanium tubing: we haven’t found that 6/4 tubing meets our ride quality requirements, as it results in a much harsher riding frame.

Mark Isaacson
Mark Isaacson

April 23, 2017

Nice frameset,
What is the largest tire size you can run this with?
Are options available for a dedicated 6/4 version instead of 3/2?

Adge Griffin
Adge Griffin

May 07, 2016

I love this bike I would happily give my big toe toe to own the frame, I will be saving up as long as I need to until I can own this masterpiece

Pedro Cruz-Gines
Pedro Cruz-Gines

December 19, 2014

Información es muy buena porque habla detalladamente y es muy clara.

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Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 495 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 445 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71.0 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 586 594 609 623
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