Recently we had cross racer, brand ambassador and all-around bicycle renaissance man Wilis stop by for a tour of the shop with camera in tow. Below are some of the images that Wilis took while he was here.
The previous Little Wing's welded seatmast topper sits next to our new, lighter weight cast version.
Anodizing shades are tested and recorded on a sample tube, with different voltages resulting in different colours.
Excess material collected during our precise CNC tube butting process.
Scott ovalizes tubes one at a time on our hydraulic press, tuning the ride quality of each frame.
Scott miters a main tube on one of our five dedicated mitering mills. Each mill is set up to handle a specific tube miter for perfect precision.
Frank miters a pair of stays.
After mitering, each tube is hand filed and test fitted to ensure a perfect fit at all tube junctions.
Our head welder Frank works his art.
After welding, each frame is extensively polished and buffed in the first step of the finishing process. Here, Bryar begins finishing a Great Divide.
Vinyl graphics are applied by hand, masking off each frame's graphics before blasting.
Kevin expertly applies a set of graphics.
A Great Divide waits patiently in the blast cabinet.
Final blasting applied to an anodized frame.
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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.