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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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.