There's no escaping it: disc brakes on road bikes are here in a very big way. In recent months disc brakes have become our most popular custom option on the Great Divide, and in recognition of this we are now building the Great Divide Disc as a stand-alone model.
Based on the acclaimed Great Divide, the Great Divide Disc is aimed at riders looking for a little more out of their road bike. More stopping power, especially in wet or slippery conditions. More tire clearance now that rim brake calipers are out of the picture. And of course more flexibility to take the road less traveled on your next ride, even if that means leaving the pavement behind.
The Great Divide Disc features the same geometry and ride quality as the Great Divide on which it's based, which means agile handling with a level of comfort and stability perfect for fast, long distance rides. A thoughtfully butted and shaped tubeset helps take the edge off rough surfaces while staying stiff under power.
The Great Divide Disc is offered in the following configurations:
For full details and options, click through to the Great Divide Disc product page.
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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.