June 20, 2018

Chas Christiansen is always "in search of the stoke."

The San Francisco-based rider for Oakley lives his life that way. In other words, looking for whatever motivates and drives him. Often, that's through cycling.

Christiansen owns a No. 22 Little Wing, which he calls his forever bike.

In recent years, Christiansen was featured in a number of Oakley commercials. As a sponsored rider for more than five years, part of the deal involves creating video and content for the brand. "It was a coincidence," Christiansen says of a No. 22 bicycle appearing in the commercials as it was his primary machine. "Ultimately, Oakley allowed me to ride whatever bike I was on at the time," he says.

The commercials, the last of which aired in 2017, were seen by tens of thousands of people. And not just for a brief second either. The Little Wing, in part due to its subtly, was a hit among the videographers. (The bike, for example, doesn't reflect light like other bikes on film, Christiansen says.) The heightened publicity for No. 22 only increased the likelihood of Christiansen being asked about his Little Wing on the racing circuit during a time when titanium wasn't as popular as it has become today.

Scott Hock, No. 22's Director of Operations, first let us know about the Oakley commercial. We were having dinner with family at the time and we put it on the living room TV. It was pretty fun to see one of our bikes in such a mainstream setting.

Chas Christiansen

Photo: @amberb_dianda

In the commercials Christiansen, who worked for more than 10 years as a bike courier (and finished second at the 2015 Cycle Messenger World Championships) can be seen maneuvering the streets of San Francisco, a city which he describes as a challenge to ride, but not because of the pitched topography. "It's not so much the hills," he says, adding that it's the wind that makes the northern California urban-riding brutal. That's not to mention San Francisco's cable car system tracks that Christiansen weaves over in the commercials.

Christiansen first connected with No. 22 with his friend Wilis Johnson, who grew up in the same town as him in Washington, at the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Deluxe Cycles. Soon after the Red Hook Crit three years ago, Christiansen was set up with the Little Wing, on which he would soon swap in ZIPP street wheels. Other customizations that make the Little Wing uniquely Christiansen's include an Oakley and a MASH sticker, the latter for whom he races

The Little Wing became his to- and from-work commuter and its geometry was "perfect for alleycat racing and in traffic," explaining its versatile, dual purpose. He travelled 20-30 times per year with the No. 22 and put it through just about everything. "The Little Wing is all about functionality for me," he says, adding that an unforeseen benefit of having a titanium frame means his bike won't be damaged when travelling, even with a soft-shell case.

Chas Christiansen

Photo: @amberb_dianda.

A seasoned racer, particularly on the alleycat scene aboard the Little Wing, which he says is "light and flexible enough" to make it a perfect racer, Christiansen has taken a step back from fixed gear criteriums in pursuit of more gravel endurance races. "When I started, fixed gear races were underground. They had a D.I.Y. vibe. and now it’s serious and well-sponsored. It’s positive for the sport in general but I’m less into that," he says. Christiansen says that among the races he'll be doing this year is the Transcontinental Race, a self-supported ride across Europe, considered one of the toughest endurance challenges in the world. Christiansen is considered  a pioneer in the fixed gear bike scene.

To add to his collection of bikes, Christiansen says he's been eyeing the No. 22 Reactor. "It's f*cking insane," he says nonchalantly. "Beyond beautiful."


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2018 Geometry Charts

Great Divide Rim Brake

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) 567 574 584 584 589 607 621
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 412 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 357 364 370 379 383 397 406
Stack (mm) 506 517 534 559 580 597 617

 

Great Divide Disc

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 95 115 135 155 175 195
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 71.0 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 574 584 586 594 609 623
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 364 369 378 382 397 405
Stack (mm) 520 536 560 580 599 618

 

Drifter

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 502 510 525 545 560 575 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 464 478 503 525 535 549 577
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 150 170 190
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 70.5 70.8 71 71.2 71.2 71.5
Front center (mm) 571 575 589 603 611 627 639
Chain stay length (mm) 430 430 430 430 432 435 435
BB drop (mm) 78 77 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 352 353 364 373 379 389 398
Stack (mm) 530 538 556 576 586 603 623

 

Reactor

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 530 548 565 580 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 456 475 496 514 542 568
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 185 205
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.2 73 73
Head tube angle (deg) 72 72 73 73.5 73.5 73.5
Front center (mm) 571 582 585 590 603 618
Chain stay length (mm) 405 408 408 410 410 410
BB drop (mm) 72 72 72 70 68 68
Reach (mm) 374 379 391 395 401 410
Stack (mm) 503 522 546 565 587 606

 

Aurora

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) 100 110 130 150 170 190 205
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 586 594 609 624
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 412 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 355 363 369 378 382 396 406
Stack (mm) 510 521 538 562 582 601 615

 

Broken Arrow

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 505 510 525 545 560 575 590
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 467 490 510 532 548 567 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 150 160 180
Seat tube angle (deg) 74 74 73.5 73.3 73 72.5 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.8 70.8 71 71 71.3 71.5 72
Front center (mm) 565 571 580 599 609 622 627
Chain stay length (mm) 425 425 425 425 425 425 425
BB drop (mm) 68 68 68 68 66 66 64
Reach (mm) 352 355 359 372 382 393 397
Stack (mm) 524 533 553 572 580 591 610

 

Little Wing

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 525 540 555 575 585
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 477 499 524 552 575 595
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75.5 75 74.5 74.5 74 74
Head tube angle (deg) 72.5 73 73 73.5 74 74
Front center (mm) 566 569 579 590 601 611
Chain stay length (mm) 393 393 393 396 396 396
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 382 383 387 397 407 411
Stack (mm) 506 527 546 567 588 607

 

Old King

Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
Effective top tube length (mm) 580 605 622 642
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 380 410 445 481
Head tube length (mm) 100 110 120 140
Seat tube angle (deg) 73.5 73.5 73.5 73.3
Head tube angle (deg) 70 70 70 70
Front center (mm) 655 680 698 719
Chain stay length (mm) 435 435 435 435
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 401 423 437 451
Stack (mm) 599 609 619 637