May 07, 2018 3 Comments

He's clicked off 20,000 miles and Arkansas's Jared Hall's No. 22 Great Divide still looks factory-new. Given his hard-nosed racing style, and multi-terrain training, that's a win in and of itself.

Jared Hall

Age: 27

Ride: No. 22 Great Divide

Started cycling: 2011

Residence: Bentonville, Ark.

A former baseball player at Central Arkansas University, Hall quit college ball after his sophomore year and was introduced to cycling through his dad’s friend, with the tactics and appeal of the Tour de France being the catalyst. Soon after, Hall was riding on his first bike, an aluminum frame.

However, Hall's foray into cycling was abruptly stalled three months in by a collision with an oncoming vehicle and subsequent treatment of tears to his MCL, ACL and meniscus. During his rehabilitation, Hall decided to relocate to Northwest Arkansas, where local cyclists convinced him to come out for group rides. Then, he was talked into racing, which led him to purchase a No. 22.

Hall was first acquainted with No. 22 Bicycle Company through a friend and says he instantly fell in love with the “clean lines, polished look and the timelessness of titanium, not to mention the handling and sturdiness after I first began riding one.”

Few people in the area owned titanium at the time—and he is still asked about his No. 22 on a regular basis—which further motivated Hall and he received his bike within 10 days thanks to a Great Divide of his size having already been built for NAHBS(North American Handmade Bicycle Show) and other shows, he says.

With a modest population of 47,000, Bentonville, where Hall resides, is a cycling hub due in part to the influence of the Walton family, the founders of Walmart. Tom Walton (grandson of founder Sam Walton) is a massive cycling advocate and helped spearhead the creation of a widespread trail system for mountain biking and supports numerous other cycling entities in the area.

A talented crit racer and sprinter, Hall has put the No. 22 Great Divide to the test. In 2017, Hall won the category 3 Friday race, a damp one, of the three-day Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, and has been a regular on the West South Central United States racing scene since 2014. “I’ve put the bike through the wrecker and the titanium still looks like it came straight from the factory,” he says explaining the hard-nosed nature and unpredictability of crit racing and regularity of crashes, of which he is no stranger. Hall adds that he’s replaced various components of the bike, including the derailleur hanger three or four times, yet there’s no signs of aging on the Great Divide. (In case you're curious, North America's continental Great Divide, the model's namesake, cuts north-south just west of where Hall rides.) "If you inspect the frame, there are no marks, or even scuffs," he says.

"I fell in love with the clean lines, polished look and the timelessness of titanium, not to mention the handling and sturdiness after first riding a No. 22."

Hall says he’s in the market for a gravel bike and is eyeing the highly-versatile Drifter. (Hall’s friend owns the Drifter, thanks to his referral.)

Hall's No. 22 Great Divide

The one item Hall brings on almost every ride—with few exceptions—is his camera, a Sony A6500 (but sometimes his iPhone will do), either strapped to his back or mounted on his handlebars. It shows too; his Instagram account features stunning landscape photos and clean angles—not to mention everything cycling—forcing one to continue scrolling through his feed.

Over the course of four years on the Great Divide, Hall has racked up serious mileage. His most memorable ride is a undulating trip through the Ouachita Mountains—including numerous category 3 climbs through the Ouachita National Forest on deserted, freshly-paved asphalt roads—beginning in Talihina, Oklahoma, a stop he makes as often as he can when making the six-hour drive north on the return trip from Dallas for racing.

In 2018, Hall is donning a Visit Bentonville Racing team jersey. That's in addition to his hours spent training, all while balancing a full-time career in the financial industry. Oh, and if you ever see Hall at a race, or training for that matter, inquire about his Great Divide. He's used to it by now.

Action shots by Jared Sorrells Photography


3 Responses

Jared Hall
Jared Hall

May 16, 2018

I’m using the Rider Strap by PS Bagworks! Check their Etsy store!

Kim
Kim

May 08, 2018

Absolutely beautiful Ti bikes, the Great Divide is a stand-out in the category – smooth, great turn-in, balanced and with an amazing combination of stiffness and comfort. Kudos to the great people at No. 22, they just keep on making some world class bikes (so much so that I think I might be in need of a Drifter myself soon!).

Drew
Drew

May 08, 2018

I just want to know what camera strap he’s using!

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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