June 13, 2018 3 Comments

A common question we receive is how to narrow down the choices between the No. 22 Great Divide, Drifter and the Aurora. Of course, we carry a handful of other models for varying surfaces - like off-roading beyond gravel, and on the track - but the overlap between these three are greater than any others in our lineup.

When recommending a bike, we build out an archetype based on what surfaces the bike will be ridden on, and just how aggressive your rides are.

Read answers to your eight most frequently-asked questions about No. 22 bikes.

Great Divide

Conceptually, the Great Divide is the anchor of our lineup. It was the first bike we designed. The Great Divide is a crisp-handling, quick-climbing bike that's fun to ride with a tad less razor-sharpness that comes with our pure racing bike, the Reactor. It's wonderfully stable when descending and cornering at speed, and it's ride quality is slightly more comfortable, being a less race-oriented bike.

Plus, there’s a final degree of on-road ‘sharpness’ in the Great Divide that is tough to match with a more broadly focused bike like the Drifter. Early in the Great Divide's life we found that some Great Divide owners were running ever larger tires for off-road terrain, which is in part how the Drifter was born. Fat tires are fun, but we didn't want to lose the wonderful on-road crispness of the Great Divide to accommodate super-wide tires, so we created a new model (the Drifter) to satisfy those needs.

Every Great Divide includes:

- Fully butted tubeset, butted in-house by CNC

- 44mm oversized head tube for tapered carbon forks

- Brushed and blasted frame graphics, with no decals or stickers

- 10-year warranty against manufacturing defects

- T47 threaded oversized bottom bracket shell

- Full carbon No. 22 fork designed specifically for our frames

- Generous clearance for 28mm tires (rim brake) or 30mm tires (disc)

Ideal for: a road cyclist who wants a fun and snappy ride for long fondos and fast group rides with a perfect mix of responsiveness and comfort.

Drifter

The Drifter is No. 22's most versatile bike, and picks up where the Great Divide leaves off. While the Great Divide has a paved-road appropriate amount of tire clearance, the Drifter will take up to a 40mm tire. The Drifter lets you do a bit of everything, and is the jack-of-all-trades in the No. 22 lineup, offering comfort on gravel, dirt and even light singletrack (if you so choose) while being a very capable road machine.

It has all-road geometry, being taller in the front-end relative to the Great Divide for smooth and controlled handling on challenging, rougher (and loosely-packed) surfaces like washboard gravel.

Every Drifter includes:

- Fully butted tubeset, butted in-house by CNC

- 44mm oversized head tube for tapered carbon forks

- Brushed and blasted frame graphics, with no decals or stickers

- 10-year warranty against manufacturing defects

- T47 threaded oversized bottom bracket shell

- Full carbon No. 22 fork designed specifically for our frames

- Generous clearance for 40mm tires

- Thru axles front and rear

Ideal for: a cyclist who rides a substantial amount on gravel or broken roads and wants an all-around, versatile on- and off-road machine with stellar handling.

Aurora

The Aurora was born out of the race-oriented Reactor and features the confidence and handling of the Great Divide, but mixes in the Reactor's technology. And while it takes the ethos of the Great Divide, the Aurora includes all of No. 22's latest technologies: bonded carbon construction mixed with titanium, a tapered head tube with a CNC engraved badge and a seatmast topper made from cast titanium. Not to mention the Aurora looks stunning, and will garner looks and remarks on your group rides.

Overall, the Aurora and Great Divide share similar geometry in terms of handling, so they also share much of the same mission. The Aurora is slightly stiffer under power relative to the Great Divide, approaching the stiffness of the Reactor, but keeps all the compliance and comfort of the Great Divide. The integrated headset and seat mast also help a complete Aurora build to weigh less than an otherwise identical Great Divide would.

Every Aurora includes:

- Fully butted tubeset, butted in-house by CNC

- Tapered head tube for 44/49mm integrated headsets

- Brushed and blasted frame graphics, with no decals or stickers

- 10-year warranty against manufacturing defects

- T47 threaded oversized bottom bracket shell

- Full carbon No. 22 fork designed specifically for our frames

- Generous clearance for 30mm tires

Ideal for: a road cyclist who wants a bike packed with No. 22's latest technology, that's a bit stiffer and a hair more aggressive than the Great Divide without sacrificing comfort.

For complete details on these three models, check out the Aurora, Great Divide and Drifter product pages.


3 Responses

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

July 12, 2018

Eric: thanks for checking us out at NAHBS, and glad this post helped clarify. The butting and tube profiles are different between the Aurora and Great Divide, with a bit more drivetrain stiffness in the Aurora.

Abu Bakar: we offer our forks and stems in your choice of three colours (black, navy and burgundy), but we don’t offer paint on the carbon seat mast.

Abu Bakar Sutan Taharudin
Abu Bakar Sutan Taharudin

June 22, 2018

can I have the aurora with carbon seat tube and fork same color? can I choose the color that I want?

Eric Hancock
Eric Hancock

June 18, 2018

Good post – I asked this question at NAHBS and got a vague answer.

Given the very similar geometries, are the differences between Aurora and Great Divide due to butting? There are the two models I’m interested in.

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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