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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2019 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) 567 574 584 586 594 609 623
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 415 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 357 364 370 379 383 397 406
Stack (mm) 506 517 534 558 578 597 617
Standover (700x28mm tires) 730 743 767 793 813 836 858

 

Great Divide Disc

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) 85 95 115 135 155 175 195
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) 567 574 584 586 594 609 623
Chain stay length (mm) 418 418 418 418 420 420 422
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 356 364 369 378 382 397 405
Stack (mm) 508 520 536 560 580 599 619
Standover (700x28mm tires) 731 744 768 794 814 837 858

 

Drifter

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 502 510 526 545 560 575 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 460 478 503 520 535 552 577
Head tube length (mm) 105 115 130 150 165 185 205
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) 572 576 589 603 612 627 640
Chain stay length (mm) 430 430 430 430 432 435 435
BB drop (mm) 73 73 73 72 70 70 70
Reach (mm) 353 353 365 374 379 389 398
Stack (mm) 529 538 553 572 585 604 624
Standover (700x38mm tires) 762 775 795 813 828 845 861

 

Drifter X

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 502 511 525 545 560 575 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 460 478 502 520 535 552 576
Head tube length (mm) 110 120 135 155 170 190 210
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) 571 576 589 603 612 627 640
Chain stay length (mm) 427 427 427 427 430 432 432
BB drop (mm) 73 73 73 72 70 70 70
Reach (mm) 355 356 363 376 382 392 400
Stack (mm) 521 530 546 564 577 596 616
Standover (700x38mm tires) 758 772 790 809 824 842 863

 

Reactor

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 530 545 565 580 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 456 475 496 514 545 568
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 190 210
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.2 73 73
Head tube angle (deg) 72 72 72.8 73.2 73.2 73.2
Front center (mm) 571 582 586 595 608 623
Chain stay length (mm) 410 410 412 412 415 415
BB drop (mm) 72 72 72 70 68 68
Reach (mm) 374 379 388 395 400 409
Stack (mm) 503 522 545 564 590 609
Standover (700x25mm tires) 739 757 779 800 829 850

 

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) 445 462 490 518 540 562 588
Head tube length (mm) 100 110 130 150 170 190 210
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) 415 415 415 418 418 418 420
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 355 363 369 378 382 396 405
Stack (mm) 510 521 538 562 582 601 620
Standover (700x28mm tires) 731 745 770 795 814 838 859

 

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) 467 490 510 533 545 567 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 150 160 180
Seat tube angle (deg) 74 74 73.5 73.3 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 70.5 70.5 71.3 71.3 71.5 71.8
Front center (mm) 571 577 588 594 607 620 627
Chain stay length (mm) 425 425 425 425 425 425 425
BB drop (mm) 68 68 68 68 66 66 64
Reach (mm) 353 355 360 371 381 392 396
Stack (mm) 524 533 552 576 583 593 611
Standover (700x32mm tires) 763 778 797 820 830 846 867

 

Little Wing

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 525 540 555 575 590
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 477 499 524 552 575 596
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) 566 569 579 590 601 613
Chain stay length (mm) 393 393 393 396 396 396
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 382 383 387 397 407 416
Stack (mm) 506 527 546 567 588 608
Standover (700x23mm tires) 765 785 806 830 851 871

 

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
Standover (29x2.3" tires) 799 816 838 863