What is Cerakote, and Why We're Enamoured By It at No. 22 Bicycle Company

Mar 14, 2024
No. 22 is passionate about crafting high-performance, visually stunning titanium bicycles. And when it comes to achieving that perfect balance of beauty and brawn, one material that has become a staple of our finish offerings is Cerakote. But what exactly is Cerakote, and why do we choose it for our highest-end finishes?
What is Cerakote, and Why We're Enamoured By It at No. 22 Bicycle Company

No. 22 is passionate about crafting high-performance, visually stunning titanium bicycles. And when it comes to achieving that perfect balance of beauty and brawn, one material that has become a staple of our finish offerings is Cerakote. But what exactly is Cerakote, and why do we choose it for our highest-end finishes?

Exceptional Durability

Cerakote is a ceramic-based coating that was first formulated as a durable firearms coating. Cerakote bonds with the underlying titanium at a molecular level, creating an incredibly durable barrier. This translates to bikes that resist scratches, nicks, fading and wear-and-tear better than conventional paint finishes. Cerakote's durability will help your frame retain its pristine look for years to come.

Thin and Light Weight

One of the key advantages of titanium is its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. Conventional wet paint can add over a pound to a bike's weight - Cerakote is applied in such a thin layer it comes in around one-tenth of that. This keeps down the weight of our frames, ensuring optimal efficiency and responsiveness on every ride. Cerakote also allows for a near seamless transition between itself and the anodized and raw titanium areas of the frame due to its thinness and lack of needing a clear coat topping. Not only does this create a smooth, unified aesthetic, it also prevents the inevitable chipping and debris seepage that transitions between conventional paint clear coats and raw titanium are prone to.

Unique Color Options

Titanium's natural luster is undeniably beautiful, but with Cerakote, the possibilities for personalization are endless. From vibrant metallic hues to classic matte finishes, you can choose a color that reflects your unique style and personality from our extensive range of finish options.

Beyond the Surface: Additional Benefits of Cerakote

The advantages of Cerakote extend beyond aesthetics and durability. This advanced coating also offers:

    • Enhanced Corrosion Resistance: Titanium naturally resists corrosion, but Cerakote adds an extra layer of protection against moisture, salt, and other harsh elements.
    • Easy Maintenance: The slick nature of Cerakote makes dirt and grime less likely to stick, simplifying cleaning and keeping your bike looking fresh.
    • UV Protection: Cerakote offers excellent UV resistance, ensuring your bike's color stays vibrant for years.
Cerakote allows us to create bikes that are not only performant but also true works of art. Contact us today to explore the possibilities and craft your dream titanium bike.