No. 22 Bicycle Company

 

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The Reactor is intended to be the most race-oriented road frame in the No. 22 lineup. With an emphasis on stiffness, responsive handling and light weight, the Reactor is the perfect titanium stage race tool.

When developing the Reactor, we set out to increase the already high levels of drivetrain stiffness offered by our versatile Great Divide road bike. To achieve this, the Reactor is features an oversized down tube and chain stays, both of which are among the largest offered on a titanium frame. The Reactor’s chain stays are a full 25.4mm in diameter, ovalized to 30mm at the bottom bracket for increased stiffness. When coupled with the bike’s oversized head tube and size-specific butting and tubing sizes, the result is a bike that responds crisply and immediately to hard efforts.

Equally important in the development of the Reactor was maintaining the legendary ride quality and character of a great titanium frame. To that end, the Reactor employs a number of features to increase rider comfort over endurance length races. The most striking of these features is the carbon seat mast. Expertly bonded to a set of titanium lugs, the continuous carbon tube running from the Reactor’s bottom bracket to the saddle provides vertical compliance and vibration damping at the saddle. Adding to this compliance are the Reactor’s svelte 13mm seat stays, which help retain the signature smooth ride of titanium.

Like all No. 22 frames, the true beauty of the Reactor lies in its details. The frame’s head tube is a custom tapered titanium component with extensive internal machining. Featuring CNC-machined support for an integrated headset, the head tube enables substantial front end stiffness while saving weight. Forgoing our traditional solid titanium head tube badge, the Reactor head tube features a CNC machined logo to save every available gram.

Topping the frame’s carbon seat mast is our bespoke cast titanium seat mast topper. Weighing just 120g including hardware, the titanium topper is a light and elegant solution to retaining height adjustability on a seat mast equipped frame. For customers concerned about flexibility and resale with a seat mast equipped bike, the Reactor’s seat mast can be cut off entirely to accept a conventional 30.9mm seat post and clamp.

Connecting the Reactor’s massive chain stays and svelte seat stays required a unique set of dropouts. The Reactor uses a hooded style dropout with an extended flange to allow for ample weld surface area at the chain stay. The dropouts are tapered to accept the smaller seat stays, and are further relieved to minimize weight. The result is a stiff and very strong rear triangle, which translates into crisp and responsive ride quality.

Recognizing that many racers are running wider tires for rougher courses, the Reactor frame has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to a 28mm wide tire.

Broken Arrow!

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Few disciplines lend themselves so perfectly to a titanium frame as cyclocross. In a sport where durability, speed and ride quality are critical, titanium bikes shine brightest. The Broken Arrow delivers on the material’s promise in spades with the light weight, stiffness and vibration damping ability expected of a modern top-tier cyclocross bike, with the additional benefit of titanium’s durability and crashworthiness. Equipped with disc brakes, thoughtful cable routing and generous mud clearance, the Broken Arrow is ready to lead races from tape to tape.

Knowing the punishment that cross bikes are subject to every weekend, the complete Broken Arrow strikes the perfect balance between light weight and durability. A Chris King headset, Thomson stem, seatpost and cross-specific carbon bar, Enve carbon cross fork and Praxis cranks and bottom bracket are all among the highest quality, most durable components available. SRAM’s cyclocross specific Force CX1 groupset serves up crisp shifts without the dropped chains and mud catching issues of a front derailleur. SRAM’s outstanding Force hydraulic disc brakes provide great stopping power and excellent modulation in all conditions.

The Broken Arrow is constructed from the highest quality 3Al-2.5V cold worked stress relieved (CWSR) titanium tubing. The frame’s main tubes are each double- or triple-butted by CNC lathe, varying wall thickness for each size of frame. The tubing is then precisely shaped, mitered and welded by some of the top titanium craftsmen in the industry.

What makes titanium the ideal material for the Broken Arrow? A well-designed titanium frame strikes the perfect balance of low weight, smooth ride quality, and remarkable durability. 3Al-2.5V titanium offers a strength-to-weight ratio far better than aluminum or steel, which allows us to achieve more frame stiffness with less material. What makes titanium the stuff of framebuilding legend, however, is the material’s ability to soak up bumps and vibration. A great titanium frame keeps you feeling fresh in the saddle through to the last lap of a cyclocross race, but with none of the overdamped, wooden ride quality of many carbon frames.

Great Divide Disc!

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Running through the Rocky Mountains in both Canada and the United States, the Great Divide is home to some of the most challenging and beautiful roads of North America. Our namesake frame shares this cross-border connection having been designed in Canada and hand-built in the USA to tackle any length and pitch of road.

Based on our already versatile Great Divide road model, the Great Divide Disc is the perfect well-rounded road bike. With ample tire clearance, plenty of all-weather stopping power and the all-day comfort that only titanium can provide the Great Divide Disc is ready to tackle roads of any description.

The Great Divide Disc has been designed to showcase the best characteristics of titanium while embracing the latest developments in frame design. 22mm chain stays and an oversized, bi-ovalized down tube are bridged by a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell to provide stiffness and instant response under power. An oversized head tube accommodates the latest tapered forks while strengthening the bike’s front end for confidence-inspiring steering precision and cornering stability. Tempering these characteristics are a svelte seat tube and seat stays designed to keep the velvety ride quality that titanium is legendary for.

Taking the Great Divide Disc from paper to the shop floor starts with the selection of the highest quality 3Al-2.5V cold worked stress relieved (CWSR) titanium tubing. The frame’s main tubes are then each double- or triple-butted by CNC lathe, varying wall thickness for each size of frame. The tubing is then precisely shaped, mitered and welded by some of the top titanium craftsmen in the industry.

The Great Divide Disc is available in three standard finish options: our minimal “raw” finish, with polished titanium graphics against a matte titanium backdrop, or with an optional striking high-polish anodized finish in either blue or bronze.

What makes titanium the ideal material for the Great Divide Disc? A well-designed titanium frame strikes the perfect balance of low weight, smooth ride quality, and remarkable durability. 3Al-2.5V titanium offers a strength-to-weight ratio far better than aluminum or steel, which allows us to achieve more frame stiffness with less material. What makes titanium the stuff of framebuilding legend, however, is the material’s ability to soak up bumps and chatter in the road. A great titanium frame keeps you feeling fresh in the saddle even after long hours, but with none of the overdamped, wooden ride quality of many carbon frames.

Great Divide! – £2499

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Running through the Rocky Mountains in both Canada and the United States, the Great Divide is home to some of the most challenging and beautiful roads of North America. Our namesake frame shares this cross-border connection having been designed in Canada and hand-built in the USA to tackle any length and pitch of road.

The Great Divide has been designed to showcase the best characteristics of titanium while embracing the latest developments in frame design. 22mm chain stays and an oversized, bi-ovalized down tube are bridged by a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell to provide stiffness and instant response under power. An oversized head tube accommodates the latest tapered forks while strengthening the bike’s front end for confidence-inspiring steering precision and cornering stability. Tempering these characteristics are a svelte seat tube and seat stays designed to keep the velvety ride quality that titanium is legendary for.

Taking the Great Divide from paper to the shop floor starts with the selection of the highest quality 3Al-2.5V cold worked stress relieved (CWSR) titanium tubing. The frame’s main tubes are then each double- or triple-butted by CNC lathe, varying wall thickness for each size of frame. The tubing is then precisely shaped, mitered and welded by some of the top titanium craftsmen in the industry.

The Great Divide is available in three standard finish options: our minimal “raw” finish, with polished titanium graphics against a matte titanium backdrop, or with an optional striking high-polish anodized finish in either blue or bronze.

What makes titanium the ideal material for the Great Divide? A well-designed titanium frame strikes the perfect balance of low weight, smooth ride quality, and remarkable durability. 3Al-2.5V titanium offers a strength-to-weight ratio far better than aluminum or steel, which allows us to achieve more frame stiffness with less material. What makes titanium the stuff of framebuilding legend, however, is the material’s ability to soak up bumps and chatter in the road. A great titanium frame keeps you feeling fresh in the saddle even after long hours, but with none of the overdamped, wooden ride quality of many carbon frames.

Little Wing! –£2499

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“All her friends call her Little Wing, but she flies rings around them all…” —Neil Young

There is a raw purity that makes turning the cranks on a track bike unlike any other cycling experience. The mechanics of a bike distilled to its bare essentials. Our Little Wing frame condenses the best elements of contemporary track frames into a stunning, addictively fast package.

Power transfer and tuned handling suited for both the boards and the roads were at the top of our priorities when designing the Little Wing. The frame’s stout stays, oversized head tube, large diameter top and down tubes and integrated seat mast work together to keep all contact points firmly connected and instantly responsive under hard efforts.

The real beauty of the Little Wing lies in its details. The dropouts, for example, are unique to the Little Wing and each is machined from a single bar of titanium, making them stronger and lighter than typical two-piece welded dropouts. Based on feedback from our racers, these dropouts allow for a full inch of fore/aft adjustment, which allows track racers to more easily change gearing at the track without breaking the chain.

The Little Wing’s seat mast topper is a functional work of art. Made from cast titanium and then precision machined, at 120g including Enve hardware our bespoke topper is light, strong and beautiful.

What makes titanium a great match for the Little Wing? 3Al-2.5V titanium offers an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, which allows us to achieve more frame stiffness with less material. On the Little Wing this translates into incredible crispness and responsiveness. This responsiveness, however, doesn’t come at the expense of ride quality. The resilient, road-smoothing ride quality that popularized titanium frames decades ago stays kindled in the Little Wing.

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