No.22 Bikes. Great Divide frameset – first look

Review: No.22 Bikes. Great Divide frameset – first look

The Great Divide

Whether it’s a mountain pass in the Rockies, an MTB race that traverses 2000 miles or simply the name of the connection between the US and Canada via the Rocky mountains – when you use such a moniker on your latest and greatest frame set it has got to live up to some scrutiny!

1513_298203706981947_1133457634_nPerusing through the interwebs at pretty bikes, much to the chagrin of my wife I must add, and I chanced upon Lead-out.co.uk importers of this pretty little number from No.22 Bicycle company in Canada.

Pretty it certainly is, I’m looking forward to seeing it in real life!

The Great Divide has been designed to showcase the best characteristics of titanium while embracing the latest developments in frame design. Swaged chain stays and an oversized, bi-ovalized down tube are bridged by a PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell to provide stiffness and instant responsiveness 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.

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No. 22 Bikes further information

Geometry

Size     52 cm   54cm   56cm   58cm   60cm  
eTT Effective top tube length (mm) 520 540 560 580 600
SCT Seat tub, center-top (mm) 515 535 565 585 605
HT Head tube length (mm) 120 140 160 180 200
A1 Seat tube angle (deg) 73.5 73 73 72.5 72.5
A2 Head tube angle (deg) 72 72.5 73 73 73.5
CS Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 415 415 420
BB drop (mm) 75 75 75 72.5 72.5

Features

 

  • Frame material: 3Al-2.5V American-milled aerospace grade titanium
  • Point of origin: Designed in Canada, handmade in the USA
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Head tube: 44mm internal diameter
  • Bottom bracket shell: PressFit 30
  • Fork: 52cm frame: 3T Rigida Stealth carbon 1-1/8” to 1-1/4” tapered steerer, 46mm rake
    54, 56, 58 and 60cm frames: Enve 2.0 carbon, 1-1/8” to 1-1/4” tapered steerer, 43mm rake
  • Headset: Chris King Inset 8
  • Seatpost clamp: 27.2mm
  • Seatpost size: 34.9mm clamp-on
  • Front derailleur: 34.9mm clamp-on

The Great Divide is sold as a frameset paired with parts from the most respected American brands in the industry. A Chris King Inset 8 headset, full carbon fibre fork with a tapered steerer tube and a Thomson seat post collar set the tone for your build. As with all No. 22 Bicycle Company frames, the Great Divide has been built to last a lifetime of epic rides, and its craftsmanship is backed by our lifetime warranty.

The frameset retails for £1940. This price includes VAT, £450 beautiful ENVE fork, Chris King headset and Thomson seat collar.

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