The 22nd element on the Periodic table is Titanium and with that notion the No. 22 Bicycle company was founded. What makes No.22 stand out is that all of their bikes are made of titanium with no decals on them. An in-house combination of polish, ceramic blasting and anodizing are used to achieve their signature, raw metallic look.
“We could use steel, or we can use carbon - now we are doing some carbon integrations - but we really like what titanium allows us to do,” said Scott Hock, Director of Operations at No.22. "The ride quality, the longevity and finish of titanium, is really why we use it."
Currently No.22 has a few of their bicycles on display at the Philly Bike Expo: The Great Divide, The Drifter, Silver Wing and their newest bike the Aurora.
The Aurora was made in response to consumers wanting the No.22 Reactor race frame set in a disc version.
“It has an integrated tapered head tube and contains a carbon seat tube with our custom titanium seat mass,” said Bryce Gracey, Co-founder of No.22. “Carbon provides a bit of a weight saving but it also helps tune the ride quality so you get more of the titanium road feel from the rear triangle up thru the frame.”
Highlights of the Aurora include custom X-12 thru-axle drop outs and front fork with thru axle, the latest flat mount calipers, and it is finished in the two-tone raw finish. The T-47 bottom bracket is built for mechanical shifting but can also be built for Shimano Di2 or SRAM eTAP.
These bikes are constructed to not only be super light with the Aurora weighing in at around 16 pounds but the frames themselves give you a little bend, but wont break. Another bonus is that titanium is nearly infinitely ‘refinish-able.’
“What’s great about the refinishing [process] is that someone sends us a bike and they already know what its capable of and its almost like we are sending them a new bike,” said Hock.
No.22 hand builds all of their bike in their Johnston, New York shop with a staff consisting of five men and three dogs.
Story and photos by Marcel Bassett