Golden Saddle Cyclery‘s hard man and all-round good guy, Tytanium, is currently riding the Tour Divide, a 2,745 mile self-supported ‘race’ from Canada to Mexico along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. It’s an epic journey that probably shouldn’t be attempted on a road bike, although the ‘hydrological divide’ it follows inspired Canada’s No. 22 Bicycle Company to name its new road frame after it. Or is named after our Ty?
No. 22’s Great Divide frameset is made from all-American aerospace grade titanium and so is Ty, by all accounts. The metallurgists among us might recognize the irony of the new Canadian brand—22 being the periodic table number of titanium. The Great Divide is a perfect illustration of why titanium is a dream substance for a bicycle frame: low weight, high strength and a high shock absorption without sacrificing response.
But to those who appreciate fine bicycles, this is well known. The geometry of the Great Divide makes it a real thoroughbred. It features swaged chain stays, an oversize, bi-ovalized down tube, PressFit 30 bottom bracket, tapered head tube and a slim seat tube and stays. It’s all made in America and comes kitted out with equally patriotic components to provide a platform for a complete build: the ideal bike to ride the Great Divide.
Head to the No. 22 Bicycle Company website for more, and a look at their competitive pricing.