Toronto’s No. 22 Bicycle Company set the internet ablaze at the 2016 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and with good reason. Now they’ve added a dedicated mountain bike to their lineup in the form of the mystically-titled Old King 29er.
The Canadian company’s US-made titanium frames have the right mix of quality and integrity, which has a vast amount of appeal for North America’s discerning market. Their pared-back aesthetic is providing a blank canvas for their fans’ enthusiasm.
No. 22’s frames are all made at their Johnstown, NY facility, by hand, by veteran masters, from the highest grades of titanium tubing available. Old King, in particular, is made from 3Al-2.5V cold worked stress relieved (CWSR) titanium tubing.
Mike Smith, one of the two founders of No. 22, is a long-time mountain bike racer, so he’s been itching to add a hucker to their offering. The Old King was launched in March this year after nearly two years of prototyping.
Sizing is obviously a focus for No. 22: the tube sizes are size-specific with diameters tailored for each ensuring appropriate stiffness for the large and small sizes. It’s aimed at the XC race category, with short 435mm chain stays, making for a nimble ride.
The modern spec includes a rear thru-axle with the new BOOST 148mm spacing. If endurance MTB racing is your flavour, the Old King is definitely worth a look. Pricing starts at USD$2,999, with ordering available through their website.