No. 22 Bikes Teams up with Former Saratoga Frameworks Craftsmen for Made-in-the-USA Ti Beauties

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While the shakeup at Serotta has meant an end of sorts in the world of US produced titanium, in the case of No. 22 cycles it also means it’s just the beginning. Initially former Serotta employees broke away and formed Saratoga Frameworks, and will now be producing gorgeous titanium bikes under the roof of Canadian based No. 22 Cycles.

Originally having their bikes manufactured by Lynskey Cycles, No. 22 has just announced their manufacturing plans with a core group of former Saratoga Frameworks employees. Now all of the No. 22 bicycles will be built in upstate New York, as well as a number of “high end frames” produced under contract for other companies.

More details after the break.

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Drawing from the recently closed Saratoga Frameworks, N0. 22 will be using the combined 53 years of experience of team leader Scott Hock, head welder Frank Cenchitz , welder Caleb Sesselman, and the paint and finish expertise of Bill McDonald.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with this team as the long-term manufacturing home for our bikes,” said Mike Smith, co-founder of No. 22. “We have been building our brand around the resurgence of North American craftsmanship, and the frames that Scott, Frank and their colleagues are able to build have us thrilled about this relationship. We feel privileged to be working with them to produce bikes that we can all be proud of.”

no 22 great divide

In addition to being produced by the former members of Saratoga Frameworks, the Great Divide frame also has a few changes including a 200g weight reduction in size 56cm. The CNC butted 3al-2.5v CWSR (cold worked stress relieved) titanium tubeset meets parts that are locally machined by Paragon Machine Works and Loco Machine to create the frame. Offered in mechanical or electronic cable routing, finish options include anodized blue violet or raw titanium with brushed graphics on matte Ti. Great Divides will retail for $3,199 for the anodized finish, or $2,799 for the brushed/matte version which includes an Enve fork and Chris King headset. With geometry leaning more towards performance gran fondo, and all day riding rather than a crit racer, the BB is a bit low, chainstays are a bit longer and the ride is generally slightly more mellow than a pure race bike. This particular anodized frame looked stunning in person, and left us not wanting to give it back.

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No. 22 Bicycle Company was founded in 2012 by Bryce Gracey and Mike Smith and offers models like the Great Divide road frame above. Promising to offer impeccable craftsmanship at attainable prices, and now with the frame building chops of Saratoga Frameworks, No. 22 Bicycle Company seems poised for success.

Comments

T - 03/17/14 - 3:52pm

I look at the welds on that frame and I notice stiffness.

Jack - 03/17/14 - 4:02pm

1/2 as cool as 44 bikes?

b - 03/17/14 - 4:16pm

The guys in Saratoga just can’t win.

Mindless - 03/17/14 - 4:18pm

No disk brakes?

SmooveP - 03/17/14 - 5:12pm

Not to be confused with Twenty2 Cycles, who build beautiful Ti frames in Colorado.

RB - 03/17/14 - 6:56pm

Great bikes, great guys, great story. All the best to Mike and Bryce.

Rivers - 03/17/14 - 8:16pm

I don’t often comment on road bike stuff as I usually find them boring and uninteresting…but my god this bike is beautiful. It does need disk tabs though….rim brakes suck.

chris - 03/17/14 - 9:18pm

+1 to Rivers. Wowwie.

Mattbyke - 03/17/14 - 9:35pm

As a proud owner, and lover of two custom Serotta frames ; I say carry on lads! Nice welds and big tubes. Believe in the titanium magic!

K11 - 03/19/14 - 8:55am

used to have lynsky produce their bikes, now made by saratoga frameworks- “to produce frames we can be proud of”

smart move, lynskey’s quality and craftsmanship is lacking. (sorry for rough comment)

MuMu - 03/19/14 - 2:52pm

It’s so beautiful! Props to Mike for grabbing up prime workers, and so happy to see some beautiful craftsmanship.

Ryan - 03/27/14 - 9:32am

I want to see them make a rigid SS mtb.
And then I want to take it home.

Tad Dickman - 03/27/14 - 1:53pm

This is one of those bikes where there are a 100 others that would do the same job for a much lower cost. The difference here – this bike is an absolute stunning work of art. Beautiful!

Scott Hock - 03/27/14 - 5:59pm

Check out this movie of Wilis Johnson building his Little Wing for the Red Hook Criterium in Brooklyn… it is this Saturday 3/29. We will actually have two Little Wing’s at the RHC as Toronto based rider, Andrew Romashyna will be on his as well. Super excited to check out the race and support these guys!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qwxuanTzHE

beetard - 03/30/14 - 12:22pm

Don’t usually comment, but i picked up a Great Divide frameset a few months back, and could not be happier!

John - 06/28/14 - 2:12pm

I currently ride a Tommaso Super Leggera road cycle, and I love the Ti frame. I am definitely continuing the Ti ride by going to one of those beautiful 22 bikes. I could never go back to any other kind of frame.

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