When it comes to Titanium bikes, No.22 is always one of the brands that spruce up in mind. The New York-based company has been producing high quality titanium bikes since 2011 and has never disappointed.

Karis first dropped by our space to check out the America- made frames, and the Great Divide and Aurora caught his eye. He was hunting for a new bike and was intrigued by some of the bespoke brands we are a stockist for.

We caught up with Karis on his experience with his No.22 to find out what made him pull the trigger on his Aurora.

Credits: No.22

CPS : Hello Karis! It's been a while since your Aurora build was completed. How do you feel about the ride so far?

KARIS : It indeed is stiff and responsive. The Aurora holds speed well. It delivers a comfortable ride. And to top it off, I think the bike looks stunning!

CPS : We think it is aesthetically pleasing besides the ride quality as well! Would you be able to share the reason behind your choice of No.22 and particularly the Aurora? 

KARIS : I looked into different brands. Yet I kept going back to No 22. The frames and finishes are gorgeous. And then I saw the Aurora - “high stiffness, crisp handling with all-day comfort”.

I called you guys and made an appointment thereafter. Sherwin patiently walked me through the ins and outs. The Aurora was an easy choice. But I spent a lot of time contemplating the finish. It was during this period that No22 introduced new anodized and cerakote finishes. In the end, I stuck with the classic raw finish but with high polish for contrast and to make the graphics pop.

CPS :  Raw and polished finish is a great choice. Was there a strong reason behind the decision of a titanium bike?

KARIS : Having only owned aluminium and carbon bikes, I knew nothing about titanium frames except that they are supposedly comfortable and last a lifetime. One day I was cycling and saw one zip by. It immediately caught my eye. That encounter was enough to make me find out about the so-called “forever bike”. 

CPS : Seems like it was destined! Was there much consideration towards how the bike was set up?

KARIS : It was intended to replace my carbon road bike, which was slightly aero. Thus I went for the integrated cockpit and Enve 4.5s. I have only used Shimano - so I stuck with what I’m comfortable with. You can never go wrong with that.

CPS : Shimano is very reliable. How has the ride on the bike been thus far?

KARIS : I use the Aurora solely as a road bike. I took it to a recent event in Malaysia - it was surprisingly fun to race with. Thanks for the superb build guys!



Frameset  No.22 Aurora
Headset No.22
Wheelset Enve SES 4.5 to Chris King R45 
Tyres GP5000AS TR
Groupset Shimano Dura Ace 9170 Di2 w Ceramic Speed OSPW
Bottom Bracket Ceramic Speed
Stem No.22 Integrated 3D Printed
Seatpost Aurora ISP
Handlebar Darimo Elipse
Saddle SWork Power Mirror
Grips Burgh Hieroglyph Stealth
Cages Silca Sicuro (polished by No.22)


June 23, 2024 — Sherwin Ng

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