No 22 Bicycles: New and Improved Little Wing Track Frameset Nov 7, 2014


No 22 Bicycles’ made in the USA frames are one by one, getting a bit of a make-over, beginning with the popular Little Wing track frame. While the geometry has stayed the same, the Little Wing has some new accoutrement, in the form of new cast-titanium pieces.

See more detailed photos below, along with a break-down of this frame, supplied by No 22.


A few new details on the Little Wing, from No 22:

Cast Titanium Seat Mast Topper
An integrated seat mast has always been a core element of the Little Wing, and the new Little Wing gave us the opportunity to improve on our previous seat mast topper. Our primary goals for the new topper were lower weight and increased adjustability, while maintaining durability.

Hydro-Cut Seatstay Bridge
One of the most appealing parts of a track bike is its simplicity. Without derailleurs, brakes, shifters or cables, a track bike’s simplicity brings attention to its smallest details. Often overlooked on other bikes, the Little Wing’s seatstay bridge showcases the thought put into every detail on the frame.

One-Piece Dropouts
Originally developed with input from experienced track racers, the Little Wing has always been a favourite at the track. One piece of feedback we received from our racers, however, was about the bike’s standard, 3/4″ horizontal dropouts. When changing gearing at the track, the 3/4″ range of horizontal adjustment was just barely too short to allow for a gear change without breaking the chain.
Our new dropouts have addressed this feedback, and now offer a full 1″ of horizontal adjustment. Small gearing adjustments can now be done without breaking the chain, saving valuable time at an event.


More, overall frame details, from No 22:

Bespoke Carbon Fork
Completing the new Little Wing frameset is a full carbon fork with proper rake to match the frame’s geometry. Featuring a 1.5″ tapered steerer tube and full carbon construction, the Little Wing’s fork delivers on the stiff, responsive promise of the frame’s construction.

Due to customer demand, the Little Wing’s fork is being offered both with and without a brake hole. Customers wanting to run a front brake on their Little Wing can now do so while still running a fork with rake and stiffness perfectly matched to the frame.

Overall Weight Reduction
While the new Little Wing’s main design priorities remain ride quality, handling, and durability, we also spent substantial effort in reducing the weight of the Little Wing. A series of detail changes throughout the bike have added up to a substantial weight reduction—more than 400g of weight savings across all sizes. An internally relieved head tube, our one-piece dropouts, relieved bottom bracket shell, lighter seatmast and topper all combine to deliver a bike that is lighter, stronger, and better riding than ever. A 54cm Little Wing frame weighs approximately 1780g, including the seat mast and topper.

See more over at No22 Bicycles!

  • BleekBleek

    I’d pick this over the latest carbon offering any day. I think I just found my dream track frame!

  • Tommaso Gomez

    Is this intended to be a streetable track bike or a track racer? If it’s a racer, why go titanium when carbon is lighter and stiffer? Personally, I’d like a smooth titanium frame for road, gravel, or mountain, but it seems like a waste on a velodrome, where comfort isn’t that important.

    • John Watson

      Because racing isn’t always about being lighter and stiffer. Oversized titanium is plenty capable for racing. Ever ridden a ti frame with larger diameter tubing?

      • Tommaso Gomez

        No, I’ll have to check it out. I do see the advantage in a track frame that is totally crashable (unlike carbon), since you’re going to lay it down eventually.

    • John Stesney

      Most US tracks are outdoors. Many are bumpy. Ti is a good choice for those tracks, if you don’t like shredding your taint.