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Old 09-20-2023, 03:15 PM
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No 22 - Great Divide: Rim Brake Titanium Perfection

This one popped on ebay as a bit of messy build - nice stuff, just not my aesthetic - at a time when I was looking for a frameset that had more normal stack/reach figures for me and that would travel well if needed.. not a beater, just something easier to deal with than an internally-routed front end with disc brakes, while still being capable of handling rougher roads. I couldn't say no, much to MoparPorsche's chagrin (sorry). The Great Divide is the perfect model in No22's lineup for that as it easily clears 30mm tires F/R, has a bit longer chainstays and a bit lower BB than a modern rim-brake racer. After confirming fit, I got to work on gathering the perfect array of components that are an aesthetic and performance match for the style. I really couldn't be happier with how it turned out or how it rides. I expected it to be comfortable - I didn't expect the level of efficiency and performance it has, nor the absolutely dialed handling characteristics brought by the geometry choices and how I sit on the bike. I am not (or didn't think I was) in the best shape of my life but have been churning out PRs on this ranging from 10-min climbs to 1-min 15% uphill sprints. At 44 I don't have insane power - it snaps forward though with 1000W efforts on par with the Pegoretti Marcelo and any carbon wunderbike I've had. I'm impressed, satisfied, and content with this one. I may get the itch for DA-9250 at some point, depending on how I like that on my Argonaut, and I could see toying with some other wheels - otherwise it's set as-is.

2019 No22 Great Divide
  • 60cm w polished logos
  • No22 headset and fork
  • Red AXS shifters, FD, and 36T RD
  • Force AXS D2 PM rings (33/46)
  • Silca/Force AXS factory-waxed chain
  • Force AXS 10-36 cassette
  • Chris King T47 30X BB
  • Cane Creek eeBrakes El Platino
  • ENVE Aero 120mm stem, set at 7-deg
  • K-Edge/ENVE out-front mount
  • ENVE AR 40cm handlebars
  • ENVE seatpost, 25mm setback
  • SQ-Lab 612-R, 13cm saddle
  • Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm tape
  • FarSports Feder 25 rims, CX-Rays, DT180 EXP, 20/24
  • ENVE titanium skewers
  • Vittoria latex tubes
  • Conti GP5000 28mm tires
  • King Titanium cages
  • Silca titanium bottle cage bolts
  • Dura Ace 9100 +4mm pedals
  • Wolf Tooth seatpost clamp (pending No22 replacement)

Haven't weighed it - seems light(ish) - maybe mid 17-lb range.

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Old 09-20-2023, 03:17 PM
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Love it! Raw ti with etap just looks so clean, and I know the finishing details on these are killer

But we also need to get you on a Reactor
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Old 09-20-2023, 03:29 PM
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Love it! Raw ti with etap just looks so clean, and I know the finishing details on these are killer

But we also need to get you on a Reactor
I can't argue with that - other than space/time/money being a bit of a limiter.. maybe in a year or two.
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Old 09-20-2023, 04:00 PM
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Gotta post a price in the classifieds... oh wait.

(Nice bike!)
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Old 09-20-2023, 04:21 PM
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Gotta post a price in the classifieds... oh wait.

(Nice bike!)
I'll never claim that I'll never sell any bike I own - they are after all just material things - but this one is exactly what I am after for the purpose it's intended to serve. Zero compromises anywhere. For example, I'd normally prefer disc brakes - this one needs to be able to go in an Orucase B2 though and that is simply easier with rim-brakes and eTap than any other solution. Plus, it was bought knowing I have an Argonaut RM3 coming that will complement it, not compete with it.. Very similar geometry, with the ability to get positionals and balance points exactly the same on both, so my mind won't be fighting itself when riding either. That's important to me. Anyway, that's as close as I can get to having a "keeper" sentiment for a bike.
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Old 09-20-2023, 04:40 PM
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Very nice!! Glad it's working for you. You are back to frames that are too big for me. Like in the old days.
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Old 09-20-2023, 04:41 PM
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Hard to beat a Great Divide for an all around road bike!
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Old 09-20-2023, 05:05 PM
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that's as close as I can get to having a "keeper" sentiment for a bike.
Congrats clean pal on finding your SO-bike.

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Old 09-21-2023, 04:49 AM
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Very nice Dan. Nothing beats a natural Ti bike with some polished logos. Advice on the 9250 kit. DO IT! Bar none the best groupset available.

Would look super snazzy with Sturdy Ti levers. Enjoy in good health my friend.
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Old 09-21-2023, 07:31 AM
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Oof, those brakes really do it for me. Perfect for a beautiful titanium frame
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Old 09-21-2023, 12:00 PM
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Very nice Dan. Nothing beats a natural Ti bike with some polished logos. Advice on the 9250 kit. DO IT! Bar none the best groupset available.

Would look super snazzy with Sturdy Ti levers. Enjoy in good health my friend.
I’m on the hunt
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Old 09-21-2023, 12:45 PM
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A most excellent rim brake ti steed, especially with the blingy brakes - would love to see it with a Ritchey C260 stem, they look great on 44mm ti headtubes.
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Old 09-21-2023, 01:28 PM
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A most excellent rim brake ti steed, especially with the blingy brakes - would love to see it with a Ritchey C260 stem, they look great on 44mm ti headtubes.
Thanks!

The gloss/matte two-tone of the ENVE stem matches the fork perfectly - hard to give that up - plus the adjustability.
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Old 09-21-2023, 03:35 PM
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... I couldn't say no, much to MoparPorsche's chagrin (sorry). ...
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Dan "no harm no foul", I can't win them all. And, my wandering bike mind is on to a Winnston Suppresio and/or removing the cable stops on the Cyrene and adding electronic shift. Love the build, its really super clean. I am kicking myself in the head about the brakes though, had I known they only had one set left... Curious as to why 9250 over Red eTap AXS?

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Old 09-21-2023, 04:11 PM
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Dan "no harm no foul", I can't win them all. And, my wandering bike mind is on to a Winnston Suppresio and/or removing the cable stops on the Cyrene and adding electronic shift. Love the build, its really super clean. I am kicking myself in the head about the brakes though, had I known they only had one set left... Curious as to why 9250 over Red eTap AXS?
The brakes came from Ryun here.. they are around though. I’m sure another set will turn up.

As for 9250 - that’s what I’m putting on my Argonaut, so I’m thinking about running that here too just for consistency.

A Winston would be super sweet
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