No22 was showing off a new, more race-oriented gravel bike and their new lineup of carbon forks that will not just be on their bikes, but also available aftermarket for other builders, riders, even you. But those are not the beautiful bike you see above…that would be their disc brake road bike, the Aurora. Each year, Campagnolo hosts a “best Campy bike” contest, and builders go all out to dress up a bike. No22 combined their rainbow anodizing talents with the paint expertise of Hot Tubes to create this stunning finish.
The combination of extremely clean color blends and sharp lines and contrasts was amazing.
The fenders are custom made titanium, which they say are as light as plastic, but stronger like metal.
What’s new is the Drifter X, which is based off their Drifter gravel bike, but aimed at those seeking a faster, racier version.
Tire clearance is a little tighter, more for 700×40, with shorter stays and more aggressive geometry. It’s intended as a gravel race bike rather than an all around fun bike. Head tube is tapered rather than their standard straight 44mm tube. And that tapered HT has to be machined from a solid rod of titanium, which means it’s the most expensive part of that frame.
It’s launching as a made-to-order model with custom everything, but the regular Drifter comes as custom or ready-made with stock geometry, so we suspect this one might end up in the ready-made program eventually.
Extra fancy polishing and graphics or anodizing like what’s on these bikes is definitely an upcharge. As are the frame-matched Silca frame pumps.
And the custom polished/brushed Cane Creek eeCranks are a big upcharge. But hey, it’s NAHBS!
They’ve also just launched their own fork line, called No.6, which lets them design it to fit their head tube perfectly for an extremely tidy look…like on the photo of the Drifter X’s headtube.
They have five different versions of the fork, all their own design that’s gone through all the structure testing and everything. The designs are somewhat unique in that the road disc fork has tore clearance for up to 700×38, plus fender mounts, etc.
Retail is $450, weight is 440g for the gravel fork, which has a 382mm axle-to-crown height…a little lower than normal. They could do this without giving up tire clearance by using an integrated carbon crown race, which adds structure to the crown that means the external part you see can be slimmer. Check their website for all the fork options.