New 3D-Printed Ti Fork Ends on No. 22 Bicycle’s Road Bikes

September 2, 2022

No. 22 Bicycle Co., a Johnstown, NY, builder and retailer of titanium bicycles, is now shipping road bikes featuring 3D-printed titanium fork ends, or dropouts—slots in a bike frame or fork where the wheel axle attaches—according to a recent article by Tyler Benedict on BikeRumor.com.

Internal-No22-3d-printed-dropout-Silca-titaniumPrinted by Silca, a bike-part and accessory manufacturer in Indianapolis, IN, the fork ends, from titanium powder, feature interior gyroid-ribbing reinforcement for strength, and save significant hours over the traditional machining and welding of these parts. The part design enables flow of argon gas to purge oxygen and enable clean, strong welds to bike seatstays and chainstays. After printing, the parts ship from Silca to No. 22 for finishing.

Comparison-No22-3d-printed-dropout-welded“Cumulatively, these new 3D-printed dropouts save about 20 hr. of highly skilled manpower per week,” Benedict writes, “and achieve a better, more perfectly aligned result. They’re also about 5x more expensive, but the saved labor just about washes it even, and they end up with a better performing (and arguably better looking) bike.”

Technologies: Metal Powders

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