No.22 has released $1,100 titanium full-length mudguards for road and gravel riding. The road option fits 28mm tyres and the gravel version wraps around 35mm tyres.
Each width starts from $900 in the raw colour finish and one-colour anodised increases the price to $1,000. Both high-polish and anodised-fade options cost $1,100 (international pricing N/A).
The American brand, which specialises in titanium road bikes, says the mudguards are made from a single piece of titanium.
This eliminates seams, creating clean edges and a smooth surface, according to the New York-based manufacturer.
No.22 has opted for the lightweight strength of titanium in its ‘guards. The road width weighs a claimed 655g and the gravel size is 700g, both including struts and hardware, according to the brand.
The mudguards mount with standard hardware.
Most alloy mudguards come with a small weight penalty compared to plastic mudguards. This is likely to be of little concern on commuter bikes, when staying dry is the priority, rather than weight or all-out performance.
However, if you’re a dedicated weight weenie running mudguards on a lightweight road bike or gravel bike, the weight of full-length alloy mudguards may be a cause for (minor) concern.
Or, maybe you’re just a committed titanium magpie and like the idea of extending that commitment to titanium mudguards. If that’s the case, more power to you.