You know that line in the last post about how popular gravel bikes have become? Well, here’s another one. No, this is not Argonaut’s first go at a gravel racer – in fact their first bike was called just that, the Gravel Racer. First introduced at NAHBS 2014, the Gravel Racer was essentially a more capable version of their road bike and not a true “gravel grinder.” Wanting to see how the gravel market would shake out, Argonaut has been waiting on the sidelines to figure out how to design the next version, the GR2.
Designed as a specific gravel race bike, the GR2 is about going fast and looking good while doing it. As usual, all Argonaut frames are made to order and offer custom carbon layups, and this time you’ll be able to choose from 15 stock geometries or your own, full custom geometry. Argonaut wanted the bike to “jump when you step on the gas” so the stock geometries have a short rear end for fast acceleration and quick ride feel.
This also isn’t designed to be a monster truck. Tire clearance is limited to 700c x 38mm – but that does help get the complete build weights down to just 16lbs.
Frames are capable of running an optional front derailleur so the fans of 2x out there don’t need to worry. However, if you want to keep things 1x, you won’t have an ugly mount to worry about. Other features include flat mount brakes, Speed Release front and rear thru axles, and a Chris King T47 bottom bracket and i8 headset.
Framesets will start at $6500 for a stock geometry and standard paint design, or $7,250 for full custom geometry and paint, both include an ENVE GRD fork. There are also three “stock” builds with complete pricing starting at $10,700, though Argonaut will work with you to build any bike you want.