2017 Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc brake road bike

Completely overshadowed by their drag-measuring concept bike at Eurobike, the all-new Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc gets the obvious layup revisions to handle disc brakes’ forces. Where it surprises is the weight, coming in lighter than the current rim brake version. We’re awaiting confirmation on actual frame weight UPDATE: the frame comes in at just 790g plus 75g worth of small parts (axle, hanger, etc.), and the fork is 395g plus 20g for the NAILD thru axle. That’s light for a disc brake frame, here’s how they did it…

2017 Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc brake road bike

For starters, Argon 18’s tubes are particularly thin, even coming with warnings not to clamp your workstand on the top tube. Thin flattened seatstays lead up to a new seatpost that’s lighter (190g) and uses a spring-captured saddle clamp so when you adjust or change your saddle the small bits don’t go flying. A proprietary collar protect the super thin tubing but still holds the post in place.

The seatstays and fork have plenty of clearance, but max recommended rubber is a 28mm-30mm tire thanks to a little tighter spacing at the chainstays.

2017 Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc brake road bike

2017 Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc brake road bike

More weight savings comes from using a riveted front derailleur mount replaces the screw-on version to save more weight. The cable port’s cover under the BB now clips in rather than bolting in, saving additional grams.

2017 Argon 18 Gallium Pro Disc brake road bike

The bike uses 12mm thru axles front and rear with the integrated NAILD system. NAILD’s LocIt lever has been updated, enclosing the red release lever completely inside the black lever. To remove the wheel, you must depress the red lever then pull the black lever. There’s virtually no way for it to come loose on its own. Once you’ve opened the cam, give it a quarter rotation and pull the axle out. It requires the female end to be integrated into the dropouts, but works with any thru-axle compatible hubs.

Available in October, the Gallium Pro Disc will be available in gloss or matte black with Dura-Ace Di2 ($10,499.99), Ultegra Di2 ($7,699.99) or the frameset ($4,749.99).

Argon18bike.com

12 comments

    • Antipodean_eleven on

      It’s not a ‘gumby position’ if it works for the ride. That said, this is a photoshoot, so yes, bars should be flat and there should be no spacer stack above )or below) the stem.

      C’mon marketing guys, you act like know-it all-princess’ when one has to work with you, at least get the simple things right. fer gawd’s sakes and help disprove what people say about you…

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    • TomM on

      Seriously, it’s about a decade of this set of colors dominating the industry. My own stable of bikes includes 4 that are mostly black with a few bits of red and white, and only 1 bike that is a different color. It just happened to work out that way via choosing bikes for functional characteristics, but makes it all look really boring.

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    • Antipodean_eleven on

      Because you will find that when doing colours, it becomes apparent that while many people ‘like the idea’ of ‘different’ colours, most will only buy from a limited palette which include, black, read, white and blue. Colours beyond this rapidly have a rapidly declining acceptance rate unless there is no other choice.

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