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Argon 18 is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer and was actually my first stop at the indoor show. Ã‚Â The video shows off their newest models, the E114 Time Trial/Triathlon bike that won a design award at Eurobike, it’s close sibling, the E112 and their redesigned Gallium road bike.
Argon 18 has a couple of unique features that set them apart, including an adjustable headtube height that extends the frame’s height without losing any rigidity like you can with spacers. Ã‚Â They touch on this in the video, but you’ll have to read “more” for details and closeup pics of how this happens…
The Gallium is their top of the line road bike. Ã‚Â It’s available in six sizes, which is a lot for a monocoque carbon frame, ranging from 43 to 60/62. Ã‚Â The frame has been redesigned from 2008 to be 20% stiffer laterally and 6% lighter. Ã‚Â Frame is 940g (55cm) and their Ga31 fork, custom built for this bike, weighs 356g.
It uses their 3D Headtube design, which lets you raise the headtube height without affecting the geometry.
The silver spacers at the top of the headtube raise the mounting point for the headset. Ã‚Â They have interlocking grooves that nestle into each other and form a stiff extension of the headtube, versus spacers that just rest on the fork’s steerer tube between the stem and the headset. Ã‚Â This lets you get closer to placing the stem directly on top of the headset, which theoretically increases the stiffness in the front of the bike.
The top left piece inserts into the top of the headtube. Ã‚Â Put the spacers (front) on it to get the height you want, then thread in the top right piece to tighten it all down. Ã‚Â The grooves on the top and bottom of each spacer keep them from migrating in any direction.
Next down the line is the Krypton. Ã‚Â It also uses a fullÃ‚Â High ModulusÃ‚Â carbon monocoque design. Ã‚Â Like all their road bikes, it uses a frame-specific fork. Ã‚Â Frame weight is 1225g and fork is 485g, and it’s available in six sizes.
The Krypton has a nicely detailed headtube area…I bet the grooves make it faster!
The flagship TT/Triathlon bike is their E114. Ã‚Â It features their “ONEness” structural fairing that incorporates the whole steerer into the actual frame design and masks the headtube improve aerodynamics. Ã‚Â Watch the video for a better look at this, but it’s one piece from the dropout to the handlebar mount, meaning you don’t need a stem. Ã‚Â Keeping it one piece from top to bottom aids stiffness, too. Ã‚Â This is a new model for 2009, replacing the two-time triathlon world championship winning E80. Ã‚Â It has 12% better aerodynamics from the front and 18% better from the side. Ã‚Â Frame is 1425g, fork assembly is 595g.
The E112 is the next bike down, and uses the same mold as the E114. Ã‚Â The only other differences (besides component spec) are a traditional headtube/fork and a slightly lesser carbon source. Ã‚Â However, the frame/fork combo on the E112 is actually 20g lighter (1550g frame, 450g fork).
The E80 is the next bike down and uses a triple-butted aluminum front triangle with an aero carbon rear end and a full carbon fork. Ã‚Â Frame weight is 1650g and fork is 495g. Ã‚Â All three of these TT/Tri bikes are available in four sizes.