2017 Argon 18 E-117 Tri +
Any way you look at it, buying a time trial or triathlon bike is quite an investment, so you want to be sure you get exactly the sort of bike that will help you get the upper hand in your races without inciting a small mutiny on the home front. The Argon 18 E-117 Tri + will be that perfect aero bike that you can use to keep yourself in contention in those week long stage races you’ve built your training season around, or catch back up to those triathlon competitors who are more comfortable in the water section of your events.
The E-117 Tri series is the UCI approved time trial bike from Argon, which means that its design features have been tested in some of the most difficult and demanding time trial courses in the world. And perhaps paradoxically for a bike that is built to go fast, one of the most important innovations of the E-117 Tri + is how well the brakes work and are hidden. By concealing them behind the fork, the front brakes are removed from any drag issues while providing the sort of stopping security that will help you feel comfortable waiting till the last minute to scrub your speed.
Of course, the aerodynamics have been the primary driving force behind the design, and keeps pace with the fastest time trial bikes on the circuit including Argon 18’s own E-118 Next. Being able to customize your fit with their Press-Fit 3D system increases how aero you can get while balancing it with keeping the essential level of comfort. What this system does is offer three head tube heights for every frame size to help you adjust the handlebar height using these specially designed head tube internals. This is a vast improvement over the use of spacers because it will look cleaner and increases front end rigidity up to 11% compared to a 25mm worth of spacers. Their front end design also makes it easier to travel with the bike, something all serious racers will appreciate. The seat tube angle is 78°, and the saddle position can be adjusted from +28mm to -28mm, which will help you find that balanced sweet spot between aggressively aero and long distance comfort.
And as the plus version of the E-117, you do get a bit more bang for some extra buck in the fact that the carbon layup keeps the stiffness but reduces the weight compared to the regular E-117, and you will get the added advantage of the integrated hydration, nutrition and survival accessories. Everything has been designed with aerodynamics in mind, and can be installed or removed according to your race or indeed training day nutrition and hydration needs.
The Argon 18 E-117 Tri + will be the ultimate bike to ease the loneliness of a long distance time trialler. UCI legal, you can use it for all your most important stage races, while it’s also equipped to slot easily into your triathlon training sessions and Ironman competitions.
Frame: Nanotech HM6004 carbon
Fork: E117 carbon
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, FSA 37E + 3D
Steerer Tube: 1 1/8” - 1 1/4”
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: Internal, electric or mechanical compatible
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Caliper, Argon 18 integrated aero brakes
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, ASP-7100 aero carbon
Seatpost setback: +/-28mm
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 46.1cm XS | 50cm SM | 51.5cm MD | 54.7cm LG | 59cm XL |
Colors: Black White Gloss
Weight (Frame Only): 1300g | 2.87lbs
Weight (Frameset w/ Accessories): 2500g | 5.51lbs
Triathlon Accessories Included: Yes