2017 Argon 18 Nitrogen
If you are the type of person who loves to be in love with your bike, then only a very special type of bike will do. There is no doubt that the Argon 18 Nitrogen, with its WorldTour credentials and innovative aerodynamic design will be a worthy recipient of your adoration.
Recently, Argon 18 has been a sponsor of some of the biggest, most successful teams in the pro peloton, and you can feel the very pointed, race-oriented mindset behind this frame. Its aggressive geometry is intended to encourage you into the most aero position you can manage so that you can take full advantage of the frame design. And though we all know that the pros love to “slam that stem” that didn’t preclude Argon 18 from adding in their very clever Press-fit 3D System at the head tube to help us more normal riders get that racing position we want while not putting unwanted pressure on our back or limited flexibility. So if you want to get as low as possible, you can, but if you want a touch more stack, then you have the option to go with a 15mm or 25mm higher setting without having to resort to the use of flexy, unsexy spacers. Combine that adjustability with the ASP-5050 seat post which also provides greater flexibility for rearward and forward positioning, and you can definitely dial in your ideal position.
Since this is one of Argon 18’s aero road bikes, you can not only count on the frame having been conceptualized using an expert eye on fluid dynamics, but they have also made certain to clear away those bits and bobs that always cause wind turbulence and drag. For instance, the front and rear brakes have been hidden away – behind the fork for the front brakes, and tucked over the seatstays in the rear – so that the airflow impact zone is reduced, promoting a clean slice through the wind. And though aero bikes are often given a demerit or two because they can feel a bit on the heavy side, the Nitrogen manages to stay svelte and sleek, tipping the scales neatly under 1000 grams. Similarly, the handling has been kept decidedly calm compared to many bikes designed for pro riders. If responsive means twitchy for you, then don’t worry since the Nitrogen offers a stability at high speeds that will charm you when rolling in a fast pack, and make you feel very grateful when you are screaming down an unknown descent.
The Argon 18 Nitrogen is a great bike for anyone who is focused on performance and racing, but still likes to enjoy a leisurely recovery ride with friends and family. Its comfort, performance and versatility will help you look forward to every ride.
Frame: Carbon nanotech tubing HM6003
Fork: Monocoque carbon fork
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, FSA 39 + 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: Direct mount, hidden aerodynamic
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, reversible ASP-5050 carbon seatpost. Road and Tri position obtainable
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 47cm XS | 51cm SM | 54cm MD | 57cm LG | 60cm XL |
Colors: Black Red, Black White
Weight: 990g | 2.18lbs