Canada’s Argon 18 has introduced its latest bicycle models, the Endurance Line featuring the Krypton CS and Krypton GF, and has added to is Gallium race bike range. The two Endurance Line models are designed to offer ‘maximum comfort and performance on the longest of rides no matter the road surface and are ideal to tackle those Gran Fondo style races, challenging roads and gravel events’.
Through extensive research and analysis of stiffness, resistance and aerodynamics, Argon 18 feels that it has created a unique line of bikes that are as comfortable as they are light, stiff and aerodynamic. The bike’s geometry is tuned for a more stable and comfortable ride through a less aggressive positioning of the rider. From tube shapes to carbon layups, both frames and forks were designed and optimized for better vibration absorption, aerodynamics and lightness.
The Krypton CS and GF introduce a new fully integrated 3D+ system and a seamless modular cable routing system, which make both models compatible with all modern drivetrain systems.
“The new Krypton expands our definition of performance,” said Michael McGinn, Director of Development at Argon 18. “All of our bikes are based on balance, but optimal balance means different things to different riders. Our focus for an endurance bike was to provide the perfect combination of efficiency, comfort while preserving the handling characteristic that makes Argon18 bikes unique. This bike is about enjoying the journey, not the destination.”
There are further additions to the Gallium Line – Gallium Pro 2018 and Gallium. The Gallium Pro 2018 has secured a stage victory at this year’s Tour de France, alongside stage and GC category wins at the Criterium du Dauphine and most recently, last week’s powerful stage victory at La Vuelta. Introduced at Eurobike, the new Gallium is an updated version of the World Tour bike of 2015 and 2016.
“For us, the Gallium lineage has always been about the pursuit of the perfect feeling race bike,” said Michael McGinn at Argon 18. “We are tireless in our approach as we evaluate every small detail that adds to its character, but with each generation of the Gallium models we are closer. These bikes are no exception. The Gallium line is defined by balance – the balance between technology and that intangible feeling of satisfaction you get when you conquer your road.
“It‘s the perfect balance of performance and bliss moving effortlessly, even rhythmically with the rider. We have seen that this balance is the perfect mechanism with a variety of riders and terrains.”
The Gallium Pro 2018 is the company’s lightest frame ever at 794g for a medium painted frame including hardware, highlighted by refined tube shape design and new a carbon fibre lay-up. Some features of this model include redesign and optimization of all parts of the frame: from the new 4 points riveted front derailleur hanger right up to the inner cable routing. Another key aspect is greater tyre clearance enabling use of up to 28 mm tyres.
Astana Pro Team is currently racing on the Limited Edition Team frame, available to consumers; while Fabio Aru is riding the Gallium Pro 2018 in a custom painted ‘Il Cavaliere’ celebrating his Sardinia heritage.
The New Gallium is 200g lighter than the previous generation. “This bike brings pro tour performance to the masses,” added Martin Faubert, R&D Director at Argon 18.