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Anyone heard of ARGON 18 bikes?(5 posts)

Anyone heard of ARGON 18 bikes?justaguy
Feb 19, 2002 10:47 PM
Interested if Argon 18, based in Canada, is a very good brand, particularly the high end carbon frame (the plutonium). Good enough for a long term investment; raceable, etc? How about ride quality?
re: Anyone heard of ARGON 18 bikes?Woof the dog
Feb 20, 2002 12:54 AM
judging by the name.........uhm, never mind

intriguing stuff though


re: Anyone heard of ARGON 18 bikes?Slipstream
Feb 20, 2002 4:12 AM
The Argon 18 is a monocoque carbon fiber frame made by Leader Bikes. (WWW.LEADERBIKEUSA.COM-you see them on eBay selling another frame for $199.) I believe that Leader is the OEM for Look and others. If you email them, they will tell you where you can buy this frame for $695 whereas Argon will charge you $1125. (Leader will not sell it to you directly.)
Argon 18, THE COMPANY and bikes, sheeshMarlon
Feb 20, 2002 8:16 AM
Here's the link:

In any case, Argon 18 is a high-end bike company, based in Montreal, and they're highly regarded in Eastern Canada, where I'm from. Some of the sponsored boys in Ottawa rode Xenons and Kryptons, and from personal experience, they're fast. Word is that they make use of aero tubing and they ride slightly stiff, but the ride is still very compliant due to rear-end shaping of stays. They're a fairly whippy criterium-style bike, but they're also quite popular with the triathlon crowd too, so that might also say something. Another Canadian company, DeVinci, makes the frames (or used to, anyways), and from experience looking at the DeVinci bikes, the welding and frame-building from DeVinci has been spot-on, even on the low-end bikes which should speak well for Argon 18s. Bottom line: Argon 18s are fast, stiff bikes meant with short-course racing in mind, but are more than capable of going the distance in something challenging like stage racing.

hope this helps!
I second that...tempeteKerouak
Feb 20, 2002 8:30 AM
Good reputation. High-end shop.
They have been in the business long enough to earn a solid reputation with racers.

You can find dealers in USA (mostly California)

Top alu ride. Don't know about the carbon (only two years old frame, but that's the one I would've gotten given the $$ disponibility. They are in my neighborhood - less than 2 km from my door!)