An in-depth look with video at Argon’s super bike, the Argon 18 E-118.
Argon 18’s fastest ever bike is the product of computing power and athlete feedback
The E-118 frameset is all-new for 2012 and it’s a radical step forward, claimed to be eight per cent faster than the E-114 that it replaces at the top of the range. It was designed using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and the final prototypes were validated in a wind tunnel with a rider. But not just any rider. The whole R&D process included input from sponsored athlete and multiple long-distance champion, Tim O’Donnell.
The monocoque frame is made from Argon 18’s own 7105 HM carbon composite with a focus on power transfer in the lower half and comfort in its upper sections. The seatstays are angled low to present less surface to the wind and they have a broad shoulder so that air can pass between the seatstay and the wheel more freely. The crown of the hinge-type fork is very wide for the same reason. TRP aero V-brakes sit flush in the back of the fork and in the chainstays.
The Argon Fit System consists of a reversible seatpost for a run-boosting position plus longer chainstays and a lower slung bottom bracket for handling stability and a ride that won’t wear you out. The E-118 has an extensive package of adjustability, including a clever handlebar that can be flipped to raise the bullhorns. This Campagnolo build would cost £6,500.