There is no miracle formula: a bike that responds well to the hardships of the road must be balanced on all levels. It must be able to take you where you want, whenever you want, and give you a sense of security and confidence. In a nutshell, here are 4 pillars of bikes that are fit for use in the Spring Classics; features that are reproduced on all Argon 18 bikes.
Argon 18 bikes are among the best bikes in the world because we had the chance to test them on the roads and cobblestones of the biggest classic races. Under these conditions, it’s crucial to have a bike that absorbs the vibrations of the road and is comfortable.
“By developing bikes that can perform in Paris-Roubaix or other Classics, we make sure that we make comfortable bikes available to all types and all categories of cyclists,” says Gervais Rioux, President and Founder of Argon 18.
Again, balance is key here. A stiff, manoeuvrable and stable bike handles the road well, but if it’s too nervous, it doesn’t behave as expected.
“We pay close attention to handling in the development of all our bikes,” explains Gervais. “This is a key aspect on courses that are very technical like the Tour of Flanders, for instance, where the road offers many challenges. Steep slopes, very tight technical turns, staggering descents and climbs… All this requires a reactive bike that behaves well and reacts in an exemplary fashion.”
Classic races with a winding, hilly and rugged course such as the Tour of Lombardia or Liège-Bastogne-Liège, where there are many climbs and descents, require a light, quick and manageable bike. In short, a climber’s bike.
Argon 18 bikes combine all the coveted features of a road bike, but they are also adaptable. Designed to cope with extreme road conditions, our bikes are also developed to accommodate different components that allow you to adapt to all types of roads in an optimal way: tire clearance, bar tape, bottle cages, brakes, pedals, etc.
Our team of experts in Montreal are also able to offer a bike exclusively built for our Pro team; a bike equipped with special configurations to be used for Paris-Roubaix, also known as the “Hell of the North.” Argon 18 spares no effort to offer an optimal bike that absorbs vibrations and impacts, which can accommodate larger wheels or offer a safer overall handling on the cobbles.
“In my opinion,” says Gervais, “if the bike can manage its way through a race like Paris-Roubaix, in which the bike is greatly challenged, then I think we’ve done our homework. This is the ultimate test.”
Astana Pro Team’s bikes for the Classics
Argon 18 | Gallium Pro | © Bettiniphoto.net
Argon 18 | Nitrogen Pro | © Bettiniphoto.net