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The new ITU Long Course World Champion now relies on the E-114
Argon 18 is once again very glad to announce the signature of a new collaborative agreement with American triathlete Tim O’Donnell. The new ITU Long Course World Champion will be using Argon 18’s reputed E-114 for the next three seasons.


The addition of Tim O’Donnell to the already strong group of athletes working with Argon 18 is particularly significant for the Montreal based company since his last season was nothing less than remarkable with a total of 11 podiums placing, including 5 victories and 3 course records. These results lead the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council to make him the “Non-ITU” Athlete of the Year. For 2010 he will concentrate on the Ironman 70.3 events, with a special focus on the World Championship in Clearwater at the end of the season.

The signing of Tim O’Donnell with Argon 18 confirms the high level of interests the Canadian company has for the most prestigious events of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 series. A few weeks ago Argon 18 announced the signature of a similar collaboration with Estonian power house Ain-Alar Juhanson and another one with Australian triathlete Luke Bell whose level of performance in the past years allows him to hope for a top spot in Kona this season.

About Tim O’Donnell
At only 29 years old Tim O’Donnell is the current ITU Long Course World Champion. He has been U.S.A military triathlon champion from 2003 to 2008 as well as U-23 champion of U.S.A in 2003. These impressive performances are the results of a fructuous collaboration that began in 2005 with Canadian coach C. English who was then in charge of the U.S. National triathlon team. Beside excellence in sports, Tim also showed talent in the academic field by graduating from the United States Naval Academy and by completing a Master’s degree in Ocean Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.


2009 results
1st ITU Long Course World Championships
1st Ironman St Croix 70.3 *Course Record
1st Ironman Calgary 70.3 *Course Record
1st 5430 Long Course Triathlon *Course Record
1st Boulder Peak Triathlon
2nd US Pro National Championships
2nd Ironman Kansas 70.3
3rd Chicago Triathlon
3rd ITU Pan American Championships
3rd Ironman New Orleans 70.3
3rd Rev3 Triathlon

This speed demon, the Argon112 is build up with
Shimano Dura Ace components and Easton EA50 wheels.
Retail: $3800.00
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Ridden by Samantha McGlone, 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.
A product of the E-114 development process,
the E-112 is a remarkably stable and exceptionally aerodynamic racing machine.
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• Frame/fork aerodynamic integration
• 5606 HM Nano-Tech carbon
*• ASP-4000 seatpost
• Geometry -AFS extra-stable version



Argon 18 delivers again the best bang for the buck time trial frameset, featuring the new E-80. The frame features a full carbon aero rear triangle (seatstay & chainstay is carbon fiber) to give the best aerodynamic design & comfort combined. Extruded, triple butted aluminum main trianlge with aero, teardrop shaped tube sections ensures no loss of power. 100% carbon fiber fork rounds out the package and complements the frame and enhances integrity of frame design. The E-80 replaces the tried & tested Argon 18 Mercury.
Color: White/Red Size: M
Frame-set retails at $1000.=
In store now!



ARGON 18 Gallium Pro
3D Headtube* is a structural extension of the headtube. It keeps the headset bearings close to the stem, maximising rigidity and steering accuracy even when the rider chooses an upright position. With its stiffness intact, the stem/bar combination favors hard accelerations. Three positions are available: 0mm,10mm and 20mm.

HDS: the Horizontal Dual System is a design that varies the shape and size of the various frame sections according to the stresses experienced by each. Power transfer is remarkably efficient, response is immediate.

Internal S3: the S3 principle, applied internally. Reinforcements inside
the frame vary according to frame size, putting extra material only where
necessary, reducing needless weight while improving stiffness for a complete
power transfer.

Easy positioning, accurate trajectories, AFS road geometry: the Argon 18
Fit System is based on years of knowledge about the geometries required tomake a bike most efficient and enjoyable to ride. This is why Argon 18 bikes are more comfortable, maximizing the rider’s potential.

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Build up with SRAM RED GROUPO and MAVIC KSYRIUM SL WHEELS
RETAIL: $6000.=

The new Gallium’s tube design is an evolution of the HDS principle:


• The bottom bracket area and chainstays have substantially larger dimensions for maximum rigidity and lightning-quick acceleration. Overall lateral stiffness of the new Gallium is 8% better than in the original Gallium.

• The seatstays and top tube, accordingly, are designed to ensure enough vertical compliance for comfort that equals the frame’s high efficiency.

o Allows for three headtube sizes for each frame size, for riders who prefer a more upright position, all without compromising the other frameset parameters.


o Uncompromised positioning, exactly matching each rider’s fitness level, flexibility and riding style.

o Places headset top bearing closer to the stem, eliminating the need for stacked spacers and thus reducing the excessive flex caused by overly long, unsupported steertubes.

o The 3D headtube system increases comfort while improving steering accuracy and handling.

6003 HM carbon is a sophisticated, highly refined composite. Every frame section uses different grades of HM fibers in a complex layup schedule, to withstand the stresses the frame encounters and fulfill design objectives.


o This translates to an increased stiffness that is readily felt when riding, with full power transfer and tight, quick handling, combined with maximum vibration dissipation for day-long comfort.

o The carbon composite and layup are planned so as to work optimally with the shapes formed by the new Gallium’s mold, eliminating redundant material; the resulting weight reduction can be readily felt on the road.

Frameset MSRP: 2200.00 Small Frame Available Now.

ARGON 18 E-112:

o The E-112 is constructed in the same mold used for building the E-114. Both bikes thus share the same shapes, apart from the fork. However, the pronounced ridges on the E-112 fork allow the maximum possible aerodynamic integration with the frame and rider, with a conventional headset and handlebar configuration.


As measured in the wind tunnel, here are the aero gains, compared to the E-80, twice a world triathlon championship winning bike:


o 5% into a on-axis headwind and an average of 13% improvement in sidewinds.

o A formulation developed in the context of project Element 114, 5606 offers properties similar to those of 6006, used in building the E-114.


o 5606 is used exclusively in building the E-112 and meets the very stringent requirements for manufacturing tubes and sections having a pronounced aero profile.


o The inherent vibration-absorbing qualities of 5606 HM lend extra comfort and stability to the frameset, particularly on rough surfaces.

Frameset MSRP: $2350.00

Small and Medium available in store now.

These are the new weapons of our Champion (UL-Tri) Eric Bernard!
the Road: Gallium Pro
3D Headtube* is a structural extension of the headtube. It keeps the headset bearings close to the stem, maximising rigidity and steering accuracy even when the rider chooses an upright position. With its stiffness intact, the stem/bar combination favors hard accelerations. Three positions are available: 0mm,10mm and 20mm.

HDS: the Horizontal Dual System is a design that varies the shape and size of the various frame sections according to the stresses experienced by each. Power transfer is remarkably efficient, response is immediate.

Internal S3: the S3 principle, applied internally. Reinforcements inside
the frame vary according to frame size, putting extra material only where
necessary, reducing needless weight while improving stiffness for a complete
power transfer.

Easy positioning, accurate trajectories, AFS road geometry: the Argon 18
Fit System is based on years of knowledge about the geometries required tomake a bike most efficient and enjoyable to ride. This is why Argon 18 bikes are more comfortable, maximizing the rider’s potential.


The Tri/TT: E-114
The E-114’s innovative and exclusive design has won Argon 18 the prestigious
Eurobike Award
. The bike also received the Institut Design Montréal’s hotlycontested
Industrial Design Award. The E-114 is a striking example of Argon
18’s capacity for innovation as well as its will to push the envelope in the
field of bicycle design.

Oneness: a structural fairing that masks the headtube and brake from airflow and supports the handlebar, eliminating the stem. Offers a wide range of adjustment and unmatched stiffness.

AFS tri/T.T. geometry: a unique, adapted geometry, with razor-sharp steering and unparalleled stability, even in situations where it is impossible to stay on the tribar extensions with other bikes. Every dimensional aspect of the bike has been defined in order to maximize bike control, at extreme levels of exertion.

Overcoming the wind: it was a bold move to question the wisdom of teardrop-shaped tubes and frame sections. Such an aerodynamic improvement required determining which areas of the frame could yield further aero gains. The E-114’s radical forms result in a 12% aerodynamic improvement in a headwind and an average 18% aero gain in sidewinds.




This is the story of a combative little kid riding his very first bike race. His bike is nothing special; heavy, a mass-produced clunker with fat tires. The kid looks kinda funny too. This being Canada, he’s borrowed a buddy’s hockey helmet to ride the race, a race he ends up winning. It’s 1973 and the kid’s name is Gervais Rioux and he’s about to discover a whole new world, the wonderful world of cycling and he decides right there and then that he is going to make that world his. A few years later, he witnesses the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and there’s no turning back now, his path is set: he too must reach the topmost rung of the ladder, the pinnacle of cycling achievement, pushing the envelope to the limit.
Gervais Rioux is the brains behind Argon.



Precision Bikes will be the sole dealer in Louisiana,
offering the Argon 18 line up in the year 2010!


INTERBIKE 2009Argon 18 only had minor updates to their E114 time trial / triathlon bike to show us this year, but they are some very solid updates that will make the bike much more adaptable to a wider range of riders. All of the changes come at the front end, with a new fork with redesigned dropouts and a new stem with optional sizes and a new machined design that drops weight.

The E114 fork keeps the wide side profile legs, but the dropouts get machined out for a very Terminator, tech look.

argon-e114-tt-tri-interbike09-04The stems get several changes. First, they’re machined out to save weight and improve cable routing by allowing them to run through the stem. Those holes you see directly behind the steerer tube are for the internal cable routing…but they go unused when you blow the budget on Shimano’s electonic Di2 Dura-Ace. Shown above and below from both sides, the integrated external-type steerer stiffens the steering response and adds a little aerodynamic benefit. Argon’s unique spacer design allows for 7cm of vertical adjustments to accommodate different size riders. They’ve also added a new 95mm stem length option to the original 65mm.

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The Argon E114 frameset (frame, fork, base handlebar, 2 aero bars, brakes and pads) retails for $4,000. All you really need to add are wheels and drivetrain.
And we got you covered on that end as well!