Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro

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mchiang
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by mchiang

I don't really see many posts or reviews about this amazing bike, so here it is for those who might be considering buying a new or second hand bike.

Frameset: Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro Size M (55.9cm top tube)
Handlebar: Vision Metron 5D ACR 120mm X 420mm
Bartape: FSA Powertouch
Shifters: FSA K-Force WE
Derailleurs: FSA K-Force WE
Crankset: FSA K-Force 52/36 X 172.5mm
Cassette: FSA K-Force 11-32
Saddle: Prologo Dimension CPC Nack 143mm
Chain: KMC 11 speed X11SL DLC
Wheelset: Vision Metron 55 Tubeless Ready
Tires: Coninental GP5000 25mm Front / Continental GP5000 23mm Rear (better handling and tire clearance for an aero bike)
Tubes: Continental Race 28 w/ 42mm valve
Pedals: Favero Assioma Duo
Cable&Housing: Jagwire Pro Brake Cableset
Bottle Cages: FSA K-Force
Brakes: TRP Aero TTV brakes

The total weight is only 7.26 kg. When the race season starts I will swap out my tubes and pedals to Continental supersonic tubes AND Time Xpresso 15, which would reduce another 250 grams.

It is also worth mentioning that the crankset I use weighs only 570 grams (52/36 chainrings and 172.5mm crank length). And the cassette is very lighty as well. I forgot to measure the 11-32 cassette before installation, but my 11-28 K-Force cassette weighs only 201 grams, which is much lighter than claimed weight of 257 grams.

In regards of the bike itself, the frame is definitely stiff and extremely responsive. So much more so than my 2017 CAAD12 Disc, which weighs 8.3 kg size 58. When I hammer down 1200-1400 watts, there is no twitchy feelings that some of the older generation aero bikes are said to deliver. On descents, this thing is a beast, hitting 80km/hr, or 50 mph, was no difficult task. Also, the cornering is very good, felt a lot safer leaning my bike sideway into sharp ass corners than my 2015 Supersix evo (non hi mod) and CAAd12 Disc, part of this is probably because of the tires. But the cornering feels more solid than either of the Cannondale bikes I have had experiences with, when I lean, I lean without feeling the bike sort of bouncing fighting back. About climbing, I think the bike weight says something, doesn't really need me to elaborate on that.

P.S. Favero Assioma Duo is such an awesome powermeter. USB charging and weighs exactly as claimed weight at 299 grams, which is about the same weight as 105 pedals. That is just lit. However, I do find that this pair of pedals measure slightly lower than FSA Alloy PowerBox. And Powertap pedals definitely measure a little higher than FSA Alloy PowerBox, which in my experience is the most accurate among these three.

(All the edits were just to add more details in the cornering ability of this bike.)
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mchiang
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by mchiang

Also, switching to FSA energy stem + k-force handlebar and vision metorn 40 SL, the entire bike (with the race-season tubes and pedals), the bike can definitely go down to 6.8 kg

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onemanpeloton
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by onemanpeloton

More pics please!
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Lugan
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by Lugan

Here is mine. I swapped the Bora 50 wheels to Hed Jet 6 black, which improved handling and reduced brake rub: viewtopic.php?t=145199

crlincoln
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by crlincoln

I was in my LBS at the weekend looking at the Argon 18 bikes, never find to many reviews on them, but keep hearing they are really great bikes..


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mchiang
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by mchiang

Will take more pics for sure when the weather is not so bad in Davis!

mchiang
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by mchiang

and yeah, Arogn 18 doesn't have many reviews, paid or not, like specialized or cannondale, but they do make really high quality bikes

icantaffordcycling
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by icantaffordcycling

We need a full review and pro/cons of the fsa groupset.

mchiang
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by mchiang

icantaffordcycling wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:13 pm
We need a full review and pro/cons of the fsa groupset. Image
definitely will do soon as the weather clears up :)

TheDoctor
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by TheDoctor

Great bike! So nice to see when I just completed a build of an Argon 18 Nitrogen (non-pro) myself. Dura Ace 9100 groupset, Mavic Cosmic Carbon SLR wheelset (with the carbon strip spokes - not made anymore but a wheelset that I really like), Pro Stealth carbon saddle, Deda Superzero stem and bar, and also with Assioma Duo's...

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Scott Addict Premium Disc
Argon 18 Nitrogen
Specialized Tarmac SL4 Pro
Canyon Exceed CF SLX 8.0

mchiang
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by mchiang

TheDoctor wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:15 pm
Great bike! So nice to see when I just completed a build of an Argon 18 Nitrogen (non-pro) myself. Dura Ace 9100 groupset, Mavic Cosmic Carbon SLR wheelset (with the carbon strip spokes - not made anymore but a wheelset that I really like), Pro Stealth carbon saddle, Deda Superzero stem and bar, and also with Assioma Duo's...

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Dude that is one seriously gorgeous bike...just amazing

mchiang
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by mchiang

icantaffordcycling wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:13 pm
We need a full review and pro/cons of the fsa groupset. Image
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=155834&p=1466673&hi ... e#p1466673

dastott
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by dastott

A different bike but I really like the look of the Argon 18 bikes that Astana Pro Team ride.

fasdflkjweorinjs
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by fasdflkjweorinjs

Is this frame specially designed for the FSA ACR headset? Your bike looks fantastic!

pulmark
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Location: Finland

by pulmark

Q about the Nitrogen Pro brakes . Is it possible to update the old TRP/Argon TKB 137/138 V-brakes to TRP TTV aero brakes ? It looks like adjusting the brake cable length in the TTV brake is much easier.

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