ARGON 18 E-116 FRAMESET 2014

ARGON 18 E-116 FRAMESET 2014
Brand: Argon
Product Code: TB09
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Price: $950.00

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6105 HM Carbon Composite
Argon 18's proprietary carbon fibre composite formula is specifically designed to enhance and benefit the OB concept.

3D Headtube
The E-116 is equipped with the 3D Headtube system, an Argon 18 exclusive. Easy to install and adjust, 3D replaces conventional spacers with a structural mechanism that allows for handlebar height adjustment without compromising front-end stiffness.
 
This device offers two main advantages:

  • A rider can fine-tune the bar height without piling up an excessive number of conventional spacers, leaving the frame’s rigidity intact.  Thanks to 3D, a handlebar set at a 15mm height preserves 5% more stiffness over a similar conventional set-up, and this figure reaches 11% with a bar set at a 25mm height.
  • Since the 3D Headtube system offers three effective head tube lengths, a rider can set the right position initially, but can later revise this position as fitness, taste or riding style evolve over time.

AFS Triathlon/Time-Trial Geometry
The result of long experience and painstaking analysis, AFS geometry ensures the bike remains stable and the steering accurate, even in the most intense effort. The rider can stay on the aerobars in situations where this is impossible with other bikes.  Every aspect of the geometry contributes to increased control and an optimal position.  Two of these play a particularly decisive role:

  • Long chainstays-  400mm long in all frame sizes, they are longer than most of our competitors’ stays.  The result is increased stability at high speed as well as crisp, faultless shifting, every time…count on it.
  • BB-Drop 75-  While our competitors set their bottom bracket at a 70 or even 60 mm drop below the wheel hub centerline, we chose to drop ours a little lower, at 75mm.  Why?
  • The lower center of gravity makes for a more stable, solid-feeling ride.

HDS: Horizontal Dual System
Following the HDS principle, the E-118 frame features lighter, smaller tubes in the upper parts of the frame to absorb road buzz and increase comfort, while the lower areas are built stout and strong, to ensure complete power transfer to the rear wheel.

Whether in training or during a race, HDS construction lessens fatigue thanks to the enhanced comfort while simultaneously maintaining maximum efficiency, losing none of the athlete’s power in propelling bike and rider fast forward.

Aerodynamics: CFD Virtual and Actual Wind Tunnel Testing
Because the E-116 is made using the E-118 mold, it reaps all the benefits of Computer Fluid Dynamics testing- the virtual wind tunnel. These tests have given Argon's R&D team an accurate, detailed picture of airflow behavior around the bike and rider at all wind angles, letting the designers maximize  aero efficiency in every part of the bike. A number of design variants were tested and the most aerodynamically effective shapes were incorporated into the final version.

CFD: cutting-edge technology for cutting edge performance
 
While every aspect of the E-116 itself was tested and optimized through exhaustive computer simulation tests, Argon 18 took this process farther still.  Making the most of CFD software’s almost unlimited computing power, Argon 18 completely digitized a pedaling cyclist- in this case, triathlon champion Tim O’Donnell-in order to include the rider  in the design process from the outset, because the rider is by far the main source of drag.  This inclusion of a virtual rider let Argon's R&D specialists test every permutation and hypothesis, resulting in a bike that’s seriously aerodynamic in the real world.
 
Wind tunnel data validation: the numbers speak for themselves
 
In the final validation phase, the E-116 turned out to be 4% to 9% more aerodynamically efficient than the E-114, depending on yaw angle, in identical conditions….which means a faster bike split.

BB86 Bottom Bracket
The E-116 features a BB86 bottom bracket shell. This threadless system relies on press-fitted sealed cartridge bearings.

With BB86, traditional threaded and external threaded are no longer necessary, reducing weight while boosting rigidity where it matters most.

Electronic Compatible
Out of the box, the E-116 is equally compatible with Di2 / EPS or mechanical components. Regardless of the group you choose, all cables and wiring are internally routed for enhanced aerodynamics.

A Totally Integrated Design
Like the E-118, the E-116 is a totally integrated design. Apart from the frame, it includes the following components:

  • The new E-116 one-piece carbon fork
  • The new ASP-7000 reversible seat post has been updated with a lighter, simpler & low-profile seat clamp design-exclusive to Argon 18.

TRP’s Advanced Braking Systems -a very powerful, V-brake design, fitted flush within the frame and fork shapes, out of the wind. These brakes create negligeable drag and are an example of the painstaking attention to aerodynamics in the E-116’s development.

Torque Specification

  • 3D system: 30-32 Nm (use Teflon plumber’s tape to prevent unwanted loosening of the 3D headtube).
  • Seatpost collar: 4 Nm (lubricate collar bolt with grease and use anti-slip carbon assembly compound on post/seat tube).
  • Seatpost clamp adjustment bolts: 5 Nm.
  • Seatpost rocker clamp: 8 Nm.
  • Derailleur hanger bolts-front and rear: 4 Nm.
  • Bottle cage mounting bolts: 3 Nm.

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