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