Tim’s Argonaut Disc Road

When Ben from Argonaut Cycles designed and developed his first road frame, he was content, but that didn’t mean his desire to create the best made in the USA carbon fiber road frame was sated. Ben knew the market was changing and wanted to have even more options for his customers to select when purchasing a custom bike.

With the popularity of gravel / dirt rides and races, he knew that his current racing geometry would need some finessing and with the increasing demand for disc brakes, the opportunity arose to adapt.

A bike suited for off-road riding has a few tweaks to the geometry. The rear end will be slightly longer, the bottom bracket, just slightly lower and the head tube loses around half a degree. This enables the bike to still handle fast on sealed roads, but really be at home on dirt. Tire clearances are important as well. These bikes fit a 28mm tubeless road tire with ease, which is all you need for gravel. Remember, this isn’t a cross bike.

The Argonaut Disc Road bikes that the Rapha / River City Bicycles team rode during the Rouge Roubaix were developed for off-road conditions, while staying true to their race machine pedigree.

For those familiar with the Di2 hydro system, you’ll note the front plate of the shifters were painted black. Other than that, it’s pretty straight forward. 140mm disc rotors, Argonaut Made in the USA frameset, ENVE bars, ENVE stem, ENVE wheels with custom decals and dripping with Chris King’s precision components.

Tim from the team has the first production model. After an afternoon of shooting photos and video of the bike in action, I took it out for some portrait photos.

This bike ripped apart the dirt and stood out from the pack at the Rouge Roubaix. See more in the Gallery!

  • http://www.brokenandcoastal.com/ Broken and Coastal

    damn son

  • David

    This bike is pretty much perfect.

  • James

    What’s it cost? I’d buy one!

  • Robert Hest

    Looks great. I would be nice to have clearance for tires bigger than 28mm, you know, for riding real gravel.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I have ridden real gravel on 28c plenty of times dude. It’s not like your wheel or tire is going to explode if you’re not on a 45c tire – and this is a road bike, not an “adventure” bike.

      • Robert Hest

        I guess if you want a bike specifically for riding events like this or something like the Strade Bianche, this is a good compromise. It just seems like such a niche market, which I makes sense if you’re a low-volume enterprise like Argonaut.

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          Yeah, totally. This is a race bike with disc brakes and a different geo. For people who do a lot of fire road / frontage road / dirt segments on legit road rides. Like the stuff you’ll do in Portland / SF / Los Angeles or even Vermont. It’d still crush in races like the Rouge and Almanzo. Ben got 3rd place on his…

          It’s by no means the kind of bike that’s currently being marketed towards the “gravel grinder” crowd and I like that. He’s doing Argonaut…

          • Ian Stone

            Speaking of Almanzo, didn’t see you signed up this year. Are you doing the Royal 162?

  • Patrick Murphy

    Slick! The touches of gold (or is that mango?) really make it. Not hatin’ but he should have painted the shifter plates argo blue :)

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Yeah, Chris King Gold. No way man! MURDDDDDER those shifters out! ;-)

  • Justin Kee

    What are you using to balance the bike for these shots?

  • Parker

    Really really cool. Awesome photos too

  • Silicone Tidds

    Grrrrr – these guys make some great looking hardware

  • http://bagusgowes.wordpress.com/ Bagus Abdurrahman Wahid

    Specification?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      For? Frame? Components?

      • http://bagusgowes.wordpress.com/ Bagus Gowes

        Components.. m/

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          most are listed in the post….

          -ENVE bars, stem, fork, 29 XC rims, post
          -Chris King 11-speed disc road hubs, ceramic BB and HS
          -Di2 Hydro with 140mm rotors
          -San Marco Regal saddle
          -Lizard Skin DSP
          -Arundel Mandible cages
          -Hutchinson Sector Tubeless 28c ( I think? )

  • http://www.pearlvelo.com Pearl Velo

    Haha. You said “Adventure”

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      worst word ever.

      • Aaron Beasley

        best word ever.

        • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

          my qualm: it’s oversaturated – and not using it forces you to be more creative with describing your activity.

          • Adam Miller

            There are rules:

            You can’t call a ride “epic” unless you recited an epic poem whilst riding it (bonus points if you _composed_ an epic poem whilst riding).

            You can’t call it an “adventure” ride unless you had to ride away at speed to escape from a bear/pack of wolves/drop bears/meth-heads or some other wild animal that can cause you grievous bodily harm.

            You can’t call it “legendary” unless you’re certain that your descendants and their friends, and even people not even remotely connected to you, will still be talking about the ride long after you are gone. Or if it turned into a Vision Quest and you communed with the ghost of Sheldon Brown (or, alternatively, with the Necronomicog).

          • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

            If I was drinking right now, I’d drink to that.

  • Daniel Madden

    Can’t. Stop. Drooling.

  • Jamie McKeon

    goodness gracious

  • Nic

    sick bike. what bartape is that?

  • James

    Big question is why aren’t there more Argonauts?! I see plenty of Parlee’s & Colnago’s. Beautiful bikes & look like a great company!

    • Matthew J

      Same reason you do not see a lot of Sachs or any other full custom out there.

  • btdubs

    Dope Freshness to the max. Interesting choice of pedals.

  • Trevor H

    I am all about this. I’d even consider selling my Cannondale road and cross bikes to offset some costs. I’d ride a bike like this all the time, without hesitation. Except for the days I want to ride my Columbus MS Tommasini that is. Now I just need to find the money for said bike.. Photo set is spectacular; cheers to Ben and Argonaut for this stellar build. Hope to see it this weekend in Charlotte..

  • Rasmus Riemann

    Very nice, only thing I don’t like is the Enve logos on the wheels,,,,

  • .,`

    NASA grade

  • geoff.tewierik

    Does the bolt on the bottom of the seat stays allow for a belt drive to be added?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      No, it’s how the dropout attaches to the stays.