Has the greatest bike been built yet? Argon 18 doesn’t think so. This company was founded in 1989 by R&D specialists and dedicated cyclists to turn technological innovations into better performance on the road. That performance leads directly to impressive race results at Ironman, Olympics, and the Tour de France.
That marriage of tech and competition is the heart of Argon 18’s mission to create high-performance bikes for professionals and everyday riders alike. Argon 18 has a history of pushing the industry forward. It built the first triathlon and time trial bike with an integrated cockpit in 2008. This solution has been adopted by almost all of its competitors because it optimizes the aerodynamics of the front of the bike, and the riders can feel those performance gains. Argon 18 saw a huge increase in top triathletes riding its E-114 triathlon bike at the Ironman World Championships. With the release of multiple new models of tri/TT bikes from 2012 to 2015, Argon 18 continued creating the fastest bikes on the market. Today, Argon 18 is the official partner of Cycling Australia. It developed the track bikes for the Australian cycling team to pursue gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Olympics are not the first time Argon 18 has been on the international stage. It made its debut in the Grand Tour peloton with Team Bora-Argon 18 in 2015 and became the bike supplier to Astana Pro Team in 2017. The first year on the new Gallium Pro, Jakob Fuglsang took the GC win at the Critérium du Dauphiné. This was just the beginning of a three-year partnership with Astana that led to 85 wins and 141 podium finishes. Not bad for a Canadian company with only 50 employees.
How does Argon 18 stay on top? Thirty percent of its employees are focused on product development. Argon 18 is dedicated to creating bikes that thrive in the toughest competition and bringing that same performance to road, triathlon, and now gravel bikes for every rider.