Argon 18, high performance bicycle manufacturer Argon 18 believes in the genuine value of cycling’s traditions, but based as they are in Montreal, they have developed a tradition of their own, brimming with new ideas, creativity and a constant questioning of the status quo. From the outset in 1989, the company was driven by what was a new and radical idea at the time: designing bicycles as they truly should be, rather than as industry standards would have them be.
OPTIMAL BALANCE is Argon 18's design and fabrication philosophy, a fundamental concept that has given rise to many technical innovations and refinements.
For 25 years, Argon 18 has sought to combine in ideal proportion of three essentially conflicting characteristics: rigidity, comfort and light weight. The result of these years of (research and development) and ultimately, the proof can be found in every Argon 18 bike...a unique, distinctive ride feel. That exceptional experience is OPTIMAL BALANCE at work.
As Argon 18 have applied it, Optimal Balance has let them create bikes that have contributed to evolving industry innovation in a number of ways, bikes that have garnered praise and won the company awards for design and technical innovation.
A high-performance frame must be rigid, but not so stiff as to feel like a plank of wood. The stiffness must be present where needed to take advantage of every watt of the rider's energy, for maximum thrust. It must also be present to ensure stability and accurate steering, but without creating a harsh ride.
A high-performance frame must be light, but not at the cost of rigidity or comfort. Light weight makes for quicker acceleration and faster climbing, but the lowest weight at the expense of other qualities carries a performance penalty and that is not part of Argon 18’s design philosophy.
A high-performance frame must be comfortable. Race-caliber performance is often thought to be the result of light and stiff frame, but performance is also a function of comfort. Anyone who has suffered from an ill-fitting or poorly-made bike on a long day understands this completely. Comfort determines the pleasure quotient in any ride as well.
OPTIMAL BALANCE was developed with this single goal in mind: to build highly efficient, comfortable and light bikes, offering riders the unique Argon 18 bike feel.
The OPTIMAL BALANCE philosophy extends to the fork as well; every bike we make is equipped with a fork designed specifically for that frame, engineered to complement that frame's performance characteristics.
Whether you are a pro, a regional champ or simply a weekend warrior, you'll find in every Argon 18 bike the benefits of OPTIMAL BALANCE. It's a philosophy that is straightforward in its essence, but challenging in its application.
Try Argon 18 bike and feel the difference OPTIMAL BALANCE delivers!