Argon 18 launches new Nitrogen Disc at Canadian WorldTour races
09 September 2018 04:57
This article first appeared on BikeRadar. Argon 18 has unveiled its new Nitrogen Disc aero frameset, which is being used by Astana's Hugo Houle during this weekend's Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and GP Cycliste de Montréal. As well as introducing disc brakes to the Canadian brand's aero frameset, Montreal-based Argon 18 also claims to have increased lateral stiffness in the forks by a massive 80 per cent, while retaining the same levels of comfort, increased tyre clearances to allow for 30mm tyres, and offering the benefits of disc brakes without any weight penalty.ADVERTISEMENT The monocoque carbon frame and fork use DT Swiss' 12mm thru-axle standard. Gervais Rioux, Argon 18 founder and President, said on the launch of the bike: "We could not have thought of a better place than the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, a WorldTour race on our home turf, to showcase this new bike. "Knowing that the Nitrogen Disc frame being raced is the same as the one that will become available to consumers in the coming weeks makes this introduction even better." The company's head of research and development, Martin Faubert, added: "This new Nitrogen Disc is way more than a Nitrogen with disc brakes. Sure, it does offer great braking power and modulation, but it's the increased torsional rigidity that really makes it shine, especially in out of the corner accelerations.
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