Having been around a few years now, Quebec brand Argon has given its range-topping Gallium Pro a 2014 redesign. It’s more or less a clean sheet, with just the name remaining.
A new mould design and a higher-grade 7050 carbon means it’s lost 120g in weight and, according to Argon, has gained a better balance between weight, stiffness and comfort.
Keeping the Horizontal Dual System, a concept that splits the bike into two zones, Argon says the upper ‘comfort’ zone absorbs vibration and reduces rider fatigue, while the lower ‘power’ zone maximises rigidity for good power transfer. The new version aims to achieve comfort using significantly slimmed-down seatstays compared to the previous version, along with a more obvious tapered seatpost.
The BB86 remains, as does the beefiness of the down tube, and asymmetric chainstays, while the seat tube BB junction has been strengthened with extra ribs down the side. All of this visually highlights the ‘power’ element.
Where the two zones meet, the top tube and down tubes have also been reworked and are now square rather than hexagonal. The lowered bottom bracket Argon 18 is known for is still present, placing the rider’s centre of gravity closer to the ground.
In theory, this gives the bike a more solid feeling on the road. It also has a knock-on effect at the other end, shortening head tubes. Should you require more front-end height, the 3D head tube will provide up to 25mm of extra length.
Doing away with a traditional spacer system under the stem, the integrated system instead uses a threaded insert that is wound into the frame, giving extra height and up to 11 per cent extra stiffness over the normal spacers.
The end result is a frame and fork combo weighing 800g, including all the bits such as hanger and decals. At £2,099.99 for the frame/fork combo, it’s competitively priced. Available in sizes XXS to XL.
While our Gallium Pro came with an FSA finishing kit, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the competitively priced Ultegra 11-speed version. It comes complete with Fulcrum Racing Quattros shod in Continental Attack and Force tyres, 3T bar and stem and a Prologo Zero Saddle, all for an impressive £3,499.99.
This article was first published in the September 12 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!