A quick look at the completely redesigned flagship of the Argon 18 TT bike lineup.
Another TT bike receiving quite a bit of attention at Interbike was the all new Argon 18 E-118. The completely redesigned flagship of the Argon 18 TT lineup was certainly turning quite a few heads. The E-118 looks to be a bit more refined overall compared to the E-114 that it's replacing.
At first glance, one of the most noticeably cleaner areas is the integrated front end. Argon was one of the first brands to incorporate an integrated front end in their TT bikes and the new version looks to be much less bulky especially in the fairing on the steer tube.
The front profile looks pretty clean minus the brake cable. Not sure about these bars, the adjustability is certainly there but they don't look to be the most aero option available.
A few other areas that reflect this refinement of design are the integrated front brake (now more incorporated into the fork) and a newly hidden rear brake. The seat stays, post and the top half of the new design also have a sleeker less chunky profile than its predecessor.
Up front you'll find a very adjustable front end, in fact one of the most adjustable we've seen in a bike with an integrated cockpit. The stem on the E-118 can be easily converted to either a 65mm or 95mm length. The AHB7500 handlebar is reversible, and the arm rests can be also be adjusted for a total range of 10cm of height adjustment. You can use spacers to fine tune the height of the bars or flip them for more drastic adjustments. You also get 12cm of width adjustment and 4cm of fore-aft adjustment in the pads as well.
In this shot you can see the reversible handle bars (dropped in this photo).
Cable routing is pretty clean on the Argon E-118 as well. Cables take the route that many TT bike designs use, exiting the top tube and making their way up through the aero bars.
Like most new top of the line bikes the E-118 is Di2 compatible. A shot from underneath reveals the concealed Di2 battery compartment. You can also get a glimpse of the hidden rear brake.
Adjustability continues at the rear of the bike with a reversible seat post that offers a 76 or 78 degree seat angle.
The bottom part of the bike continues with the idea that the tubes in the top half of the bike can have a lighter smaller design and the bottom half of the bike is built much more stout for maximum power transfer and stiffness.
The beefy BB86 bottom bracket and rear brake.
Another bike on the wish list for an actual hands on review, we spoke to the Argon/Sinclair reps. at Interbike and we hope to have one in the coming weeks.