ARGON 18 NI­TRO­GEN PRO

Ex- road champ's aero rig

Procycling - - Prologue -

This Argon 18 Ni­tro­gen Pro is like the bike Alexey Lut­senko used to win his Paris-Nice stage last year. That bike was spe­cial for the sleek one-piece aero­dy­namic cock­pit he used. Alas, Lut­senko wasn’t at the Binck­Bank Tour, so this is the 2016 Kazakh na­tional cham­pion, Ar­man Kamyshev’s rig in­stead. As­tana riders get the choice of two Argon 18 bikes for road stages. Most select the Gal­lium Pro, which is lighter and more suited to the climbers. This is the sleeker, more aero­dy­namic sec­ond op­tion. It is equipped with in­te­grated lin­ear pull V-brakes by the spe­cial­ist, TRP; the hour­glass head­tube gives way to a re­cessed fork crown and the ca­bles are in­ter­nally routed. Gear­ing is a mix of Shi­mano Dura-Ace Di2 levers and de­railleurs cou­pled with top end, light FSA K-Force cranks and chain rings. K-Force bars and the stiff OS99 stem help keep weight down and the front end rigid.

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