Cyclocross is a special and proverbially dirty sport. If winter weekends only count for you when you get muddy and off your bike after a day of racing, when mountain biking is no longer “direct” enough for you – then you are infected by the cyclocross virus. Also with us the virus caught many and therefore it was the most obvious thing with the Argon CX also immediately a suitable bike to develop and build. This road bike, developed by mountain bikers, sets new standards in quality and stiffness for a cyclocross frame and can easily withstand more than just one racing season. Once NICOLAI, always NICOLAI… and now with the Argon CX also in Cyclocross.
You shave your legs (or not) and still like it dirty! You prefer winding down the kilometres on the road, but you squint at every dirt road next to the road and enjoy taking trails under the tunnels! You want a bike with which you have to give chain, although your legs have been burning for a long time! You love to feel the ground unaltered and directly under your tires! You need a bike that always works! Then our Argon CX could be exactly what you were looking for.
When you think of NICOLAI, you don’t necessarily think of associating us with Cyclocross. Our Cross-Bike Argon CX proves that we also like to look beyond our own nose and deal with other things than the search for the perfect trail machine. We also have a lot of fun refining our riding technique on the Crosser and enjoy doing it on the CX track – whether on the road, on forest tracks or even on the race track. In order to remain as versatile as possible, for example if you want to use the Argon CX as a sporty gravel bike, we have equipped the frame with a generous tyre clearance of up to 44 mm.
Our frames are known for their first-class manufacturing quality, their high rigidity and the Argon CX is no exception. Every part of the frame, from the multiple butted tube set to the milled parts manufactured by us such as the HOLLOW-WELD Yokes and the dropouts, is carefully selected and adapted to the area of application. With the unmistakably even welding seams and craftsmanship perfection, everything is then assembled into a real driving machine. And that’s why we are sure that with the Argon CX you will get a technically perfect cross frame that will accompany you reliably through all mud pits and grass slopes for years to come.
In addition, we can respond to almost any customer request in our small series production. From a special geometry to the question of color, you have the proverbial agony of choice. Powder coating, anodising or raw, the colour of the decors, the coloured anodised Extra Love parts – the combination possibilities are (almost) unlimited. At the end there is always an extraordinary and individual bike, exactly according to your wishes and ideas.
NICOLAI Argon CX – the high-end crosser from the MTB experts.
Many NICOLAI models can be equipped with a Pinion GmbH gearbox on request. The transmission is low-maintenance and optimally integrated into the bicycle frame. The central centre of gravity and the lighter rear wheel bring noticeable advantages in handling, driving dynamics and rear-end performance. The transmission reacts to shift commands at lightning speed.
Type | P1.18
Gears | 18
Overall ration | 636%
Increments | 11.5%
Gearbox weight | 2700g
Type | P.12
Gears | 12
Overall ration | 600%
Increments | 17.7%
Gearbox weight | 2350g
HWT stands for Hollow Weld Technology. Big and voluminous parts like the yokes of chainstays and seatstays or parts of the bottom bracket are normally very heavy. That’s why we manufacture them in two phases, machine the inside and weld them together. The result is hollow parts. This process is extremely difficult and takes a great deal of time; needless to say it’s also cost intensive. But the result justifies the hassle: the parts are very lightweight, incredibly stiff and extraordinarily durable.
The manufacturing quality itself is not yet an added value for a customer. The following two added values “durability & precise driving characteristics”result from production quality. Only if the welds are welded deep into the root and have no notches, a bike frame can withstand the impacts from the ground for many years without breaking. Precise riding characteristics are achieved when the rear wheel is precisely straight to the front wheel and even a layman notices that an oblique bike rides strangely (but usually he thinks it’s because of his riding ability).
Over the last 20 years, we have continuously optimized our production in order to further increase production quality and, of course, to be able to implement ever more sophisticated designs. Of course you can also outsource a production, but then you have to plan a certain additional effort to check the processes at others. We do not do this, because we manufacture everything in-house. However, this trivial fact leads to the next reason:
Customer-specific adaptation options
Since we only manufacture a NICOLAI bike when we have received an order from a customer, it is easy for us to implement different wishes such as colour, train guidance or even a special geometry. The possibilities and limits can be evaluated in a personal discussion with our sales and technical team. Oh, and here’s another reason:
Personal contact continues even after purchasing a NICOLAI bike. There are customers with whom we have been friends for 20 years and if after a few years of hard work a bearing needs to be changed or a frame needs a new coating, you can simply call the guys from the service department. Since we also manufacture all small parts on our machines, we can also produce all spare parts for older models if required. In three words:
10 years spare parts availability
We do not follow any trends, but test everything ourselves and come to our own convictions and that for 20 years. We have a great deal of experience. In my opinion, it borders on insulting customers to announce a bike as a novelty in one year and to discontinue the same model as a discontinued model next year. A NICOLAI is timeless. Straight drawn round tubes paired with elaborate CNC milled parts and beautiful detail solutions result in a frame design that will please even after many years. I call it that:
Durability and value stability
The manufacture of products close to the customer is environmentally friendly. This applies to bread, milk, meat and any other product. And it applies above all to large objects. I do not want to transport bulky bicycle frames, which consist almost exclusively of air, in containers across the oceans. I just want to produce the things that are needed. For more and more customers this sustainability and the jobs here on site is a reason to choose a NICOLAI bike. Worn phrase:
But back to the bikes. Every NICOLAI frame is developed in Lübbrechtsen. The bike is designed, prototypes built and tested until we are satisfied. The feedback of our team riders, our customers and our own experience as bikers is incorporated. Our goal is always the same: To make best function, durability, reliability and the good better. And that’s the best reason:
The best bike
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