However, to be fast on technical descents with a hardtail requires not only good skills, but also a different technique than on the Fully, which generously forgives mistakes. Riders must choose the cleanest lines by scanning the trail far ahead. Square edges must be avoided and braking points identified in advance. Bumps and rollers, on the other hand, can be pumped more efficiently than with a Fully to generate momentum. Roots are searched for to bounce off and clear their brethren behind. More physical effort and a more active riding style are mandatory. With its long and slack geometry, optimal load and pressure distribution between front and rear wheel and a wide range of movement, the Argon GEM offers a large safety margin and excellent control at high speeds and on challenging descents.
With the Argon GEN, however, the versatility of its Geolution geometry and with the help of a 74° steep seat angle that positions you in the center of the wheels, you can efficiently master challenging climbs without the front wheel rising. Thanks to the unsprung rear end, the direct drive and the lower weight, the Argon GEN climbs more effortlessly and in a more relaxed manner than a comparable full-suspension enduro.
Compared to the previous model, NICOLAI has redesigned the yokes of the Argon GEN and now also uses topology-optimized, hollow-milled components, so-called HMT yokes. These ensure a large tire clearance of 27.5 x 2.8”, but reduced in size compared to the previous model. Therefore, the Argon GEN is now equipped with a narrower 73mm bottom bracket, for a better Q-factor and an optimized chainline. The seat tube length has been shortened compared to the previous model to allow the use of dropper posts with greater stroke.
The rear of the Argon GEN is equipped with horizontally adjustable Slide dropouts, of which two types are available. When using a “one-by” derailleur, the Slide AFEs are designed for the Boost axle standard 148 x 12mm. The adjustment range of the dropouts can then be used to vary the chainstay lengths between 430 and 455mm. NICOLAI also offers dropouts for the use of a ROHLOFF hub, which can be ridden with either a chain or the GATES Carbon Drive belt.