The Argon GLF is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Don’t dismiss the GLF because it’s a hardtail; in capable hands it outstrips many all mountain full suspension bikes up and downhill. There’s a reason our team rider Frank Schneider ‘Schneidi’ took second place at the Night DH race in Tabarz on it. The Argon GLF performs incredibly well thanks to our GEOLUTION geometry concept, 160 mm fork and clearance for plus size tyres, but it is still a capable all-rounder with everything you have come to expect from a modern trail hard tail: light, stiff, low maintenance and importantly, fun.
Riding a hardtail is a special thing: back to the roots,engaging, and a whole lot of fun. People riding hardtails on technical trails usually know why they do it and don’t care about marketing slogans and categories. They know it’s an addictive feeling and that’s all that matters.
GLF stands for GEOLUTION LOW FAT. It brings the GEOLUTION concept to a modern hardtail. You can read about GEOLUTION below but what you really need to know is that this geometry with a 160 mm fork help you to ride fast despite the lack of rear suspension.You’ll need to work a little and perhaps pick your lines more carefully but beating your friends levels of speed are still possible. The Boost rear end with clearance for aggressive tyres up to 27.5×2.8″ allows you to make the most of the extra comfort, damping and traction, but of course, you still have the option of running conventional 2.5″ tyres for more playful, direct handling. The Argon GLF is always fun, just ask Schneidi…
The adjustable dropouts are precision milled and are Gates CarbonDrive-Ready. They can be used to adjust the effective chain stay length from 430 to 455 mm without having to readjust the brakes. The tidy, external cable routing and the hassle free BSA bottom bracket are standard for us. We have also put ISCG05 mounts on, because you’ll likely be needing them.
The Argon GLF – an extraordinary hardtail that defies convention and has plenty of fun while doing it.
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.
Modell | P1.18
Gangzahlen | 18
Gesamtübersetzung | 636%
Abstufung | 11.5%
Getriebegewicht | 2700g
Modell | P.12
Gangzahlen | 12
Gesamtübersetzung | 600%
Abstufung | 17.7%
Getriebegewicht | 2350g
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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27,5" | 27,5+"