ARGON CX PINION
The NICOLAI Argon CX questions everything the mainstream sees as standard. Equipping a hardtail frame with cyclocross geometry, a PINION transmission and a GATES CARBONDRIVE timing belt makes you wonder at first glance. At second glance, however, the concept turns out to be a one-four-all bike for commuting, travel to moderate trail on the closing lap. The CX in combination is more versatile than you might think at first glance.
The PINION transmission extends the ARGON CX frame by low maintenance, robustness and optimized weight distribution to a lively and very versatile basis for various bike bodies. Either built by yourself or with the support of our Nicolai dealers, the frame can be built into a commuting bike with mudguards and luggage rack for the daily way to work, as a low-maintenance touring bike or optionally with 42mm wide tyres for gravel and trail use.
Our frames are known for their first-class manufacturing quality, their high rigidity and the Argon CX PI 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. With the unmistakably even welding seams and craftsmanship perfection, everything is then assembled into a real driving machine. We are sure that with the Argon CX PI you will get a perfect all-round frame that will accompany you reliably for years through all city canyons, country roads, mud pits and trails.
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 PI – the all-purpose bike from MTB experts.
We at Nicolai exclusively use the alloy 7020-T6 (AlZn4,5Mg1) for our frames. Compared to our competitors, who mostly use aluminium 6061-T6, this grade has much better strength values.
The tensile strength of 7020 compared to 6061 aluminium is about one third higher. The elasticity is about one fifth higher. These properties, coupled with high quality welding, result in a bicycle frame that is far superior to the average in terms of durability.
In comparison to carbon, aluminium is much more robust and tough, so that bottom contact, falls or stone impacts cannot harm the structure.
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
2.1 kg + Pinion
ARGON CX PINION