ARGON GTB Pinion
With the Argon GTB we have taken a bike with competition-ready Marathon Geolution geometry, highly suited to touring with lots of potential on the trail, and then transferred its characteristics to become a gearbox bike. The Argon GTB Pinion combines the best features of the base model with the technical advantages of the PINION transmission and GATES Carbon Drive. With the Argon GTB Pinion, our goal was to build a high-performance bike for tourers, mile munchers, bike packers and adventurers. Combining maximum reliability and minimal maintenance of which the rain of Iceland or the dust of Moroccan mountains cannot effect. Even though the bearing technology of full-suspension bikes is extremely advanced, the indestructibility of a hardtail cannot be beaten. The PINION transmission is a huge strength as the gears are safely protected in a robust and sealed housing and an oil change every 10,000km is all it needs. The Carbon Drive drive requires no lubrication at all and can simply be hosed down with water after a mud fight.
The Argon GTB Pinion is the ultimate carefree bike for exercise, single trails, as well as multi-day adventure tours and extreme expeditions. To mount racks, mudguards, tools or water bottles, a variety of mounting points are available on the frame, but they are discreetly placed and do not impair the purist design. The PINION transmission is available in two variants for this model: the P1.12 variant offers a total gear ratio of 600% and 12 gears. The P1.18 trumps all with 18 gears and a 636% ratio, the largest gear range for any bicycle, ever.
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.
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 GTB Pinion