The Argon TB was a classic in the Nicolai model range and it has become even better in the new GTB version for 2018. For years, it has covered all areas of application where light, fast and uncomplicated biking is essential – XC, marathons, adventure racing and, of course, bike packing. A bike with which you can ride on the podium at the Salzkammergut Trophy and search for border experiences in the Gobi Desert and of course also make your low mountain hometrails unsafe. Wherever and whenever, the 29 Argon GTB is ready for it. For 2018 we have revised the geometry according to our GEOLUTION concept, designed it for a 120 mm suspension fork and thus extended the range of use of the bike again significantly towards the trail without reducing its efficiency and its hunger for speed. The 2018 Argon GTB is the most versatile argon ever… I made a promise to you.
Even in times of better and better rear suspension, hardtails will always have a place in the hearts of many bikers. No matter whether it’s the weight, the direct driving feeling or the uninhibited propulsion – hardtails will never go out of fashion.
The NICOLAI Argon GTB is as classic as it is state-of-the-art race hardtail. What has remained is the unmistakable NICOLAI look, the high manufacturing quality for which we are known everywhere and the many options in which you can have our frame. With the finish you have a free choice between different powder coatings, anodising colours and our Extra Love parts. On the extra stiff Boost rear end you can choose whether you prefer an ultra-light dropout with fixed axle or the flexibility of sliding dropout, with which you can try out a Rohloff as well as the puristic life as a singlespeeder. No matter what you decide – your NICOLAI Argon GTB is always a very individual expression of your love of biking. For an additional charge we can continue to implement special requests and custom geometries.
But the unmistakable appearance alone has no value if it is not accompanied by a better function. The elaborately manufactured HOLLOW-WELD Yokes between the seat/chain struts and the main frame, the milled dropouts, the conical NICOLAI head tube and the artistic welding seams – all features that ensure exemplary rigidity and robustness with the Argon GTB, as with every NICOLAI frame. The tidy external cable routing and the proven squeak-free BSA bottom bracket for low maintenance requirements are of course still available. With a total of five standard frame sizes (S to XXL), we also cover a size range from approx. 1.60 m to over 2 m for the Argon GTB.
Completely new for 2018 is the modified 29 geometry. Derived from our groundbreaking GEOLUTION concept, the Argon GTB also has an unusually flat steering angle, long frame (with growing chainstays) and a very steep seat angle. Combined with a short stem this results in a better (more capable) bike in all areas. In the steep uphill you can sit longer in an ergonomically efficient position, manage your strength better, concentrate fully on the ascent and are ultimately also faster uphill. And because the GTB with its long wheelbase, smooth handling and 100-120 mm travel at the front is so good-natured even in the downhills and offers unusual control and safety (subjective safety imparted), you are also more relaxed and faster there. Your only task is to provide the propulsion….. and at the end to shine into the camera when you lift the trophy or pose for the summit photo.
In short, the Argon GTB is the perfect hardtail to take a marathon course under the galleries on the weekend, to drive a nice tour (a transalp) in the low mountain range the next day and to switch off after work on a lap over your hometrails.
If after a few years of hard work a bearing on a Nicolai frame needs to be replaced, a RADO needs to be replaced due to a fall or a frame needs a new coating, the NICOLAI service staff is the right contact. Since we at NICOLAI manufacture all small parts on our machines, we can also produce spare parts for older models if required. We therefore guarantee spare parts availability of at least 10 years for all Nicolai products.