The Argon 18 E-119 Tri bike is the summation of everything Argon 18 has learned about cheating the wind and riding fast. The design blows their previous top bike, the E-118 Next out of the water. Argon 18 is a big believer in balance. The bike remains extremely aerodynamic in headwinds but also has to stay aero from all the sidewind yaw angles. This promotes speed in real world situations rather than just wind tunnel testing. It needs to be light without compromising stiffness. It must hold a straight line easily but turn well.
They are able to do this across the size range by both tweaking the stack and reach numbers. You’ll find a 78-degree seat angle and 72-degree head angle across the line, but each successive size has a longer top tube and taller head tube. Even with these, they keep a low bottom bracket, 75mm of drop, across the run, and short chainstays, 405mm, to make sure the rear wheel is close to the frame and the drivetrain stiff.
Fit is essential. The seatpost has a rail running across the top, allowing the saddle clamp to slide +/- 28mm to allow you to really dial in the seat position. Up front, while the bars are in a fixed stem, you can customize everything else. They call it ONEness 3.0. The base bar can be flipped over to provide +/- 25mm of drop. The armrests can be moved up or back by 4cm. There is 12cm of width adjustment to the rests. The extensions can sit flush on the base bar or have up to 10cm of rise. They can also be tilted +/- fifteen degrees. The extensions come as a long ski-bend but can be customized for angle and length. The tips of the skis can be cut down for shifter pods or cut off completely to give you straight bars with a max length of 285mm.
The rear brake is also hidden in the frame. It sits atop the seatstays. The seatstays are a better position than under the bottom bracket. Easier to access for adjustment and the frame flexes less up high, making brake rub highly unlikely. Here, too, a custom cam moves the arms. In both cases, the max rim width is 28mm and the max tire width is 25mm. If you want hydration and tools hanging on the bike when you ride, you can utilize the two conventional bottle bosses and the third set behind the stem. You can also upgrade to the accessories you see on the E119+. The one change you’ll need to make is replacing the seatpost.
Wheel changes are a part of life. Argon 18 recognizes this and has designed the rear dropouts as verticals, rather than rearward facing horizontals. The dropouts are carbon, but the derailleur hanger is forged aluminum for durability, and replaceable if you bend it. It is also equipped with a Shimano Ultegra groupset for reliable mechanical shifting at the lowest priced build for the E-119. The Argon 18 E-119 Ultegra is a great choice for the rider who needs high speeds along with a solid price.
- Frame: Argon 18 E-119 TRI Carbon (Medium: 1,271g)
- Fork: Argon 18 E-119 TRI Carbon (602g)
- Headset: FSA MR122/MR136
- Seatpost: Argon 18 ASP-7600 Carbon
- Handlebar: Argon 18 AHB-7600