Nicolai unveils the Argon GX Pinion - A gearbox driven gravel bike

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Liam Mercer

Staff Writer here at off.road.cc Liam can also be found photographing bikes as well as riding them. He's not shy of an enduro here or there and he's equally happy in the winter slop as he is ripping up the summer's dust.

6 comments

2 weeks 3 days ago

That rear triangle is pretty agricultural!
That said, it would make a good basis for a commuter or tourer, with no cassette or chain to wear out, ever. How durable are the gearboxes?

1 month 19 hours ago

I love the frame, not the welds.  Dunno, feels a bit like putting a F1 engine in a Rover, pricewise too.  You get a bit more range -whether useful is another matter- but where's the edge over a Rohloff?

1 month 3 days ago

Sriracha wrote:

 

I'd love to see a test review. Also, the manufacturer claims weight "from" 9.8kg, but are coy about what that means in practice.

 

 

That weight seems highly unlikely without some seriously expensive weight weenie parts. 

1 month 4 days ago

The Argon GX Pinion's 7020-T6 aircraft-grade aluminium frame is designed to be torsionally stiff with the aim of transferring pedal power directly into forward propulsion.

How deliciously novel

1 month 4 days ago

I love the frame - particularly the rear triangle.  A Pace RC200 reborn!   Love the idea of a pinion and gates belt but not convinced the benefits are worth the weight trade off.  I dont get where its meant to sit in the market compared to normal gearing or a Rohloff, both of which are more proven on the ultra distance circuit.

1 month 4 days ago

I'd love to see a test review. Also, the manufacturer claims weight "from" 9.8kg, but are coy about what that means in practice.