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NAHBS 2014: Argonaut’s Award Winning Gravel Racer & Updated, Lighter Carbon Frames


Argonaut founder Ben Farver sent some fantastic photos of his new Gravel Racer for our pre-show interview, but seeing it in real life was even better.

He built it to handle competitive events like the Oregon Stampede, which is about 70% gravel. It’s not a a gravel grinder, and not meant to add rack or panniers. It’s a race ready bike that just happens to be designed for rough surfaces.

To do that, he takes your ideal road race bike and makes it a bit more stable. For Ben’s own bike, that meant about 5mm longer chainstay length, 3mm more BB drop and half a degree slacker head angle. It’s all custom though, so your version will be right for you.

“The idea is to expand your range,” he said. “To let you get further on more roads.”


Road to NAHBS 2014: Argonaut Gets on the Gravel


We’ve been following Argonaut’s Ben Farver since his launch, with an in depth look at how they make the bikes and a full review of the gorgeous road bike. Now, after dialing in the process further, he’s launching his second model and we’re stoked to see it jumping on all the right bandwagons.

BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?

BEN: Carbon fiber, with aluminum and titanium dropouts.

BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?

BEN: Oh man… so much! We’ve even further refined and developed our layup patterns to more accurately and specifically meet customer’s needs. We’ve also developed what I’m calling a gravel racer. The gravel racer is a variation on our current road bike, but with disc brakes and slightly more stable geometry.


Aether Apparel Re-Enters Cycling Market w/ Argonaut Video Promo

Until this popped up, my only exposure to Aether Apparel has been their monthly “marketplace” ad in Men’s Journal. Cool stuff, but didn’t realize they branched out beyond fashion-oriented-but-functional outerwear.

Now, after shelving the item for a while, they’ve reissued their Union cycling jacket with updates and better materials. And they’ve kicked things off by celebrating Ben Farver’s Argonaut Cycles by videoing him riding around in it…and making his beautiful carbon bikes. The jacket is water/wind proof with taped seams and a four-way stretch, breathable soft shell fabric. Bike friendly features include a gripper strip along the rear waist hem, pass thru rear pocket and JRC Reflex Matte Black reflective panels. Interior pocket has an audio port, pit zips help vent excess heat and all zippers are weatherproof.

Click through for pics and more…


Shelter Half to host Argonaut Q&A


Argonaut cycles is continuing their pop up Q&A sessions with owner Ben Farver putting on the latest presentation at Shelter Half in LA this Thursday, the 12th 7-10pm. Shelter Half is a unique store in Los Angeles that showcases the art or products of companies that are designed or made in the US, with Argonauts custom carbon bikes being a perfect fit. Head on over to  Shelter Half or check out the Facebook event for more details.

Long Term Review: Argonaut Road Bike – Gorgeous, Fast, Full Custom Carbon Monocoque

Argonaut custom monocoque carbon fiber road bike review weights and details

Before we even received our Argonaut frameset for review, we had the opportunity to document the build process. It made the anticipation even greater.

Now, having put hundreds of miles on it, from Florida through the mountains of western North Carolina, I have to say it’s both one of the more interesting road bikes I’ve ever ridden, and the one I’ve most wished I could hang onto.

A quick recap: Argonaut founder Ben Farver started building steel bikes years ago but realized that, as a business, custom steel was a saturated market. But he loved the ride. Lightbulb: Make a carbon bike that retained steel’s ride while taking full advantage of the material in ways that tube to tube construction can’t. The result? Full custom carbon monocoque that rides really, really well. Part of my eagerness to ride the Argonaut was because the bike just looks amazing, and this one was custom built for me. The other part was that this is one of the earliest full production frames Ben’s built, so I was quite interested to see how his knowledge of steel frame building would translate to carbon. And how he’d be able to translate my riding preferences, weight and measurements into a bike. Here’s how it went…


Mission Workshop to host Q&A with Argonaut Cycles Founder Ben Farver, July 19th


Mission Workshop is inviting everyone in the area to come down to their HQ to enjoy some food, drinks, and a presentation and Q&A session with the founder of Argonaut Cycles, Ben Farver. Known for their full custom carbon road bikes, Argonaut offers a level of personalization and technology not found with many other carbon frames, especially those made in the US. Get more info straight from the source, check out the photography of  Brian Vernor on display, and enjoy some time with other bike minded people this Friday, 7-10 PM at 40 Rondel Place, San Francisco. RSVP on Facebook, and if you can’t make it the bike and photography will be on display until the 26th, with photos and videos of the event to be posted on the MW blog.

Argonaut Bicycles Releases Digital Look Book Chronicling Brand & Bike

2013 Argonaut Bicycles look book PDF download

We recently profiled Argonaut Cycles’ carbon road bike manufacturing process, and at NAHBS they showed off the very limited edition of their printed Look Book. It’s quite pretty, but there are only a handful of them IRL.

Now they’ve made it available as a digital download here, and had this to say about the effort:

Brian Vernor did an amazing job capturing Ben’s vision and passion for ride quality and life on the bike. Argonaut is excited to publicly release the book, as only a select few have physical copies. Many thanks to Brian and David at Wilderness for helping us put this project together. We hope you enjoy it.”

PS. They also showed an SL prototype of their road bike.

NAHBS 2013: Argonaut Shows Kevlar-Reinforced Prototype SL Road Bike Frame

Argonaut Bikes prototype kevlar reinforced SL road bike frameWith his original road bike still fairly fresh, Argonaut founder Ben Farver is already working on an superlight version.

The SL version has a higher mix of hi-mod carbon fiber with a base layer of Kevlar. Farver said the goal is to drop about 80g from the from the frame without affecting the ride feel.

To do this, the first layer wrapped over the mold is Kevlar, which adds a bit of damping since hi-mod carbon is stiffer. It also offers improved impact protection since hi mod is more brittle.

The result is that they can build an SL frame to feel just like a regular frame, except lighter.

It’s mainly the top and down tubes that get the increased percentage of hi mod fibers. They’ll be test riding it through the summer with a possible release in Fall. It’ll likely carry about a $500 premium. Hit that ‘more’ link for detail shots inside the frame…


Inside Look at Argonaut Cycles’ Unique, Full Custom Carbon Monocoque Road Bikes

Argonaut Cycles custom monocoque carbon fiber road bike

Our latest project bike is a full custom carbon fiber road bike from Argonaut Cycles, a unique builder out of Portland, OR. Given the custom nature of the bike, we decided to start the project by exploring how they started, what makes them special and how their bikes are made.

The brand started out as a one man shop, with founder Ben Farver building steel bikes and loving the material. The transformation from the most classic of frame materials to the most modern, carbon, is unique among custom builders, and it’s damn cool.

Most custom builders use time- and labor-intensive tube-to-tube construction and years of layup experience to create a bike tailored for each individual customer. By contrast, most major brands use monocoque molds and assembly lines to quickly and cost effectively create frames that work (quite well, in most cases) for the vast majority of riders. Argonaut takes the best of both worlds to create something that’s shapely, unique and absolutely hand crafted for each customer.

We’re quite fortunate to be getting the fruit of Ben’s labor in for review, which will serve as the test platform for several very nice parts, like Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed and new Ritchey Superlogic bars and stem, among others. The build will unfold over the next couple months, culminating in a long term review.

But, it all starts with the frame, and here’s how Argonaut makes them, one by one…