NAHBS 2016 – Argonaut Cycles wins 2016 Best Layup, debuts new dropouts, paint, and T47 in action

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There was a lot to be excited about with Argonaut Cycles when we visited them at NAHBS. Aside from winning Best Layup of the show and being able to boast primary collaborator credits for the new T47 bottom bracket standard (in case you were wondering whom to blame), Argonaut has added in-house painting facilities allowing them to add another level of customization to their frame sets. And, lastly but not leastly, Argonaut debuted some new, attractive dropout system solutions for their road bikes in caliper and flat mount disc formats. See what the men from Bend (Oregon) have been cooking after the jump…

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There was a lot to be excited about with Argonaut Cycles when we visited them at NAHBS. Aside from winning Best Layup of the show and being able to boast primary collaborator credits for the new T47 bottom bracket standard (in case you were wondering whom to blame), Argonaut has added in-house painting facilities allowing […]

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Ben Farver of Argonaut Cycles

Photo used with permission of Argonaut Cycles
Photo used with permission of Argonaut Cycles
Photo used with permission of Argonaut Cycles

Ben Farver has an origin story in two parts. He started Argonaut as a steel custom frame outfit, first with TIG welded frames, then brazed frames. Despite early recognition of his work in steel, Ben made a sudden move away from the material to carbon only a few years into forming his brand. From the perspective of many who labor in metal, it was a polarizing move leaving many feeling like he was dismissing the material that they love.

But for Ben, this could not be further from the truth. Steel, in his mind, would never be able to give him the depth of control over the design and feel of the bike, and it would never allow him to make the contribution to the industry he wanted to make – not like carbon could.

In this phone interview, Ben discusses the initial journey into frame building, as well as his drive to accomplish the deeper level of personalization and material performance that compelled him to create his new approach to custom carbon frame fabrication…

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Ben Farver has an origin story in two parts. He started Argonaut as a steel custom frame outfit, first with TIG welded frames, then brazed frames. Despite early recognition of his work in steel, Ben made a sudden move away from the material to carbon only a few years into forming his brand. From the […]

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Updated (and still gorgeous) Argonaut road bike adds new T47 BB, flat mount disc brake standards

2016 Argonaut Cycles road bike now available with flat mount disc brakes T47 threaded bottom bracket and thru axles
All photos in this post from John Watson for Argonaut.

We had the chance to test ride and review one of the earliest Argonaut Cycles carbon road bikes. Even being such a young item in the brand’s stable, it was clear the bike is something special. Each is custom made for the rider, from sizing to carbon layup, and it makes for a great bike. Now, a couple years on and having won several awards, their flagship road bike is getting some important updates. Most importantly, they’re switching to the flat mount disc brake standard, making the rear dropouts thru-axle compatible, and spearheading the change to the new T47 threaded bottom bracket standard.

See how all those changes affected what’s already one of our favorite road bikes…

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We had the chance to test ride and review one of the earliest Argonaut Cycles carbon road bikes. Even being such a young item in the brand’s stable, it was clear the bike is something special. Each is custom made for the rider, from sizing to carbon layup, and it makes for a great bike. […]

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Win a custom bike & trip to compete in the 2015 Rouge Roubaix w/ Argonaut, Mosaic or Breadwinner Cycles!

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Argonaut Cycles, Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles and Breadwinner Cycles have teamed up to compete against each other, and you could be the 4th person on one of their teams riding a bike custom built for you!

The 2015 Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge pits each builder’s team of four against the others in this years Rouge Roubaix. One slot on each Builder Team is up for grabs, and it could be you. They’re looking for a motivated, experienced racer to join each team and pull their weight across the 106 mile gravel race.

Interested?

Click here to submit your application. Each builder will select the most worthy candidate, build them a complete Custom Dream Bike, and fly them down to race the Rouge Roubaix which takes place on Sunday March 15th in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and live in the USA, hold valid USA Cycling license for the category of the Builder Team they select and be able to travel to the race. Submission Deadline is Monday, January 19. Winners will be announced Friday Jan 23rd.

The Radavist will be on hand taking pics and making you look hip, and Chris King is sending head chef Chris DiMinno along to keep everyone well fed during the weekend (his tacos are legit, BTW).



Argonaut Cycles, Mosaic Bespoke Bicycles and Breadwinner Cycles have teamed up to compete against each other, and you could be the 4th person on one of their teams riding a bike custom built for you! The 2015 Rouge Roubaix Builder Challenge pits each builder’s team of four against the others in this years Rouge Roubaix. One […]

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Weekend Reading: Acre Supply’s Trans-Provence Photo Journal, Argonaut goes Above Category, More

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Photo: Sven Martin / Duncan Philpott for Acre Supply.

Acre Supply is the mountain bike specific arm of Mission Workshop, whose clothes and gear we’re pretty big fans of. It’s a lifestyle brand that’s also supremely functional and durable, and as such, they take their gear to some killer ride locations and bring along some top photos to capture it all. Their latest adventure journal follows Ty Hathaway through the 2014 Trans-Provence in southern France, and the pics are definitely making us wanna go.

Click through for a few more fun things around the web this week…

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Acre Supply is the mountain bike specific arm of Mission Workshop, whose clothes and gear we’re pretty big fans of. It’s a lifestyle brand that’s also supremely functional and durable, and as such, they take their gear to some killer ride locations and bring along some top photos to capture it all. Their latest adventure […]

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Mavic Celebrates 125th Anniversary w/ Custom Bikes by Argonaut, Indy Fab, Lynskey, Mosaic, Ritte & Seven

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When you think about it, it’s pretty hard to believe that Mavic has been around for 125 years. That is, until you look at their list of firsts. At this point in cycling we take a lot of technology for granted, but there was a time when a rim that was simply made from aluminum was a big deal. It was such a big deal that in 1934 when Mavic first used the Duraluminum rim they actually painted it in wood grain to hide it from competitors. That year it won the Tour de France – weighing half that of comparable rims at the time may have helped. Those firsts continued as the years went on with the first aluminum clincher rim. The first complete wheel system. The first UST rim design. First full aluminum wheel system with the Ksyrium, and first Wheel Tire System with the Ksyrium K10.

Even though it’s still evolving, much of the bicycle wheel technology we rely on every day has Mavic roots. Naturally, when it came time to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the storied company here in the US, Mavic wanted to do something that would honor the brand’s heritage. In addition to opening the Mavic La Maison Jaune here in Newbury Park, CA, Mavic reached out to custom frame builders to build some truly unique bikes. Each masterpiece was centered around the Limited Edition Mavic Ksyrium 125 of which only 6000 sets will be sold. Ksyrium 125 Wheel Tire Systems are currently available and selling for $1850.

More than just wheels, the Mavic 125th bikes capture a century and a quarter’s worth of history in two wheel form… Continue reading “Mavic Celebrates 125th Anniversary w/ Custom Bikes by Argonaut, Indy Fab, Lynskey, Mosaic, Ritte & Seven”



When you think about it, it’s pretty hard to believe that Mavic has been around for 125 years. That is, until you look at their list of firsts. At this point in cycling we take a lot of technology for granted, but there was a time when a rim that was simply made from aluminum […]

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Argonaut Cycles Hosts Q&A at Aether Apparel NYC This Friday

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FROM ARGONAUT: Argonaut Cycles would like to invite you to an evening of SpaceBikes in NYC. Join us at the Aether Apparel NYC Store Friday April 25th from 6-9 PM. Free drinks, a presentation from founder Ben Farver and the video premier of the Argonaut Deep South Odyssey. Our NAHBS Best In Show Gravel Racer will be on display.



FROM ARGONAUT: Argonaut Cycles would like to invite you to an evening of SpaceBikes in NYC. Join us at the Aether Apparel NYC Store Friday April 25th from 6-9 PM. Free drinks, a presentation from founder Ben Farver and the video premier of the Argonaut Deep South Odyssey. Our NAHBS Best In Show Gravel Racer […]

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

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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.”

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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 […]

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Road to NAHBS 2014: Argonaut Gets on the Gravel

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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.

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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 […]

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