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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.

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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… READ MORE ->

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.

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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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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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.

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Shelter Half to host Argonaut Q&A

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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

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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…

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

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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.