Argonaut Cycles has previously been known for making custom steel tube-to-tube frames. But times, they are a changing. And with that, Ben Farver has gone head first into the carbon fiber frame business. Tube-to-tube carbon construction is done by several companies, and would have been the easy route to take, but that isn’t Argonaut’s style. These frames are made using bladder molded frame sections produced in the Pacific North West, which are then assembled by Ben in his shop in Portland, OR. This allows Argonaut to provide both stock and custom geometryies, as well as custom carbon layups to tune the frame to the riders preference. It’s nice to see the material being used to it’s full potential. The frame specs are no slouch either.
- PressFit 30 Bottom Bracket
- 44mm Head Tube ID to Fit Chris King co-designed I8 Headset (details over at Prolly is not Probably)
- Integrated Seatmast with Argonaut Proprietary Seat Clamp
- 1.25″ – 1.125″ Tapered
- ENVE 2.0 Road Fork
- Argonaut Id Two-Part Dropout System
Stock geometry should fit the needs of just about everyone on the planet as well. Sizes here (warning: PDF link). Cost runs $6000 for stock sizing, $6500 for custom geometry (frameset only), and includes custom layup for a rider specific tuned frame. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Ben a few days ago to talk about the new frames. We have a full shop tour lined up for late September, so stay tuned for an in depth look at the manufacturing process. Beyond the jump you’ll find images of the new hotness…