Argon 18

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Argon 18 Inc.
Type Private
Industry Bicycles
Founded 1989
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Key people Gervais Rioux
Products Bicycle and Related Components
Employees 30

Argon 18 is a Canadian cycle manufacturer founded in 1989 by Gervais Rioux in Montreal, Quebec. The name is derived from the element, which is number 18 on the periodic table of elements; it's also one of six natural noble gases. The company's bikes use names derived from other elements. Designed by ex-Olympian Gervais Rioux using carbon fiber or aluminum frames, they are distributed in 31 countries. Argon 18 will sponsoring the German pro cycling team, Bora-Argon 18 for 2015 season.[1]


Established in Montreal, Canada since 1989, an R&D team guided by former Olympian Gervais Rioux, a North-American racers, designs all Argon 18 bicycles. The cycling champion represented Canada in major international events for over a decade, such as the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. In 1989 Gervais bought a small shop in central Montreal and there began to realize his vision of bicycle construction & what would very soon become Argon 18. Winner of the 2008 Eurobike Design Award with E-114[citation needed], Argon 18 has developed the technology, with the AFS size-specific geometry, HDS (Horizontal Dual System) and 3D technology. These features allow the bikes to fit all riders of various shapes and sizes.[citation needed] Today, Argon 18 employs 30 people and is sold in 40 countries around the world.[citation needed]

Cycle technology[edit]

Oneness Concept

ONEness concept is used on the front end of the e-114, a completely integrated aero and stemless fork/aerobar combination that is designed to be aerodynamic and ergonomic. The design extends to the frame, fork, headset, bullhorn and aero bars, brakes and levers as well as a reversible carbon seatpost which can be(76/78°).[2]

3D Headtube

This is found on the 2009/2010 Gallium and the Gallium Pro. This consists of interchangeable structural spacers that extend the headtube’s height.[3]

International Cycling Union certified

In 2011 the International Cycling Union (UCI), has set up a new approval protocol system designed to ensure all frames and forks adhere to the UCI regulations.

Products 2015[edit]

Argon 18 E-116.
  • E-80
  • E-112
  • E-116
  • E-118 Next
  • Gallium Pro
  • Gallium
  • Krypton X Road
  • Krypton
  • Nitrogen
  • Radon
  • Xenon 650 (Canada only)
  • Xenon 24 (Canada only)
  • Electron
  • Electron Pro



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