Argon 18

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For the isotope, see Isotopes of argon.
Argon 18 Inc.
Type Private
Industry Bicycles
Founded 1989
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Products Bicycle and Related Components
Revenue undisclosed
Employees undisclosed

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 is sponsoring the new Canadian pro cycling team, SpiderTech beginning with the 2010 season on the UCI Continental America Tour.[1]

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]

Nano-Tech Carbon

Narno-Tech is Argon 18s own carbon fibre,they use several different variants of this carbon,high-modulus (hm) or high-Tensile (ht) each one does a specific job [citation needed]

  • 6600HM - Light weight and comfort
  • 6006HM - Very stiff for power transfer
  • 6003HM - maximize resistance to torsional stresses and vibration
  • 5606HM - Rigidity & comfort
  • 5600HM - Rigidity
  • 5000HM - Vibration absorption & rigidity
  • 4005HT - Vibration absorption
  • 3050HT - Lightweight & stiffness



  • Mercury
  • E-80
  • E-112
  • E-114
  • E-116
  • E-118
  • Gallium Pro
  • Gallium
  • Krypton
  • Radon
  • Plutonium
  • Arsenic
  • Electron
  • Electron Pro
  • Cobalt Lux
  • Cobalt



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