Argon 18

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For the element, see Argon.
Argon 18 Inc.
Industry Bicycles
Founded 1989
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Key people
Gervais Rioux
Products Bicycle and Related Components
Number of employees

Argon 18 is a Canadian cycle manufacturer founded in 1989 by retired cyclist Gervais Rioux in Montreal, Quebec. The name is derived from the element Argon, which is number 18 on the periodic table of elements. Designed by Rioux using carbon fiber or aluminum frames, they are distributed in more than 50 countries. Argon 18 also sponsors professional cycling teams and professional triathletes.


Established in Montreal, Canada since 1989, Argon 18 was originally formed of an R&D team guided by Gervais Rioux and North American racers, who designed the Argon 18 bikes. Rioux represented Canada in major international events, such as the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. In 1989 M. Rioux bought a small shop in central Montreal.

Cycle technology[edit]

3D Headtube
ONEness Concept

The ONEness concept consists of an integrated aero and stemless fork/aerobar combination that is designed to be aerodynamic and ergonomic. The design extends to the frame, fork, headset, base bar and aero bars, brakes and levers as well as a reversible carbon seatpost which can be 76 or 78°.[1]

3D Headtube

This consists of interchangeable structural spacers that extend the headtube’s height.[2]

Argon 18's E-116.

Professional cycling teams[edit]

Professional triathletes[edit]


  1. ^ "ONEness Concept | Argon 18". 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  2. ^ "3D Headtube | Argon 18". 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2015-03-29. 
  3. ^ "The NetApp-Endura team will be known as BORA – ARGON 18. | Argon 18". Retrieved 2015-03-29. 

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