Why not? Two words and a few rough sketches on a scrap of paper. From there into an idea, a mandate given the R&D engineers and designers at Argon 18: step outside the box, re-think the bike, overcome previous limitations, defy convention and take everything a few steps forward. Why not indeed? Make it lighter, more efficient, more comfortable, with better handling. Turn it into the ultimate flagship, a proud symbol for a company that has always been allergic to inertia, to resting on its laurels, to the status quo. A spontaneous vision became a challenge, then a project and now we have the 2014 Gallium Pro. Those few steps forward have been taken and then some: with a 15% increase in head tube stiffness thanks to the exceptional strength-weight ratio afforded by the new 7050 HM carbon laminate, response is even more immediate and handling is razor-sharp on any terrain.
The new Gallium Pro also sets a precedent for its exceptional positioning versatility. With proven, intelligently conceived AFS geometry in its six frame sizes, the new bike furthers this versatility with the new ASP-6500 two-way seat post, offering an extremely wide range of adjustment. Customization is taken another step with the 3D Headtube, expanding the possibilities for pinpoint-perfect handlebar positioning, all without losing any of the frame and fork's desirable performance characteristics. When all of these positive attributes are taken this far, that spells “race winner”... or Gallium Pro.
The Gallium Pro features the revolutionary 3D Headtube system, an Argon 18 exclusive. Easy to install and adjust, 3D replaces conventional spacers with a structural mechanism that allows for handlebar height adjustment without compromising front-end stiffness. In conjunction with AFS, the 3D system extends positioning flexibility by offering three head tube lengths (heights) for every frame size:
Enhanced positioning versatility and superior front-end rigidity
The 3D system lets the user choose from three effective head tube heights for a given frame size for positioning flexibility. These lengths are as follows:
- Basic head tube length, no 3D spacer
- Basic head tube length + 15mm
- Basic head tube length + 25mm
A rider can fine-tune bar height without piling up an excessive number of conventional spacers, leaving the frame’s rigidity intact.
Thanks to 3D, a handlebar set at a 15mm height preserves 5% more stiffness over a similar conventional set-up, and this figure reaches 11% with a bar set at a 25mm height. Once the appropriate position has been dialed in, it can easily be modified at a later time, according to form or rider taste, or to accommodate a change of components.