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Argonaut’s new 16lb GR2 Gravel Racer looks seriously quick

Just launched, hugely expensive but ultra desireable custom carbon gravel racer from the States

Argonaut has just shared some details about its brand new GR2 Gravel Racer, a no holds barred gravel racing bike with a clear focus on pure performance. “The perfect tool for a weekday hammerfest or a brutal 8 hour gravel race,” the US company proudly tells us.

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The bike is clearly built to the very specific demands of the many gravel races in the US, which differ from the more versatile do-everything blueprint being used for the majority of mainstream so-called gravel bikes.

The full carbon fibre frame can be built to a specific layup and size for a rider and in its lightest build, as pictured with SRAM eTap and a generous smattering of carbon, weighs just 16lb (7.2kg). That’s light by road bike standards let alone one designed for smashing gravel races.

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Based on the original Gravel Racer which scooped awards at the 2015 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the new bike has evolved reflecting the way the gravel racing scene has matured. There’s clearance for up to 38mm tyres which is on the narrow side compared to more versatile adventure bikes but likely ample for the smooth dirt roads of most US gravel races.

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One interesting detail is the adoption of the Mavic Speed Release thru-axle at the rear dropout, along with the new Enve GRD fork which also uses this new system. It basically makes wheel removal with a 12mm thru-axle much quicker because you don’t have to entirely remove the axle to get the wheel out.

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Framesets will be specced with Chris King T47 bottom brackets and i8 headsets and cost $6,500, which remember does include a full rider-specific custom layup and sizing. If you want a full bike exactly like the one pictured, you’re looking at a cool $12,999.

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More over at https://argonautcycles.com/

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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So can only take 38mm tyres, so not really 'no holds barred' is it, an 8 year old Spesh Sirrus Pro Carbon has a tougher carbon modulus takes 40mm tyres WITH mudguards fitted, even a 58cm Sirrus carbon is the same weight so not exactly weight weenie is it, how do they manage to build these so heavy, oh wait, discs innit

Nice I'm sure, but ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting and the very strict limitations of use, for that kind of money I want better spec,  lighter with same/better robustness and compliancy of ride.

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missionsystem replied to BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

...how do they manage to build these so heavy, oh wait, discs innit

WTF are you on about...?

 

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Rapha Nadal replied to BehindTheBikesheds | 5 years ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

So can only take 38mm tyres, so not really 'no holds barred' is it, an 8 year old Spesh Sirrus Pro Carbon has a tougher carbon modulus takes 40mm tyres WITH mudguards fitted, even a 58cm Sirrus carbon is the same weight so not exactly weight weenie is it, how do they manage to build these so heavy, oh wait, discs innit

Nice I'm sure, but ridiculously overpriced for what you're getting and the very strict limitations of use, for that kind of money I want better spec,  lighter with same/better robustness and compliancy of ride.

This, I believe, is what's called a "facepalm" moment.

Can you tell how compliant and/or robust a bike is just by looking at a photo?  Asking for a friend.  As for a better spec; is a custom layup & design spec, etap hydro, & Chris King too lower class for you?  

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zero_trooper | 5 years ago
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'The bike is clearly built to the very specific demands of the many gravel races in the UK'

Shurely U.S. of A.?

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Rapha Nadal | 5 years ago
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That looks bloody lovely!

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David Arthur @d... | 5 years ago
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Yup typo amended, it's designed for 38mm tyres not the 28mm I accidentally typed

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SteveAustin | 5 years ago
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any relation to Argon 18? Because them name logos look pretty similar to me

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Master Bean | 5 years ago
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38mm tyres if you read the article on their site properly David  3

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phazon replied to Master Bean | 5 years ago
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Master Bean wrote:

38mm tyres if you read the article on their site properly David  3

 

And those tyres definitely look bigger than 28mm to me...

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