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Argon18 Unveils Its Electron Pro Track Bike Developed for the Danish Olympic Team

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Argon18 unveiled its new track bike, the Electron Pro, which was designed in partnership with the Danish Cycling Federation to be ridden by the Danish National Track Team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this August.

“We are really happy with our partnership with the Danish Cycling Federation,” said Gervais Rioux, Argon18’s Founder and President. “Everybody’s contribution and the team’s expertise were crucial in delivering this project. The riders love their bikes, and that’s very important for us. Furthermore, this project also improves our track products offering and consolidates our status as innovative leaders. It’s an incredible platform for us.”

Team Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen, who won a medal at the London 2012 Olympics in the men’s omnium, had this to say about the new Electron Pro, “after only two laps on the test bike, I knew that this was the best track bike I had ever ridden.”

Hansen, along with his Stölting Service Group trade teammate, Rasmus Christian Quaade, will be riding for Team Denmark in their quest to win the team pursuit medal, and view the Electron Pro as the ideal bike to accomplish their feat.

“As a rider, being a part of the development of the bike has simply been fantastic. I feel involved and that gives a whole new feeling of commitment. I am confident that we will win medals in Rio,” said Quaade.

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The New Electron Pro: Quick as a Flash

Canadian high-end bike manufacturer Argon 18 unveils the official bike of the Danish Track Cycling Team for the upcoming Summer Olympics, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to August 21, 2016.

A jewel of innovation, know-how and state-of-the-art technology, the Electron Pro is the perfect blend between aerodynamics and stiffness. It’s the quintessence of track cycling. The objective? Deliver the fastest and the strongest track bike ever seen to help the riders in their quest for Gold.

Faster and Stiffer than Ever

Based on an applied methodology and an evolutionary research and development process, the Electron Pro was developed in a collaborative effort between Argon 18’s R&D team and the Danish Cycling Federation. Finite element analysis (FEA) was then used to simulate stiffness, and CFD analysis (Computational Fluid Dynamics) were used to gather complex aerodynamic data from 3D shapes.

In all, a total of 253 geometrical simulations in FEA and CFD were tested, which allowed the testing of shapes and relationships at critical points all over the bike. Looking to maintain the best possible ratio between drag area (CDA) and deflection under load, the prototype quickly evolved.

The result is a fast, stiff and light bike, which design is elegant and aggressive:

  • Ultra-stiff head tube, bottom bracket, chain stay and dropouts for superior power transfer and excellent high-speed handling
  • One-piece direct-mount handlebar directly attached to the fork for maximum stiffness
  • Zero-wake handlebar integrated fully into the top tube to dramatically reduce drag
  • Fork specifically shaped and tested to work with the font wheel and optimize aerodynamics
  • Streamlined design using material only where it’s needed to perfectly balance stiffness and aerodynamics

“As a rider, being a part of the development of the bike has simply been fantastic. I feel involved and that gives a whole new feeling of commitment. I am confident that we will win medals in Rio.”

–Rasmus Quaade, 2-time Danish National Champion, anchorman and most experienced rider.

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Key Features

  • PROVEN AERODYNAMICS
    In the wind tunnel and on the track
  • INTEGRATED CARBON FRAME AND FORK
    Maximizes lateral and overall rigidity
  • CARBON ASP-4500 SEAT POST
    Equipped with a reversible option for 15mm and 20mm rearward seat positioning
  • PRESS-FIT 3D SYSTEM
    Offers three head tube heights for every frame size without compromising any rigidity; system preserves 5% and 11% more frontal rigidity vs. standard spacers when the handlebar is set at 15mm and 25mm, respectively
  • SIZE-SPECIFIC GEOMETRY
    Well balanced ergonomic fit for every frame in every size
  • OPTIMAL BALANCE
    A light weight, stiff and lightning fast bike that is both agile and adjustable

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