2017 Argon 18 E119+ Tri Frameset

The “+” of the Argon 18 E-119+ Tri refers mostly to the accessories they included with the frameset. You need to eat and drink and carry stuff in a triathlon, and the included accessories not only allow you to do that, but keep them all very aero.

The first accessory is the TorHans H2O bottle. It sits horizontally between the extensions, has a pop-top accessible from the flat position as well as a drinking straw. It fits 22 fluid ounces. The second is the Cookie Jar, which sits on the top tube secured by two bolts a standard distance from the stem. It’s long and simple and works like a stash box. It’s stiff on the side, flexible on the top, and has a slit running lengthwise. Perfect for bars and gels. The third component is the rear storage box that attaches to bottle bosses on the end of a removeable bar sticking from behind the seat post. The box is big enough to hold a tubular and tools, and the mount is actually one of three on the post. The other two can be left empty, or used for water bottle cages, or anything else that fits on bottle bosses. The box can be removed, as can the entire component.

The second part of the plus is a lighter carbon lay-up. This E-119+ is 100g lighter than the non-plus model. It’s lighter if you ride it without the accessories, but with, the weight just about balances out.

The E-119 is the new flagship tri’ frame from Argon 18. It exceeds the previous top-shelf model, the E-118 Next by a wide margin. But even with that margin, it still sticks to the Argon 18 philosophy of balance. The bike can’t just be aero in a headwind, but it also has to work in all the sidewind yaw angles. It needs to be light without compromising stiffness. It has to hold a straight line easily, but turn well.

They are able to do this across the size range by both tweaking the stack and reach numbers. You’ll find a 78-degree seat angle and 72-degree head angle across the line, but each successive size has a longer top tube and taller head tube. Even with these, they keep a low bottom bracket, 75mm of drop, across the run, and short chainstays, 405mm, to make sure the rear wheel is close to the frame and the drivetrain stiff.

Fit is essential. The seatpost has a rail running across the top, allowing the saddle clamp to slide +/- 28mm to allow you to really dial in the seat position. Up front, while the bars are in a fixed stem, you can customize everything else. They call it ONEness 3.0. The base bar can be flipped over to provide +/- 25mm of drop. The armrests can be moved up or back by 4cm. There is 12cm of width adjustment to the rests. The extensions can sit flush on the base bar or have up to 10cm of rise. They can also be tilted +/- fifteen degrees. The extensions come as a long ski-bend, but can be customized for angle and length. The tips of the skis can be cut down for shifter pods, or cut off completely to give you straight bars with a max length of 285mm.

The handlebars fit onto the top of the bayonet-style fork, which, while it looks complicated, is held to the frame by a single pinch bolt. The fork hides an internal cam brake that is actuated by a cable hidden in the bayonet.

The rear brake is also hidden in the frame. It sits atop the seatstays. The seatstays are a better position than under the bottom bracket. Easier to access for adjustment and the frame flexes less up high, making brake rub highly unlikely. Here, too, a custom cam moves the arms. In both cases, the max rim width is 28mm and the max tire width is 25mm.

The bike runs all the cables internally. Shifting can be either by electronic or mechanical derailleurs. If the former, there’s an included seatpost mount for the battery. That is, if you prefer double-ring shifting. You can run a single large ring as well and remove the front derailleur hanger. The derailleur chainstay area is designed to work with round or oval chainrings as small as 34-teeth and as large as 55.

Wheel changes are a part of life. Argon 18 recognizes this and has designed the rear dropouts as verticals, rather than rearward facing horizontals. The dropouts are carbon, but the derailleur hanger is forged aluminum for durability, and replaceable if you bend it.

The Argon 18 E-119+ Tri is ready to pr all your multi-sport ventures.