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#6 - The Northwesterner - Argonaut custom carbon

For Top-10 build #6 we turn back to the black magic of carbon. But not just any carbon. Feast your eyes on perhaps the finest custom carbon bicycle on the planet. We are THRILLED to finally, and officially announce the addition of Argonaut Cycles as the newest bicycle builder on our Top-15 list of greats! With the pressure was on to get our first design right...Blacksmith Spacebike 2.0: 20140709-20140709-IMG_4633 20140709-IMG_4652 The Northwesterner - Claude's Argonaut custom carbon Hand-built in Portland, Oregon Blacksmith / Argonaut design + geometry collaboration 850-gram frame weight with custom carbon layup Tapered headtube and ENVE fork with Chris King OS inset HS Campagnolo 80th Anniversary Super Record gruppo + cages 3T ARX Team Stealth with ti bolts and Ergonova Team Stealth carbon ISP with custom ENVE clamp Prologo Scratch Nack carbon saddle Campagnolo Bora Ultra 2 80th Anniversary wheels Challenge Criterium 23 mm tubulars 20140709-IMG_4649 So, how many Benzes don't we give a fuck about? 10/10 Benzes Factors: Our first perfect score, befitting of one of the hottest names in the bike industry. Ben Farver aka Argonaut is ON FIRE and we are proud to be Canada's only dealer. Oh, and this complete super-bike weighed in at 14.5 lbs of velvety smoothness. Mike's take: Fresh off his best in show at NAHBS, Ben continues to rock our world with incredibly light, sexy, supple-riding custom carbon bikes, utilizing an incredibly unique proprietary custom monocoque process...I could tell you more, but I'd have to kill you. 20140709-IMG_4665 20140709-IMG_4660 20140709-20140709-IMG_4620 20140709-IMG_4672In all seriousness, we have a Mosaic-style man crush on Ben and Argonaut in general. We are tickled teal to be Canada's only dealer and one of just several homes worldwide for this elusive and unequalled brand. Come discuss your own Argonaut today. I was lucky enough to take Claude's bike for a spin, and the combination of ride quality, agility, sense of lightness and explosiveness is...truly incredible. Even spacebikey. Special thanks to Viktor Cahoj for the incredible photographs, for Embrocation Journal for the online love, and stay tuned for a refresh once Claude's Xentis wheels arrive ;)

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