Some bikes are known for their speed and agility; others launch from a solid brand with a great reputation. But occasionally we come across a new gravel bike that is so cool we have to try it immediately, and if it turns up at the office it will be confiscated in no time by at least one Prologue writer.
One of a kind
Well, this would be one of those bikes. We are talking about the Argonaut GR2—a model that is literally a one-of-a-kind bicycle. It is designed for speed on any surface, but it is also quite simple, without a lot of flashy parts.
Need for speed
Built to be able to cross over many different surface types, the bike has quietly awaited its turn for the market to be ready. In 2014 American brand Argonaut launched its first Gravel Racer, and with growing acceptance of gravel bikes it’s now time for the successor: the Argonaut GR2.
Although it is an all-round performer, the characteristics of the GR2’s frame are its speed and manoeuvrability. The bike moves forward as soon as you step on the pedals, and it intuitively does exactly what you want it to do. It’s effortless. To achieve this, the design team kept the rear fork as short as possible, so the whole frame is quite compact.
You can choose the standard frame, or select one that can be customised for your body. Where the first option costs about € 5600, -, a custom bike will cost you €6300 just for the frame. There are more choices to make in the final assembly: for example you can choose between the kits Sram Etap, Dura-Ace Di2 and Ultegra Di2. All are great options, but do not expect a low bill. The most expensive variant (based on a standard frame) costs more than € 11,000.-. Yes, for a gravel bike.
So, for the time being, we will keep looking at these beautiful pictures …