Take your riding to the next level, anywhere, with the Argon 18 Krypton.
The Argon 18 Krypton has evolved over the past few years to become a rider-friendly performance bike that’s perfect for long rides and a greater range of conditions.
It boasts many of the same features and technologies of the more aggressive Gallium Pro bike, but places a stronger emphasis on rider comfort.
Built from a new 5750 HM carbon composite material, the Krypton frame features Argon 18’s 'Optimal Balance' design and fabrication philosophy. This concept, familiar to anyone who knows the Argon 18 brand, is all about engineering the ideal blend of rigidity, comfort and light weight based on certain targeted ride qualities.
AFS Road Geometry
HDS - Horizontal Dual System
BB86 Bottom Bracket
5750 HM Carbon Composite material
Compatible with Shimano Di2/Campagnolo EPS
The Krypton boasts the company's Horizontal Dual System (HDS). Imagine a diagonal line running from the head tube down to the rear dropouts. Everything below the line represents the 'Power Zone,' where rigidity matters most. In the case of the Krypton, that means an oversized head tube up front to ensure crisp, precise handling while cornering or sprinting, plus a massive bottom bracket area and asymmetrical chainstays to maximize every bit of energy you put into the pedals.
The 'Comfort Zone' consists of smaller, thinner frame tubing up top to add compliance and give it a smoother ride. The Krypton’s thin seatstays help absorb and dissipate road vibrations, and the carbon seatpost adds even more road-smoothing comfort. (The post is reversible, allowing -15mm or -25mm setback.)
Given its status as a bike that is made for more 'adventurous' conditions, the frame has added clearance and can fit tyres up to 28mm for those want additional rubber for rougher roads and a smoother ride.
While it’s common for endurance-oriented road bikes to have taller head tubes for a more comfortable riding position, the Krypton has its own unique solution to serving riders of different sizes and various positioning preferences. The 3D head tube system essentially lets you choose from three different head tube lengths for any given frame size (below).
The 3D system allows you raise or lower the handlebar position without relying on traditional headset spacers. According to Argon 18 test results, raising the bar 15mm lets you retain 5 percent more rigidity compared to standard setups. And raising it 25mm saves 11 percent.
Frame material: 5750 HM Carbon Composite
Frame weight: 1190 g (included medium frame, paint and clearcoat. Hardware (86 g) is not included).
Fork: Kr36 specific monocoque carbon fork
Fork weight: 420g (cut to fit medium size frame)
Seatpost: 275 g, Argon 18 ASP-1600 carbon seat post, included.
Seatpost diameter: 27.2 mm
Seatpost collar diameter: 31.8 mm.
Bottom bracket BB86
Headset: FSA model 53-1 + 3D (Bearing 1" 1/4 (top & bottom) + FSA TH-883 compressor included.
Ajustable front derailleur hanger compatible with compact and oval chainrings.
Forged drop-out with replaceable rear derailleur hanger.
28mm maximum tyre clearance
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Pressfit SM-BB71-41B
Brake Calipers: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 6800 - 50/34
Fork: KR36 Carbon
Frame Material: 5750 HM Carbon
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Handlebar: FSA Omega Compact
Headset: FSA NO 37E Kit 1-1/4"
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Saddle: Prologo Kappa Evo
Seatpost: Argon 18 ASP-1600
Shifters/Levers: Shimano Ultegra 6800
Stem: FSA Omega Alloy
Cassette: Shimano 105 5800, 12/28
Chain: FSA Team Issue
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 700x25c
Wheelset: Vision Team 25
More About The Manufacturer Argon 18
Argon 18 is a Canadian cycle manufacturer founded in 1989 by Gervais Rioux in Montreal, Quebec. The name is derived from the element, which is number 18 on the periodic table of elements; it's also one of six natural noble gases. After retiring as a rider, ex-Olympian Rioux opened a bike shop, where the brand was born. In 2001 they produced their first carbon frame and the brand is now distributed in 31 countries. Argon 18 sponsors German pro cycling team Bora-Argon 18 and debuted at the Tour de France in 2015.