Argon 18 is introducing a new UCI approved TT and TRI machine; the E-118 Tri+.
At 250g lighter than the previous-generation and equipped with disc brakes, the E- 118 Tri+ combines the razor-sharp handling and aerodynamic performance of a TT champion with tri-specific fit and functionality.
Fast & Fit
Designed to perform optimally in all wind conditions, the E-118 Tri+ is made for the literal twists and turns of real-life racing, not just wind tunnel tests. Using Notio for the racecourse and velodrome testing has shown a gain of 8 to 10 watts at 50km/h over the E-118Next.
With new geometry to achieve a significantly lower front profile, our updated ONEness system offers a bar/stem system with armrest stack 2cm lower and grip position 4cm lower than the E-118Next. This allows athletes to achieve a low, aggressive position, and for smaller riders to find their perfect fit.
“I immediately felt the speed and smoothness. It’s surprisingly smooth, actually,” says pro triathlete Heather Jackson. “The fit we were able to get because of the lower front profile was perfect for me. I’ve already had quite a few athletes ask me about it, who are smaller in stature like me.”
E-118 Tri+ Features
Nimble, Light & Confident
This bike was made for the corners and climbs of highly technical bike legs. Superior handling and exceptional responsiveness were required for Astana’s TTT courses, where lightning-quick reflexes are critical.
“We’re seeing the advantage of that handling in the more technical triathlon courses, especially at the standard and 70.3 distance,” says Martin Faubert, VP Product at Argon 18.
“The accuracy of disc brakes and the added stiffness of the thru-axle gives confidence in tight turns and fast descents.”
More confident cornering is also achieved through the lower position available on the base bar, with a 1.5cm increase in the saddle to handlebar drop over the E-118Next.
After testing a prototype for several months, pro triathlete Eric Lagerstrom raced the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice aboard the E-118 Tri+ – one of the highly technical courses this bike was virtually made for.
“It’s impossibly stable. It’s actually hard to describe how it feels in a fast corner,” says Lagerstrom. “On the rails’ is a cliché, but it works here. That means it gives you confidence, supreme confidence. I think athletes will really latch onto that. The less you have to think about the bike and the more you can just believe in it, the better results you have.”
At 1200g (frameset, medium), the E-118 Tri+ is among the lightest tri bikes on the market. Working within the UCI limits on tube size pushed us to shave all unneeded bulk off the frame, for a lean, lightweight racer that leaves you fresh for the run.
One of the hidden advantages of this bike may be its weight. At 1200g (frameset, medium), it stands alongside the E-119 Tri+ as one of the few tri bikes focused on weight savings.
The addition of discs usually compromises weight targets, but the E-118 Tri+ results in no weight penalty.
“A TT bike is made to be a powerhouse, focused on stiffness and aero performance. But working within the UCI limits on tube size pushed us to shave all unneeded bulk off the frame,” says Joffrey Renaud, Composites Specialist at Argon 18. “That weight advantage turns into a secret weapon on the IM circuit.”
“I try to find the hilly courses for sure,” says Heather Jackson. “It’s rare to find a lightweight tri bike that climbs like this one. I usually plan to really attack the climbs, and this is definitely the bike for those attacks.”
Developed in Cooperation With Astana
With that TT bike – which went on to win the Team Time Trial at the 2019 Vuelta – Argon 18 knew they had the performance-oriented layup and geometry that top athletes are looking for.
The result: the E-118 Tri+, a UCI-legal bike with the lean, low race frame of a TT champion, but tailored specifically for the needs of triathletes.