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Argon 18 is a Canadian cycle manufacturer founded in 1989 by retired cyclist Gervais Rioux in Montreal, Quebec. The name is derived from the element Argon, which is number 18 on the periodic table of elements. Designed by Rioux using carbon fiber or aluminum frames, they are distributed in more than 50 countries. Argon 18 also sponsors professional cycling teams and professional triathletes.

Argon 18 Inc.
Industry Bicycles
Founded 1989
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Key people
Gervais Rioux
Products Bicycle and Related Components
Number of employees

In June 2017, they became the official supplier to Canada's national road, track and para-cycling cycling teams, through the 2020 Olympic Games.[1]



Established in Montreal, Quebec, Canada since 1989, Argon 18 was originally formed of an R&D team guided by Gervais Rioux and North American racers, who designed the Argon 18 bikes. Rioux represented Canada in major international events, such as the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. In 1989, Rioux bought a small shop in central Montreal.[1]

Cycle technologyEdit

3D Headtube
ONEness Concept

The ONEness concept consists of an integrated aero and stemless fork/aerobar combination that is designed to be aerodynamic and ergonomic. The design extends to the frame, fork, headset, base bar and aero bars, brakes and levers as well as a reversible carbon seatpost which can be 76 or 78°.[2]

3D Headtube

This consists of interchangeable structural spacers that extend the headtube’s height.[3]

Argon 18's E-116.

Professional cycling teamsEdit

Professional triathletesEdit


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