Argon 18 Krypton XRoad Disc Frameset
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Argon 18 Krypton XRoad Disc Frameset
Based on the Krypton, the disc model is a truly remarkable bike. Its adapted AFS geometry gives you the versatility and stability to explore and ride off the beaten path. Moreover, it makes adjusting the bike to your morphology and finding the ideal position a breeze. This Krypton is equipped with disc brakes for unbeatable braking power on wet or dry surfaces and features 32mm tyre clearance for more possibilities, comfort and fun!  
 
Specification
  • Frame: Carbon Disc Nanotech Tubing HM5007 (1190g)
  • Fork: KR36X Carbon Disc
  • Seatpost: ASP-1600 Carbon
  • Bottom bracket: BB86
  • Headset: FSA 37E + 3D 1" 1/4
  • Braze-on front derailleur mount
  • Replaceable forged rear derailleur hanger
  • Post Mount Disc Mounts
  • Quick release dropouts
  • Internal cables
 
Includes
  • Argon 18 Krypton XRoad Disc frame
  • Argon 18 KR36X Carbon Disc forks
  • Argon 18 ASP-1600 Carbon Seatpost
  • FSA headset
 
Geometry Information
Lovely quality frame and great pricing from Merlin. Mine was delivered with the hydraulic housing grommets missing but Merlin swiftly sorted this from the supplier. Also just be aware that the current industry standard hydraulic brakes - i.e. flat mounts - are not compatible with this frame. You need post mount brakes, but the prob is you cant buy Shimano post mount hydraulic brake groupsets. So best solution is to buy a flat mount groupset, and separately buy RS785 disc calipers for additional £40 or so for the pair; these play nicely with the the R7020 or R8020 hydraulic levers. You can then sell on the leftover flat mount calipers....
I wanted to make a disc braked bike on which I could use wider tyres than 25mm and use my existing Ultegra triple set up, I can't get away with compact chain sets - tried and gave up after 9 months. This frame was a snip at £699 - still for sale at various dealers for £1600! All I had to do was fit the BB and the correct headset adaptor, in effect lengthening the head tube without the flex of spacers below the stem, and I was set. Works a treat. Used TRP HY/RD hybrid callipers, not quite as good as full hydraulic discs but the trade off is I have a fully functioning triple equipped disc braked bike that's significantly more comfortable to ride on todays pock marked roads than my previous carbon sportive frameset. For anyone thinking of doing the same the frame is set up for post mount callipers but with 140mm rotors - I used 160mm rotors so had to fit adaptors.
Loving this bike... thought I'd save my summer bike and get this Argon18 for rough weather & the potholed shingled roads of Essex as it's got loads of clearance for at least 32mm tyres, but it's lightweight, fits perfect (5'11 on the medium) and rides so well that it's now my go to bike! + Usual speedy & efficient delivery by Merlin.