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Nicolai Argon SSP – Because They Can.

December 13, 2011

2 years, 1 returned frame, lots of patience and persistence later, the Nicolai Argon SSP that we were eagerly waiting for finally arrived last month, and boy were we glad to see it. Production started after the owner (the loyal Nicolai customer with the Fire Department Red bikes that you see on this blog) wanted a tailor made frame based on the Argon Road that could serve as a commuter that was capable of some fun when needed. That meant that Nicolai had to go back to the drawing board, which explains the long wait.

Why not just get a fixed frame you might ask? Well you definitely can’t run front/rear disc brakes on a fixie with and a standard 135mm MTB hub on the rear, which is why this is Argon SSP might very well be a one-off.

Since the frame had internal cable routing, we figured we could not leave out the front brake cable.

Some in-house modifications later, and the problem is solved.  To keep up with the clean aesthetics, the V-brake mounts and guides on the front fork were also removed before it was repainted.

Internal cable routing was specifically designed for the owner to run discs and an internal geared hub in the rear, which in this case is an 8-speed Shimano Alfine hub.

The Argon SSP is also running the new Middleburn RS8 X-Type cranks with a Gates Carbon Drive system (no surprise there).

For the owner, it was not so much a matter of challenging what Nicolai was capable of, but it was more about having the confidence that the wonderful team of guys in Lübbrechtsen, Germany, were able to deliver what no other bike manufacturer was able to. Well that was exactly what they did, because they can.

– Ben

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Robin permalink
    January 6, 2013 3:05 am

    Which rimes and fork are in this bike?

  2. February 2, 2013 9:35 pm

    Hi there,

    The rims used are from H Plus Son and the fork is an unknown OEM fork brought in by the customer.

    Hope it helps!

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