If you’ve been to Above Category over the past week or so, you might have noticed a new logo by our door. We might have been a bit shy to talk about it…until now that is. Above Category are proud to welcome Argonaut Cycles to our exclusive family!
At Above Category we’re constantly testing the best products in the cycling world and pushing them to their limits. If we like them, if they are truly the finest in their class, they’re in! We’re passionate about cycling performance and design…which is why we are excited to welcome Argonaut Cycles to our store. And it seems like we aren’t the only ones excited about what Argonaut are doing…they won the prestigious North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) 2014 ‘Best in Show’ award!
Ben Farver, the founder of Argonaut, cut his teeth making TIG welded and then brazed steel bikes for some of the country’s preeminent frame builders. He learnt how to make bikes the old way…the right way…and was known for making uniquely crafted, performance bikes.
In 2007 he established Argonaut Cycles with the goal of making ‘truly next level’ custom carbon bikes. Argonaut is different to other bikes out there – they are the only company making custom (both in terms of geometry and lay-up pattern) completely bladder moulded frame sections. Ben’s knowledge and experience building with carbon has allowed him to develop well designed, high performance bikes with outstanding handling characteristics – specifically designed for each and every customer.
In Ben’s words, Argonaut ‘fuse carbon’s nearly unlimited ride-tuning potential with our understanding of how to create a bicycle that is a blend of equation and instinct’. They have taken a unique view of carbon bike design by building an appropriate amount of flex into the design. Ben’s experience allows him to examine the vertical bending, horizontal bending and torsional stiffness values in every part of his frames, tuning each one of those values independently of each other for every customer…and always starting from scratch. Although, he does admit that there is one part of the bike that is ‘off the shelf’. It is the saddle clamp, which amazingly is also made in house at his Bend, Oregon facility.
So how do the bikes ride? What do they look like? We’ll be posting more blogs in the near future…but if you are interested, come by Above Category on Tuesday the 28th of October after 5pm. Ben will be there to answer any questions that you might have…and oh, we’ll have our very own AC Argonaut here too.
In the meantime, here is some Argonaut bike porn to get you excited…