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  • I am thinking of getting an Argon 18 Electron frame set, does anyone here have any experience of the company or even the frame itself ?

    http://www.argon18bike.com/en/electron.h­tm

    Unfortunately I will have to swap the fork out for a drilled one so I can run a front brake (at least until I am comfortable fixed).

    Any input on this frame would be great, I have read the whole internet (every page, it took almost 4 hours) and I can't find much info at all. I can get one for £460 squid.

    Leeeeeeee

  • looks very swish

  • u could get one of those clamp on brake jobbies

  • jv u could get one of those clamp on brake jobbies

    jv u could get one of those clamp on brake jobbies

    I have never seen one, but I thought they might be available as my MTB carbon forks have a clamp on brake mount.

    Any info would be gratefully appreciated !!!!! :) - a link even ?

    Anyone know what they are called or who makes them ?

    Cheers

  • Or, in the same vein, this...

    £459 from Wiggle...

  • Surely not for riding on the road????? You'd look a bit silly! On the Track.... that's correct.

  • teenslain Or, in the same vein, this...

    £459 from Wiggle...

    I looked at that one on my travels about the internet, I don't think it is as nice (visually) as the Electron, I prefer the Electron's seamless welds, cut away seat tube and the replaceable steel inset fork ends.

  • jonaent (Jon) Surely not for riding on the road????? You'd look a bit silly! On the Track.... that's correct.

    The road it is !

    Why would this look silly ?

  • ....because it's a Track bike, a very nice track bike, that u couldn't lock up anywhere..

    And you've never ridden fixed??? Surely you need something a bit more forgiving in the geomerty department.... Langster/PaddyWagon/Genesis Flyer... or a conversion

  • leeww [quote]jv u could get one of those clamp on brake jobbies

    jv u could get one of those clamp on brake jobbies

    I have never seen one, but I thought they might be available as my MTB carbon forks have a clamp on brake mount.
    Any info would be gratefully appreciated !!!!! :) - a link even ?
    Anyone know what they are called or who makes them ?
    [/quote]

    Google "clamp on brake" and the first thing that comes up is.. dun dah daaaaa! Guess what?!

    http://njsframes.blogspot.com/2007/08/fr­ont-clamp-on-brake-kit-for-keirin.html

    Enjoy! :D

  • hippy Google "clamp on brake" and the first thing that comes up is.. dun dah daaaaa! Guess what?!

    http://njsframes.blogspot.com/2007/08/fr­ont-clamp-on-brake-kit-for-keirin.html

    Enjoy! :D

    Cheers !

    I actually put in "clamp on brake mounts" and couldn't find anything.

    Ah, google, so fickle.

  • You're right, the tig welding's pretty ropey... Almost as bad as on my IRO...
    IMHO the Cinelli's graphics are way cooler tho'...
    Horse for courses tho'... :-)

  • leeww [quote]hippy Google "clamp on brake" and the first thing that comes up is.. dun dah daaaaa! Guess what?!
    http://njsframes.blogspot.com/2007/08/fr­ont-clamp-on-brake-kit-for-keirin.html
    Enjoy! :D

    I actually put in "clamp on brake mounts" and couldn't find anything.
    Ah, google, so fickle.[/quote]

    Me and google.. we go way back.. i know how to push its buttons..

  • jonaent (Jon) ....because it's a Track bike, a very nice track bike, that u couldn't lock up anywhere..

    Had quite a few very expensive bikes stolen over the past 15 or so years :( - my best ever move was to get rid of my bike lock - I now never lock my bike up - I ride it to wherever I am going and take it inside, luckily for me in my line of work I can pretty much always take my bike indoors with me, so no worries in that respect, but I, as an experienced bike looser, appreciate your point.

    jonaent (Jon) And you've never ridden fixed???

    Are you telling me this or asking ?

    Yes, I have ridden fixed.

    jonaent (Jon) Surely you need something a bit more forgiving in the geomerty department.... Langster/PaddyWagon/Genesis Flyer... or a conversion

    I will be fine honest !

    I am not a great fan of spending money on an intermediate bike, I would rather invest it all in something better, longer lasting and take my time getting used to it.

  • The tilde is quite useful when googling :)

    I agree with Leww about the Electron looking nicer, but riding either of them on the street?! Even if you've got the money to do so I think you'd be bloody mental.

  • jon: I ride a track bike on the road.. yes an old one but a track bike nonetheless. It works.
    leeww: Just pray you're faster than everyone you meet though coz oh boy you are gonna get stick if you lose to anyone on that thing!! :D

  • teenslain You're right, the tig welding's pretty ropey... Almost as bad as on my IRO...
    IMHO the Cinelli's graphics are way cooler tho'...
    Horse for courses tho'... :-)

    I looked at an IRO in the flesh in Cavendish cycles and I thought the wielding was pretty good, perhaps the glossy black paint job helped a lot, I thought it was a really good looking frame, certainly better than the Cinelli . . . . ?

    Like you say, horses for courses.

  • hippy Me and google.. we go way back.. i know how to push its buttons..

    I feel ill.

  • So do I... but that's coz I stopped drinking suddenly.. body can't take the shock..

  • eeehhhh The tilde is quite useful when googling :)

    I agree with Leww about the Electron looking nicer, but riding either of them on the street?! Even if you've got the money to do so I think you'd be bloody mental.

    What is it with people posting assertions without explanation !!?? ;)

    Could you tell me why you think it would be mental ?

    (I need an answer quickly as the nurse is coming to give me my injection)

  • Well.. £480 for the frame is more than a lot of people's bikes on here.. there's one reason.
    It's a track bike so not so nice to ride over longer distance.. that could be reason two.
    It's gonna be fscking obvious parked outside a pub.. which you've already explained wont happen but we know people don't read all posts in a thread before commenting..
    Other than that I see no reason not to. Just be prepared to race.. everyone.

  • hippy jon: I ride a track bike on the road.. yes an old one but a track bike nonetheless. It works.
    leeww: Just pray you're faster than everyone you meet though coz oh boy you are gonna get stick if you lose to anyone on that thing!! :D

    I will lose, that is guaranteed, but I will take out my frustrations on the first fat 58 year old women riding a child sized £80 full suspension bike I see, I will get up to top speed and try and keep up with her for as long as I can, hurling abuse and throwing things.

  • If that works for you.. buy it! I'd like to see one in the flesh some time.

  • jonaent (Jon) ....because it's a Track bike, a very nice track bike, that u couldn't lock up anywhere..

    Same goes for a Mercian Super Vigorelli

  • hippy Well.. £480 for the frame is more than a lot of people's bikes on here.. there's one reason.

    Just made a fucking fortune writing some music for a booze commercial, now I ask myself should I invest some of this in an ISA or some kind of pension fund or another bike for my collection, I went to the pub to have a few pints of 'knowledge oil' and came out several hours later emblazoned with revelation, "Let's make it another bike!"

    hippy It's a track bike so not so nice to ride over longer distance.. that could be reason two.

    I tend to ride everyday, but never the kinds of distances some (like yourself) do here, maybe 10 or 12 mile somewhere, a meeting or two and back again, that kind of thing.

    If I do a London to Brighton or something similar I will take out something more forgiving, maybe something with gears.

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