Derailleur-Free Bikepacking With the Argon GX Pinion Adventure Bike from Nicolai Bicycles

While thinking outside the box, the engineers at Nicolai decided to mount the gears on their latest adventure bike in a belt-drive-powered gearbox. If your dirt road spins are growing longer and more varied, a ride like the Argon GX Pinion might be just the ticket to fewer mechanicals and longer maintenance intervals.

The frame’s 7020-T6 aircraft aluminum rear end and carbon fork make space for 45mm-wide 29″ tires or 50mm-wide 27.5″ tires for maximum comfort. There are mounts for two water bottles, a pair of fender eyelets at either end, and all of the cable routing is external for speedy service. The bike can be ordered with a 12- or 18-speed Pinion gearbox to suit the slopes you plan to climb.

The Argon GX Pinion is available in 50 different colors, with flat or drop bars, as a frame or complete bike. Prices will vary based on the build you choose, starting at €3,348 for a frameset and €4,125 for a complete bike.

Head to the Nicolai site for additional info.