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BLOG LIST story 2020/12/09, 09:12

Vesterby's Race Ready E-119 Tri+ Disc

The Danish Ironman triathlete, Michelle Vesterby, raced in Challenge Daytona on December 6th, 2020 on the brand new Argon 18 E-119 Tri+ Disc as the first athlete in the world.

This was Michelle's first race after 8 months of Corona lockdown with no racing at all. In 2020 Michelle’s primary goal was to reach her top-level and race for the podium in Hawaii - a race that is now postponed to October 2021. In stead Challenge, Daytona 2020 became a step on the road to Hawaii for Michelle, where she was given the opportunity to test her new bike in a race setup.

Check out Michelle's lightning-fast setup and read Michelle's first impression of the bike.

Michelle’s E-119 Tri+ Disc Build

  • Frame: E-119 Tri+ Disc
  • Wheels: HED Vanquish RC Pro Series 80mm
  • Hub bearings: CeramicSpeed Wheel Kit
  • Crank bearings: CeramicSpeed Bottom Bracket
  • Pulley wheels: CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheels
  • Cockpit: E-119 Tri+ Disc cockpit designed with 51 Speedshop
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension T4
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 53/39
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-28t
  • Tires: Continental GP 5000

Built in Argon 18 Lab & Store Denmark

All Argon 18 bikes delivered to the Northern European market are assembled by our skilled mechanics in Argon 18 Lab & Store Denmark North of Copenhagen. Peter Iten, a very experienced and respected mechanic with a special eye for the detail, has built Michelle’s bike.

See Peter assemble Michelle’s E-119 Tri+ Disc in the video below.

Walkthrough and Baseline Fit

Michelle Vesterby was shortly before leaving for Challenge Daytona visiting Argon 18 Lab & Store Denmark to get a baseline fit made on her new tempo machine - 1 to 1 in comparison to her position on the E-118 Tri+ Disc.

We walked through the bike's primary new features and made a baseline fit on the E-119 Tri+ Disc - 1 to 1 in comparison to her position on her E-118 Tri+ Disc.

Michelle's first Impression

During 2020 Michelle has ridden the UCI-approved triathlon/time trial bike Argon 18 E-118 Tri+ Disc and shortly before Challenge Daytona she switched to the new and more aerodynamic triathlon-specific bike Argon 18 E-119 Tri+ Disc.

We spoke to Michelle to ask her what her first impressions are after competing in Daytona.

“The two of us quickly became 'friends'. It was easy to set up the bike like my E-118 Tri+ Disc. The new cockpit is so simple to adjust, that working on my position on the bike, and the aerodynamics, is uncomplicated like never before.

I love the new features with the possibility of storing all my gels and bars in the bento box on the top tube. And that I can bring a spare tube and toolkit, hidden in the frame, in the BB area, where the weight distribution is just right – that’s clever!

And last, but not least; I love the design!”

Video: Michael Sangkoyo Gramtorp
Photos: Peter Ebro / Kasper Henrik Pedersen