You know who we like talking to at Eurobike? Markus Storck, that's who. Head of Storck Bikes, Markus is never short of opinions or new ideas, and this year was no exception. He was on trend with three of the themes of the show: aerodynamics, integration and the return of high-end Aluminium. We Spoke to him at length about his range, and the video is below. Apologies for the pumping bass in the background, the folks over at Scott were getting a bit excited.
Aerodynamics first. Storck's star of the show was the new Aernario, their new aero road platform. Light, stiff, comfortable and slippery was the design brief, and Markus reckons it ticks all the boxes. There's a few very interesting points. Firstly the tubes are an aerodynamic foil profile if you cut them horizontally, which makes a lot of sense as that's how the air flows over them. It has a hidden seat clamp mechanism that secures a round section seatpost; Storck reckons that the comfort advantage of a round post outweighs any aero advantage from a teardrop profile post. the Aernario – and all Storck's frames from now on – is Di2 and EPS compatible.
Integration next. The Fascenraio 0.6 features Carbon-leaf brake callipers that Storck originally developed for their time trial frames. Markus told us that "everybody's trying to reduce the weight on the frame but I don't think it makes sense to use higher and higher grade Carbon fibre, which gives a more brittle ride and a shorter frame lifespan, when you can integrates systems such as brakes into the frame and get weight savings from that". The F0.6 brakes weigh just 50g a pair, saving over 100g on Dura Ace callipers and, Markus claims, giving a better braking performance. Although they're a bit more fiddly to set up.
Lastly, Aluminium. Storck have made alloy bikes for nearly two decades; the new Visioner uses some of the tubes from their Scenario Pro and mixes them with new profile bits to give a more comfortable ride whilst retaining all the stiffness you'd expect. You can offer more sizes in an alloy frame without the high tooling costs you'd have with a monocoque Carbon frame. And the comfort? "It still more difficult to get a very comfortable ride out of an Aluminium frame but we've changed the shape and style of the stays and we have a very comfortable seatpost and fork." The result is a bike that's a lot more comfy than the super-stiff alloy frames of old. Markus sees the development of Aluminium as sort of cyclical: bike companies came to alloy frames first from the perspective of building bikes out of metal, but now that Carbon has allowed designers to do so much more with tube profiles they're looking to replicates those forms – and their ride characteristics – in alloy.
Anyway, enough from us. Here's Markus talking about the 2013 range. Enjoy.
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