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Only 50 bikes will be released worldwide... and they're 15 grand a throw

Storck are producing 50 Aernario Signature Edition bikes to mark the 50th birthday of head honch Markus Storck.

If you fancy something a little bit special and you have a spare £15,000 kicking around that you don't know what to do with (that's all of us, right?) then this might be just what you're looking for.

Storck say that they’ve upgraded the carbon and resin used for this model, and that they've gone for a raw hand-polished finish (as opposed to lacquer). They reckon that the raw finish is possible ‘because of the ultra high manufacturing quality’ that they're offering.

Few decals are used here, Storck going for the ‘less is more’ approach. Spend £15,000 on a bike and you don't need to shout about it, and multiple logos are just so vulgar. You do get a Storck logo, Markus’ signature, and a serial number on the top tube... and that's yer lot.

The Signature Edition bikes are built up with some very select components including a THM Scapula CT fork, German handmade THM Powerarms G2 cranks, and a set of superlight THM Fibula Carbon brakes. Each of these has a matt clear coat finish to complement the frame.

Each bike also comes fitted with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, Storck’s own Platinum bar and post, plus a Lightweight’s Obermayer wheelset – so Storck haven't made any concessions to budget here.

The saddle pictured has been customised to Markus’ anatomy, whereas the ones on the Signature Edition bikes for sale are standard Selle Italia Monolink SLRs.

The frame weighs 790g and Storck give the complete bike weight as just 5.38kg (11.8lb) in a size 57cm.

If you want one of these bad boys for yourself – and you have a few quid tucked away for a rainy day – go to www.storck-bicycle.cc/road-bikes/aernario-signature-2014The rest of us... maybe after next payday. 

Technical details 
Frame
• Original Aernario Mould
• Platinum Technology
• Upgraded fibre/resin choice
•790g

Design
• Natural carbon, hand polished
• Painted black on black
• Markus Storck signature

Sizes
• 47, 51, 55, 57, 59 cm

Fork
• Original THM Scapula CT
• Reworked Layering Plan
• 275g
• Matt black clear coat

Brakes
• Original THM Fibula
• 110g without brakepads
• (60g front / 50g rear)
• Matt black clear coat

Chainset
• Storck Powerarms G2
• 400g
• Matt black clear coat

Wheelset
• Lightweight Meilenstein
• Obermayer Custom
• Customized aero f/hub
• Tubular
• 415g front, 560g rear

Groupset
• Shimano Dura Ace Di2
• Internal battery pack
• Standard or compact

Components
• Storck ST115 stem
• Storck Platinum comfort seat post MLP135
• Selle Italia Monolink SLR saddle
• Storck Platinum comfort road bar RBC180
• Schwalbe Ultremo Tubulars

Price
• £14,999

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.