Core Bike Show 2014: Storck unveil 5.38kg Aernario Signature Edition

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Core Bike Show 2014: Storck unveil 5.38kg Aernario Signature Edition

£15k super bike launched to celebrate Markus Storck's 50th birthday

Storck have unveiled the Aernario Signature Edition – a 5.38kg super bike built to celebrate Markus Storck’s 50th birthday.

The Aernario is Storck’s aero road bike, unveiled last year, but this Signature Edition has been tweaked with exclusivity and light weight at the top of the design agenda. Only 50 will be made and you’ll need to find £15,000 down the back of the sofa.

The Storck Aernario Signature Edition weighs a claimed 5.38kg in a size 57cm

It uses the same aero tube profiles as the existing Aernario but Storck have used a different carbon fibre layup to drop the frame weight to a claimed 790g.

That makes the Aernario Signature Edition one of the lightest frames in the world and the fork is no heavyweight either at a claimed 290g. The frame has a raw finish, possible, Storck say, because of the high quality of the manufacturing process, which leaves the raw carbon fibre weave visible. Decals are also kept to a minimum and Markus Storck personally signs and numbers each frame.

The Aernario Signature Edition, which has a raw carbon fibre finish, has been launched to celebrate Markus Storck’s birthday and the firm’s founder signs each of the 50 frames

Storck are selling the Aeronario Signature Edition as a complete bike only and Markus Storck’s personal steed weighs just 5.38kg in a size 57cm. That’s the second largest of the five sizes so some will be lighter still.

To achieve that weight Storck have specced the Aeronario Signature Edition with a suitably top-end spec. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 makes us the bulk of the transmission, though Storck have used their own carbon fibre Powerarm G2 cranks, along with carbon fibre THM Fibula brakes.

This neatly integrated seat clamp keeps things aero and, Storck say, allows more seatpost to be exposed, thus improving ride comfort

Lightweight provide the Meilenstein Obermayer tubular wheels, which in themselves weight a paltry 975g, and the hoops are wrapped in Schwalbe Ultremo tyres. Storck’s own-brand finishing kit – handlebar, stem and a seatpost topped with a Selle Italia Monolink SLR saddle – completes the spec sheet.

Storck Aernario Disc now available

The Aernario is also available in a disc-specific version. While the Aernario Disc shares many of the features of the rim brake version, there’s a new fork to accommodate the front disc. The fork also has a bigger crown to cope with the additional braking force and internal routing for the hydraulic hose. Claimed frame weight is 940g, with the fork an additional 400g.

The Aernario Disc will be available as a frameset only for £3,300 or in this build, which uses Shimano’s new R785 hydraulic disc brakes, for £6,500

We’ve seen a steady trickle of disc-equipped road bikes hit the market over the past couple of years and most use conventional quick release axles, though Storck have chosen to use thru axles.

We’re yet to see which standard the road bike industry will adopt in the long-run but thru axles are common on mountain bikes as they have a larger diameter than a quick release, which is said to increase stiffness, and Storck told us that it’s also allowed them to tweak the layup of the seatstays to further improve comfort.

The Aernario Disc is one of the few road bikes we’ve seen to use a thru axle

The Aernario Disc will be available as a frameset only for £3,300 or in the build pictured above for £6,500. The bike is specced with Shimano’s new R785 hydraulic disc brakes, with the corresponding 11-speed, Shimano Ultegra transmission.

Meanwhile, the DT Swiss R23 Spline wheels are shod with Schwalbe Ultremo ZX tyres, and, like the Aernario Signature Edition, Storck have used their own finishing kit with a Selle Italia Monolink SLR saddle. If you thought disc-equipped road bikes were heavy then think again – claimed weight for the Aernario Disc is 6.3kg.

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Website: Storck UK

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