Storck have reworked the already impressive Fenomalist road bike for 2012, with new tubing and the latest 300g version of their Stiletto fork. The new tube shape – a smooth radiused tube which flattens on the top surface – appears throughout Storck's 2012 range. Marcus Storck claims it allows the frame to retain plenty of shock-absorbing flex while eliminating side-to-side or twisting movement.
There's another major change for 2012, too: a frame-size-proportional rear end. Before, the rear triangle had the same specification whatever the frame size. Designed to support the weight and power transfer of large riders, it was overbuilt for smaller cyclists, resulting in a harsh feel. New mouldings mean the 2012 models now feel, and lab test, the same throughout the 47-63cm range.
The Fenomalist frameset weighs 900g (55cm size) and costs €2,699 (frame, fork, headset), with complete bikes at €4,198 (Shimano Ultegra), €5,398 (Shimano Dura-Ace), €4,448 (Campagnolo Chorus) and €5,698 (Campagnolo Super Record). The model pictured here weighs in at 6.6kg (14.6lb).
As we discovered in July, the Absolutist frameset is all-new for 2012, with slightly sloping geometry, Storck's squared-off round tubing and internal cable routing throughout. The internal routing is capped with interchangeable sockets, allowing fitting of standard cables or narrower electronic wiring.
Like on the Fenomalist, the rear end is now proportionally sized. The Absolutist frame weighs 1,050g and retails for €1,999, Three standard builds are available, with the Shimano 105 equipped version at €2,898, Ultegra at €3,498 and Chorus at €4,598 (weight 6.9kg/15.2lb).
The new Scentron, which we first saw during our trip to Storck's German HQ, is designed around the outgoing Absolutist frame and is Strock’s entry into full electronic compatibility. The 1,100g frame is available in sizes from 47-63cm and is compatible with both of Shimano's Di2 drivetrains. The frameset is €1,699, with a full Ultegra Di2 bike costing €3,998 and a Dura-Ace Di2 version at €5,798.
Storck haven’t forgotten their aluminium roots, Back when lightweight oversized tubing ruled the world, the exceptional Scenario Pro was among the finest metal uber-bikes money could buy. With the Visioner, Storck's Prodium alloy is back, but this time on an entry-level €799 frameset.
The Visioner's tube shapes ape Storck's new carbon design language of squared-off round tubesets, and as with the carbon frames, the seatstays are proportionally sized. The Visoner is available with 105 for €1,698, Ultegra for €2,298 or Chorus for €2,548. The Ultegra Di2 model shown here will cost €3,098 complete.
Storck's 2012 mountain bike line-up sees the introduction of 29ers, with the flagship being the new Rebel Nine. This features a unidirectional carbon fibre frameset with Storck's new squared-off tubing that weighs a claimed 1,150g. The frameset now has a confirmed price of €1,699, with three builds available for €2,898 (Shimano SLX), €3,798 (Shimano Deore XT) and €4,798 (Shimano XTR, 10.4kg/22.9lb).
Storck Rebel Nine
The full-suspension Adrenalin 1.7 again uses unidirectional carbon fibre and Storck’s new tube profile, with frame weight kept down to an impressive 1,790g. Frameset price is confirmed at €2999, with the SLX complete bike at €4,198, XT at €5,098 and the 10.5kg (23.1lb) XTR model shown at €6,098.
Storck Adrenalin 1.7