Storck TiX Pro review

Storck’s appliance of carbon science to cyclocross

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £4,029.00 RRP

Our review

The TiX has great ride quality and ability in an understated, if expensive, package
Buy if, You want to conquer any surface with something a little more exclusive
Pros: Comfort, acceleration, refined agility
Cons: High bottom bracket, high price
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Better known for its exotic, highly engineered road frames, Storck also loves ’cross. There are three TiX (‘This is Cross’) frameset options: Platinum, Pro and Comp. We’ve gone for the Pro with Ultegra.

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At first glance, the TiX’s flowing lines and mainly round tubes look simple. They are anything but. The oversized down tube connects a stout head tube and giant bottom bracket area that supports a wide press-fit 86.5mm bottom bracket. Beefy chainstays form a continuous curve through the 10mm thru-axle dropouts and into similarly sturdy wishbone seatstays. The broad-shouldered fork’s legs taper dramatically, and there’s heaps of tyre clearance, with a little less mud-shedding room between the chainstays.

Schwalbe’s Rocket Rons are a long-time favourite, which will work as a season-long tyre

The sloping top tube is a great way of maximising the frame’s resistance to torsional loads by reducing its size and improving standover height. Storck has also stuck with a higher bottom bracket than most, averaging 7mm more than the other bikes on test for additional ground clearance. It’s barely noticeable from the saddle, but if you’re used to lower-slung US-influenced machines, remounts will need a small adjustment.

Storck supplies its own alloy stem, carbon bar and monolink carbon seatpost, all of fine quality, and all enhance smoothness and vibration absorption. While the 31.6mm diameter seatpost does its job, we felt that the monolink rail seems to make the saddle nose unduly firm.

The bar and stem are both Storck own-brand kit
The bar and stem are both Storck own-brand kit
David Caudery / Immediate Media

Acceleration at the start and out of corners is an essential part of the sport. Impressive torsional stiffness resists high-wattage efforts and transfers your energy to the rear wheel for a quick response. There’s ample rigidity from the bar and stem, and decent acceleration from the DT Swiss wheelset. The R23DB Splines are solid performers, which make up with reliability what they give away in speed to flightier options. There’s a sense of lost potential, as the frame has more to give than the wheels can handle, but Storck’s online bike builder offers alternatives.

Schwalbe’s Rocket Rons are a long-time favourite, which will work as a season-long tyre; not too draggy when it’s dry, they’re supple and hard-wearing, and capable of coping in the thickest gloop.

With the rise of single-ring transmissions, the question of whether a double-ring set up is still necessary for ’cross is harder to ignore. If you’re planning to swap to road tyres and make the TiX your only bike, it may make sense, but the freedom of not having a front mech and the hugely increased chain security are winners in our book.

Storck has created a cosseting ’cross bike that excels at travelling fast almost everywhere
Storck has created a cosseting ’cross bike that excels at travelling fast almost everywhere
Russell Burton

Shimano’s hydraulic discs are smooth, quiet and powerful, with comfortable levers, but we often find there’s too much lever travel before the brakes bite. Pumping the lever twice can help, but it can instill a brief panic at times. That fork manages great lateral stiffness and resistance to braking forces while feeling light and nimble. Direction changes are precise, helped by the 9mm thru-axle, and it soaks up impacts without reducing feel.

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As a way of attacking the trails, a race or the road, the TiX matches floaty comfort with a chiselled edge. Think bicycle Range Rover. The package isn’t cheap, and Storck only offers Shimano builds, but it’s possible to buy a frameset only and make your own trail-eating machine.

Product Specifications

Product

Name TiX Pro
Brand Storck

Available Sizes 47cm 50cm 53cm 56cm 59cm
Rear Wheel Weight 1760
Wheelbase (cm) 103
Top Tube (cm) 54
Standover Height (cm) 80.5
Seat Tube (cm) 45
Chainstays (cm) 42.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 31
Wheelset DT Swiss R23DB Spline
Weight (kg) 8.04
Trail 6.4
Stem Storck ST115 110mm
Shifters Shimano ST-RS685
Seatpost Storck MLB 150
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Storck Selle Italia SLS
Rear Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron 700x33mm
Bottom Bracket Press-fit
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Headset Type Acros Gap Adjust
Head Angle 71
Handlebar Storck RBC220 41cm
Front Wheel Weight 1370
Front Tyre Schwalbe Rocket Ron 700x33mm
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Frame Material TiX Pro carbon
Fork Offset 5.25
Fork Pro carbon
Cranks Shimano Ultegra 172.5mm 46/36
Chain Shimano
Cassette Shimano CS-6800 11-28
Brakes Shimano BR-RS785
Frame size tested 53cm