In looking for a bike to replace my old KUOTA, I wanted something with an ability to turn a few heads and stick out on my club rides -- populated by TREKs and SPECIALEDs --and I decided on the Storck. I'd happened by the factory near Frankfurt a couple of years ago and was very impressed by their commitment to tech -- very German. The guys at Completive Cyclist were great in helping me get the frame ordered and with the little bits I needed to mount my Campy Chorus group. They even put the BB cups in for me at N/C. Even my wife, a non-biker, I'm afraid, noticed the bike right away and gave it a thumbs up for its looks. This is one fast, straight-ahead machine. It sprints like a demon and climbs like a nothing I've ever ridden. I'm a big guy, and flex has been an issue (6'2" and 190). I also right knees in and do rub the right one on the massive top tube a bit too often. Also, although the stiffness is desirable over 20 mph, I feel the need for something a bit more compliant for my current riding style. I have owned A LOT of bikes over my 55 years, but this is about the prettiest. The issue, however, is that form follows function and the function of this rock (I'm talking granite) solid machine just doesn't fit in with the comfort I'm now after. I know, I want my cake and to eat it too. If you want a no-flex bike -- buy it and you'll be pleased.