Storck Visioner Road Bike Frame $1,099.00
A fatal blow to carbon fiber.
For the youngsters out there, Gary Klein's work might only be imprinted in your consciousness as the mountain bike hanging in Jerry's hallway in a certain 90s sitcom. But, for us old timers, Klein might as well be in the dictionary under 'cycling innovation.' Until 1995, Markus Storck was a friend, distributor, and product developer of Klein, and upon its Big Four acquisition, and the resulting destruction, Markus applied his lifelong knowledge of frame design to the creation of Storck Bicycle USA -- now just Storck. Building frames was nothing new for Storck, he'd been doing it since he was 14, and his knowledge and passion were evident from the onset. With the Scenario and the Stiletto 300 fork, Storck immediately created products that remained at the pinnacle of design for nearly a decade. However, Storck felt that the time had come to rewrite the books on aluminum frame design, and accordingly, the Visioner Road Bike Frame was born.
Made from 7075 aluminum alloy, the Visioner represents Storck's lineage, only brought into the modern day. The tubing is triple-butted for both durability and rigidity, and the smooth welds at the junctures are nothing short of NAHBS quality. But, if you've ever seen or rode a Scenario G1, you're already accustomed to this. So, the question begs to be asked, what's changed since the 90s?
For one, the Visioner has been completely modernized. Now, its design features internal cable routing that accepts both mechanical and electronic shift systems. This means that wire routing to the battery and the front derailleur is clean and purposeful. Additionally, the battery itself has a dedicated position on the frame. You'll also find that the frame boasts an 86.5mm alloy bottom bracket shell that houses a Shimano-standard PressFit BB86 bottom bracket. The seat tube diameter is also larger than previous alloy Storck models at 34.9mm. This provides a compliant structure with minimal energy dispersion to the rear triangle of the frame.
And in terms of power transfer, handling, and comfort, you'll find that Visioner measures pretty evenly with Storck's carbon fiber models. This is due in part to the expert construction, but also to the Visioner's geometry. It features the same 73.5 degree head and seat tube angles that are found in the Aernerio G2 and Fenomalist G2 frames, and it also has short 400mm chainstays that are only 1mm longer than the 399mm chainstays that are found throughout the Storck line.
For the fork, Storck incorporated the virtually unchanged, Stiletto Race of yesteryear. Why? Because it was perfect from the beginning. It has a 1-1/8 inch steerer tube and a carbon fiber blade construction that provides confident tracking on descents, and sheer power on hard drives in the flats. The frame also features an integrated headset, and heat-hardened dropouts at the rear.
As usual, Storck has challenged what we thought was common knowledge. Now, the Visioner has left us wondering what the fuss over carbon is really all about? After all, the new Scenero G2 is already being heralded as the best road bike of 2013, and the Visioner is only 20 grams heavier (or 30 grams lighter with a Stiletto 300 fork) and shares a nearly identical geometry. Beyond this, the Visioner possesses a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio, a stiffer head tube, and a stiffer bottom bracket than the Scenero G2. Leave it to Storck to turn the cycling world on its head once again.
The Storck Visioner Road Bike Frame is available in six odd sizes from 51 to 63cm and in the color Grey Anodized. Please note that this bike uses a 31.6mm seatpost, a 34.9mm seatpost collar, a 1-1/8in integrated headset, and a PressFit BB86 bottom bracket.
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Where can I get the 2 cable stops for the...
Where can I get the 2 cable stops for the downtube and 1 cable stop for the chainstay? This is for mechanical shifting setup.
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