Just try to match it.
It's been hailed as the 'best frame ever.' Its handling has been described as 'unsurpassed.' Its weight has been likened to 'a dream.' If you haven't guessed, we're talking about the Storck Aernario Platinum Road Bike Frame. Simply put, no other frame achieves a similar balance between weight, stiffness, handling, and comfort. We know, we thought that the standard Aernario would come close, but with optimized carbon tubing and an overall weight that's 160 grams lighter, the Platinum commits fratricide upon the Aernario, claiming the top spot all for itself.
If you're familiar with 'aero-frames,' you probably don't own one because you either loathe the aesthetic or find that watts that you save in drag reduction are tacked back on by poor power transfer and handling. To alleviate this problematic syndrome, Storck created what it calls 'sectional aerodynamic shaping.' However, it helps to think of this as an aerodynamic profile on the horizontal plane. By this, we mean that the Aernario's teardrop profile (NACA if you're savvy) takes shape horizontally rather than vertically. So, when viewing the frame from the side, it looks like a traditional road frame. However, if you were to take a cross-section, its aero-shape would become strikingly evident. In addition to the tube profile, Storck also improved aerodynamics and comfort by cleverly hiding the seatpost bolt under the top tube. By doing this, the tube shape is further streamlined, while shortening the seatpost increases comfort. Accordingly, the Aernario sees nothing but gains on all fronts.
As for the carbon fiber, itself, the Aernario was constructed from Storck's own CFR/UD Optimized carbon fiber, with the UD designating 'uni-directional' and the 'Optimized' meaning even better than what's found on the 'conventional' Aernario. Why uni-directional? Well, compared to a woven carbon fabric, uni-directional carbon is oriented as it sounds, with one direction, or on one axis. And while this makes the production process incredibly more complicated in regards to load path and force direction determination, the payout is worth it to Storck. You see, compared to woven layups, uni-directional fibers tend to better stiffen frames, while also improving the characteristic of vibration dampening. And incredibly, this is achieved at a much lower overall weight. However, Storck was far from finished in any of these regards.
Let's approach the Storck layup process in a short series of steps. First off, Storck begins the design with 3D CAD imaging. This digital process provides Storck with the precise data and dimensions necessary for the development of the mold. From there, the CFR/UD fibers are soaked in resin and hand-placed into the computer-generated mold. Once placed in the mold, the fibers are heated and pressed into place with an air channeling tool. Afterwards, the fibers are smoothed over by hand, ensuring an unprecedented level of preciseness and detail to the layup.
It's worth noting that the Aernario is, in fact, molded in a monocoque. This means that the Aernario is comprised of specific modulus carbon fibers throughout the frame, or in other words, it features a one-piece molded construction. This eliminates excess weight by requiring less carbon and resin application at the tube junctures of the frame. As a result, at around 790 grams, is actually 100 grams lighter than the standard Aernario, and is nearly dead even with the halo weight category of the BH Ultralight and Ridley Helium SL.
Moving into frame specifics, you'll find a massive, oversized PressFit BB86 bottom bracket juncture that efficiently transfers power to the rear triangle. And not surprisingly, we see the reoccurring theme at work again of increased weight reduction coming as a result of increased power transfer. At the seatstays, Storck gracefully originates them from a box-section above the brake caliper. And again, this results in increased comfort via vertical compliance, however, it also directly equates to a higher level of lateral rigidity. Additionally, you'll find that the Aernario is painstakingly one of the most rider-tuned frames on the market. This is due, in part, to Storck's proportional tubing concept, where every frame size uses adapted dimensions, wall thickness, tube diameter, and tapering to ensure the exactly intended ride quality regardless of size. Rounding out the construction is electronic-specific internal cable routing.
For the fork, Storck incorporated its latest iteration of the trend-setting and award winning Stiletto, the Stiletto 280. The first version of the Stiletto was introduced in 1999, and was widely hailed as the lightest fork on the planet. Now, the Stiletto 280 tips the scales at the same 280 gram weight of the original Stiletto, which is actually 60 grams lighter than the Stiletto 340 found on the standard Aernario. The 280 features a tapered design that's been mated to a carbon reinforced heat tube and a 1-1/8 - 1-1/4 inch integrated headset.
Altogether, these technologies, paired with an unrelenting dedication to hand-built perfection, create a frame that's balanced, lightweight, compliant, and most importantly, fast.
The Storck Aernario Platinum Road Bike Frame is available in the color Black and in six odd sizes from 47 to 63cm. Please note that this frame uses a PressFit bottom bracket and a replaceable CNC-machined aluminum derailleur hanger. Additionally, despite being electronic-driven, the frame routing is also compatible with mechanical shift systems. Also, it requires a 31.6mm seatpost.
- Unidirectional carbon fiber
- Molded monocoque frame designed with 3D CAD imaging
- Oversized PressFit BB86 bottom bracket
- Stiletto 280gram fork
- Compatible with SRAM, Shimano, and Campagnolo electric or mechanical components