Storck's 2017 Fascenario.3 Platinum Road Frameset comes with some big claims, with the company investing years of development and touting it as the best road frame in the world. As evidenced by countless stiffness-to-weight ratio awards, Storck has a legendary ability to produce some of the lightest and stiffest framesets available. That leaves us with no doubt that the Fascenario.3 can go toe to toe with the top models on the market.
The specific carbon layup found in the Fascenario.3 is a closely guarded proprietary secret, but Storck assures us that the Platinum level carbon is a top-tier blend of ultra-high-modulus and high-modulus carbon fiber for a feathery claimed weight of only 1,100g for an entire frameset. To put it in perspective, the Fascenario.3 (including fork) weighs just a little more than most pure climber's frames only—no fork included.
In our experience, frames that light tend to suffer by flexing when the pedals are turned in anger. Not the Fascenario.3. True to Storck form, it's as light as a feather but as stable as granite when you're hammering. Light frames can also easily cross over from fast to chattering like a tin can, and Storck addresses that potential for discomfort with its Nano Carbon Technology Resin. This process deals in nanoparticles within the resin structure and claims to improve overall strength and provide strategic flex for increases in comfort and durability without impacting weight or efficiency.
The tubing features Storck's Advanced Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping (ASAS), which results in a down tube profile is narrower and more droplet-like at the middle compared to the top and bottom sections. This reduces frontal surface area, which reduces drag, all without impacting frame stiffness or handling. Each tube also incorporates a trailing edge designed specifically to minimize wind turbulence for smoother airflow.
Out front, the Fascenario.3's fork benefits from Optimized Aero Fork Design and takes on a unique, bowed shape that at first glance looks more like the widened forks we've become accustomed to seeing on road disc frames. Storck's approach to rim-brake fork shape widens the space between the fork legs and spokes to provide extra space for airflow and reduce turbulence, which, in theory, also leads to a faster, more stable ride. Regardless of aerodynamics, less turbulence at the front end of the bike means you can focus on your line instead of fighting your bike in the corners at speed.
- Setting a new bar for light, stiff, race-ready road bikes
- Race-focused geometry jumps off the line
- Exhibits Storck's signature stiffness-to-weight ratio
- Aerodynamic tube shapes and bowed fork design reduce drag
- Beefy bottom bracket transfers power efficiently
- Seatpost absorbs a surprising amount of road chatter
- Concealed seat clamp hides out of the wind to smooth airflow
- Get clean frame lines with internal cable routing