At no time, has Markus Storck, ever needed to "Jump the Shark", when it comes with turning out progressive and innovation bikes bearing his namesake.
In fact, when other brands are trying to capitalize on market trends (like the whole "aero" bike thing), purely for want of more sales, the German guru, continues to produce models that strike a balance between the industry "buzz" and bikes of actual beauty. Such is the case, with his new Aerfast G1, as unveiled during this week’s EuroBike Show.
As I’ve said in the past, I’m no fan of the "aero" bike trend. In fact, I’ve found most of them to be harsh riding, needlessly heavy and just plain "brutte" to look at. Although, I did admit to liking Storck’s execution of the "aero" bike thing, during a review of the Aernario a few months ago. Indeed, it struck me as having an excellent balance between the virtues of aerodynamic efficiency, along with the classic attributes of a well designed frameset.
Judging by the clean lines and fine-tuning of tube profiles that make up the new Aerfast, it appears as though Strorck has taken the principles of the Aernario, and tweaked them for additional wind-cheating capabilities, but not to the the detriment of an already good design.
Clearly there are such cues as a rear brake that’s been relocated behind the bottom bracket, a sculpted seat post and a newly deigned fork, all in the name of aerodynamics. However, nothing suggests that these changes have been made on the basis of far-flung aerodynamic nonsense. Rather, shall we say, the Aerfast has received a "tightening up of things", as Markus Storck knows best.
Storck claims that their new Aerfast weighs in at around 950g or so, which is pretty light for a frame of it’s design. But, more importantly, the German brand says that they were able to achieve a 20% increase in frame stiffness, which is impressive to say the least.
Pricing for the Aerfast has not been set for the USA. However, don’t expect it to come cheap. Nothing from Storck ever does. But, then again, beauty and performance has it’s price tag.
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