Scentron from Storck Bikes
The Scentron was introduced to the Storck range last year, the second carbon road bike in its line-up.
Initially the frame was only available for Di2, Shimano's electronic groupsets, but the Germans have updated the frame for 2013 - now named the Scentron G2 - making it capable of taking both electronic and mechanical gear systems.
The Scentron G2 now has internal cable routing, and a PressFit bottom bracket, which gives the frame noticeably more stiffness in that area for better power transfer.
All Storck frames are produced using proportional tubing, making the stiffness-to-weight ratio exactly the same regardless of size. It's a method that comes at a great cost as the carbon lay-up is done by hand.
Storck thinks that the resulting ride characteristics are worth every penny and that quality comes through in the frame's comfort, the stiffness through the headset and bottom bracket, the reduced vibration and precise handling.
The German bike brand has, since it was founded in 1995, come up with a number of interesting originations.
It was the first brand to develop a full-carbon fork as well as the first company to design and produce a full-suspension mountain bike.
It also developed and created the world's first carbon cranks (they were also the lightest cranks on the market for a decade after they were released).
All of these significant, game-changing innovations from a company that still isn't perceived to be one of the industry's central brands. With that said, Storck has just appointed a new distributor in the UK - headed by the former MD of Scott Sports - and is making plans to supply between 30-40 independent bike shops throughout the country.
We might be seeing more of them on the roads in the coming months.
The Scentron comes with Storck's Stiletto 340 fork and is available in a variety of packages including a frame and fork option for £1,929. Customers can specify which groupset they require as well as wheelsets and finishing kit on the website. The stock builds start from £2,749 for Shimano 105, Ultegra Di2 will set you back £4,089 and Campag Super Record EPS £6,369.
This article was first published in the May 23 issue of Cycling Weekly. Read Cycling Weekly magazine on the day of release where ever you are in the world International digital edition, UK digital edition. And if you like us, rate us!