Storck's entry-level carbon-fibre model: Does it skimp on detail?
Storck is a lesser known brand in the UK, unless you've done your homework into companies that really pull out all the stops when it comes to carbon frame manufacturing - in which case, Storck will definitely be on your radar.
The Scenario C 1.1 is designed to be a ‘do it all' model, and sits at Storck's entry-level price point, but that's no reflection on this bike's abilities. 1.1 refers to the frame weight in kilos, so the Scenario is light enough to race, and also has stiffness in abundance to carry this off, but there's an air of calm about its ride.
The stiffness you feel in acceleration and climbing, plus the very direct steering response, derived from the rigidity of the frame/fork module does not translate into something harsh and twitchy on the road. Storck has certainly found an ideal middle ground here and we found the C 1.1 a pleasure to ride.
We tested the C 1.1 in the US with SRAM's Rival groupset, Ritchey WCS finishing kit and Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels, which together formed a good mix of quality and lightweight parts which performed well. However, you might want to be aware that now Storck offers complete build options and the most cost effective way to get your hands on a C1.1 seems to be the latest Ultegra 6700 groupset with Storck's own finishing kit for £2,700.
At a glance the C 1.1 looks quite understated. It's not until you delve a little deeper that you see all the attention to detail; dig deeper still to find out just how many processes go into building a Storck bike and you really get the sense of owning something rather special.
Storck carbon 3K, Storck Stiletto aero fork
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