EB13: New Storck Aernario Disc Brake Road Bike & Rebel Seven 650B Hardtail Join Lineup
German lightweight bicycle manufacturer Storck didn’t take long to join the disc brake road bike movement, and thankfully it appears they put the same thought and details into the new Aernario Disc as with bikes like their Aero TT and others.
The Aernario line was introduced last year as Storck’s aero road bike that, frankly, didn’t scream “aero” at first glance. Subtle tube shaping and a narrower 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered steerer, features that carry over to the disc brake model. What’s new, other than the stoppers, are the front and rear thru axles, reinforced lower sections and an all new Stiletto Disc fork.
The fork was reinforced to handle the different stresses, but maintains its slight appearance. The legs end with a 15mm thru axle and the complete bike will come spec’d with DT Swiss’ RWS axles and the new 2014 DT Swiss Spline disc brake road wheels.
Brake cable/hose routing is very clean. The bike is designed to accommodate hydraulic or mechanical brakes, and electric or mech drivetrains.
At the rear is a 10mm thru axle. Brake hose routing exits early enough to easily accommodate any sort of brake, whether the banjo is on the inside or outside. That’s good forward thinking and something we’d like to see on all disc brake road frames.
Stealthy seatpost binder system keeps it clean and smooth. Frame weight starts at 940g, and the fork starts at 400g. It’s full carbon fiber, from the headtube to the BB to the dropouts. Tube sizes and layups are all size proportional, too, so small bikes will ride as well as large ones.
The Rebel Seven is a new 650B hardtail mountain bike that replaces their 26″ bikes. The frame starts at 1090g and has all the modern basics like tapered headtube and 12×142 thru axle rear. It sticks with external cable routing all around, though. Chainstays are oversized to provide solid power transfer – this is a race bike, after all. The Rebel series is also available as a 29er (introduced in 2011), and they offer alloy versions, too.