Airstreeem Bikes Introduce RR Storm SL and Carbon Aero 50 Wheels
Initially created in 2008, Airstreeem bikes is the product of Stefan Probst, a former pro cyclist. Based out of Salzburg, Austria, Airstreeem is slowly expanding with a recent push into the UK. Boasting their own in house product engineering and development team, the brand has established themselves as a high end road and triathlon fixture. Their newest offering is the RR Storm SL road bike, a road bike built on comfort but one that aims to give up as little speed as possible. Equip it with their new Carbon Aero 50 clincher wheels, and you’re off to the races – or club ride.
Offered as their new comfort oriented performance road bike, the RR Storm SL is the latest addition to a growing line of road bikes. The carbon frame is produced with their own smooth wall technology, using T-1000 Toray and Mitsubishi carbon that is crafted to their “Austrian quality standards.” In addition to the taller head tube, the Storm runs a smaller diameter seat post that along with the rest of the carbon is designed to offer more compliance and a comfortable ride. Other features include a tapered steerer, internal cabling, and a BB30 bottom bracket. The result is a 981g frame with a 320g fork, which when paired with a high end build kit should work out to be a pretty light bike.
The RR Storm SL is offered in 5 sizes, and three colors. Complete bikes start at £1,999 (~$3,223), and can be purchased in the US through Airstreeem UK.
Along with the RR Storm SL, Airstreem is also introducing a new carbon wheel – the Carbon Aero 50. Available in both a clincher and tubular, the rims use a 50mm deep profile that is 24.5mm wide at the brake track. Treated with a special “nano coating,” Airstreeem claims the wheel will see braking temperatures up to 173°C cooler than standard carbon rims when braking from 37mph. The coating also supposedly offers 33M shorter stopping distance in the wet from 37mph as well.
The wheels uses Airstreeem’s own hubs that use their double spearing tech, with 4 bearings in the front hub and 5 in the rear. Additionally, the hubs use a straight pull spoke design with Sapim CX-Ray spokes in a stacked lacing pattern that mates with Airstreeem’s patented asymmetrical rim design. The clinchers weigh in at 680g ft, and 750g rr, for a 1,430g set (tubulars slot in at 1330g). Carbon Aero 50s retail for £1,199 in Magenta, Green, White, or Red, and include Ti skewers, a wheel bag, and brake pads.