2014 Storck Aernario Disc brake road bike

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.

2014 Storck Aernario Disc brake road bike

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.

2014 Storck Aernario Disc brake road bike

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.

2014 Storck Aernario Disc brake road bike

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.



  1. The Storck disc bike is awesome! It has thru axles, front and rear. This is about close to perfection as you can get. Fantastic forward-thinking by Storck.

  2. I agree with Ajax: This is the first disc brake road bike I’d like to buy since it looks great and they are using thru-axels front and rear! For most other manufacturers, thru-axels will be the big “upgrade” for 2015 disc models. Stork is doing it right the first time.

  3. The irony of a frame who’s maxim is aerodynamic optimization, featuring a breaking system aerodynamically “slower” than traditional calipers will likely be lost on 99% of you.

  4. Pretty sweet. but like everyone else here, 12/142 make it so
    Brian, the day of disc road bikes is here. Just except it

  5. I agree with Brian. I tried to like this but road discs are wack. I think you have to do a lot of racing and fast road biking to realize the following –

    A. We don’t need discs at all on road bikes
    B. They’re heavy
    C. They’re ugly
    D. Lots of bike trends fail

    It kind of reminds me of a rock shox fork on a Roubaix bike.

  6. Rico what was the last major product trends in road bicycling that failed? I remember almost all of them having stuck.

    -wide rims
    -electric shifting
    -press fit bb
    -endurance frames
    -aero frames
    -carbon wheels
    -carbon frames
    -10 speed
    -integrated crank spindles

    As far as mtb goes there has been a many more things that have failed there, but road has pretty much adopted all the trend that have come its way and they all have become norm after 5 years.

    Discs are next the next trend along with, and just as contentiously, road tubeless.

  7. To all road-disc nay-sayers: Try descending from 10,500′ to 5000′ on an 8% grade in hail and rain on a sandy/gritty road as I did recently. Disc brakes don’t seem like such a dumb idea then. Anybody who races mountain bikes knows that hydraulic discs on road bikes aren’t going away. Modulation and performance, esp in the wet, is so much better!

  8. @wheelz
    lest we forget also heat warp you get on carbon tubulars when you get them nice an hot on a descent like that. I dont know how anyone can justify rim brakes when they actually warp under heat soak and their thin bendable carbon walls are literally being ground away each time you grab your brake lever.

  9. there have been road trends that have come and gone, your’e probably too young to remember 1″ Aheadset ( quills came back), or early 90s mass produced carbon frames which no-one bought because they were heavier than aluminium.
    None of the technical innovations you mention made bikes slower, which disks do.
    Discs maybe make practical sense, but if you want a practical bike why buy a racing road bike?
    Other problems to be overcome from a racing point of view include eliminating the possibility of pads rubbing.
    Road disks aren’t so much about technical improvement as it is a marketing driven desire to boost sales. If you look at the mountain bike market, you could easily believe you need half a dozen different bikes. They hope to do the same to road racing (oh its hilly today, I need my disk brake bike)

  10. Disc brakes are just better. More control, no chance of overheating the rim and popping a tube. They allow for better rim design because you don’t need a braking surface. I’ve heard orbea said calipers aside, the disc itself can improve aerodynamics of the wheel by not letting air come back in and hit the trailing inside edge of the rim.
    Also you can hold your speed deeper into the corners.
    Come on UCI legalize them.

    Also it’s got a nice paint job

  11. @Brian

    “The irony of a frame who’s maxim is aerodynamic optimization, featuring a breaking system aerodynamically “slower” than traditional calipers will likely be lost on 99% of you.”

    The common sense of using an aerodynamically optimized frame to help mitigate the adverse aerodynamic properties of disc brakes is likely to be lost on you…

  12. My next winter/training/bad road bike will definitely be disc equiped. The upside of being able to use carbon wheels in bad weather beats the downside of extra weight and worse aerodynamics hands down. I would like to see them bring down the size of the shift levers with the hydraulic cylinders in them as it looks funny at the moment but I am sure this will happen in the next 2 to 3 years.

  13. It IS a very nice bike and a great execution with the larger axles. but the real commentary is on the acceptance of discs into the road market. I tend to agree with Brian and a few others that discs are more of a marketing ploy than anything else. The manufacturers have to have a reason for us to buy more bikes. It makes great business sense and it’s why we get hit with this approach on so many bikes. I think it will eventually become very common so that we’ll all have to buy a disc version to get the bike / frame set we want. But is there a need? Are there any aero advantages? Are there any weight advantages? (Dont forget adding material to the frames in certain locations to handle different stresses – and will they get that right all the time in each design?) how many millions of miles have been descended on rim brakes? Yes, common sense can dictate how we handle those descents, but c’mon. they are clearly not needed. And @ Wheelz, that sounds like an impressive and gnarly descent you made. Kudos to you. However, i don’t think the brakes could be the limiting factor on such a ride. i’ve ridden in hail before. I didn’t want to go fast! And with the sand and gravel you describe on the route, surely you kept your speed in check. maybe you had more confidence in your descent, but to say that discs made it POSSIBLE would surely be an overstatement. And how often would conditions like this make a decision to go to discs more worthwhile just for the confidence aspect? I recall sitting out a sideways rainstorm on a descent in Belgium earlier this year in a hiker’s hut for a half hour. It’s not like if only I had discs I would have continued. Road surface (gravel, too), tires, dropping temps and personal comfort all play a role in stuff like that. If someone really needs discs to descend stuff like that, then they need to go all the way and have larger tires, full face helmets and other protective gear. Not my choice. But given the way bikes are marketed, I may end up one day riding such a poorly needed system.

  14. It’s not about marketing. It’s about progress.

    If it’s about marketing then why do…
    1) cars have disc brakes
    2) motorcycles have disc brakes
    3) mtn bikes have disc brakes

    Face it. The only people that don’t have disc brakes are cyclists who only ride a road bike when it’s sunny and the road isn’t bumpy.

  15. I think I am agreeing with some of what you say Ajax. So go ahead and get the bigger tires on there, wear all the gear and hit it! I’ll snap photos of you descending like a whiz on dangerous descents in a hailstorm, blizzard, thunderstorm, or whatever makes it somehow worthwhile to be out there.
    cars and motorcycles were replacing DRUM brakes. We did that already years ago with something that looks a bit like a disc brake. Its called rim brakes. Pluse for the automotive industry, the ABS technology was much improved on the disc brake construction and a lot easier to implement. (I started with building ABS2.0 units and stayed with that portion of the industry untile ABS 8 came out. Good stuff. Great innovation, and much better on a disc and not very practical on a drum.)
    I am facing it. People will buy enough of this crap that we’ll all eventually have to because very few options aside from this will exist. There is very little practical need for this change in componentry or construction. IMO.

  16. kurti_sc,
    It’s ok. I understand that you like rim brakes. You can still like rim brakes when all of us are using disc brakes.

    I mean. Just because Nike came out with tennis shoes doesn’t mean that you have to stop wearing those old Roman slip-on flip flops from yesteryear.

  17. 1″ aheadset trend did catch on. it first had to evolve to 1-1/8, though. now most forks have evolved to tapered steerers.
    carbon frame trend did catch on. it just took a while for the carbon frames to evolve.
    these things arent necessarily going to be a hit right out of the box. discs on road bikes will be the future. whether it’s in one year or five, we shall see.

  18. Surely the rotating mass is more than offset when you remove the weight of a reinforced braking surface from a rim….?

    I’ve been riding a disk brake road bike for about 9 months now and the rims are as new…no wear to expensive parts.

    Would not go back to rim brakes.

  19. Last time I checked, brakes just slow you down.

    All kidding aside, since I live in SoCal and the weather is rarely super wet for a long period of time, it’s not worth an upgrade to me personally, but I could see why someone in the Northwest could be really excited about this.

    Regardless, sharp looking bike.

    I do find the strong positions interesting. I guess because I work in tech, we are always changing. And with any tech (or other change) there are often things gained or lost.


    1) Better braking dynamics (power, modulation). Some purport that with road forces, you could lose braking power in an overheating scenario for hydraulics. Not sure that is true now as that seems like a first generation issue, but read an interesting account of someone losing brake power. Certainly, I wouldn’t switch back to cantis on my mtn bike – huge benefits there so suspect the industry will nail this.
    2) Better braking in wet weather
    3) Better longevity for rims; could be a big benefit in carbon wheel trend

    Not yet figured out or lost?
    1) Some more aero drag for TT or serious road cyclists.
    2) Added frame or fork material plus brakes – ie nominal weight gain for now?
    3) Maybe take a few design cycles to workout how to redesign for change of forces on the frame / fork to get it dialed? Not sure, maybe it is totally straight forward? I am not a composite engineer. nor do I play one on TV so this might be super easy.
    4) Have to buy new wheels so can’t share my “legacy” wheels with my new frame. Bummer….

    Anyway, that’s my layman’s take on it.


  20. Getting to the point: Storck is NOW SELLING a bike with “standards” we will see in the upcomeing years: tru axles on both ends, clean cable routing on the fork and disc brake.
    We can discuss the tru axle in the rear, but just which measurement!
    I like the cable routing but I will hate bleeding the brakes!
    Love discs on my AM bike and being scared when changing to my road bike (even more when riding carbon wheels). And friends of mine had the opportunity to ride the new Shim. disc brakes and loved it (even a a very critical 8 time WC contenter).
    And for everybody else – stick to the things you like and get out and ride! I will do it with the new stuff (but at a cheaper price tag 🙂 )

  21. disc brakes make sense period. besides superior performance-

    zero wear on expensive rims. Most importantly: rims can be designed to optimize strength, weight, aerodynamics, and tire to rim interface without the need for brake track design.

    there will always be the holdouts aka old school. the ones that have invested a lot in custom high end bikes, will look dated when the guy next to him has a new bike from the same builder with discs. He will not have the latest and greatest, his ego will be bruised.

  22. People should note that a fair number of riders were talking about and asking for disc brakes on road bikes long before the manufacturers starting putting them on their bikes.

  23. Did you know that Andy Schleck is a big proponent of disc brakes? Yep, it was in a recent article I read. Yeah, do a search on Google. Oh yeah, and did you know that the UCI is looking at allowing disc brakes at Paris a Roubaix as a test bed to see how discs fare in road competition? Yep. It’s called Disc brakes everywhere! Muahahaha!

  24. From a practical point of view some of the newer developments (internal cable routing, electronic shifting, discs) make bicycle maintenance much trickier – especially if you are around touring in the middle of nowhere (I realize this is a very small “use-case”).
    In none of my bike tours have I felt the “need” for internal cable routing or electronic shifting – however, I’ve definitely felt the need for disc brakes (an unexpected 18% slope descending while fully loaded). Disc brakes do make sense for the average rider out there. Do they make sense for racing? Not sure about that one.

  25. I just picked up my Storck Aernario disc. Wheels: custom ENVE xc tubular with DT Swiss ceramic bearing 180 hubs. Shimano 160mm disc brakes and Di2 shifters. Whole rig comes in at 16.51 pounds.

    First of all, I’ve looking for a road disc brake bike for a while. First test ride was the Volagi disc. It was mechanical and the squealing scared me away. Test rode the Colnago C59 but took a pass on that because I was not happy with the disc brake wheel selections available on the market and I went with rim brake C59; Mavic Carbone Ultimate.

    Then I test rode the Parlee Z-Zero disc and wow, great bike but the price is just silly at $17,000! So I picked up a Cannondale Synapse Disc at LBS with great discount but very disappointed with the riding charateristics; too soft and too relaxed.

    Finally the Storck Aernario disc. Very Germanic. Silent and fast. The bike is actually much more quieter than I expected and it dampens out road buzz with great aplomb. In the beginning I thought it was soft but it’s not. Markus did a great job designing in some amazing hush while retaining excellent power transfer.

    Having said that, I am more accustomed to buzzy race bikes that can take a crazy out of saddle pedaling. However, the Storck Aernario disc is a welcome change.

    On my race bike (13.8 lbs), I shift up 1-2 gears when getting ready to pedal out of saddle but the Storck, I actually stay in the same gear when I pedal out of saddle up hill. I do go up hill slower but I am able to stay out of saddle much longer resulting in a higher average speed uphill. It’s a great because when I am cresting, I can still have a few drops of gas left in the tank to continue on to the flats. On my race bike, I would be completely wiped out with the bike coming to a crawl and my body panting to recover; I can pass you on the uphill but I will get passed as we crest.

    The quietness of the while rig is very eerie. I never knew road buzz makes you tired and I will need some time to get figure out how to use that to my advantage.

    I don’t know how the thru axles are different than the drop outs in the Cannondale Synapse but no complaints there.

    The disc brakes on the Cannondale was 140mm and they were great! Stopped fantastic and the modulation was superb. The Storck only takes 160mm rotors and while the 140mm was wonderful, the 160mm rotors are on a totally different level! The stops are supremely surefooted and the modulation of gods.

What do you think?