The Aernario frame & fork from Storck was already one of the lightest road racing setups on the market with the Platinum level frame at 790g, plus 280g for the fork when the last special edition debuted. But Storck knew they could push further. So the German bike maker set a target weight of <1000g for frame, fork & headset (for a medium 55cm), and have delivered it on the limited edition Aernario.2 Signature bike.
Only available in 53 total bikes (one for each year founder Marcus Storck has been kicking) it comes exclusively in this premium spec complete build that makes no compromises on performance or durability.
Storck Aernario.2 Signature ultra light road bike
The Aernario.2 Signature starts with a revised carbon version of the current Aernario Platinum frame. The overall look of the bike is almost identical to the current bike, but the new next gen frame does get some refinements, most notably around the dropouts, in slightly less sharp tube profiles, and a slightly revised set of seatstays based on the Fascenario F3. Paired with the revised lay-up, it should bring the frame itself under 700g.
The Aernario.2 also gets a completely new fork. The new design sheds some weight with a revised straight leg design that is both stiffer for steering precision and more comfortable. Clamped into the fork is DT Swiss’ newest RC38T carbon Mon Chasseral wheels with a set of 25mm Continental Competition tubulars glued up.
Super light component spec
Storck’s own branded carbon components help trim the weight down on the complete bike. The Aernario.2’s cocpit is handled by the new HFX Hysteresis Flex integrated carbon bar+stem combo. Available separately for 500€ as well, it weighs about 300g, features internal routing, and comes in 90/400, 100/420 & 110/440mm length/width combos.
The bike also features Storck’s MLP135 Monolink carbon seatpost in a new D-shaped version for improved comfort, and a Storck by THM set of Powerarms G3 crankarms paired to SRAM rings.
Light components also go a long way to adding up to a light complete bike. While no expense was really spared with the spec of boutique components like the newest THM Fibula carbon rim brakes, the SRAM Red eTap drivetrain with its Ceramic Speed rear derailleur pulley upgrade, Storck was adamant about the build being ready for real everyday riding.
And that’s a good thing. The new limited edition frameset has a completely fixed build kit. The Aernario.2 Signature comes complete as you see for a pricetag of 15,000€. And the 55cm bike we saw at the show weighed in at just 5.46kg/12.04lb. The Aernario.2 is expected to be available in the same wide sizing range of the current Aernario.
Like in years past,Marcus Storck hand numbers and signs the toptube of each of the 53 Signature edition bikes. No word yet when they will be available. But if you need one, you should probably get in touch with your local Stock dealer ASAP. Otherwise you will be waiting until the Aernario series incorporates the updates & weight savings probably as a Platinum level bike in the 2019 lineup.
Colors of Life
Long holdouts of every bike they build coming in mostly black color options (only no paint is lighter than black paint), Storck is splashing out with a bit of color. Mostly available on their Pro level bikes where an extra 100g of paint is less of a threat to the complete bike weight, the Colors of Life program stay muted.
With names like Frosted Pepper, Tea or Curry the mountain bike colors stick with matte finished earth tones and food-inspired names.
There are a few touches of color on the road bikes as well, with some tiny red Frosted Chili accents on an aero Fascenario bike, an all Glossy Grape road Durnario, the totally bronze Aeratus version of the original Aernario, or the same bronze panels on a T.I.X. cross bike.