Storck's Aerfast Pro is a premium carbon build that's lightening quick and so much fun to ride

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Storck Aerfast Pro

Pros:

  • Very fast
  • Premium frame
  • Stiff and efficient
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Ultegra groupset over Dura-Ace

Product:

Storck Aerfast Pro

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Price as reviewed:

£5,599.00

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The Storck Aerfast Pro forms part of Storck’s luxurious Aerfast range, the company’s aero bike offering.

Storck is a brand known for its premium carbon builds, and fast bikes and the Aerfast Pro is a bike that definitely continues that trend.

Frame

The Aerfast Pro has a frame that screams speed. It sports Storck’s ‘Sectional Aerodynamic Shaping’, which gives it its boxy, triangular shape. Basically, the bikes tubes are narrower at the middle than at the ends, which Storck promises will reduce drag when riding.

Elsewhere, it comes with the frame changes that you’d expect from an aero bike. There’s an aero seat clamp with the bolt flush to the frame and the rear brake is hidden down by the bottom bracket snug out of the wind. Upfront it’s a similar story, though there’s no integrated front brake, or fork.

As you might expect, there is a beefy head tube and an oversized bottom bracket that definitely adds some zip to the ride and the high modular carbon looks fast, and it is.

The frame is as equally equipped for modernity, with loads of tyre clearance so you could easily fit a 25mm tyre or even possibly 28mm rubber in there.

Specification

It feels like the real cost of the bike comes down to the quality of the carbon build and the Edco Albis wheels that was specced on our test bike, an option you can choose for a bit of extra spend.

If you want to go fast, and have the money to do so, then the Edco wheels are a great upgrade option. They feel stiff and as a result, fast. They get up to speed and just stay there, keeping their great rolling speed.

Powering those wheels is a full, mechanical Ultegra groupset which as we’ve said a thousand times before is a great performer, but at this price point (£5,599) is perhaps under specced. Happily, the Storck’s site does offer a bike building option, where you can upgrade the kit if you wish.

Selle Italia provided its SL5 saddle, while Storck specced its own bars and stem finishing kit. All three were well matched to the bike – the saddle’s flat profile lets you snake down into the most aero position possible and there was no flex through the front end.

Tyre-wise, our model came with Continental’s GP 4000 II tyres, a top quality option that rolled as well as the Edco wheels they were sat on.


Watch: Aero wheels buyer’s guide


Ride

I’ve alluded to it already, but this bike is fast. So fast, every pedal stroke is rewarded with a direct forwards propulsion, and it doesn’t slow down afterwards. The bike holds its speed brilliantly, mostly down to the frame but no doubt the deep section Edco wheels helped here.

There’s an urgency to the sleek carbon frame and it feels incredibly stiff. There’s no noticeable loss of power and a very noticeable forward drive. A lot of that rapid response will also be down to the weight, and the Aerfast Pro comes in at the pretty weenie weight of 7.47kg for the full build – that’s pretty skimpy for an aero bike.

No doubt this also helps when it comes to heading uphill, another thing that this bike excels at. There’s no sluggishness when the gradient increases, and it even propelled me to more than one PB on the hills.

But for all that speed and efficiency, there’s no compromise in comfort. The Storck Aerfast Pro is a really comfortable ride, and despite its performance orientated frame it irons out the roughs and bumps of the road, with next to no buzz coming through the carbon.

Ultimately, it’s an absolute thrill to ride, and will have you grinning ear-to-ear on how quickly it gets up to speed and how fast you can push that carbon frame.

Value

Our build of the Storck Aerfast Pro came in at £5,599, of which over a grand is made up of the Edco wheels. Factor in the premium carbon build and it becomes obvious why the price starts to stack up.

Perhaps the one query I would have is with the Ultegra groupset over Dura-Ace, a groupset that would have been more befitting a luxury carbon frame. This becomes even more stark considering it was mechanical Ultegra rather than electronic. However, as I mentioned earlier, you can upgrade drive chains using Storck’s bikebuilder. Even so, a mechanical Dura-Ace build still comes in at a sniff under £7,000.

Putting that in perspective, then, is Canyon who for under £5,000 can offer you the Aeroad CF SLX 9.0, specced with Dura-Ace 9100 or wireless SRAM RED eTap. That said, for £5,200 you can get an Ultegra equipped Trek Madone, so the Storck isn’t totally in its own price bracket.

Verdict

The Storck Aerfast Pro is fast, efficient, yet undeniably comfortable and is an absolute thrill to ride.

Details

Size tested:58cm
Weight:7.47kg
Wheels:Edco Albis
Stem:Storck
Bars:Storck
Groupset:Shimano Ultegra 6800
Tyres:Continental GP 4000 ii
Saddle:Selle Italia
Sizes available:46, 52, 55, 58, 61