STORCK Fas­ce­nario.3 Plat­inum

£10,399.99 (frame­set £5,559) Ger­man engi­neer­ing at its best

Bikes Etc - - FIRST RIDE -

Storck is renowned for pro­duc­ing high-end bikes with car­bon fi­bre be­ing the ma­te­rial of choice through­out. The Fas­ce­nario aims to mix the best fea­tures of an aero­dy­namic racer with feath­erlight weight. The tube pro­files are slim, with the D-shaped seat­post and seat tube cer­tainly help­ing to make it look like a fast bike. The fork, which also claims to be an aero­dy­namic de­sign, takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to many other with wide, bowed fork legs. The Fas­ce­nario is unashamedly aimed at rac­ers and on the road it cer­tainly feels like that. It is in­cred­i­bly re­spon­sive, with sprints and big climbs not giv­ing a hint of lat­eral flex. This is helped by the fan­tas­tic EDCO Um­brial wheels. They have what many would con­sider an old-fash­ioned de­sign, with a V-shaped 45mm pro­file (rather than the more cur­rent U-shape trend). But on the road the wheels feel as fast as any­thing at the same depth and are im­pres­sive at shak­ing off stiff sidewinds, which can of­ten be a weak­ness for many deep­sec­tion car­bon wheels. In the wet the brak­ing per­for­mance is rea­son­able, giv­ing pre­dictable power even if it’s not the most pow­er­ful. An­other nod to­wards the rac­ing de­sign shows through with the han­dling which is in­cred­i­bly ag­ile and quick to change di­rec­tion with a light front end. To make the most of it and avoid the front end from be­com­ing too vague, it is a bike that we’d sug­gest us­ing in a low and ag­gres­sive rid­ing po­si­tion, where more weight is over the front wheel. The near com­plete Dura-ace 9100 groupset is some­thing we would ex­pect to find here given the as­tro­nom­i­cal price, although the Edco monoblock cas­sette fit­ted to our test bike doesn’t shift quite as smoothly as the equiv­a­lent Dura-ace model and is also a lit­tle nois­ier, both when rid­ing and while shift­ing. The re­main­der of the com­po­nents are all well suited, with own-brand parts and in­te­gral seat­post with mono­link at­tach­ment al­low­ing for a nar­rower sad­dle de­sign. Although our tester liked the nar­rower Selle Italia Flite, for those who would pre­fer a more stan­dard sad­dle an adapter is avail­able.

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