Storck Absolutist 0.9 Pro Review

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Storck Absolutist 0.9 Pro ReviewBy Ken Conley
All Photos © Ken Conley

  • 3K carbon fiber monocoque
  • Super-sized seat and chain stays
  • Seat post diameter 31.6mm
  • Proportional tubing
  • Sizes: 47, 51, 55, 57 (tested), 59, 63
  • Weight: 980g (frame) 14.88lbs (built w/o pedals)
  • MSRP: $3200 (frame/fork/headset) $6700 (as tested)

For the past decade, German designer Markus Storck has been at the leading edge of carbon fiber design. With frames, brakes, cranks, forks, and Zipp wheels designs to his credit, he has frequently sought “firsts”, such as the first all-carbon full suspension mountain bike and the sub-10-lb Fascenario road bike. The records have limited the reach of the Storck brand, however, as $6000 framesets are not often spotted on the street — even in expensive-bike-rich Woodside, CA. One rider told me that he saw a Storck once; he believes the rider was German.

Storck is now determined to reach a wider American audience with the more affordable Absolutist 0.9. At $3200 for the frameset, Storck won’t be losing their high-end status any time soon, but the Absolutist is a perfect super bike for delivering designer Markus Storck’s message to a wider audience: stiffness is king.

The Absolutist 0.9 is quintessential German engineering. Fans of German sports cars should know what to expect: fast, tight handling, solid and masculine. It’s not surprising that Storck was picked to design a Porsche-branded bike. Power, not elegance, is the word that comes to mind when you look at the over-sized chain stays and giant Stiletto Aero fork. You don’t buy a German sports car for the leisurely cross country trip: you buy it because you want to weave through traffic and switchbacks with power and ease. The Absolutist is similarly at home in the fast-paced world of the bike race. If you want to think who this bike is designed for, think of Jens Voigt or Jan Ullrich with their powerful, mashing legs instead of Lance Armstrong and his 90-100rpm cadence.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome review Ken!

  • Fritz says:

    Nicely done!

    Your crash story sounds a whole lot like “I was just riding along…” :-)

  • erik says:

    Very cool review!

  • Rick says:

    Beautiful bike
    Nice review Ken

  • Anonymous says:

    I had a chance to ride this bike and it is everything it’s said to be and more. I am saving my money and when I have enough I’ll be on a Storck!

  • Nadim says:

    This bike doesn’t sound enjoyable to ride at all! What is the point of riding something that feels like a tree trunk?

  • Charlie Potts says:

    I am now an Absolutist owner and I love it. This bike is so smooth and you can do really dangerous things with it on the first ride!

  • Jason Newman says:

    The review is “spot on”. The Absolutist is not made for bicycle touring or even the Saturday morning 60 mile fast ride with your friends. This is a racing bicycle. Oh yes, you can do everything on it (which I do)and it performs perfectly, just have a dentist in the family to continually replace loose fillings from the vibrations and jarring. If you are looking for a true racing bike that will transfer every watt of energy from you to the road, especially in a sprint, then this is your bike.

  • Jon Rittling says:

    I rode a Storck Scenario CD .9 until I got struck by a motorist from behind. I’m replacing my previous Storck with another Storck. Until you ride this bike you cannot understand how fast, stiff – but comfortalbe, and light this bike is.

  • EG says:

    I’ve done two 50 mile rides on an Absolutist 0.9- the bike is light, responsive, and flex free. The wheel base is compact, quick, and the rear just launches up hills. I thought I might suffer the next day, but in both instances, my body was pain free and ready to go again. Frame sizing is a bit strange, where I would normally ride a 54 or 55- on the Storck I was a 51. But I have to say, the fit and ride quality was better than my custom Seven Elium. As far as the paint scheme goes- they should just use clear coat, the carbon lay-up so sweet.

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