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For the bog hopper with a bottomless budget, well-regarded German frame maker Marcus Storck has just the thing for you. Meet Storck's new T.I.X. (this is cross) cyclocross frame dressed with a host of super high zoot composite components. The end result is a 14.6-pound race ready steed that will set you back a tidy $14,000. No word if Storck is giving discounts if you buy two, because you have to have a pit bike, right?
Highlights of this glam build include a set of AX Lightness thru-axle disc wheels ($5500 all by themselves), a third generation pair of Stork carbon cranks, and SRAM's new CX1 drivetrain. Stork has also made modifications to the rear derailleur to shed weight.
Fortunately, if 14-large is more than you budgeted for this year's 'cross campaign, Stork is also offering two more modest builds. Mechanical Shimano Ultegra with DT Swiss wheels is $4808 and Ultegra Di2 is $5838.
Carbon cranks, check. Composite hubs, yes again.
This is the first cyclocross frame Storck has produced. It's only compatible with disc brakes, and frame and fork use thru axles for added stiffness and improved handling. Geometry features include a taller head tube for a more upright position, but minimal spacer stack, and a sloping top tube, which means better standover clearance for remounts and more exposed seatpost for improved comfort. Claimed weight is 940 grams, and the frame alone sells for $2000.
Stork was also excited to let us know that the company is making a renewed push back into the U.S. market. "We'll be servicing our dealers directly from our warehouse in Germany," explained Tony Tanner, who will be heading up the U.S. operation from his base in Houston. "We can have product to them in 4-5 business days and we're offering special pricing that will provide a very solid margin. Now we are just looking for the right retailers."
For more information visit storck-bicycle.cc.
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