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Our little secret.
Often when we get framesets in stock, they're shipped with a build spec'd by the manufacturer, and we're stuck peddling them as-is; however, the cycling gods occasionally gift us framesets that we can spec as we see fit. The Storck Scenero G3 Ultegra Complete Bike is the result of one such opportunity, and we took the opportunity to turn it into a combination of two of the best kept secrets in the North American racing scene: an eminently race-able frame from the German collector of BOTY awards and Shimano's redoubtable, underappreciated Ultegra 6800 groupset.
The G3 frameset at the build's heart represents the latest generation of the venerable Scenero genus, and we're happy to report that Storck saw little reason to tamper with the award-winning formula. Of the minor changes the German firm did make, the redesigned head tube is likely the most dramatic. The head tube is tapered now, which increases front-end stiffness, which makes for a more efficient ride and improved handling through sweeping descents. The rest of the G3 is pure Scenero pedigree: a frame that's designed to cover everything from long, grueling base miles to interminable solo moves and even weekend tri or time trial events.
The Scenero G3 features the same uni-directional carbon lay-up as its predecessor, the G2, which orients the carbon across the frame in relation to the load path and force direction at play in each location. The design is first built digitally with 3D CAD imaging, and that virtual blueprint is translated to the dimensions of the mold. The mold itself is a one-piece, monocoque affair. Since there are no tube junctures, there is no excess weight from the additional material and resin needed to reinforce frames comprising multiple sub-assemblies.
The frame's rear triangle has been updated, with the G3's stays benefiting from a redesign meant to smooth the road even more than the G2. The bottom bracket is the same 86.5mm colossus, and — with the update to the head tube — it completes a drive spine with virtually no high-flex weak spots. Storck's annual allotment of BOTY awards is beginning to feel automatic, and it's mostly due to the stiffness-to-weight ratio on models like the G3.
Of course, all of the stiff efficiency in the world is worthless if the ride is so unforgiving that 30 miles in the saddle feels like 10 rounds in the ring. Storck's proportional tubing concept uses adapted dimensions, wall thickness, tube diameter, and tapering across frame sizes to address rider fatigue by focusing on fit. Rather than just increasing tube lengths and angles by arbitrary increments, Storck essentially designed each size as its own, unique model. Every G3 is built to fit a rider's body rather than a sliding scale of geometry measurements.
While framesets like the Scenero G3 tend to steal the show of any build, we'd be remiss not to end by dispelling the common misconception that Shimano's Ultegra 6800 is Cat 5 slop. It doesn't carry the pro sheen of Dura-Ace, sure, but the current generation of Ultegra is separated from Dura-Ace 9000 by little more than some additional grams and — in our always humble opinion — an improvement on the latter's two-toned aesthetics. This has almost always been the case. In fact, we still remember a few product cycles ago when pros and amateurs alike were opting to run Dura-Ace drivetrains with Ultegra cranks because the less expensive model, while a bit heavier, was stiffer and more responsive.
Reminiscence aside — and given the fact that we had carte blanche with the build kit — we opted to one-up most manufacturers by completing the drivetrain with a matching Ultegra 6800 crankset instead of opting for the usual, less-expensive FSA replacement. The one area where we opted to keep the price in consideration was the wheels. Mavic's Cosmic Elite wheels aren't quite as impressive to look at as your typical matte finish, white decal, 50mm carbon race wheels, but they aren't made for looking at. They're made for abuse, and their 30mm depth adds an element of aerodynamic benefits that most box section training wheels can only dream of. Race wheels are one of cycling's touchiest subjects, almost completely beholden to personal taste. With the Cosmic Elites, we provide the all-purpose, all-weather, beat-the-hell-outuvem training wheels and let you choose your race wheels.
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- Q & A
I am just adding a size chart for the Storck, if you have any questions on fit feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Good bike but flawed...
Just like one of the previous reviewers, I had a seat stay crack while riding. It was not superficial. I could literally bend the frame after the crack. For reference, I weigh 158 lbs and am 5'10" so I am not a huge guy. I do not ride aggressively and I hit absolutely no potholes. It just cracked. Don't get me wrong, it is a sweet bike for the price. The Ultegra group is great! The bike handles great and is extremely responsive. Anyway, I ended up sending the frame back to Competitive Cyclist. They paid for all shipping which was great. I had to fill out all sorts of forms, spend time emailing, and pack up the bike in the box I had fortunately kept (I only had the bike two months). Once returned to Competitive Cyclist, they had to send it back to Storck...in freak'n Germany! Then, Storck had to agree that it was, in fact, broken and that I was not lying. After three weeks of that mess, they realized they did not have the frame in stock any longer and had to send me the anniversary Scenero frame. It was the same frame with a different paint job for their anniversary. Anyway, I finally got it after 5 weeks and promptly sold it. I did not want to deal with the possibility of breaking the frame again! I have been riding for 6 years and owned several carbon bikes: BMC, Specialized, Pinarello, Trek, Litespeed, etc. This was obviously the worst and it does not seem to be a fluke as you can read in other reviews. I must say this: I LOVE Competitive Cyclist. I buy all my bikes from them. This is not their fault and they handled everything to the best of their ability. I purchased a Pinarello Marvel instead and put on Mercury M5 wheels. All bought at Competitive Cyclist. It is an excellent bike for any budget! I ride about 70 miles per week and average about 19 mph most rides on this bike on some varied terrain. Totally your best bet if your are looking in this price range!
Great riding frame
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Being my first carbon road bike, I can say I'm happy with the handling and ride quality of my Storck. Coming from an entry level alloy-framed touring bike, the difference in the ride is completely different in a good way. The frame is very responsive to the power I'm putting through the pedals. For out of the saddle efforts over rises in the road, the bike accelerates forward instead of the power being lost in the flex of the frame like my old bike...something I didn't recognize was happening until I rode this Storck. Descending this frame is very predictable...light and nimble. The harder you ride, the more stable is becomes.
I do have one negative, which lead to the 4 star rating. After less than 1000 miles of riding, tiny cracks had developed at the junction of the seatstays and seat tube. Nothing major, but it was enough that Competitive Cyclist replaced the frame with a new one. Now, after about 300 miles on the new frame, I can see that these cracks are starting to form in the same manner. No wrecks, no big pothole hits…just normal riding. Hopefully these are just surface cracks in the paint from frame flex, and not a premonition of an underlying issue in the carbon.
I wish I didn't have the issues I'm having with the cracks, but that is no fault of Competitive Cyclist. This is my 3rd bike to purchase from Competitive Cyclist, and like the others, the bike arrived packaged very well and shifting was precise right out of the box. They handled the frame replacement with a high level of efficiency, which included swapping my old components to the new frame. From the time the bike left my house to the time I received it back was 10 days...including the weekend and 3 days transit time each way. I highly recommend CC for your bike purchases.
Just for reference for those curious – I’m 5’5” and the 47cm model fits like a glove.
Great Frame and spec - can't fault it
Have specced this up with some high-end kit and it does not disappoint . It is hard to describe but the frame is stiff on acceleration, yet is supple on long rides. On the few club runs I've been on already, I'm yet to push this anywhere near to it's limits, but it was enough to drop most of the group when leading!
Really pleased with the quality and the attention to detail on the frame itself - the paint job is on point. Would definitely recommend and for the price, you really cannot go wrong here.
Don't be put off by the gaps in sizing - I though 51 would be on the small side for me, but it feels like a much bigger bike than the 52 I was riding previously (probably because of the presence of the tubes and bottom PF86 BB). Follow the Storck guidance on sizing and you should be fine.
best deal on a road bike out there
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
It's not a good deal unless the bike as a whole is excellent and the G3 does not disappoint. I have been riding Storck bikes for the last year and a half and have put them up as possibly my favorite brand out there. The G3 frames ride like a frame costing twice as much, they are very compliant and smooth over long distances but still stiff enough that when you stand up or get on it you don't get flexing in the frame. The ultegra set up is about as good as it gets, this in a whole is a bike you don't outgrow after a year. If you have questions on the sizing on Storck or interested in custom builds contact me at email@example.com
Will this frame accept a 53 chain ring?
hey Joseph yes that will, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can go into more specifics with you.