Kona Age-Grouper Rigs
article & images by Nick Salazar
Apr 7, 2012
Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2
They say money can't buy you happiness, but Erik Sven looked pretty darn happy with his five-figure setup. His Storck Aero 2 is as expensive as they come, in part because it can only be equipped with Shimano's top-end Di2 component group. He matched his bike with Zipp's brand new 404/808 Firecrest Tubular set, Speedplay pedals, and a carbon rear hydration setup from X-LAB mounted to his Fizik saddle. The Aero 2 also has some innovative brakes, especially the rear brake which is built right into the chainstays. The front brake is an integrated part of the Scapula F fork made by THM-Carbones.
Two recommendations for Erik - first, although the Storck was built with Di2 in mind, it doesn't do a superlative job at cable management - you could use cable ties to tuck them in to the bike a bit more, or even go a custom route to try to run them internally. Second, Sven's rear setup could be improved. Instead of that giant flat kit, just put an aero bottle on the seat tube bosses, and fill it with your spares. Then zip-tie a standard bottle cage directly to the saddle rails, Lieto-style, where it will stay out of the wind and reduce drag. And the Scapula F fork, although unbelievably light, leaves something to be desired with that huge loop of cable running into the integrated brake. You could potentially run a Cervelo fork and then slap on an Omega brake for cleaner airflow. Other than that, it's hard not to lust after this very light, very posh machine.
Next up is a stealth machine ridden by a rather fast age grouper named Kenny Steil.