Kona Age-Grouper Rigs

 Apr 7, 2012 article & images by Nick Salazar

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.

Tags » cervelo,  frames,  giant,  look,  quintanaroo,  rigs,  storck
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - It's old, but it's still good to go.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - David's name plate and the flag if Ireland.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - water bottle kept in place by nothing more than a rubber band.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - the lesser-used SMP saddles are a twist on the split-nose design.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - Condon's rear hydration and flat kit could be consolidated a bit to keep things a little cleaner perhaps.
  • David Condon's Giant TCR Advanced - From the front, this is a deadly-sharp rig.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - This is what $10,000+ buys you.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - Storck's integrated front end is fairly clean and adjustable.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - Zipp Firecrests are saturating the tri world, and for good reason.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - Cable management could use a little work, especially with an aero brake like the Omega.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - The rear brake is a beautiful piece of minimalism built right into the seat stays.
  • Erik Sven's Storck Aero 2 - This rear end could be improved by moving the flat kit to a frame-mounted aero bottle and tucking the bottle cage right against the saddle.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - I'm a fan of stealth paint jobes, and this one certainly qualifies. Steil will be in Blue for next year, and riding an Omega brake to boot!
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - Kenny rode an Adamo TT saddle.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - SRAM RED Black completes the stealth look.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - Steil rides Osymmetric rings.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - An aero bottle below will hold a flat kit, and the standard cage holds course bottles.  Perfect.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - TorHans gets the BTA duties, and also holds Steil's computer.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - I definitely like Steil's trick of using skateboard grip tape on the shifters. I do the same thing on my Di2 shifter pods.
  • Kenny Steil's Quintana Roo CD 0.1 - Here's the pointy view of the rig.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - The 596 is getting long in the tooth, but it still gets the job done.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - These cables are an absolute mess. This calls for an Omega brake!
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - LOOK's Zed crank is one of the coolest things the company has ever made - it weighs next to nothing, accepts compact or standard rings, but only works with LOOK's proprietary bottom brackets.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - Now that saddle has seen some miles.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - Flat repair is left up to a single shot of Vittoria Pittstop.
  • Marie Protat's LOOK 596 - Microshift components probably work fine, but I'd much prefer a system with an R2C type lever, if not Di2.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - Easily the most well-loved bike on the course, this P2C has been decorated tip to tail.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - The entire rig is Big Island themed.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - The names on the bike are cancer victims known to the rider and his family.  He rides in their memory.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - Accessories were taped on this bike everywhere. It wasn't the cleanest look, but it's what the rider likes.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - No real estate went unused.
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - As you can see, there are cables and bits jutting out everywhere, but who am I to criticize such a devoted person?
  • Steve Kukta's Cervelo P2C - Obviously a machine that's been ridden quite a bit.

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