- Research & Development
Exceeding limits or the continual further development of existing technologies, the utilization of leading-edge materials, and the creation of contemporary designs are hallmarks of Storck Bicycle.
Research & Development at Storck Bicycle means the constant search for optimum technical solutions and the continuous development of market-defining features. Examples include the innovative kinematics of the Storck MTB Fullies and the Powerarms which Storck has developed and continually improved. The Organic Light, for instance, received the Quadro Link System, a virtual four-bar linkage technology developed using computer-aided design that was the first of its kind in Europe at the time. ‘Sectional aerodynamic shaping’, ‘directional depending stiffness’, and other design standards developed by Storck have resulted in products with features that have proved to be outstanding.
Storck Bicycle is the owner and initiator of trendsetting technical patents in a wide range of fields. In many cases, breakthrough innovations in bike technology are the results of research projects conducted in close collaboration with universities, universities for applied sciences, and expert industry partners.
Optimally designed carbon fiber components are characterized by high durability and light component weight. Their fatigue endurance limit is even higher than that of steel and, of course, they are absolutely non-corrosive. Although carbon is a very stiff material, it has the unique property of absorbing vibrations better than pure metal parts. Compared to aluminum, carbon is lighter, twice as rigid, and equally strong. For a manufacturer, to utilize carbon means having to assume responsibility – from the initial product idea, to material-conformant component design, to selecting the composite material, through to controlling the production process. Storck carbon components and frames reflect the highest state of the art – and safety.
Based on a 3D drawing a precise mold is cut for the subsequent production of carbon components. Carbon fiber mats are manually soaked in resin and placed into the mold (laminated) according to a specific layout with meticulous attention to detail. The fiber mats are heated and pressed into place using an air channeling tool. The subsequent process step, which includes sanding, is another very time-intensive one and requires manual work as well. Finally, the carbon frames may be provided with aluminum parts inserted into the bottom bracket or the fork ends using adhesives. A good carbon component is the result of a process in which each step is subject to exacting quality requirements, with utmost importance having been attached to meeting the specifications as early as in the design stage. Our frames and components are developed, designed, and tested in Germany. They are produced by a company in Asia with decades of specialized experience in composite materials and a company in Germany.
Carbon today is defined as a composite material, a mix of carbon fibers and resins or thermoplastics. The carbon fibers used are produced by ‘charring’ (heating under exclusion of air) from synthetic fibers with an extremely small diameter of approximately 0.007 mm. The density of these fibers is only 1/5 of the density of steel, resulting in corresponding light weight, but their tensile strength is up to six times higher than that of steel. The setting process of the carbon fibers with epoxy resin creates a matrix which provides the base material for the production of carbon components and frames. Storck exclusively uses high-grade fiber composite materials. The component’s material-conformant design is particularly crucial for the quality of the final product. Storck effectively uses the material’s advantages through innovative designs, resulting in durable, light, and stiff frames and components.
All Storck products are subject to exacting quality requirements from the beginning. Components and frames pass through several inspections or tests. Dimensional stability is tested on an alignment table, and frames are subjected to static and dynamic tests according to the EFBe test methodology. Naturally, our comprehensive testing and inspection program includes meticulous visual inspections of the products and testing of the fully assembled bikes.