Markus Storck, bicycle designer and founder of Storck Bicycle
|Born||Frankfurt am Main, Germany|
|Occupation||Managing Director at Storck Bicycle|
|Known for||Founder of Storck Bicycle|
Markus Storck is a German bicycle designer and developer, known for creating the lightest racing bike fork in the world, made of carbon fiber, and the first ever carbon fiber bicycle crank. He is the managing director and founder of Storck Bicycle, award-winning designer and innovator, and his current developments hold the world record lightness and stiffness to weight ratios.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Other ventures
- 4 One of Seven Projects and Collaborations
- 5 Awards and recognition
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
Storck was born in 1964 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he worked in his parents' bicycle shop, and the first German retailer of Cannondale bicycles. Storck comes from a long lineage of bicyclists and bike racers. His great, great grandfather joined a cycling club in 1876 and was a member for over 25 years. His grandfather, Willi Muller, and granduncle were professional racers on the Opel professional racing team, with his grandfather winning several track and road races. Most of his extended family either competed in races or was heavily involved in cycling.
Storck started biking at an early age and competed in his first road race at six. His grandparents and parents owned several bicycle shops and Storck was involved in the shops at a young age. As a teenager, his parents opened another shop which Storck ran after school.
His family interest in bicycles led him to complete a business course in the bicycle trade, followed by launching his first business, Bike-tech, in 1986. He founded Storck Bike-tech GmbH in 1989 and Storck Bike-tech, Inc. in the USA in 1992, and in 1995 rebranded the company under the name "Storck Bicycle".
Early in Storck's career, his focus was on the import and trade of bicycles from Klein, Merlin, Fat Chance, Ritchey, Crank Brothers, as well as bike frames from Taiwan and Japan he rebranded under the Storck name.
In 1990, Storck traveled to Japan to study under bicycle master frame-builder and founder of Toyo, Yoshiaki Ishigaki. He learned to work with steel, titanium, aluminum, and magnesium to build custom bike frames, which later led to his carbon fiber innovations.
Storck went on to engineer and develop the world's first ever carbon fiber bicycle crank in 1992, which started selling in 1993. Weighing at 280g they were the lightest cranks ever built and the innovative use of carbon fiber founded the standard Storck would follow in future bicycles, components, and accessories.
A contract termination with Klein bicycles in 1990 due to its acquisition by Trek bicycles led to the rebranding of Storck Bike-tech and Markus Storck's renewed design and development of his own bicycle and component production.
In 1995, Storck began the design and manufacturing of aluminum frame bicycles in Portland, Oregon with the assistance of Kinesis USA, a subsidiary of Kinesis Industry, and in 1996, Dutch mountain bicyclist Bart Brentjens won the gold medal at the first cross-country mountain bike race of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, on a mountain bike of Storck's design collaboration with Hercules, Schauff, and American Eagle.
Markus Storck's innovations using Vacuum Void Controlled production technology allowed him to reduce the resin content of the high-grade carbon bicycle frames by a third, allowing his future designs to have lighter, stiffer frames, while maintaining comfort and stability.
Between 1997 and 2017, Storck has designed and produced over 100 bicycles, including road bikes, cross- and triathlon bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrids.
In 2008, Storck opened up the first Storck brand store in Korea followed by stores in Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, UK, Switzerland.
Storck Bicycle was last reported to have earnings in 2007 of €3.9 million.
In 1990, together with his friend Erich Reiss, Storck founded the Eurobike show, a bicycle trade fair which has grown from 268 international exhibitors to over 1,000. Eurobike is considered the world's largest bicycle trade show.
In 2003, he was a jury member of the iF Industrial Design forum in Hanover, for their international design competition.
In 2008, Storck, along with Energy SüwagSupplier under a German government funded project to explore electromobility in the Rhine-Main region, designed and manufactured 200 custom battery-powered eBikes (pedelec) and solar charging stations.
In 2015, Storck partnered with Rehau to design a new eBike concept for the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, called nam:e: In 2016, he received the JEC Innovation Award and in 2017, the German Design Award for nam:e:
One of Seven Projects and Collaborations
One of Seven paired Storck with famous brands to design a limited run of bespoke items. Storck collaborated on the design and incorporated carbon fiber into all of the designs. Creating only seven of each product, Storck kept the original of each.
In 2015, Storck and McLaren unveiled the super rare McLaren 650S. Storck, McLaren’s Special Ops division, and the Dorr Group created what they call an "automotive sculpture." It has all of the internal parts of the McLaren 650S Spider with new design elements, including a paint mixture that shifts from copper to brown, depending on the light. Storck worked with McLaren to use their own carbon fiber parts, so every part is able to be replaced from the factory. In 2016, the McLaren 1of7 received a German Design Award special mention.
Blac Carbon Sunglasses
Storck Aeronario Platinum Disc
Creating a bike to match the McLaren, Storck used the same paint to create a color-shifting limited run bicycle.
Storck and Balthasar-Ress released seven exclusive bottles of wine. The packaging included a handmade wooden box with a matte black surface. Aluminum paper and a laser-engraved plate were used as well to create a unique package.
Storck teamed up with the Q division of Aston Martin to create a new version of the Vanquish, using black satin paint and adding in carbon fiber to much of the vehicle. During the process, Aston Martin created a new manufacturing process for the carbon fiber bodywork. Custom details included hand stitching, the One of Seven symbol and carbon fiber Aston Martin symbols. In 2017, the Aston Martin Vanquish 1of7 received a German Design Award special mention.
Awards and recognition
In 1998, Storck's carbon fiber Power Arms bicycle crank won the design competition.
In 1999, Storck won the design competition again, this time for the Storck "Organic" mountain bike.
In 1999, Storck launched the "Stiletto Light" road bike fork, which weighed 280 grams and was the test winner of Tour bike magazine. Additionally, his carbon fiber Power Arms bicycle crank won the 1999 iF Design Award. Also in 2008, the Fascenario 0.7 IS road bike received the "Milestone" award for the most innovative bike product by Tour magazine, followed by the constructors' classification award in 2009.
In 2002, Markus Storck's "Storck Organic" mountain bike was showcased at the ‘Ingenious Bicycle Patents’ exhibition at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office in Munich.
From 2004 through 2017 he received iF Product Design Awards for the Multitask Comfort bicycle, Aero and Aero2 triathlon racing bicycles, the Scenario CD 0.9, Fascenario 0.6 and G2, Fascenario 0.7, and Fascenario 0.8, Carbon Twister Carbon Bar and Ergo Carbon Bar, Rebellion 1.1, the Multitask Raddar, Raddar Multiroad, Aernario G1, RBC180 Carbon Road Bar, the Storck Cycling Gear (apparel) collection, Aernario Platinum, Rebel Seven black edition, Aernario Signature, Aerfast 20th anni, Fascenario.3 Platinum, and Adrenic Platinum bikes.
In 2016, Storck Bicycle received the German Brand Award for outstanding brand communication.
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