Aesthetically comparing the AX and Storck: no contest, IMHO. AX all the way.
And as to the price comparison with R5CA: the R5CA isn't really a serious commercial product, more of a boutique collector's item. So not a great comparison. The commercial R5 will be available soon enough, carrying with it the cachet of being raced in the Tour.
In theory, there's no difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there is.
So why in the world is this included on an all-carbon frame? Stiff as hell isn't stiff enough anymore?
Also, bridges do show more time taken in building / lay up, and an attempt to further tune the bike's characteristics.
Or, as you say, it's a noodle needing more support...
That said this also is a design element as we wanted to keep / build on classic looks of a bike without going with an ultra beefy bottom bracket area. That way the desired rear end stiffness can be achieved by mostly keeping traditional looks. Then it also is about lateral vs. vertical stiffness (resp. compliance) of the stays. By featuring an embossed AX logo the bridge at last also catches up on a design element found on other of our components as well.
The FEA assumed homogeneous isotropic material, I assume, since it is from the era of metal frames. So you're right it wouldn't capture any subtleties of layup.
Anyway, I really like this frame, and look forward to all updates.
Custom geometry, it appears.
1650 grams frame, fork, crankset (no rings), seatpost, and brakes, and I assume fork & headset (or else how to mount the brakes?)
In comparison, my Fuji SL/1 is 2092 for these things: 442 grams heavier. The difference widens by an extra 62 grams if you include the saddle (shown in photo but not mentioned in text). The stem is also shown in the photo.
Wow -- very impressive.
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But I can dream.
Anyway, what's up with these CF dropouts?
Is the derailleur hanger replaceable? How does it attach onto the frame anyway? I don't see a mount.
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