I am riding my third Strong frame now. I am extremely happy with the Strong products.
With this Strong bike I have ridden all over in the deserts of Colorado/Utah and Arizona, to the top of the roads on all the four highest volcanic peaks in Ecuador, ridden year round in Mongolia for 8 years, including wintertime rides when temperatures are consistently 40 below and sometimes reach 60 below 0 C (40 pieces of clothes and misc warm stuff), and daily rides to the top of the Margallah hills in Islamabad Pakistan on a very steep and windy road (monkeys, wild pigs, snakes and bad guys everywhere) – and this bike has been fabulous through it all.
Now it seems I need a front shock. All life is gone in the one I have now.
We took a ride out in the Texas Hill Country this weekend and the bike
The Steel Extralite ride is smooth, stiff and responsive, the fit is
I could not be more pleased.
I've really been enjoying the all-rounder frame that you built for me a couple years ago now. I took a summer getaway trip around Maine and thought you might enjoy a picture… especially with your moto interests. I think I've created the world's first V-Strong! Both bikes ride great! Hope that you are well…
Ty T. (update)
Nice work, Carl. Ty Tagami in Atlanta.
Another update: OK, so it's summer 2012 now, around seven years after I bought this fine frame from Carl. I was just walking it from the shed and marveling at how sweet and timeless it is, and felt compelled to write an update. I upgraded to an aluminum frame for racing five years ago, and then on to carbon last year. But I've kept the Strong in riding trim. My employer moved 15 miles away, giving me the perfect excuse to get in 30 miles of training a day (often faster than driving in standstill Atlanta traffic). I moved the Record kit to the race frame, then added some entry level Campy to whatever I had in the shed to build out the Strong as a commuter and winter bike. Note the groovy dynamo hub on the front with German-made Supernova street light and wired tail light. (So cool; who needs batteries?) With strap-on fenders, I can set out regardless of the forecast. It's heavier now, of course, which is fine for training. It's also more reassuring than fragile race equipment given the extra 25 pounds of a loaded pack. Some of the group rides intersect my commute, so I jump in, and regularly get comments on my fine-looking, old-school ride. I also use it for our 4-hour Sunday winter epic known as the Airport ride. I can't imagine retiring this frame voluntarily. Proof that Strong builds to last. Thanks Carl!