Material: carbon fiber
Ok, no second thoughts on this purchase! I put her together Tuesday night, took an hour ride last night to get use to it and make some adjustments. I didn’t get along too well with the SMP seat and as you can see from the pic I swapped to the Fizik which is what I use on my other bike. I just happened to have this black/white seat that a friend dropped off as he didn’t need it. I think it looks great on your bike.
I enjoyed my first ride last night but tonight was the group ride and it was fun! I just had a blast, I told myself to take it easy and stay in the back. Somehow I found myself near the front and even pulled in some sections that I normally hang on for dear life!
It’s such a pleasure to have a bike that just feels right. It’s so nicely balanced, responds quickly, and handles like a dream. I also like the SRAM and had no problem adapting to it. Notice I also have the Speedplay pedals you recommended and I do like them. So, it appears you have another happy customer Carl.
Hopefully I’ll have more pics from the Big Dam 100 ride coming up the 29th. This should be a challenging ride with some good hills.
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.
Thought I would update you on the bike you built for me. I just completed the Blue Ridge Breakaway century in North Carolina. 105 miles, 10,000+ feet of climbing, including a 13 mile climb and an 8 mile climb. The bike performed flawlessly. The comfort level is amazing, to the point that I don't even think about anything but the task at hand. I completed the six gap century last year and look forward to any trip to the mountains. Thanks again. I have included a photo from the Blue Ridge Parkway at the top of the first climb and 70 miles into the ride.
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!