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Feedback on Strong Frames????(6 posts)

Feedback on Strong Frames????Jos
Jul 10, 2001 7:21 PM
I will like to buy a custom steel frame with carbon rear stays. I am looking at Carl Strong as my first option. Any feedback would be great!!!
well, Scot Nicol seems to like himHank
Jul 10, 2001 10:00 PM
seeing how Ibis moved in with the guy. That would be a good enough rec for me (love my Ibis Mojo).

Scott Nicol posted this at mtbr.com a while back

http://www.mtbr.com/techtalks/bikes/messages/165495.shtml
Best frame I've owned yetmike mcmahon
Jul 10, 2001 10:12 PM
I took delivery of my Strong Foco (w/o carbon stays) in early March and couldn't be happier with it. In about 18 years of riding, it's the nicest frame I've owned. The frame is put together beautifully. Working with Carl on the final spefications was one of the best parts of the whole process. After lengthy discussions and numerous e-mails, he had a lot of good suggestions, but I never felt pressured to go with what he suggested. Being able to talk to the guy who is building your bike is a great experience. It's also nice to send a check off to a nice, hard-working guy rather than buying from a big, faceless company. I mean, all things being equal, I'd rather send my money to Carl than Trek. It's nothing against the big companies; it just gave me a good feeling to support a small builder. I have nothing but good things to say about my dealings with him.
very cool (nm)Hank
Jul 10, 2001 10:22 PM
nm
Initial impressions...Dave W.
Jul 10, 2001 11:06 PM
I just took posession of one of his proshop deal frames (for those of you who checked there last month, it was the blue 50st/49tt reynolds 853 frame) for a paltry $500. I'm still getting the components together so I cant yet tell you how it rides, but it looks beautiful.

I popped it on our postal scales at work and even with the gobs of tape and bubble wrap around the bb and stays and the big plastic dropout protector thingy still attached, the frame was 3.6 pounds.

Carl Strong is a perfectly nice and informative person to talk to, and they shipped the frame out to me the same afternoon I bought it. Just a nice experience all around.

Good luck!
Once it's built up I'll post riding impressions.
re: Feedback on Strong Frames????veloboy
Jul 11, 2001 12:12 PM
I ride a strong steel hardtail mountain bike and have been very happy with it (columbus Cyber tubing). I have had it almost a year. I have never heard any negative feedback on any kind of forum, only boatloads of positive stuff.

Ironically, My road bike is an Ibis Sonoma, another great steel ride. On a side note, there typically aren't too many people on your block riding either. That in itself is kind of fun.