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Quality of Strong Racing Frames Road Bikes(13 posts)

Quality of Strong Racing Frames Road Bikesaltidude
Jan 18, 2003 7:14 PM
Can anyone comment on the quality of Strong Racing Frames road bikes, specifically how these bikes measure up against builders like serotta, etc... Is Strong good at dialing in the ride qualities desired by a customer and what about finish details and weld quality?
re: Quality of Strong Racing Frames Road Bikesmickey-mac
Jan 18, 2003 7:19 PM
I've got about 15,000 miles on my Strong Foco and it's the best bike I've had in 20 years of riding. I've never spent any time on a Serotta and have never had another custom, so I can't really compare. However, I thought my Torelli EL-OS was about as nice riding as they came until I got the Strong. Everything I wanted ended up exactly as Carl and I discussed. He's a great guy to deal with. The finish and welds are top-notch. I had mine powdercoated and don't have a single scratch or chip after miles of hard riding. I'd have no qualms about recommending Strong to anyone interested in a custom frame, especially those seeking custom steel.
i'm looking at torelli or mondonico..rufus
Jan 19, 2003 8:11 AM
please, more information about your torelli-how it rode, fit and finish, etc.
i'm looking at torelli or mondonico..mickey-mac
Jan 19, 2003 5:54 PM
IMO, you can't go wrong with Mondonico or Torelli. The high-end Torellis are (or at least used to be) built by Mondonico. The workmanship is impeccable and they ride very well. Mondonico is a small shop that really takes pride in its frames. As for Torelli, customer service is second to none. When I called Torelli with some questions, Bill (the owner) answered the phone and we talked for a long time about my issue and then just bikes in general. The guy is a real enthusiast, and it made me feel better knowing that I had bought a bike from a "real" guy who really cares about bikes.
re: Quality of Strong Racing Frames Road Bikesterry b
Jan 19, 2003 8:41 AM
In my lexicon there are not enough good words to describe my Strong Foco/Ultrafoco and the experience in dealing with Carl.

It's a great bike, the quality is superb (and I'm comparing this to my other rides - Pinarello, Colnago, Pegoretti, Calfee,) the ride is splendid and it was a good value to boot.

Carl will build you whatever you want - I described what I was after and he hit it dead on. The fit is excellent and confirmed exactly what I thought I knew from my other bikes. He is very easy to work with and delivers what he says he will, when he says he will. I had mine in 4 weeks (from an April order.) No delays and he even sent me JPGs of the building process.

You cannot go wrong with him and his products.
re: Quality of Strong Racing Frames Road Bikesaltidude
Jan 19, 2003 10:12 AM
Thanks for the responses. One last question, how do you guys like the look of the powder coating on the Strong frames, does the richness of the colors compare well with quality wet paints? I'm struggling between going with a Strong Foco or a Strong ti, I'm not sure if one would be advantageous over the other or not? Thanks
Powder CoatingPicshooter
Jan 19, 2003 4:47 PM
I had some reservations about Powder Coating when I ordered from Carl. He sent me several tubes so I could decide the color scheme. After looking at the tubes there was no question that Powder was the way to go. The colors are vibrant and after 25k, It looks like the day I got it.
They did a great job on the fade too.
Carl is super to deal with.
Powder Coatingmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2003 5:56 PM
My experience with Strong's powdercoating is the same. Mine is a vibrant blue (Cream Soda Blue?) that has lost none of its luster and resists chips and scratches amazingly well. Until they develop something better, I'll never go with anything but powdercoat again.
Powder Coatingaltidude
Jan 19, 2003 7:55 PM
Do any of you guys have any picture shots of your Strong bike paint jobs?
Powder Coatingmickey-mac
Jan 19, 2003 8:01 PM
I don't have any good close-up shots of the paint right now. If you want to send me your e-mail address, I'll try to take some pictures and e-mail them to you in the next few days. I'm at
Jan 20, 2003 5:15 AM
Here's a pic of my frame...this isn't a custom frame or paint job, but is one of the production frames that were on sale during the summer. The powerdercoat is very strong...I've got one nick in mine, on my seat stay, when my brother was goofing around with the STI's (his old Peugeot had downtube) and dropped the chain in between the stay and ring causing a gouge. Made me sick. Otherwise, it's tough as nails.
Powder Coatingterry b
Jan 20, 2003 6:14 AM
here's a big shot - can't see the detail but you can get the gist of the brightness and one of the more simple 2 color fades he offers. A close up wouldn't offer too much more, it just shows that the paint is uniform and bright.
Found onemickey-mac
Jan 20, 2003 6:37 AM
This is from a ride report I did a few weeks ago. It was taken before the sun came up and doesn't really show the color in all its glory, but you get the idea: mickey-mac "Tour de Mulholland--Ride Report" 12/30/02 6:22pm