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    New Build by Carl Strong

    After doing a lot of research I wound up having Carl Strong build me a TI Hardtail mountain bike. The build took about 3 months and every aspect of it went off without a hitch, Carl or is wife were the only ones I dealt with and he was very concerned with getting the bike right for me. I sent him my measurements and over the course of a few months we spoke on the phone and email and now I have an amazing ti bike. The frame itself weighed 3.4# and the built up bike is 24#. Im a 6'4 rider so I needed something a little bigger than your average bike, the feeling of having a bike that fits like a glove is amazing...Anyways, heres some pics, I HIGHLY recommend dealing with Carl. https://www.strongframes.com. I've got some more high-res pics of the bike and welds if anyone wants em just shoot me an email.



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    Those welds are incredible! Sweet bike!

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    Beautiful!

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    Nice!!

    What kind of tubes?

    I am waiting for powder on two steelframes from Carl Strong, and YES, he is a brilliant craftsman and a great guy to deal with.


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    Hi, those welds are great, as good as Moots, Dean, Seven or any of the other more well known builders. What sort of Ti did you go for ? Can Carl also build with mono seat stays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20_bandh
    Can Carl also build with mono seat stays?
    i know wat you're thinking... u want a strong dean? i guess after riding mono-rear it's tough to want something else. i had the same thought too...lol. wouldn't it be great too if i could get a triple triangle xizhang from Strong? wow, the mere thought.....

    amtbr- congrats! superb welds.... it's a beauty!

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    I have been discussing wishbone seatstays with carl Strong.
    He said he could do it, but it will weight more and will not give you anything but looks.
    I you prefer v-brakes, it might stiffen up.

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    Trust me, a mono seatstay will stiffen up the rear end considerably. I dont believe that they are heavier either. Both Moots and Dean use this configuration on their hardtails, so there must be a reason for it.
    How much does Strong charge? Would there be a surcharge for a mono stay?
    Maybe I will contact him myself next week.

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    Many top notch builders make their frames with regular seatstays. Seven, Strong, Steve Potts, IF, and many, many more.

    So stiffness is the important thing? Stiffer=better??
    No!
    A good bicycle frame can be made in different ways, to give the rider the handling, stiffness, comfort and reliability he/she needs/wants.

    An exaple, old Bony frames where not stiff, but used wishbone.

    Not saying wishbones is a poor design element, but I dont think its important for ride quality.


    Give Carl Strong a call, and talk with him about it. He might spread more light around this.

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    Why not a 29er?

    I just got a ti 29er from Carl and it's awesome. I have two other 26" wheeled bikes that I'm now thinking about selling so I can get another ti 29er with front suspension.
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    You wouldn't be in so much pain if you didn't ride like a dork!

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    Thanks for the comments, just standard tubes, I couldnt go with anything else since I'm a little bigger (180-185). This thing is a beast climbing up technical single track, stuff I couldnt do last season is a breeze now. Couldn't be happier...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPATCRASH
    I just got a ti 29er from Carl and it's awesome. I have two other 26" wheeled bikes that I'm now thinking about selling so I can get another ti 29er with front suspension.
    that ... is a beautiful bike..... the curves on those tubes look awesome. What size is your bike ?...... any other specifics you'd be willing to share on your build ?....

    thanks for sharing

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    Strong 29er.

    The bike size is custom. I have a 34" inseam so the seat tube is 17 1\2 with a 24" effective top tube. Here's a ling to the build process.


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    You wouldn't be in so much pain if you didn't ride like a dork!

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    Whoa...tight bike!!!
    Why would I need more than one gear?
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