Legendary frame builder Carl Strong says there is no such thing as a gravel bike. Or, rather, any bike can be a gravel bike. It all starts with tire selection. From there he explains how the rest of the bike’s geometry falls into place and what you need to consider when choosing the right drop bar bike for your riding style. Whether it’s road, all-road, gravel, or touring, Carl explains what the geometry numbers mean and how they affect a bike’s handling.

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MGK
MGK
2 years ago

Preach!

Douglass McSaladbath
Douglass McSaladbath
2 years ago

Bold take Carl…. Bold take.

Robin
Robin
2 years ago

My next bike is going to be Ti, and Carl’s at the top of my list of builders. The man has some serious skills.

Craig Henson
Craig Henson
2 years ago

As a 30 year road,mountain, gravel and triathlon bicycle rider and buyer, the only bicycle I’ve regretted buying was my custom“All-road” Strong bicycle…. It had serious handling issues-shimmy above 30 mph or from strong quartering cross winds at speeds below that. Carl was uninterested in rectifying or really even addressing the issue. Since have talked to several other people with “problem handling”Strong bicycles.

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

I’m going to make a low confidence guess: Jolanda Neff?

Velo Kitty
Velo Kitty
2 years ago

Emilie Siegenthaler? Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja? Maja Włoszczowska?

Jeffrey Trudel
2 years ago

Veronika Benson is my guess.

tom
tom
2 years ago

There is no such thing as a road or mtb bike. Or, rather, any bike can be a road or mtb bike…

Erik
Erik
2 years ago

Excellent builder, excellent products. Bought my first frame from him in the early 2000’s. Back then he just referred to them as a “Montana road bike” instead of gravel/allroad all this stuff that has developed over the years.

John Battista
John Battista
1 year ago

Carl Strong made a bike for me two years ago. He did an excellent job translating my needs/wants into a bike. It took about 400 miles to really start to get to understand the handling characteristics as it was really different than my Serotta which I had been riding for 15 years. Once I started to “learn” the Strong I have throughly enjoyed the ride. I say started because I’m still learning more about it. Every time I think I’ve found the limit it gives me more. I’ll buy from Carl again if that time comes.