Electric Bikes - Strong GT-S210 Electric Bike Specs
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07-07-07, 10:32 AM
I have been trying to find a more extensive list of specs on the Strong GT-S210 Electric Bike (more then Canadian Tire puts on their own website) but I can't find a website at all for Strong bikes.
What I get are a bunch of "search sites" that squat on domain names which I find entirely unhelpful.
Does anyone have a an appropriate link to get more info on the Strong GT-S210 Electric Bike?
07-08-07, 08:06 AM
Lock had some interesting info about Chinese ebikes on this (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=310170) post.
Hmmmm.... strong's website is no more? That's a bit scary. Did they go out of business? Is CT simply liquidating their stock?
07-08-07, 02:12 PM
Still exists, ISD sells these and several other chineese bikes.
They call it Futuro or Explorer depending on trim.
Specs at bottom of page
StrongCanada.ca is offline (http://www.strongcanada.ca/index-en.html)
The photo of the GTS-210 I posted in my review is gone. "StrongCanada.ca" is the URL that's stickered onto the bike itself. So you buy a Strong from CT, see the URL sticker on the frame, go to visit the website and it's no longer there. Wouldn't you be scared you just bought a lemon?
07-13-07, 07:21 PM
Well I wouldn't spend that kinda money on a bike without already having a good idea what I'm buying, so that situation isn't likely to occur. In any case the website works at my end.
My two cents regarding the ISD Futuro/Explorer Strong GT, based on feedback I've read about it mostly on Cyclurba (http://cyclurba.fr/), as well as checking it out in person in a CT:
First off, looking at the Strong website it seems they can't be bothered to adjust a headlight for a photo shoot, they don't name what kind of brakes, shocks, rims, tires, frame material, etc. that the bike has, and brag about it having Tourney components... Speaks for it's self.
So a bike that's more then 20kgs is a real clunker, but these things are tanks! I weighed one in the store, just under 45kilos! So amazingly massive that it's not an ebike if you live in England... Add to that gimmicky suspension/disk brakes and Shimano Tourney, and these things look crude from 10m away. But I wouldn't call them lemons, user reviews on Cyclurba (http://cyclurba.fr/) show them to be quite workable if you're handy. I wouldn't buy one for the price CT sells them though, I recall these were available for around 250$US a few years back, so around 300-400$CAN would be reasonable.
Of course most any bike will stay workable for a while with proper maintenance, but department store grade bikes tend to require adjustments pretty often due to their being made out of pork. It seems the non mechanically adept have these in a bike shop about once per two months, so for them the costs add up. Consensus seems to be that this is a bike for tinkerers. As far at the electric part goes the motors on these things are said to wear well and it seems some people have put them onto better bikes, that's probably what I would do too if I had one. However the chargers tend to fail.
If I had one and wanted to use it, I would definitely start by addressing the fender's design flaw. The problem is the mounting hardware for fenders, lights and so on is known to rust off, the problem is this causes the fenders to come off. One instance I've read happened while the bike was going down hill, it wrapped around the wheel and made it lockup. Of course I'd go over the entire bike as if I was building it from parts, same as should be done with any other bike that didn't roll out of a bike shop, really. I would also probably take the time to grease or paint the nuts/bolts/light mounting brackets and misc exposed metals, as they're said to rust very fast otherwise.
07-13-07, 07:44 PM
A Canadian Tire Bike Builder gave me the following phone number to the supplier of the Strong GT.
I was told it was in Quebec. 1*877-735-2453.
Going to try it next week.
07-14-07, 10:05 AM
I think it is good in general that the big box stores are selling turnkey bikes, but they typically do not have the facilities for people to have a test ride. The test ride can be the seller of the bike. I have wanted to try one of these strong's for fun, but they are always parked in the aisle with the other bikes & not enough staff to let you take it out for a spin. I think they are better looking than alot of chinese bikes. I still prefer my kit bikes however.
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