Have 2 Stridas, a red 5.2 for the wife and a black DS. Both are seriously maintenance free and have been problem free for me. The bikes cost a fair bit more here than if you buy them in Taiwan. As I was too lazy to carry them back (despite the fact I was in Taichong a number of times and quite close to the Ming Factory), I just bought them locally. I have to say that the local shop support is excellent thou.
I very seldom see other Stridas out there. Only once in Taichong and twice here in Singapore. The Strida is probably the lightest functional bike out there. (I don’t consider the A-Bike or Carry Me functional. Try doing 100 km on them). At 9.5 kg, I still wish it was lighter. Maybe I should start a Strida ‘Extreme’ thread.