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Old 12-31-05, 03:20 AM   #1
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Stan Johnson, Bozeman Montana?

Hi.

Trying to find info on Stan Johnson.

My sister picked up a beautiful, lugged steel frame bearing his namesake on it. Searches on the forums and google turned up nothing save a small mention of him in relation to Bozeman, Montana, where he apparently worked/works...

Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 12-31-05, 10:29 AM   #2
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Go to www.smartpages.com and search bicycles in Bozeman and call a shop and ask. Bozeman's not as big as NYC, somebody will know something about him.

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Old 01-23-06, 03:05 PM   #3
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Hi. Just noticed this on the forum.

Back in the late '80s and early '90s I used to co-own and -operate a bicycle repair shop in Minneapolis and ours was the Minnesota connection for Stan Johnson. Originally, he built frames in Oxnard, California. Sometime around 1990 or 1991 (I don't remember exactly when) he moved to Bozeman, Montana and set up shop there. I heard he stopped building frames a few years ago (5-10), but I may be mistaken.

Stan Johnson used Tru Temper tubing and Henry James frame findings extensively and all his frames were painted by Joe Bell in San Diego, California. All the frames sold through our shop were meticulously made by him and always matched the specifications we provided and every customer was happy(!). I'm not sure of the exact number we sold (around 10 over four years), but there are still four from that time period on the road around the Twin Cities, that I know about.

As a custom framebuilder and the owner of three Stan Johnson frames (one track, one fixed road, one geared road), I can say your sister has found a real find.
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I know a guy who knows a guy who gets the frames for his company built by a really good frame builder in Montana. I can't imagine it's anyone else but this Stan guy. The bike company guy is named Tim [I think] and he rides with my buddy Don in Calgary. I'll ask him what the company's name is and post a link...
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It's more likely that the framebuilder currently building subcontracted frames in Montana is Carl Strong. Carl builds both lugged and Tig welded frames in steel, and also builds in aluminum and titanium. At one point a few years ago, he was building bikes for Ibis prior to their demise. I have two of his frames, a very light and steep road frame made from Columbus Foco, and a singlespeed mtn. frame from Columbus Cybex. Carl's a great guy, and an accomplished builder. http://www.strongframes.com

I don't think Stan is building frames any longer. I'm familiar with his frames, too, and they were quite lovely. Came across a couple when I was working for Sam Braxton back in the '80s. As mentioned, it's a treasure -- ride it and enjoy!
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It's more likely that the framebuilder currently building subcontracted frames in Montana is Carl Strong. Carl builds both lugged and Tig welded frames in steel, and also builds in aluminum and titanium.
Yup, I think you're right. Coincidentally, I was reading Scot Nicol's treatise on metallurgy yesterday from Strong's website. Small world...
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Stan Johnson was building frames (mainly road frames) and selling them through Bangtail Bikes, a shop in Bozeman. I haven't seen anything new from him for a while.
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