Somewhere in this issue is a small 1/4 page (or so) story about a custom builder based in Idaho or Montana - somewhere up around there. The company has a funky name and there is a picture of a road frame or a complete bike.
There is a mention of the paint job on this frame being one of the nicest Bicycling has ever seen. They also mention the guy who who painted it.
Please help me find this information - the builder and the painter - I had a long conversation with these people back in October and have completely lost all my notes.
Owner Carl Strong started Strong Frames in 1993 and the company has grown steadily ever since; Strong now builds about 200 steel, titanium and aluminum frames a year, and while most are road frames, the company also makes mountain and cyclocross frames. Most Strong frames are custom builds (the Hyalite is the only model to come in stock sizes; a custom Hyalite is an extra $200), and Strong offers plenty of build-kit options, including four kits from Shimano and six from Campagnolo. If you're in the neighborhood, you can visit Carl Strong and his two employees in the Bozeman, Montana, factory for a tour or a fitting.