All Fast Mountain

The new owner of the bike, Advertising executive Mike Lear, is an aging freerider (his words), and was longing for a bike that could retain some of the characteristics of his past big mountain bikes, but was more suited to the cross-country riding where he lives now, in Virginia. He wanted a simple all mountain trail bike, with XC racing capability. A true collaborator, Stijl Cyles’ president and builder Hinmaton Hisler invited Mike to his shop to pour over geometric configurations and advise him on the implications of things such as a 16.3” chainstay. After some rides on a fit bike, Hinmaton invited Mike to enjoy the fireworks of the brazing process as the bike was put together in his shop. What resulted was a 29”, single-speed, custom fillet-brazed steel framed bike with lightweight components, a slack head angle of 69 degrees for comfort in descents, and a very tight rear triangle for incredible cornering. The bike weighs 20.7lbs with pedals on, ready to ride. And in the words of Mike, “rides like nothing I’ve ever been on in my life.” Responsive, lightning fast handling, goat-like climbing ability and uber confident when descending.

Bike Geometry: 

  • Top Tube 22.75
  • Head Angle 69
  • BB Height 12.2
  • Wheel Base 42.5
  • Chain Stay 16.3
  • Stand Over 30
  • Travel 110mm

Bike Spec:

  • Frame: Fillet Brazed Columbus and True Temper S3 Steel Tubing
  • Dropouts: Paragon Rocker
  • Head Tube: Loco-Machine 44/49 Tapered
  • Forks: 2013 Cannondale Carbon Lefty w/ PBR lockout
  • Crankset: Specialized S-Works Carbon Fiber BB30
  • Drivetrain: Gates Carbon Belt Drive CDX
  • Brakes: Shimano XTR race
  • Bars: Ritchey Super Logic S
  • tem: Ritchey WCS C-260
  • Grips: ESI Chunky