NAHBS 2013: Stijl’s Iron Man 29er Mountain Bike

Stijl Iron Man 29er hardtail mountain bike with steel and carbon fiber

While it’s not powered by an Arc Reactor, Stijl’s Iron Man 29er is trick enough to make Tony Stark proud.

Builder Hinmaton Hisler used a multi-step lug process in order to make use of steel tubes that were originally too short at the downtube. It was a happy accident that led to this really beautiful concept bike built for a customer that owns an iron foundry.

This is the first lugged bike from Hisler, so it was a learning process. Rather than risk getting the angles wrong, he went about it differently. He built the complete bike in steel first, sleeving the shorter, smaller tubes into a larger one, then cutting away the appropriate parts to slide the full length carbon tubes into place.

Stijl Iron Man 29er hardtail mountain bike with steel and carbon fiber

The tubing is Columbus Zona and Spirit with Dedaccaia stays and a headtube machined in house.

Stijl Iron Man 29er hardtail mountain bike with steel and carbon fiber

Stijl Iron Man 29er hardtail mountain bike with steel and carbon fiber

Rocker dropouts with a frame break for the belt drive.

Stijl Iron Man 29er hardtail mountain bike with steel and carbon fiber

The paint was a layered process to create a deep candy metallic finish that was simply gorgeous in person. All told, they have about $8,000 in the bike, with $2,300 of that in the frame.

Stijl steel bicycle frame

Stijl’s otherb 29er frame is built entirely of road bike tubes and his own seat stay bridge and brake mounts.

Stijl steel bicycle frame

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