15th September 2010 Words: Matt Lamy
Kent bike aficionado Richard Hill contacted us recently to say that he will soon be bringing in a range of machines by American master frame-builder Chris Igleheart.
All the bikes have steel at their (Igle)heart and at present there are four proposed models: the ICC is aimed at the commuting market and features a Rohloff hub gear; the ICS is aimed at the sportive market and features the rare but high-spec Sunrace NRZ DriveN groupset; and the I29 is aimed at the all-terrain market and quite obviously features 29-inch wheels.
But the bike that really caught our eye was this stainless steel beauty — the IRS, or Igleheart Rough Stuff. With a mixture of SRAM’s road and off-road components this machine is designed for asphalt, gravel or mud. And the combination of classic styling and cutting-edge kit — such as Avid disc brakes — means it promises some good old-fashioned fun without missing out on mod cons.
This post first appeared in the October 2010 issue of Cycling Active magazine.