Christopher Igleheart has a long association with the bicycle. After running his own shop for many years in Portland, ME, he became an early and vigorous champion of mountain bicycles. At Fat City Cycles in Somerville, MA Igleheart honed his craft. From there he was on his own, making cross bikes, commuter bikes, tandems and of course the mountain bike. Many forks, frames, friends, races, trail miles logged and a continental crossing later, he settled down in Portland, OR with his machine shop, knowledge and expertise.

Alongside the Igleheart brand, Christopher has joined forces with Joseph Ahearne to form the AI Collective. They recently launched their first collaboration project fittingly called Page Street Cycles—a nod to the location of the shop where he and Joseph pull their collective strengths together to create beautiful and functional artwork.

“Keep on Pedaling”

Mover and Maker

Bicycle Times: Movers and Makers Vol. 1
Christopher Igleheart

Christopher Igleheart is probably the nicest guy in the bicycle industry—but don’t hold that against him. He’s been making bikes longer than most folks have been riding them and he does it a deep sense of understanding and a gracious smile.

We got to know him when he relocated to Portland, Oregon and started building custom frames in a shared shop space with Joseph Ahearne. His bikes are simple, but they’re beautiful and they’re strong. He should know a thing or two about making tough bikes as he had a big hand in the building of the iconic and coveted Fat Chance mountain bikes in the 80’s.

Sharing a conversation with Chris about bikes is like taking a history lesson from the coolest professor on campus, who also happened to have a hand in the making of the very history they are teaching that semester. He’s wise, he’s insightful, and he’s probably one of the best people to share a post-ride beer with that we’ve ever met.

Igleheart is the inspiration for the entire Movers and Makers Series and we figured it was right to start off Volume 1 with him. Enjoy!

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Rider Stories

Christopher's customers tell the his story the best and here are a few of our favorites from over the years. Your adventures are why he builds these beautiful machines. The smile that his craft brings to your face fills his big (Igle)heart. Let's keep the stories coming.

7 Bikes for 7 Wonders

The beautifully-colored layers of rock of the Painted Hills are mirrored in this adventure-ready bike.

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Peter Rubijono (Hans Poot)

Christopher creates sturdy and reliable cyclcraft. This iteration takes the form of a custom steel cyclocross made of Columbus Life tubing.

Mike Gerlin

Touring along the Danube in the summer of 2016 with his wife Nicky Tobin—both on Iglehearts.

Natalia Hernandez Gardiol

Just taking in the scenery on board Igleheart's legendary team issue, lime green, cyclocross frame and fork.

Follow Igleheart on flicker

To see an extensive sampling of Christopher's projects please visit his Flickr page. It is the most updated documentation of many past build builds and those in progress. This repository is a place where he can easily share between a miter, braze or a tig weld so that everyone can enjoy his art and craftsmanship.

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Igleheart firmly believes steel is the superior frame material. He has an intimate working knowledge of the top manufacturers tubes and more exotic materials from industrial contract work.

The resurgence of steel as a lightweight bicycle material relies on the technology that can now provide the finest tubings. You may not see much steel at the local bike shop these days but that’s okay. It takes a skilled craftsman to make the most of this material’s benefits. A lifetime of knowledge and enthusiasm is at your disposal when selecting Christopher Igleheart as builder.

Custom Frames and Stems

Trail Poacher: $2350

  • Available in 700c or 650b
  • 3 water bottle mounts
  • Rear rack eyelets
  • Fender eyelets
  • Seatstay rack eyelets
  • Clearance for 48c tires

Cyclo-Cross: $2150

  • Available in 700c or 650b
  • Top tube routed cables
  • 1 water bottle mount
  • Clearance for 40c tires

Road: $2250

  • Available in 700c or 650c
  • 2 water bottle mounts
  • One set of rear eyelets
  • Clearance for 32c tires

Mountain: $2450

  • Available in 26″, 650B or 29″
  • Disc brake mounts
  • 2 water bottle mounts
  • Use a suspension fork or add an Igleheart fork that dependably stays in one place

Basic Single Speed MTB: $2350

  • Available in 26″, 650B & 29″
  • 2 water bottle mounts
  • Disc brake mounts
  • Pivot dropouts and adjustable disc mount

Frame Options

  • Additional water bottle bosses:
    +$40 a pair
  • Additional dropout eyelets:
    +$40 a pair (may vary)
  • Seat stay rack mounts:
  • Pump pegs:
  • Chain catch:
  • Black finish:
  • Custom finishes:
    Varies by selection

Custom Stems: $250+

  • 1” or 1 1/8” threadless stem for road or mountain bars, any rise or reach (within reason). When ordered with frame set can be painted to match with up-charge and painted black when ordered separately.

Frame Fitting

  • For local customers, I can fit you here at the world headquarters on the Bernie Mikkelsen Sizer which accommodates a top-tube range of 46cm to 68cm.


Due to a recent high volume of orders all custom forks will take approximately 6-8 weeks, from time of order, to complete. Thank you for your patience.

Traditional New England Segmented Forks

Trail Poacher: $710

  • Length 390 – 410mm
  • Reynolds 853 raked disc fork blades
  • Traditional dropouts with eyelets
  • Disc brake tab
  • Gloss black finish

Cyclo-Cross 853: $535

  • Length 380 – 410mm
  • Reynolds 853 road blades
  • Cantilever brake mounts
  • Traditional dropouts with eyelets
  • Gloss black finish

Road: $660

  • Length 368 – 372 mm
  • Reynolds 853 road blades
  • Fitted & drilled for recessed center brake bolt
  • Traditional dropouts with eyelets
  • Gloss black finish

Mountain: $550-$650

  • Paragon Wright Bros dropout: $550
  • Traditional (Restoration-style)
    scalloped dropout: $650
  • Length up to 470mm axle to crown
  • 1", Strait-legged, heat-treated, True Temper tubing
  • Disc brake tab
  • 12mm or 15mm thru-axle
  • Cantilever and traditional dropouts are optional on 430mm and below
  • Gloss black finish

Configure your fork

Igleheart custom forks have multiple configuration options. Please take the time to download the order form to select which options you would like.

Fork Order Form

When you are ready to order, fill out the form the best you can. If you have questions, or are not sure about some of the options, I will help you complete the final specifications before starting the build.

Contact Igleheart

If you made it this far then you should reach out and get the process started.

Why settle for a mass-produced product when you could have a practical, functional, and uniquely crafted work of art?

Together we can build your ride destined for miles of happy pedaling.


108 N Page Street
Portland, Oregon 97227

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