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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by mnoble485 View Post
    I am of a certain age that requires me to question my bike purchases. I got into cycling later in life (55) and have only had metal (steel and an old Lemond ti) with carbon forks. Never a steel fork. For those that know more than me, which is most of you, what am I gaining or giving up switching from carbon ENVE to a fork made by the Hampco folks?

    Looks are a consideration of course.

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    You'd be adding a bit of weight, which shouldn't really matter in general and certainly not in Florida. Other than that I doubt you'd be giving up anything. My lugged Zank has a steel fork and it rides like a dream.
     

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    The weight is of little matter. I'm 6'5" and 215. The bike is a 62 cm so I'm never going to be a weight weenie.

    Mike
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    You'll be gaining the advantage of being able to running puffier tires that soak up the buzz of the Florida tarmac in conjunction with the fork. Take the plunge Mike and in addition to the smooth ride, Steve will make it look purty too.
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    I switched my Hampsten to a steel fork from the original Enve carbon fork. IMO the bike feels more balanced and handles better.
    I did add some weight but as Matt said not an issue here in Florida.
    I can roll up to 28mm Challenge Paris Roubaix tires without a worry.
    Get the steel fork... no brainer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artie View Post
    I switched my Hampsten to a steel fork from the original Enve carbon fork. IMO the bike feels more balanced and handles better.
    I did add some weight but as Matt said not an issue here in Florida.
    I can roll up to 28mm Challenge Paris Roubaix tires without a worry.
    Get the steel fork... no brainer.
    In all fairness, you added a double-bladed broadsword to yours. I mean that as a compliment.
     

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    You guys are such enablers. To make matters more difficult Steve suggested a whole new paint job to go along with the fork! I just don't know if I could be happy riding my old Serrotta while it's away. I think I'll go for the fork for sure. If you guys don't mind, post up some pictures. I'm thinking straight blades.

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    Hampsten SB in the Vercors, France.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Here is the single speed again, this time with Campagnolo Delta brakes, for summer usage. They're like white shoes - for use between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This bike is definitely getting more hipster appropriate by the day with older, serviceable and somewhat obscure Campagnolo parts.

    Love the stability and handling of this bike. There's a mile-long gravel segment around this lake and it handles it with aplomb and elegance.

    I love that green.
     

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    Second that!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnoble485 View Post
    You guys are such enablers. To make matters more difficult Steve suggested a whole new paint job to go along with the fork! I just don't know if I could be happy riding my old Serrotta while it's away. I think I'll go for the fork for sure. If you guys don't mind, post up some pictures. I'm thinking straight blades.

    Mike
    Here is mine with the broadsword or MAX fork.

    [IMG][URL=https://imageshack.com/i/pngcOIQxj]


    This is my friend's Strada Bianca with a stock Hampco steel fork.

    [IMG][URL=https://imageshack.com/i/pmEbGvuNj]
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    Straight blade is always a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohlboto View Post
    Straight blade is always a good idea.
    This is what I'm leaning towards. I really like the looks of a "stiletto" looking fork on a modern steel bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnoble485 View Post
    This is what I'm leaning towards. I really like the looks of a "stiletto" looking fork on a modern steel bike.

    Mike
    +1 on straight forks!

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    Thanks Larry, that ticks all the boxes for me. I need to take some measurements and talk to Steve.

    Mike
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    Pig in paradise. I really like this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artie View Post
    Here is mine with the broadsword or MAX fork.

    [IMG][URL=https://imageshack.com/i/pngcOIQxj]
    What stem on this beauty ? I take its a 1inch with shim ? Looks perfect
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by caballero View Post
    What stem on this beauty ? I take its a 1inch with shim ? Looks perfect
    Yessir.. 1 inch steerer tube for the Samson fork crown.
    The stem is an Easton EA90 110mm -10 degree. Logos removed.
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    Do like the look of the 'stiletto' straight steel fork on a steel bike. (Not a Hampsten...)
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    GP ti - great bike! But have this curious want for a steel Hampco...
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