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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    One more glamour shot - now with the Superleggera 130cm stem, FSA K-Force Nano 40cm bars, and some centering of the stem spacers. The stem and bars on there now are a big improvement comfort-wise. And the fit is exactly where I want it now - it pretty much feels like this bike was custom made for me, at least for all-around riding in the 40-90mi range (I'd go lower up front for racing, and a bit taller with a longer wheelbase for brevets).



    Up next will be trying either Vittoria Corsa G+ tan-walls, or Panaracer GK brown-walls. I'm thinking the brown-walls will look best - not sure either will fit though. Will see...
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Surprised you're using 40cm bars.
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    Surprised you're using 40cm bars.
    I do too; and on a similar sized frame (albeit with a shorter top tube). Have done for *years*. Can't get comfortable on wider bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    ”...Have done for *years*. Can't get comfortable on wider bars...”
    Same here. I feel narrower bars are more stable and definitely advantageous when filling a minivan with bicycles!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    Surprised you're using 40cm bars.
    I used to ride 44cm, just assuming that was right for me. Then I tried 42cm and that felt a bit better. And finally I tried 40cm...perfection. Maybe I have narrow shoulders, or maybe I'm just used to them, but my hands and wrists just feel better with the narrower stance. I'd try 38s, but I'd probably not have enough room on the tops for my wide-ish hands.

    I can't say enough good things about the FSA K-Force Nano bars either. I got my first pair just because they were on sale at CC for $99 and weighed under 200g. But after trying them out, I'm hooked. They have a flat top to the drops/hooks that really works for me. And the shoulders and tops are shaped in such a way that a comfortable grip is super easy there. The only thing that doesn't work well is the puppy-paws aero position - not something I really use though, so it's not a big drawback for me. Bikewagon.com has them for $159 now, or they are running eBay auctions for them - I got my last pair for $115 shipped (have three now).
     

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    I recently made few small changes to the MAX and finally got a chance to get it out for a good solid ride this morning.
    I replaced the Deda Newton bars with a 3T Rotondo carbon handle bar. It has little more drop and lightens up the front end a bit. Liking it.
    Replaced the old and tired Flite saddle (thanks Matt) and mounted a new Flite 90. Apparently the new one has a little more stack height so I am going to drop the seat post height a little. Did a tire swap too, trying some Specialized Roubaix 28mm slicks. The bike is currently in "all road mode" so I'm curious to see how these fare on the sharp gravel of the levee. But they felt real good on the pavement today. A bit more nimble than the Gravel Kings that I had before today. I put a compact crank and a 12-29 cassette on for gravel riding, it definitely helps.
    And.. I finally got around to wrapping the bars with some sexy new boar tape from Hampsten.. thanks Steve! I did my best to get the boar heads lined up.
    I love this bike so much.

    A few pics from this morning..




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    As stated above, I love this bike.
    When I ordered this from Steve 5 years ago I had a stage 3 AC joint separation in my left shoulder.
    I was able to ride race bikes pretty well despite my clavicle protruding a half an inch above my shoulder and poking up through the skin.
    Eventually the initial surgical attempt at repairing it failed and the pain became unbearable.
    After doing the Six Gaps ride in 2014 (on this bike) I had my shoulder repaired and the results have been incredible.
    Since then I have purchased 3 or 4 more bikes and have found myself migrating towards smaller and more aggressive frames.
    At 55 yo I am riding lower and longer than I ever have... nuts.
    So.. this bike just doesn't feel the same to me anymore. It just feels a little too big or more specifically, too tall for me.
    There is nothing wonky about the geometry I just wish it were a bit smaller.
    After 5 years I will be offering it as a frame and fork in the classifieds here and across the hall.
    All the details will be included including my CAD from Steve,
    Artie Deianni

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Have you tried a -17 stem? It would look great with the level top tube and would drop your bars a fair amount.
     

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    Have one on order, should be here Friday. Great minds.....
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    Thank you, Steve, for building a light enough frame that despite my winter failings I am still allowed on the roads this spring....

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    Thank you, Steve, for building a light enough frame that despite my winter failings I am still allowed on the roads this spring....


    Winter is hard.
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    New steel Strada Bianca. I'll post a bit more when I'm not being shipped to Sweden for the week, but the bike rocks and Steve was a pleasure to work with.

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    Trying some new (to me) shoes on the GPTi with the sunnier, warmer weather.

    Weight is close to my aluminum HED Ardennes C+ winter wheels but definitely feel a little more comfortable and look faster- even though knowing I'm not really any faster
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    I need to get sexy back- still available inventory from Hampco towers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Artie View Post
    And.. I finally got around to wrapping the bars with some sexy new boar tape from Hampsten.. thanks Steve! I did my best to get the boar heads lined up.
    I love this bike so much.

    A few pics from this morning..

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by enr1co View Post
    I need to get sexy back- still available inventory from Hampco towers?
    Not currently - the company that made that for use went away and I'm out. Dang.
    Steve Hampsten
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    Not currently - the company that made that for use went away and I'm out. Dang.
    Drat and double drats. Gonna have to come up with some other sexy :)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by enr1co View Post
    Drat and double drats. Gonna have to come up with some other sexy :)
    i may have you covered (so to speak): Rapha and I are working on a cinghiale hide bar wrap, hair still attached. It has excellent grip, wears like iron, and the smell almost disappears after a few months. Stay tuned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    i may have you covered (so to speak): Rapha and I are working on a cinghiale hide bar wrap, hair still attached. It has excellent grip, wears like iron, and the smell almost disappears after a few months. Stay tuned!
    I see Rapha has a leather glove balm; I hope you can help them understand the value of offering custom boar-fat bar wrap treatment....
     

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    Hair still attached would be considered sexy to some
     

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    Apologies for the cross post on the PL but...

    I just received these pics from Steve this afternoon!

    My Hampsten timeline continues with a Sterrato...essentially a disc brake, slightly beefed up, Strada Bianca.

    Build includes: Ultegra di2 Hydro, HPlus rims laced to DT350 hubs shod with Compass Stampede Pass tires (room for 38s without fenders)

    Iíll be picking it up in two weeks so no ride reports just yet.
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