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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Gorgeous Mat, and nice final-hour call on the DK NAHBS-inspired matte white - looks fantastic.

    Can we get a shot of all three new bikes together? You're doing a fine job of single-handedly supporting the custom builder market!
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Mat,

    Nice build. Love the fork.
     

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    Thanks very much, guys. Yes, I'll do my best to get a shot of all three together and maybe add it to the stash house wiki thread.

    Kevin, no more new bikes for me for a while. My wife has me signed up for a 12-step program: "Hi, I'm Mat. I really love handmade bikes...."

    Cedric, I need to find a place to store the bike besides in front of the fireplace (even though I think that's a fine place for it to reside when not in use) - I have an incredible wife, but even she has her limits (note 12-step program referenced above)!
     

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    Mat,

    It looks great! You've got a great collection going.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Songline View Post
    Frame arrived this past Tuesday.
    Beautiful.

    Now I want a fendered bike.

    Crap.
    Fights begin, finger prints are took, days is lost, bail is made, court dates are ignored, cycle is repeated.

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    you know you need one.

    resistance is futile.

    since it's raining right now, what's going to protect you once it stops and the roads are soggy for days, sks race blades? bwwwwhahahahahahahahaha.......

    steve will make you a functional masterpiece in steel or aluminum or ti.

    do it. do it now!

    Quote Originally Posted by ThasFACE View Post
    Beautiful.

    Now I want a fendered bike.

    Crap.
     

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    I've got a couple of weeks on this now. Mix of old and new parts. Stiff, yet vertically compliant . A few more pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7447957@N08/
    How do I make the attached picture smaller? I've already reduced the file size in photo shop.
    Martin
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    Awesome
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    a free andy poster to anyone who can tell me the provenance of the top and down tube.

    but those cranks... ouch. from john h?

    nice bike!
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    Yes, the crank is from John. I think it goes well with the black rims. I said I'd never have black rims, but I've given in. At least the levers, stem and seat post are shiny aluminum.
    Martin
     

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    Default Hampsten Classic Stainless in Red

    My third Hampsten and my second in stainless. This one has longer reach calipers like a Strada Bianca, but with a sportier geometry. Maximum tire size is 28mm, maybe 30mm and its fender compatible with tires up to 25mm.

    The stainless steel tubing rides wonderfully, with a nicer spring and comfort than even my SB which is from 853. Wheels are LBS-built DT Swiss - 240 hubs, Revolution spokes, the RR 1.1 rims, shod with Vittoria Open Corsa and Michelin latex tubes. Acceleration is wonderful, and so is the ride on that rubber.

    Parts are last generation 10sp Campagnolo (Chorus/Record), Shimano 57mm brakes, PRO bars, OCTTO stem, Easton post, SMP saddle, CK h'set, King cages.

    Having Steve design custom geometry for me gives me great handling combined with perfect fit. I need a very long top tube considering the small frame size, so only custom will do for me, most of the time. IF-made, with their usual flawless execution and perfect paint. The red has so much clear coat on it, that it looks permanently wet.

    My first Hampsten is two-tone (single panel), but I'm glad that Steve is a proponent of single colour paint. There's a simplicity to it that's elegant, and allows the beauty of the aspects other than paint to stand out. The white decals have a subtle black outline, which provides a small touch of graphic detail.

    A Hampsten Strada Bianca or Classic is the perfect club bike, I believe. As summer approaches, my cycling club's turnout gets bigger and bigger, and the routes much longer. In a large pack during a long ride, you can't pick your own line, which means going over crap pavement. The longer, more relaxed geometry, combined with steel tubing, is an ideal machine.

    Looking at my new pics, this bike just reminded me a bit of Tafi's old machine from seven years ago, one of the last steel frames to be used at P-R other than Ballan's Willier.

    http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech....GW/bike_ch1825
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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Love it! Great shade of red, too.
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    totally bookmarking this bike, fixedinwinter. wow; that's just bubbled up to the top of the want list. long reach, eyelets, w/ sporty geo's, redddd... all good.
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    Very sweet ride!
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Beautiful bike..colour is nice...Is that a front brake caliper on the rear?

    G
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by morenog View Post
    Beautiful bike..colour is nice...Is that a front brake caliper on the rear?

    G
    If you are referring to the extension of the brake bolt, that is a Sheldon Fender Nut for mounting a rear fender.

    The bike is a stunner! That cinghiale looks particularly devilish is that red!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by happycampyer View Post
    If you are referring to the extension of the brake bolt, that is a Sheldon Fender Nut for mounting a rear fender.

    The bike is a stunner! That cinghiale looks particularly devilish is that red!
    Absolutely right happycampyer! While I would rarely use fenders on this bike (they're usually on the Strada Bianca permanently during winter), it's nice to have the option. The great thing with the Sheldon nuts is, you can remove/install the fenders very quickly without affecting the brake set-up.
    Last edited by fixednwinter; 05-19-2010 at 09:41 AM. Reason: Clarification
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by a-game View Post
    totally bookmarking this bike, fixedinwinter. wow; that's just bubbled up to the top of the want list. long reach, eyelets, w/ sporty geo's, redddd... all good.
    I think it's the ideal all-round road bike for those who ride fast, but don't race regularly and have to deal with all types of road surfaces. The old category of "sport" bike done right by Hampsten.

    And since you live on the West Coast, I know you'll appreciate the fender eyelets! They sure come in handy here in Toronto, especially during the fall.
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    that's such a cool bike.

    love the color!

    why alpha q fork vs. one of hampco's steel fork creations?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54ny77 View Post
    why alpha q fork vs. one of hampco's steel fork creations?
    Good question: I really liked my carbon forks on the previous Hampsten and just went with another carbon on this. In retrospect, maybe I should've gotten steel on this one...
     

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