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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Can you weigh in on the butted ti frames? How light are they coming in for a medium-ish frame?
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Will work on getting a better pic of the blinkie mounts in a couple of days.

    Re the tubing and weight: I wanted Ti for dent resistance and lightness, and, well, just because I like Ti. I probably would have gone double butted, but the price of this bike was already getting astronomical (for me at least), and I needed to draw the line somewhere. HamCo assured me that the ride qualities that I wanted (springy long-distance comfort) could be achieved with straight gauge just as with double butted.

    I can't remember the projected weight savings by going butted, but it wasn't worth it to me given I was already at the upper limits of what I could spend. I'm sure any builder who does Ti could answer that question though.

    Overall, I was going for a weight conscious build (at least compared to my other bikes, which isn't saying too much), but not a weight weenie build, so a few ounces here and there wasn't a big deal. this explains parts like the relatively heavy bars and pedals.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dustin View Post
    I told the story behind this bike across the hall, but thought I'd add some pics here since, if I may say so, it's such a fine example of Hampsten's work:


    IMG_2464 by paleo.velo, on Flickr


    IMG_2458 by paleo.velo, on Flickr


    IMG_2463 by paleo.velo, on Flickr


    IMG_2460 by paleo.velo, on Flickr


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    IMG_2468 by paleo.velo, on Flickr


    IMG_2472 by paleo.velo, on Flickr


    IMG_2474 by paleo.velo, on Flickr
    just an observation: i sure see a lot of nittto "noodle" bars on the site.
    don c.
     

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    not sure what forum protocol is on linking to another bike-related site, but these hampsten pics are too good to pass up.

    that's one lucky owner!

    http://weightweenies.starbike.com/fo...79547&start=30













     

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    What can I say? NYC has been blessed with 36"+ of snow in January--great for skiing and building a snowman but not the best conditions for riding road bikes. This bike fitted into a 62" box and a plane trip out to California negated the white shroud of doom.

    Picture of when I was still a virgin:

    Fitted by Andy, designed by Steve, welded by Max--that's a cycling trinity if there ever was one!

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    Smiling Andy & Gavia Badge:


    Unpacking after arriving back to a sleety NYC:
     

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    First ride on a new Crema:











     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Proper. Love the M-Racers.
     

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    Very nice looking bike. Congrats.

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Has anyone ever seen a black Hampsten?
     

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    That's really nice benkiel. Is that a Velo Orange stem?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycjames View Post
    Is that a Velo Orange stem?
    Nope, it's a Dimension stem with the logo taken off. Tricky to find a threadless stem that will go with the Nitto Noodle bar.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by grscha View Post
    Has anyone ever seen a black Hampsten?
    Mine's Co-Motion "Metallic Black", more of a dark gray. Steve preferred it over solid black, "shows less scratches". A Black MAX would be cool.
     

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    Ben, what color is that Flite?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulot View Post
    Ben, what color is that Flite?
    It's a Tan Flite.
     

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    Wow, maybe it's just the photo but I've never seen one fade like that. I have a few from 91-94 and they have for the most part gotten darker, but that's probably because they're always getting wet.

    Quote Originally Posted by benkiel View Post
    It's a Tan Flite.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by grscha View Post
    Has anyone ever seen a black Hampsten?
    I was close to getting a black one but eventually Steve chose something else :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntLockyer View Post
    I was close to getting a black one but eventually Steve chose something else :)
    Ditto. I believe Steve's exact response was, "Meh." Chastised, I went another direction. {insert smiley things here}
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cody.wms View Post
    Proper. Love the M-Racers.
    The Paul Racer M brakes look great on this bike with this fork crown - but it's really the wrong crown for these brakes. We need something about 10mm wider, ideally, and Ben will be helping us test it when it arrives.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bridge Guy View Post
    Mine's Co-Motion "Metallic Black", more of a dark gray. Steve preferred it over solid black, "shows less scratches". A Black MAX would be cool.
    Black IS nice, until it scuffs - which is immediately, and then you have a dark scuffed frame. Imho.

    Quote Originally Posted by RJR View Post
    Ditto. I believe Steve's exact response was, "Meh." Chastised, I went another direction. {insert smiley things here}
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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Beautiful bike. Is that a VO -17 degree stem or is there another silver option I haven't thought of?
    Dan Fuller, local bicycle enthusiast

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    Quote Originally Posted by 72gmc View Post
    Beautiful bike. Is that a VO -17 degree stem or is there another silver option I haven't thought of?
    It's a Dimension stem, a QBP brand I think. A little elbow grease and the logo is gone. Perhaps not the lightest option, but it's not a terrible looking stem. Wish one could get a Thompson stem with a 26 clamp.

    Bike rides just like a bike should ride. Can ride it no-hands without a wobble, it stands up and goes, and is solid. Couldn't ask for anything more, and it's a huge leap of a bike from a late 90's Cioc that's been my road bike for ten years now.
     

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