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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Thanks guys, I'm really happy with this beauty. It's exactly what I envisioned when first talking to Steve.
    I pretty much precisely knew what I wanted and Steve was cool with my wishes (Llewellynn dropouts, paint details).

    We saw some complications during the making, but in the end it all worked out perfectly.

    Thanks again to all the staff at HampCo Towers International!

    For now I'll ride it with 25mm Veloflex to do a good comparison with my other boar (been using these wheels in the SBti lately).
    I can go up to 28mm in this frame if I'd like to.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    I rode with Martin today - the fella who built that frame - and his bike has the same seat cluster. I couldn't stop staring at it... weird!
    It's the red color of the paint. It's mesmerizing.
    Martin Tweedy

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    Hey, no holding out on us Hampco Towers. Lets see Martins frame/bike too. We like red ones.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moke View Post
    Hey, no holding out on us Hampco Towers. Lets see Martins frame/bike too. We like red ones.
    The bike in question isn't a Hampsten. It was one I built myself at match. I am cooking myself up a new Hampsten however and it will be red too.
    Martin Tweedy

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    Feel bad following up that beautiful lugged bike with these two industrial beauties but I finally got around to cleaning the tuscan dust off them and take a couple pictures.
    Here are our his and hers ti hampsten travel bikes fresh back from our Cinghiale tour in Italy. Bikes turned out great and were really everything we wanted them to be. Just to echo what everyone else has said, Steve was great to work with.
    TSA was a little rough with them and the decals took a beating but overall the packing/unpacking went very smoothly.

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    Maiden voyage of the Team Pro was great, even though the legs weren't so great :) Did 50km after work last night.

    First 20 minutes took some getting used to, but after that it started to get fun. I think I now get the term "lively" that people use when talking about modern steel.
    The thing I like the best is its handling and cornering. Very predictable, calm and solid. It just goes where you want it to go without twitchiness or correction. I feel confident on it.
    Not sure if that's the steel fork, wheelbase or the front-centre, but it feels really nice.
    According to the build sheet, the rake, trail and HT angle are identical to my Strada Bianca with Wound Up fork.

    I might change the Zipp bars to Ritchey Neo Classic. I have those on my SBti and really love how flat the transition from shifters to bar is. Maybe I have to adapt, we'll see after a couple of rides.

    After about an hour of riding I started to get that "in the bike" sensation... no wonder, my seatpost was slowly slipping!
    I guess I'd been too careful with torque (about 2.5Nm). More carbon paste and a bit higher torque then.

    Steve/Martin, what torque do you guys spec for that kind of seat cluster? If it keeps slipping it might be wiser to move to a ti or aluminum post.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by INDECS View Post
    I guess I'd been too careful with torque (about 2.5Nm). More carbon paste and a bit higher torque then.
    Waaaaay too careful - I have no doubt that you could double that at least. I run 5Nm on my wooden frame. In fact I'd wager you're probably more at risk of damaging your seatpost than the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    Waaaaay too careful - I have no doubt that you could double that at least. I run 5Nm on my wooden frame. In fact I'd wager you're probably more at risk of damaging your seatpost than the frame.
    Yeah, I now cranked it up to 5Nm. And I'm indeed mostly worried about cracking that fancy PMP carbon seatpost

    Specs of collars vary widely: Phil 6Nm, Thomson 2.8Nm, Campagnolo 4-6.8Nm... Kinda depends on the post material too, right?
    I've always been very careful not over-torqueing. Especially with those Ti Campy posts... they pinch very easily, even at low torque.
     

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    Rollin' with the 32mm summer tires. Love this bike!

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by majl View Post
    Rollin' with the 32mm summer tires. Love this bike!

    Imma call that VP - for "Visually Proper"!
    Steve Hampsten
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    Steve, you're killing it over on Fermaguiana.
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    I'll do some catch-up over here - busy week!

    But for those who missed, here's a peek:
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    Mine is also coming through this week, keeping Steve busy. Lookin awesome :-)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teletori View Post
    Mine is also coming through this week, keeping Steve busy. Lookin awesome :-)
    Oh man, that's pretty much the *exact* bike I would spec for myself next (if I were in such a position). Delicious.

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    Steve - what's the deal w/that blue Maglia Rosa?
    :-)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by INDECS View Post
    Martin shows and explains the proces here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/744795...n/photostream/ (and following pics)
    I just went to that link and got this warning! What the hell kinda process you all got going on over there?? ;)

    Tournesol_flickr.PNG
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by roguedog View Post
    I just went to that link and got this warning! What the hell kinda process you all got going on over there?? ;)

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    Drilling, cutting oils, hot lugs, max crowns. They got it all.
    Auk's words to live by:
    Blow up and pin a picture of M. Bartoli on your wall. When you achieve that position, stop. Until then, stretch, ride, stretch, ride, eat less, and ride more.

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    It's probably all that hot tube-on-tube action he's got going on...
    Steve Hampsten
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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    And lots of lube.....er cutting oil that is
    Martin Tweedy

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    Default Re: Hampsten / Tournesol

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin T View Post
    And lots of lube.....er cutting oil that is
    You, sir, are going too far - back in the box!
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