- I think the floor to saddle measurement is one of the recent numbers added. I don't seem to recall sending this to Steve four years ago during my first custom frame. When you use this number in conjunction with floor to bar, it takes bb drop into account. For example, if you only compared saddle height from the bb and floor to bar, but you're going from one frame that has, for example, a 6cm drop, to one that has an 8cm drop, you'll be off by 2cm. Having the floor to saddle measurement number prevents that error.
- I don't recall sending centre of post to centre of bar, horizontal, either. This new measurement perhaps takes into account the saddle's setback when combined with the saddle nose behind BB number?
yeah, what marco/fixed said above: it's me trying to dial in saddle position and having some flexibility when a relatively non-standard saddle is being used - like a brooks, which has different contact points compared to most saddles.
The Strada Bianca happened because Brother Andy wanted a bike for exploring the gravel roads (covered with crushed limestone, which is white, thus the name...) around Tuscany where he lived at the time. Dave Levy/Ti Cycles was doing most of our steel frames back then and he pretty much worked out the geometry - longer and lower, more trail - for these bikes which has served us to this day. The first couple of bikes were pretty heavy and used cantilever brakes but successive iterations used lighter tubing and featured 57mm-reach calipers and Wound Up forks, followed, inevitably, by the titanium version.
We've done steel, titanium, aluminum, carbon, all types of brakes - you name it, everything rides nice with fat tires or dryer with fenders. Currently my favorite version really takes a step back from the current framebuilding fashion: we're using skinny tubes and 1" steerers. The latest to roll off our robot-welded assembly line here use MiniMAX tubing, 14mm seat stays, curved chainstays, skinny little 33mm head tubes, and 1" steel steerers on the Wound Up fork. I think a little flex here over the big hits is a good thing and the smaller head tube works better visually with the smaller-diameter tubes and we save a little weight on the steerer and HT. Big guys get a stouter front end and stays, however. "Dialed" is a word that gets bandied about, maybe more than it should, but it does describe how I feel about these bikes. They look light, elegant, and as though they should be a lot of fun to ride - which they are.
For a month now, I've been using my SB for daily commuting, five days a week, just under a 2 hour round trip per day. Mixed surfaces, all weather (even light snow that melted immediately these last few weeks), a few short but steep hills. With it's lively but stable handling, forgiving ride, and Honjo fenders with 25mm 4Season tires, I couldn't imagine a better, light & fast bike combined with a wonderful and comfortable ride quality.
Seeing Marcello's pre-HampCo towers Hampsten leaning against the wall at what must be Zi’ Martino brings back fond memories.
Fermaguiana: The first Hampsten bikes
You might like to have this photo that Enrico took of Marcello riding it (I'll send you the link so you can download the original):
How many of these were built before you started the match-built bikes?
Thanks for the response. I figured anything that oversize would be more than I'd need.
Nice video, Steve!
Fermaguiana: Video time!
a face made for radio...
On a few occassions, I've seen the Schlecks (ToC) and Hesjedal (criterium in Toronto) in person. They are very, very slim, despite all of them being over 6 feet tall. Andy is 149 lbs and Frank is 144 or even lower. They're definitely not hard on their equipment when it comes to their weight.
Talk to Steve, but I'd wager that a Team Pro with OS, rather than a Team UOS, would be perfect for you. The Team Pro is made with PegoRichie/Spirit for Lugs tubing, which is a touch more robust than standard Spirit (for TIG) so would be great for tall frames, but still light.
And to clarify - my bike made from MAX is not a Hampsten, but an old Merckx MX Leader. It's a beast, a steamroller and has a stiff ride, but it's overkill for me at between 158 to 163 lbs. The Merckx is fun to ride, but the bike that hits that sweet spot for me when it comes to ride quality is my Hampsten Strada Bianca made from OS steel tubing. When it comes to that theoretical "If I had to own just one bike, which would it be?" question, the answer is easy - I'd keep the SB over anything else.