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    The crew at at HampCo World Headquarters - Steve, Max, Adam - are starting a new project and we’re calling it “Maglia ROSA”. Maglia ROSA translates as “pink jersey” and is historically worn by the leader of the Giro d’Italia - the Tour of Italy, pro cycling’s second most popular Grand Tour (after that one in France) and arguably a race that is more popular with the riders than the French version. Around here we say it “MAH(L)-yah ROZE-ah” but we’ll accept almost any pronunciation and sort of promise to not s****** when it gets butchered.

    And, of course, there’s brother Andy, co-owner of Hampsten Cycles, who is still the only American to have worn the maglia rosa as the winner of that illustrious race, way back in June of 1988. Andy’s win of the Giro is definitely part of the DNA of this project. For a great read on the Giro, we strongly recommend Herbie Sykes’ book Maglia ROSA.

    Initially, Maglia ROSA will consist of few non-custom models that will be different from the frames we currently produce. Some Maglia ROSA models will be outsourced and some we’ll fabricate on our own. We’ll be focusing on two materials for Maglia ROSA: steel and carbon. Steel we love for it’s smooth ride, old-school sincerity, sexiness under paint, and we enjoy working with it. Carbon is a material we haven’t explored as much as we’d like but we know we enjoy the comfy ride and light weight that carbon provides and it seems to be popular these days. We’re saving titanium for our custom builds and we’re not working with aluminum as a frame material right now.

    Here’s what we’re starting with:

    Superissimo. Yes, the name is cribbed from Casey and his site of the same name. He did the graphic design work for Maglia ROSA and we owe him many thanks for his clear vision, great ideas, and complete lack of screwing around. (Ok, Ernesto did a lugged frame back in the 1980s with the same name but we never felt that his heart was really in it.)

    This frame features Columbus Spirit HSS shaped top and down tube, MAX chainstays, Spirit seat stays and Life seat tube, Paragon PF30 BB shell and our own D-11-sized head tube. We’ll offer it with a Falz carbon fork, King D-11 headset and King PF30 BB. Current paint choices are Squadra Azurra (shown) and Verdigris. The price is $2850. We’ll have a size chart posted soon, and we’re putting a 190# weight limit on this baby. These are built to order and will take a few months, etc.

    Il Carbonario. From Columbus Tubi and ADK Technolgy comes the Columbus Genius carbon frame which we sprinkle with magic Maglia ROSA dust, add an Enve tapered fork, sexy-up with our own paint and decals and, voila! - Il Carbonario. No, we didn’t make it ourselves and yes, it comes from a country where one might have noodles-not-pasta for lunch but we’re impressed with the quality of the frames we’ve seen from ADK and the fit, design, and geometry of this frame is right on the money - thanks, Columbus! If you’re looking for a light/strong/comfortable carbon racebike that won’t break the bank but will provide a good alternative to all the GianTrekalized bikes out there then we think you should be on this. In limited sizes and availability, two colors - $2600.

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Congrats Steve, fantastic looking bikes.
    The carbon one is totally badass.
    Looking forward to seeing a geometry chart!
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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    We’ll have a size chart posted soon, and we’re putting a 190# weight limit on this baby.
    Is there a weigh-in, or can I lie a little?
     

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Oh my.
    my name is Matt

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    All your bikes are perfect. Well done.

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    Very cool. I actually have a colnago superissimo, always thought the name sounded cool, fwiw I believe it was the model between the super and Mexico and wasn't popular or long lived.
     

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    Hot damn!
     

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    These bikes look amazing.(especially the steel) Job well done Steve and company!!
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    I didn't know I needed a new bike until now.
     

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Quote Originally Posted by slingshot View Post
    I didn't know I needed a new bike until now.
    Agreed.

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Am I allowed to drool a little ? Sexy bike
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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Fantastic project from HampCo.

    Is Ryder dead to us?
     

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Quote Originally Posted by robrixon View Post
    Fantastic project from HampCo.

    Is Ryder dead to us?
    RH is Canadian. Unless by American you mean North American...
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    Thanks Steve. I lump Canada in with America instead of only the US of.
     

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    i wouldn't expect anything less. hampco kills it.

    i'd ride one of those for sure!
     

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    Sublime. It's holding back that is your talent. You really have perfected it and that's a talent hard to even grasp.
     

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Bravo, for the steel. The carbon is starkly beautiful, as in purposeful, but let me shed a tear for the Mad Fiber wheels.
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    Nice bikes!

    Enve does a 1.0 tapered ? I thought it was a 2.0.

    Why PF30 on the steel bike ?
     

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    Default Re: New project, Maglia ROSA

    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    Enve does a 1.0 tapered ? I thought it was a 2.0.
    I think it's an OEM type of thing. My Parlee has one, too.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    Nice bikes!

    Enve does a 1.0 tapered ? I thought it was a 2.0.

    Why PF30 on the steel bike ?
    Thanks!

    You're right about the fork, fixed it

    Big CS + big ST + big DT = PF30 BB shell, at least around here
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