At Hampsten Cycles we continue to fine-tune our Gran Paradiso line of lightweight skinny-tire road frames. All versions – Il Barone, Superissimo, Titanio, and Squadra – are designed for fast road riding, butt-kicking on weekends, and/or full-on racing. This model works great with tires in the 23 to 28mm range. Gran Paradiso are custom and designed right here at HampCo Seattle.
Il Barone replaces Minimus and La Dolce Vita in our lineup. We use a mix of 31.8mm and 35mm Columbus Omnicrom main tubes with varying wall thickness to suit the needs of each rider. This is our new flagship frame, pairs best with the Enve road fork, and takes up to a 28mm tire.
Superissimo (formerly Il Capo) is modeled as a criterium-carving beast or for those who love a stiff steel frame. We pair a massive 44mm HSS down tube with a Columbus tapered head tube using a 46/56mm internal headset – a first for us and now supported by Chris King – complemented by the Columbus Futura fork. May be available with Columbus’ Cento tubing – just ask.
Our Titanio are welded and fabricated in Steamboat Springs, CO, by Brad Bingham with US-made titanium tubing and are optimized for the height and weight of each customer. We offer three choices of finish:
- Bead-blasted – the standard Moots or Eriksen finish, it holds up well and may be freshened with Pledge or Pedro’s Bike Lust.
- Semi-polished – we blast it, then we polish it. Sort of a neither-here-nor-there look, it’s a dull shininess and easy to maintain.
- Paint. You know: good, old-fashioned color.
And finally Squadra, which features custom carbon tube-to-tube frames made right here at HampCo Seattle.