At Hampsten Cycles we continue to fine-tune our Gran Paradiso line of lightweight skinny-tire road frames. All versions – Minimus, La Dolce Vita, Il Capo, 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; using a Falz fork will allow tires up to 32mm to be used with short-reach calipers. Gran Paradiso are custom and designed right here at HampCo Seattle.
Minimus is made from smaller diameter Columbus Life and Spirit tubing and is intended for shorter and lighter riders. We like to pair Minimus with an Enve fork.
La Dolce Vita uses larger-diameter Columbus Life tubing and is suitable for riders of all weights, particularly those who like the look and ride of oversize, cylindrical, lightweight steel tubes paired with burly seatstays and chainstays. We like the Enve or Falz fork with this frame.
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. Alternately, we can build the frame using a D-11 head tube with Falz fork for a more traditional look, and we use Columbus Life and Spirit/HSS tubes elsewhere to complete either version.
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.