April MAX Sale

It’s almost April which means the Euro Classic races are underway with the big ones coming up: Het Volk, Tour of Flanders, Pairs-Roubaix, etc. It’s also spring here in Seattle and we’re plenty busy with welded frames – mostly ti and steel, some XCr – and with the lugged frames and brazed forks, some racks, repairs and assembly… As busy as we are it still pains us when we see boxes of tubes that gather more dust than we like – and what is gathering dust these days? Columbus MAX tubing! I know, it’s crazy, I don’t get it, but there it is.

MAX is great stuff, excellent for riders above 180 pounds, is a joy to machine and weld, looks fantastic when painted. Pal Don Ferris has a great treatise on the tubing over at Anvil – here’s a link wherein I boosted his text.
Here’s the deal: we have six sets of MAX tubes here, we’d like you to order a Euro-Classic-race style Gran Paradiso with Edge carbon fork (painted, of course), maybe a sloping top tube, and we can tweak the tubes if you want a lighter frame. But we can also do a Strada Bianca-style bike for fenders/big tires/57mm-reach calipers, choice of fork – your call.
Our regular price on a welded MAX frame is $2500 – and is still a bargain. For this month, and limited to the six sets on hand, we’re offering a MAX frame with choice of fork for the low, low price of only $2200. How do we do it? We buy right – and so can you! Delivery will be 3-4 months, max.

Gran Paradiso Titanio

New pictures, this time of my new Max-welded (in-house) ti frame using butted 3/2.5 tubing. Needless to say I love it, fits like a glove, corners like a… thing that corners really well.

more house love

From washingmachinepost:

can we look forward to a ‘sachs’ font in the near future, or perhaps an eames embroidered cycle cap?

Naw, that would be too easy. Interestingly enough, we’ve been cooking up a bicycle font collection with our fellow cyclophile Paul Barnes for the past four years. The project has reached far and wide, with Steve Hampsten building a House Industries bicycle (awaiting a head badge), a Hampsten logo redrawn by Paul Barnes, a new Cinghiale logo by our own Ken Barber, a litho version of the Gavia Pass poster (incidently using a very early version of Eames Century Modern), and a really cool serigraph
eames threeSo far, the fonts have not reached beyond the conceptual stage, but the other stuff has been really fun.


File under: History, the making of

Updated website; new model; installed pictures for the first time.

Me so clever.

More Crema

Here at HampCo, we’ve long been fans of – and influenced by – production bikes and their related size charts. When I look back at the almost 500 frames and whole bikes we’ve sold since 1999, I’m struck by how many of them would fit two of my favorite size charts with minimal tweaking – the charts from Moots and from Dario Pegoretti. The “geometry” as such – angles, BB drop, wheelbase, fork rake – is our own, but if we look at the relationship between the top tube, seat tube, and head tube, we see a good deal of consistency. The consistency is there, of course, because human physiognomy is pretty consistent. I’d say about 80% of our customers could fit on that imaginary amalgamated MooPeg chart. The other 20% are off the charts for their proportions, or for their lack/excess of flexibility, or maybe just a need to sit differently.

So the idea was: what if we designed and built in-house a frame that combined the best features of our favorite charts with our best-selling model in our preferred material? A greatest hits model, if you will, and we’ll call it “Crema” because that means both “cream” (as in “best”) and also refers to the top layer of an excellent espresso. And coffee and bikes and Seattle are so…

Anyhow, Crema is a lightweight welded steel frame with a brazed steel fork designed to work with bigger tires and/or fenders – pretty much a stock-size Classic, not unlike our Strada Bianca. This is intended as the ideal rainy-day or winter bike, commuter, dirt-road explorer, or simply all-purpose sport bike with plenty of versatility.

We’ll offer four lovely stock paint colors, Wound Up carbon fork if you want, limited options – all for $1800 for frame and fork, reasonably-priced build kits also available.

But wait, there’s more: we can extend/shorten the head tube +- 1cm at no additional charge, and we can tweak the top tube or seat tube the same amount for only an extra $100. Custom paint adds $100. So it’s not a complete custom frame – call it semi-custom – but we can get it darn close. If you need a full custom frame, so be it, and we can treat it as such. Tube weights will be adjusted to suit each rider and each frame is built and painted to order, for now. In the future we hope to have a few welded frames waiting for paint. Right now, we’re laughingly shooting for a 2-month turnaround time on these.

How does it work?

You send us:

· Saddle height

· Reach from tip-of-saddle-to-center-of-bars

· Center of bars to ground

We send:

· Bike CAD drawing

· Price quote

· Projected turnaround time

Then you get a new frame and fork or whole bike…

Let’s see those numbers, Clarice

To wit:
Saddle to floor
Bars to floor
Saddle height
Tip of saddle to center of bars

Some bikes…

XL Strada Bianca prior to seven hours in the rain… frame by IF.
Root Beer Float for Eric – this was our first IF-built frame, if memory serves.
Moots-built Strada Bianca on Salisbury Plain, UK.
Cherokee Red SB at Taliesin West; IF frame for Chip.

Jeff’s artfully muddied Mud Pig by Moots, fork by IF. This was our introduction to working with IF, the rest is history.

Crema 55cm

Salient points:

· Frame TIG-welded by Max

· Fork brazed by Martin

· Columbus Zona tubing

· 57mm calipers, 40mm fenders, 28mm tires

· 8 stock sizes

· 4 stock colors

· + or – one cm – $100 (HT free)

· Custom colors – $100

· 1.125” threadless, English, 130mm, 27.2mm

· $1800

Paint/decal choices:

· Saronni Red (white or white/black decals)

· Ivory Snow (Red, blue, or your choice)

· Varsity Blue (white or your choice)

· Champagne (white/red or yellow/red)

Gran Paradiso Titanio

• Welded in-house by Max Kullaway
• Uses FeatherTek 3/2.5 butted TT and DT
• 35mm ST, 31.8mm seatpost
• $3000 with Edge fork