At Hampsten Cycles we continue to fine-tune our Gran Paradiso line of lightweight skinny-tire road frames. All versions – Squadra, Il Barone, Levico, Superissimo, and Titanio – are intended for fast road riding, butt-kicking on weekends, and/or full-on racing. This model works best with tires in the 23 to 28mm range. All Gran Paradiso frames are built as custom and designed right here at HampCo Seattle.
For those wanting custom carbon we’re thrilled to offer our Squadra frame using round main tubes from Enve Composites. We build these right here at HampCo Seattle utilizing tube-to-tube construction which easily allows for a variety of rider sizes.
Il Barone replaces Minimus and La Dolce Vita in our lineup. We use a mix of 31.8mm and 35mm Columbus Omnicrom steel main tubes with varying wall thickness to suit the needs of each rider. This is our new flagship steel frame, pairs best with the Enve road fork, and takes up to a 28mm tire. We can also build this in Scalatore configuration for your inner climber: lighter tubing, sloping top tube, and a little cush built in for those pot-holed descents.
Levico is our tribute to the one-off steel frame Dario Pegoretti built for Hampsten Cycles as a 20th anniversary nod to Andy’s 1988 Giro win – including his TT win at Levico Therme. We take the rear end from Il Barone, add the welded front triangle – using traditionally-sized 28.6mm/31.8mm tubes – and steel fork from our Team Pro and it looks classic and rides great.
Superissimo (formerly Il Capo) is modeled as a criterium-carving beast, for bigger riders, or for those who love a stiff steel frame. We pair a massive 44mm Spirit 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.
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 two choices of finish:
- Bead-blasted – the standard Moots or Bingham/Eriksen finish, it holds up well and may be freshened with Pledge or Pedro’s Bike Lust.
- Paint – good, old-fashioned color, full or partial.