I asked Steve Hampsten to send a few photos of one of the terrific Tournesol bikes he builds. To be honest, I was hoping for pictures of one of the carbon fiber randonneus he creates. But his new 650b bike is even better.
This is Steve's personal bike and it reflects his opinion that bikes should be built to be used. We spoke today and both agreed that some of the top end bikes are so superbly finished and expensive that their owners might be afraid to take them on a dirt road. So Steve's bikes, while still beautiful, are a little simpler in finish. And they are a bit less expensive. He thinks of them as the ultimate semi-custom bikes, rather than as your final custom bike.
This is not to say that he skimps on the details. Look at the rear rack attachment. On the other hand don't; it makes Velo Orange racks look ordinary. And the lug work is hardly simple. And note the slap guard and rear cable hanger.
Click on the photos to enlarge them. And please tell us what you think.
28 July, 2006
Posted by Velo Orange at 5:25:00 PM