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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) HAMILTON Sattui (tri)

Old 12-08-23, 08:57 AM
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Road Test/Bike Review (1989) HAMILTON Sattui (tri)

Bicycle Guide Aug 1989 ushers in the era of time-trial and aerodynamic innovations integrated with triathlon-centric frame design.
The HAMILTON Sattui covered in this post was the third of the five bikes reviewed in this Bicycle Guide issue.

HOLLAND Desert Princess and QUINTANA ROO Superform were presented here: Road Test/Bike Review (1989) HOLLAND Desert Princess / QUINTANA ROO Superform (tri)
The TRIMBLE Monocoque and the more conventional CENTURION Ironman "Dave Scott" will be presented in upcoming separate Road Test / Bike Review posts.







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Cool read on some bikes I've never heard of. I guess the idea never really caught on. Like the side not from HED also.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Cool read on some bikes I've never heard of. I guess the idea never really caught on. Like the side not from HED also.
Innovation and experimentation was increasingly strong and readily accepted in triathlon in 1989. But even in triathlon most of us had not seen or even heard of these bikes until we read the latest triathlon magazines or saw Bicycling or Bicycle Guide featuring tri-bikes. Steve Hed was definitely among the leading triathlon and aerodynamic wheel building thought-leaders then. I don't recall his product line other than the standard HED disc in 1989, but he soon followed up with HED CX, HED Jet, HED Deep, and other deep-rimmed composite rims in the early-mid 90s, all with stainless steel bladed or oval spokes, laced radial or 2X, and less than 32 spokes, in 650C and/or 700C. He even bought the rights to produce or market the DuPont/Specialized CF 3-spoke wheel. I recall the conventional advice then that these wheel innovations weren't going to help you much unless you could already average 20mph over 40K on your standard 3X 32-spoke rimmed wheels. Maybe that had something to do with the early results of all the aerodynamic testing that was relatively still in its infancy.
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very interesting thanks article for sharing
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I purchased a used Hamilton Tri frameset made for 24" wheels, it seemed to have been stored in a basement that perhaps got flooded.

I had not found much in the way of information about it at the time, mine turned up in Marin and had been owned by a professional triathlete according to the seller.

Included in the sale were several used tubular rims in the 24" size that had been removed from their hubs and spokes.

Terry sells a 24" clincher tire that would fit this bike's rim size if I were to build up a set of 24" wheels for it.
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