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Sampson bike ownersdeadbeat
Sep 10, 2001 2:49 AM
I have been considering the Sampson Silverton. Read the review in bicycling magazine. Have seen positive comments here. BUT I have some questions for those who have a Sampson already.

1. Fit- How detailed is sampson when fitting you to their bike? Did you use any certain fit guide?

2. The Bicycling magazine stated that the stem height is very low,thus your riding position is low. what is your experience with this stem height? I cannot ride low b/c of back problems.

3. Want a stiff bottom bracket. At 5'8" and 168 lbs I usually don't have problems with any frame flex but is this bottom bracket stiff?

4. Anything on this bike that you don't like? WHAT set up did you use. If I purchase the bike it will be with Campy record.

5. How ready "out of the Box" is the bike to ride?

thanks for any responses. I appreciate it.
answersterry_b
Sep 10, 2001 7:05 AM
1. Fit- How detailed is sampson when fitting you to their bike? Did you use any certain fit guide?

-this was my first road bike so I was a complete dunce when it came to fit. Eric Sampson spent about an hour on the phone with me going through all the various body measurements. Result, I was thinking 54, I ended up with a 58 (56.5TT) and that TT length is what I have used on 3 subsequent purchase with excellent results. (also corroborated by more esoteric fit calculations)

2. The Bicycling magazine stated that the stem height is very low,thus your riding position is low. what is your experience with this stem height? I cannot ride low b/c of back problems.

-not sure about this, not a problem for me but I would suspect this should be easily adjustable with spacers.

3. Want a stiff bottom bracket. At 5'8" and 168 lbs I usually don't have problems with any frame flex but is this bottom bracket stiff?

-I am 5'11 and was weighing about 175 when I got the bike. no problems with flex for me.

4. Anything on this bike that you don't like? WHAT set up did you use. If I purchase the bike it will be with Campy record.

-I hated the decals so I peeled them off. I got Dura Ace with Cane Creek wheels. No complaints and not a single failure or problem.

5. How ready "out of the Box" is the bike to ride?

-15 minutes to road ready. Put the wheels on, plug in the stem, remove the packing material. Best packing and pre-tune job of all the bikes I have ever ordered by mailorder (6)
re: Sampson bike ownersBrooks
Sep 10, 2001 7:10 AM
I received my Sampson z7 (not the Silverton) a week ago. From my limited couple of hundred miles, here's my take:
1. Fit. Call them! I spoke with Eric for quite a while giving various body dimensions, riding style, previous injuries, etc. Their website asks some of the basic fit questions.
2. Stem Height. As I told Eric I preferred a more upright riding position, the stem height was right on.
3.Bottom Bracket. Different bike, but I'm 6'1", 190# and have not experienced any frame flex on the climbing that I've been doing.
4.Setup. I bought the z7 with the Dura Ace Comp package (DA drive train and brakes)and upgraded the wheels to Cane Creek Aeroheads. I have been happy with the bike so far.
5. Readiness. Two boxes, one with the front wheel, the rest in an expanded bike box. Read the instructions first! But it took me a short evening to put everything together. Attach handlebar and front brake to stem/fork, attach peddles, set up seat and post. Be sure to tighten everything particularly as you get on the road for "shakedown" rides. Everything seemed pretty dialed in, even the FlightDeck computer was all set up and ready to go.
As with any bike, it is not important what you ride, but that you enjoy riding and get out there. Ciao.