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sampson titanium road bikes(7 posts)

sampson titanium road bikespa rider
Apr 19, 2002 8:29 AM
Anyone own a Silverton or Z7 pro road sampson road bike on this forum? I would like some feedback on their bikes and if they're worth paying 1/2 the cost of a highend Ti bike (Merlin, Litespeed, and Seven for example).

Don't know if the welds are as good or the measurements are different than what they list, plus if they ride the same as a merlin 325 ti bikes. I'm only interested in straight gauge tubing 325, double butted is a little high for my wallet.

Thanks,

Emory
re: sampson titanium road bikesjtolleson
Apr 19, 2002 9:33 AM
Caveat... I don't own one. But two folks in our club ride Kalispells (the predecessor to the Silverton) and Eric Sampson has an impeccable reputation here on his home turf (Denver). You may also want to search the 'net for reviews, which have been strong indeed.

In my book, the best ti for riders on a budget that I know of, and without the ... ahem ... baggage of, say, Airborne.
re: sampson titanium road bikespa rider
Apr 19, 2002 9:56 AM
Their frames don't fit me right. I'm looking for 840mm or 830mm standover with 580mm top tube length.

My local LBS wants to put me on a merlin cyrene 61cm for $3300, but I feel the standover is alittle high for my taste (851mm). I asked about their customer and he said they'll use the fit kit he did on me.

I didn't quite agree with all the figures on his fit kit. He has me at 660 max length which is 30cm shorter than what I currently ride.

I'm test riding a seven axiom this weekend which has the same geometery as the sampson (73 degree seatstay and 74 headtube degree). I'm hoping I like the fit. I'll just have to use an layback seatpost to get angles to work.

Thanks
Geometryjtolleson
Apr 19, 2002 10:08 AM
I think both those companies will customize geometry for little or no additional cost, so I wouldn't be too quick to assume that fit is an issue. Obviously, the Silverton v. the Axiom are two pretty disparate price points.
also check out deanbianchi boy
Apr 20, 2002 2:10 PM
Dean will do a custom frame for no or minimal extra cost, I believe, and their prices are very reasonable. www.deanbikes.com
Yep. Got one. Z7 Pro Road last year.Brooks
Apr 22, 2002 10:36 AM
I upgraded the wheels and got the mostly DA componetry. I have not ridden a Merlin, Lightspeed or Seven. I have been very pleased with the service of Eric Sampson and the ride of the bike. I got it a week before a 200 mile, one day race. Although I was hesitant to race it with so few miles on it, I got it dialed in and went ahead anyway. No problems whatsoever. Quick and comfortable, I finished in just over 10 hours. I am looking forward to riding this whole season on the bike. BTW, the welds are smooth; how strong they are only time will tell. I'm 6'1", 190 pounds.

Peace,
Brooks
thanks brookpa rider
Apr 25, 2002 8:17 AM