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2010 Sampson Kalispell Road Bike and Summit Gruppo

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Eric Sampson, the owner of eponymous Sampson bikes and components, just sent us this.  Seeing as all two of us in the office are tidying up for our local Beer, Bikes and Burritos ride, I’m going to be lazy and just copy and paste the words that came with these pics:

attached are a few peeks at some of our Sampson bikes and equip. for 2010.

I sent you an early relase of the Stratics SL equipment a couple of months ago–this is now in full production, and winning! At just over 13 pounds fully built, the Diablo SL remains a huge bargain in top performance bikes.   And yes, one was used to win a division on Mt. Evans last month! (Danielson won overall)

We have 3 new models, but probably most notable right now is we are re-introducing a new Kalispell bike (pictured). The old Kalispell  was titanium and got loads of awards (Bicycling, Bicycle Guide, more) for providing a kick-ass bike at amazing value- The new version is carbon, with great sexy lines, top parts, and a 14.6 pound bike as shown is under $4k!

In the components area, I have developed a new group based off the Stratics platform, but with a nod toward the advanced sport and enthusiast rider.  Based in Colorado, we have a large base of riders who are very good, but as they age, the grades and altitude take a toll.  Our new Summit group delivers top performance with ride anywhere confidence–along with great looks too!  Intuishift (TM) shifters make riding easy, and the equipment comes with a steel cassette and kmc chain for $999! Avail. in Compact or 3 ring.   For 2010, Shimano DA is gone in the triple, Sram doesn’t make any, and Campy’s offering is pretty low level.  The only other high performance 3 is Ultegra, but with a retail over $1,500.  I think we have a good product and position.

Hit ‘more’ to see the components, or head to El Carreton if you’re hungry and like talking about bikes…



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Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits
10 years ago

We’re all aware that the Sampson components are rebranded Microshift components… nothing suprising.

So it goes to reason that the Sampson carbon frames might not be in-house either… Well, I just picked up an Agogo Titanos R3 carbon frameset… Agogo is a frame company based, like Microshift, out of Taiwan… Anyways, the Titanos R3 looks EXACTLY the same as the Sampson Kalispell carbon frame. So there you have it… Sampson Kalispell with Stratics components is a complete Taiwanese bike… Not that there’s anything wrong with Taiwanese frames and components…

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