30 October 2007

Sampson building road group

Sampson have been in the bike industry for ages- their pedals were quite popular at one point, and they never quite went away. They'd dropped off our radar for quite a while, but seem to have been hard at work, potentially with (the now Chinese-owned) Sturmey Archer, storied maker of 3 speed hubs. We saw some mention of this at Interbike, and now VeloNews have a brief article on their new shifters, brakes, crank, and bars. While we thought we'd seen the end of CNC-machined jockey wheels, the shifters look good- we particularly like the integrated gear display (a la Shimano Tiagra), two easily-reached shift paddles, and replaceable shift mechanism.


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