This gorgeous brushed titanium frame from Denver Colorado's own Sampson Sports is likely from the early 1990's. It's a rare one, from the days when company founder Eric Sampson was only putting out a small quantity of frames and parts. Today, has a much expanded lineup, including ultra high-end components of almost every sort from frames to bottom brackets to derailleurs. Why own a mass produced Litespeed or Merlin Ti ride, when you can have a super small batch frame made in the Rockies? Comes with the original Kinesis EMS carbon fork, and a Stronglight headset. The welds on this thing are a work of art!
See below for a selection of parts that would be great to build this into a bike with!
There haven't been many of these on the market to compare prices, but the last one I saw on Ebay was built with a low end Campagnolo mix (Athena 8 speed) and sold for $1600. This would have been a very expensive bike new, in the range of $4000.
The frame is a 53cm square (53cm c-t seattube, 53cm c-c top tube), which equates to roughly a medium or medium/large frame in today's terms. The geometry is traditional race geometry, with a non-sloping top tube. It would be a good fit for someone roughly 5ft 7 to 5ft 11.
Excellent shape! The frame is straight, with NO cracks, bends, dents, etc. The finish is overall in great shape, with only a few minor scratches. These scratches could likely be buffed out. The main scratches are on the right side of the top tube, on the left chainstay from the chain, and some marks from cable rub on the head tube. Head tube decal is perfect, though the downtube decals have just a bit of peeling. Fork overall looks great, though the right leg has some black marks near the bottom. There's also some tire rub wear on the bottom of the crown (not very deep at all).
- Seattube: 53cm c-t
- Top Tube: 53cm c-c
- Front derailleur mount: braze on
- Seatpost needed: 28.6mm
- Bottom bracket threads: English
- Weight: 4.39 pounds (frame, fork, headset)