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Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by drj, Feb 1, 2005.
Anyone have any experience with the new carbon-fiber Sampson Stratics brake-set?
I too am wondering if anyone has a set... I mean they are way lighter, just as pretty, and much cheaper than record, so what gives?
But will they brake anywhere near as well?
I guess it will like the "how many licks does it take to get to the center of a toostie pop" question... unless someone that actually has them can chime in one of these days...
Even without knowing I am willing to try them out, but Eric Sampson told me they are out of stock and have a two month backog on orders so it may be a bit longer before I have an answer (or rather an opinion) to the question to share myself.
According to excelsports.com, Record brakes are 308 grams/pair, Sampson brakes are 314grams/pair. The Sampson brakes are pretty cool looking though, I must say.
If you're looking for cheap, light brakes, the Cane Creek BRS-200SL brakes are 64 grams lighter and $10 cheaper than the Stratics. They're single-pivot though.
dang you are right... www.wrenchscience.com had a problem with its bike builder and it was using the weight for the zero gravity brakes when calculating the custom build. I should have known better when I was building my hypothetical bike and I was able to save $44 AND 225 grams. Oh well, the weight savings isn't that important in the real world, only in the obsessive compulsive minds of cyclists...not that i know what that is like or anything.
Pardon me, what is a toostie pop? We do not seem to have them here in the Old World?
It is a lollypop (candy on a stick) with a fake chocolate center... when I was a kid in the US there always was this comercial with some kids questioning an all-knowing owl "how many licks does it take to get the the center of a tootsie pop?" The owl took like three licks and then bit into it (which everyone does), and then said "the world may never know...". That may not be a totally accurate rendition, but that is the gist of it.
I was really just being a smart-ass because until someone that has them can give feedback the thread is useless (case in point: my posts on this thread ).
Ahhh. Now I get it (about the lollypop). I will assist you in maintaining the uselessness of this thread... what the web is really all about!
Alright. I bit the bullet and bought the brakes. The carbon work is beautiful. the brakes are double-pivot and very similar to DA brakes in construction. All of the hardware is first-rate and the brakes are definitely light! I didn't pull out a scale but they are significantly lighter than the 2000 vintage Campy Record brakes that were on the bike.
Stopping power seems fine although I haven't tried a screaming descent from a mountain yet. All in all, I think it was a $199 (including shipping) well-spent. I'll get my Roubaix Pro under 16 lbs. yet.
Cool thanks for the update. Did you order them direct from Eric?
Yep. Very prompt service too. I have a feeling these are going to be VERY popular once word gets out. I really can't tell the difference in stopping power from the Campy Record brakes and they look waaaay cool!