I took delivery of my new Seven Aerios earlier today and although I've only been on it about an hour so far, I'm very pleased. I'll report back again after I get some long miles into the bike.
When I spec'd the new rig, I was very clear that my main focus for this bike was for long rides with lots of climbing. Further, that I was willing to sacrifice a bit of quick handling and rigidity for stability, comfort and light weight. I also had them add the optional fender mounts so that I could use it for randonneuring if I wanted to in the future.
I did a short hill workout tonight and at 16.8lbs as shown in the pic below, it does climb very well. Handling is quite stable ,quicker than my Cross-Check and mellower than my LandShark. The positioning feels right on, my hands naturally fall right onto the hoods and the position in the drops feels much more accessible. The positioning is more upright than my LandShark, with a much smaller drop from stem to seat.
Seven XL fork
Seven Stem, Bar & Seatpost
Campy Record 10sp
Selle SMP Pro Saddle
Speedplay X2 pedals
Mavic Open Pro, 32 hole w/ Vittoria Pave's
So far so good, now i just need some miles...