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Old 12-15-05, 01:26 AM
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your opinions please regarding getting a Seven

Should I bother getting a Seven Signature Series bike or just get a custom one? I was thinking since Seven is known for custom I might not get my money's worth having their signature series, though it will fit me. Is the thinking, "don't get Seven unless it's a custom" right?

I'm also considering a Merlin but I'm more into Seven. I've ridden both which i like them.

Thanks for any info.
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Awww heck. If you could afford to get a Seven, get both. Why not....?
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I want your problems and dilemmas .... wanna trade?
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I want your problems and dilemmas .... wanna trade?
No kidding. And to think I was contemplating whether to have a dosa or thali for lunch.
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Originally Posted by 2002psm
Should I bother getting a Seven Signature Series bike or just get a custom one? I was thinking since Seven is known for custom I might not get my money's worth having their signature series, though it will fit me. Is the thinking, "don't get Seven unless it's a custom" right?
If a standard-sized Seven fits you and you like the way it rides, what more would you get from a custom frame?
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Old 12-15-05, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by lrzipris
If a standard-sized Seven fits you and you like the way it rides, what more would you get from a custom frame?
Two things. An experienced fitter will help you get exactly the right size for you and the price for custom is the same. The other thing is you complete a questionnaire on your riding style preferences - how much comfort versus stiffness you want for example, whether you like standing or sitting on climbs, do you sprint a lot, etc. Then Seven verifies this info with a phone interview. What they do is use various tubeset thicknesses based on your riding style and preferences. I know my bike has a beefier rear than the standard.

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Originally Posted by StanSeven
Two things. An experienced fitter get help you get exactly the right size for you and the price for custom is the same. The other thing is you complete a questionnaire on your riding style preferences - how much comfort versus stiffness you want for example, whether you like standing or sitting on climbs, do you sprint a lot, etc. Then Seven verifies this info with a phone interview. What they do is use various tubeset thicknesses based on your riding style and preferences. I know my bike has a beefier rear than the standard.
i guess i have to wait and save more to get a custom, its just that my LBS price on a standard is sooo tempting
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Originally Posted by huhenio
I want your problems and dilemmas .... wanna trade?
sure but not with your problems and dilemmas, make me an offer
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Originally Posted by pyze-guy
No kidding. And to think I was contemplating whether to have a dosa or thali for lunch.
i had chicken tikka masala
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Originally Posted by lrzipris
If a standard-sized Seven fits you and you like the way it rides, what more would you get from a custom frame?
well i was thinking if they're known for custom, they might have compromises on the standard compared with other manufacturers?
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Originally Posted by 2002psm
i guess i have to wait and save more to get a custom, its just that my LBS price on a standard is sooo tempting
If the price is right, then get it. You won't have a custom but if the fit is good, you have a very good bike.
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It's only about 10% for custom. You'll be spending many miles in the saddle. Why not get it make exactly for your type of riding. Sure standards are good, but don't you want great?

Also look at Litespeed, they have a good custom program. I've heard Merlin/Litespeed/Seven are all owned by the same company.
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
I've heard Merlin/Litespeed/Seven are all owned by the same company.
Merlin and Litespeed are part of American Bicycle Group (ABG), but Seven is not a part of that. Different owners.

I have a 2006 Seven catalog sitting on my desk here at work and drool over it on occassion.... the people I work with can't believe a bike could cost so much.... they don't understand desire!!
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97
I have a 2006 Seven catalog sitting on my desk here at work and drool over it on occassion.... the people I work with can't believe a bike could cost so much.... they don't understand desire!!
For me the dream would be a seven or a IF. I am going to pull the trigger soon. If you get a custom TI frame it will last you a lifetime. I think 'people' are used to disposable items , like cars, clothes, etc. Buying a custom TI frame that will last 25 plus years is a worthwhile investment. Usage over time is the number one variable in terms of value. Well, at least thats what I am telling my wife.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
Two things. An experienced fitter will help you get exactly the right size for you and the price for custom is the same. The other thing is you complete a questionnaire on your riding style preferences - how much comfort versus stiffness you want for example, whether you like standing or sitting on climbs, do you sprint a lot, etc. Then Seven verifies this info with a phone interview. What they do is use various tubeset thicknesses based on your riding style and preferences. I know my bike has a beefier rear than the standard.
I understand the general benefits of a custom frame--indeed, I ride a Spectrum--but I assumed that, when 2002psm said that the stock Seven "fit" him and he liked its ride, that he liked its characteristics and qualities. But if the price is the same, well, then....
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