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My new Seven Axiom SL!! Woohoo!

Old 10-13-12, 02:47 PM
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My new Seven Axiom SL!! Woohoo!

I've already ridden more than 200 miles in the 3 weeks since I got the bike, but I can't bring down my excitement about what a great bike it is. Here's what I wrote back to Seven in appreciation:

I see three different categories that deserve mention:
1. Perfect geometry - your expertise at converting body measurements into the perfect frame is amazing. Now I realize that all my fretting over how the frame would turn out was unnecessary. And I still have several options of changing my posture on the bike by removing the spacers, flipping the stem around, or using a longer stem. You have ruined me for any stock sized, mass-produced bikes forever!! On my old bike even after 2 different fitting sessions, there was always some level of discomfort. I would have shoulder and neck pain after long rides and my legs would feel beat up. On my new Seven Axiom SL, after the first 55 mile ride two Sundays ago, I felt so fresh that I could have done some running if I wanted to, and none of my muscles were sore. In fact, I had planned for a shorter ride, but I felt so good that I went out of my route and forgot how far I had gone. What I’ve read seems to be true - the bike disappears under me and gives the feeling of just flying along. Thank you for making this happen… you rock!

2. Titanium - everything I've heard or read about Ti has come true like out of a dream. I'd be echoing the experiences of others who have praised the strength, stiffness and compliance of the Seven frame due to your extensive customization of tubesets. My old bike has carbon seatstays on an Al frame, and that was supposed to be compliant and damp vibrations, but it is quite rattling and feels like every bump and ridge on the road is amplified and shot up into the frame and into my groin and arms. On the first ride I rode my Seven on the same roads. The difference was like night and day. Although the frame made me aware of the contours of the road, they were somewhat muted and softened. It was like riding on a thin layer of carpeting. This is clearly the effect of Ti and also because of the customization of selecting "3" as the comfort level. My average speed has increased by 3-4 mph. I selected a stiffness level of "8". So apparently, a properly designed frame can be stiff and speedy while also being comfortable. The acceleration is unbelievable. Maybe what they say about the "springiness" of Ti is true.

3. Workmanship - World class welding, machining and finishing!! I am not yet done admiring the frame, and caressing it. The welding is a piece of art worthy of a museum. I cannot appreciate enough the patience and attention to detail, that must have gone into creating such uniform beads and overlaying them so equidistant on one another. The metallic ring of the frame is a joy to hear. I'm going to have to take good care of it like it's my baby. My heartfelt appreciation goes to Stef Adams, Matt Sutton and Seth LaPointe for their hard work on my frame.


Since my first ride, I’ve done a 25 mile ride, and another 65 mile ride with at least 4 miles of steady climb. The climb was made easy due, besides the lightness of the bike, to the springiness of the frame. It felt like every time I pressed my foot down, the bike somehow sprang ahead, thereby reducing my effort. My choice of comfort level may have resulted in a slightly more flexible bottom bracket, but I have no complaints. To be more poetic, the bike feels like a live horse which responds to every command.
I was suspicious at first, thinking that the effects were imagined because of the newness of the bike, and my desire to believe what I had read in reviews. So I waited until I got a repeat experience. The experience is genuine, I’m happy to say.
This bike excels in all aspects - climbing, descents (I reached up to 37mph), cornering during descents, and just plain acceleration on the flats.


Specs:

Campagnolo Chorus 11 speed groupset
Campagnolo Zonda 2 way fit wheels
Chris King headset
Enve 2.0 fork
Ritchey WCS seatpost, stem, Pro handlebar
Selle Italia SLR saddle
Vittoria Rubino Pro tires
Lizard Skins bar tape

Some pics attached.

EDIT: Also, excellent support and friendliness from Mac, Gus and Austin at Sabino Cycles in Tucson throughout the process from taking measurements to assembling components.










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Congratulations on the new bike. I felt the same way when I first rode my new Seven several years ago. They do make great bicycles.
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Beautiful bike. Now you need to change your screen name.
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" My average speed has increased by 3-4 mph."
​SCIENCE !
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Awesome. Seven makes good bikes. I have to admit I'm not a fan of the Ti look, preferring the swoopy carbon new look, but those are great bikes regardless.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
Congratulations on the new bike. I felt the same way when I first rode my new Seven several years ago. They do make great bicycles.
Thanks!
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Beautiful bike. Now you need to change your screen name.
Yeah, I thought about that, but I don't want my Fuji bike to feel betrayed.
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Originally Posted by abstractform20 View Post
" My average speed has increased by 3-4 mph."
​SCIENCE !
Science indeed! From 14mph to 17mph. On flats, I can go up to 22mph.
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Originally Posted by fuji_owner View Post
Yeah, I thought about that, but I don't want my Fuji bike to feel betrayed.
I'll sell you "stanseven"
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Sweet bike! Congrats!
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
Awesome. Seven makes good bikes. I have to admit I'm not a fan of the Ti look, preferring the swoopy carbon new look, but those are great bikes regardless.
Thanks. I guess to each his own. I haven't yet gotten over how good the satin finish feels and looks.
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I hate you!
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I'll sell you "stanseven"
Sure, I'll trade for the balance payment on the bike
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I hate you!
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Awesome, beautiful, and hot bike.

Welcome to the Titanium club.

Ride your Seven in good health and ride it like you stole it.

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Did you fly in to Boston for your fitting?
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Awesome, beautiful, and hot bike.

Welcome to the Titanium club.

Ride your Seven in good health and ride it like you stole it.

Mark
Thanks man! I see you are heavily soaked in titanium. Keep it up yourself!
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Did you fly in to Boston for your fitting?
No, Seven has its network of local bike shops who do all the custom measurements and deal with Seven for you. Once the LBS gets your frame in, they build it up.
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That is one sexy looking bike.
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Science indeed! From 14mph to 17mph. On flats, I can go up to 22mph.
It's not the bike....
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Nice.

I would LOVE one of those custom made-in-usa Ti frames...mind my asking what the cost for frame/fork was?? I am thinking 3ish.

On my budget, I had to go for Habanero which I am happy with.

Enjoy.
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http://www.sevencycles.com/road/axiom-sl.php
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I think that frame is around 3400 by itself
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Congrats. Beautiful bike. Ti is ... a nothing rhymes. Ti is butterery.
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Welcome to the Ti peloton.
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