Lap the Lough is an annual cycle event around Lough Neagh, the largest lake in Ireland and Britain. Our friend and erstwhile correspondent Lovely Bicycle recently took on this ride on her Seven 622 SLX, and the report is worth reading.
While most of the Lap the Lough route really was comparatively “flat,” by local standards, the final 5 miles featured a sustained, at times quite steep, climb into Dungannon, culminating in a cobblestone(!) section straight up the Hill of the O’Neill. While for those of us “lucky” enough to live in the northwest of Ireland, the climb was really nothing unusual (and really a rather fine way to end a 100 mile ride, if you ask me!) others were quite taken aback by this twist to the plot at the end. A few people got off their bikes and walked. Unprintable words were uttered.
For the rest of the story, click over to Lovely Bicycle.
This is Brian’s new 622 SLX, built with our good friends at Get-a-Grip Cycles in Chicago. Brian was going for a very refined look, so he painted the 622’s carbon tubes Platinum to match the titanium lugs and added a Ti post and stem. The result is pretty stunning, we think. Some kind words from Brian also, below.Dear Seven,
…………….it is EXTRORDINARY.
It really is a work of art.
Thanks for putting up with me — I was stressed about dropping so much dough on a bike, but seeing the end product I have absolutely NO regrets.
Looking forward to the inaugural ride tomorrow morning (I’m a bit giddy at the thought of it!). So far I’ve just spun around the block to test the saddle and eTap which were also both amazing.
Anyway, enjoy the pics and let me know what you think.
All my best,
We were fortunate to be featured in Chicago Magazine this last month, with a little help from our friends at Get-a-Grip Cycles. With a two-page spread of our (actually rider Shawn Briggs’) 622 SLX, the piece does a nice job of quickly dissecting what goes into a bike customized to the nines. Many potential riders can by put off by a price tag, without considering all the components that go into it, and the long term value you get from designing and building the right thing the first time.
Your coach will tell you that a strong core gives you a better platform to pedal from, that it takes strain off the rest of your musculature and contributes to endurance in ways that are palpable, if hard to measure.
Seven is a strong, independent business. After nearly twenty-years of building bikes we are fortunate to be able to make our own decisions, guided by the same mission we’ve always had, with only our customers to answer to. We have successfully navigated the stormy seas of several economic booms and busts. We have seen the industry change through two full decades.
Just as on the bike, on the shop floor.
This is Matt with his new 622 SLX. We built this one with our friends Matt and Wade at The Spokesman in Santa Cruz, CA.
Hey Matt and Wade,
I have had my bike now for 1 week, and I have to say it has far exceeded my expectations and wanted to thank you both. I have to say the fit is awesome. I have done several rides in the past week from 1-3 hours each. I used to always get lower back stiffness/soreness. That does NOT happen.
The ride is fantastic, little or no vibration yet a stiff frame with great acceleration! I was going down a hill today and looked down and could not believe I was going 42+ mph!
The components you guys recommend all rock, and I really like them. Disc breaks are great. I am most surprised with how much I like the Di2. I always heard it was good, but I always thought electronic shifting, big deal can’t be that different. Wow! Was I wrong!? It is so clean and exact.
I have been riding up Hicks Rd. for years. I can’t believe that with the Seven I did my best time ever! How is that possible?! Anyway I just want to thank you guys very much for all of your help to make this happen! Thank you very much!