Introducing Project RedSky

red-sky-axiom-sl-sideA red morning sky tells sailors that bad weather lies ahead. Project RedSky is our way of making all the bad weather days rideable, no, not just rideable, maximally rideable, lovable, to turn those rainy, snowy, off days into your favorite days to be out on the bike.

Here’s how we did it:

  • Lightweight:  A typical RedSky builds up at 1.5 to 2.0 lbs lighter than an equivalent disc brake bike.  The bike is the same weight as any lightweight road bike; the mid-reach brake calipers are only about 30 grams heavier than most lightweight short reach brakes.  The bike pictured tips the scales at 16.2 lbs with the MSO 32c tires; without pedals.
  • Tire Choices:  From a 23c road slick to a 33c knobby and everything in between, the RedSky is even more versatile than a true cyclocross bike.  On 33c tires, clearance is limited, but tire option versatility will be appreciated in some riding conditions.  True tire clearance depends on measured tire width, rim width, and brake caliper choice.  Perhaps most importantly, the RedSky can also fit studded tires.
  • All Weather:  Designed to fit fenders with up to 28c tires.
  • High Performance:  This design sacrifices nothing compared to any performance road bike.  It’s fast, agile, and accelerates with the best of bikes.
  • Optimal Handling:  Seven’s 5E fork allows for matching the fork rake to the frame geometry so there’s no compromise to the bike’s front end handling.
  • Hidden Fender Mounts:  At dropouts and chainstay bridge.  The mounts are there when you want them, but hidden when you don’t.
  • Travel Bike:  Simple brake system makes for fast, easy, and lightweight bike travel.

red-sky-axiom-sl-down-seat-clusterOverall, the Redsky provides you most of the benefits of an Evergreen — a versatile mixed-terrain disc brake bike — while being as light as a pure performance road bike. Designed specifically for harsh environments, the RedSky loves the rain, sleet, and even snow and ice.  Boston sees an average of 80 rain days a year; why miss that many days of riding?

The RedSky will make everyday a riding day.

What defines RedSky is its versatility. No other rim brake bike offers the same breadth of tire choices, rack and fender options, lighting possibilities.  We’ll show you, in the coming days, just a few of the ways you can build your Seven RedSky.

19 thoughts on “Introducing Project RedSky”

  1. Looks awesome. Since I have an Axiom Sg why would I need this bike? Other than its #%^#^*ing beautiful!!

    1. Because this one has clearance for more tire options than almost any other bike on the market. See today’s post.

    2. I have an Axiom Sg and a couple of years ago I exchanged my 23c tires for a 28c front and 25c back. I generally could count on at least one or two flats when on the gravel trail portion of my exercise route, however the change of tires has corrected the flat problem and now my route is even more fun to ride. I’m limited to 25c on the back, a 28c comes too close to parts of the rear frame assembly. If the Red Sky was around about 10 years ago it would have been my selection.

      1. David, 10 years ago the road bikes we built were almost all around the 23c standard. Today, we rarely see that as the default tire on a road build.

  2. Ok, this project has really caught my attention. Thanks very much!

    I am currently in the process of considering options for a sporty Rondenne-style bike. A couple of questions…1) What are the tube-set possibilities? Is “Axiom S” (Ti) an option? How about just straight “Axiom” (steel)? 2) What about the possibility of racks for lighter loads, front and/or rear? 3) Are there eyelets on the dropouts? 4) How can I get pricing for a Redsky Project frame?

  3. One more question… In providing greater clearance for tires, if there a change in Q factor (crankset tread)? Thanks again!

    1. John – Answering all your questions, we hope:
      1. All tube sets are possible, steel, straight-gauge Ti, butted Ti, Ti/carbon.
      2. Rack mounts are possible.
      3. Eyelets can be on the dropouts.
      4. Email us at sales(at)sevencycles(dot)com
      5. No change in Q factor necessary.

  4. I have really been enjoying the 700x38c Compass Barlow tires. Is it possible to fit these tires on Redsky model while retaining the carbon fork you have designed and the other features of the Redsky? 35c tires are good but I really want to go to 38c, even foregoing fenders. I don’t want to move to the Evergreen – do I have to, in order to use these tires with the carbon fork?

    I don’t see this model listed yet in the list of models. Is/it will it be a model like the others?

    1. @Rick G – The fork will not clear a 38c tire. I’m afraid to get the clearance you want, discs are the best/only option currently. The RedSky will be listed as a model on our site very soon.

  5. Is the added clearance due only to the brake calipers, or is the actual brake mount higher up as well? I ask because I’m wondering if I could accomplish the same thing on my current Axiom by changing from my Campy brakes to these. I’d love to have more tire options.

  6. NIce bike. Used to max out on 28 most of the time. being able to go fast and still use 30+ on road bike is something to look forward to………………….

    1. Gary, it really depends on the tire and rim. We are seeing 28mm tires that measure 31mm on wider rims, and 32mm tires that measure narrower, so while there is ample clearance in this scenario, there is no substitute for checking actual tires/rims/fenders together. We wish it were simpler, but there are many, many permutations here with widely varying results. We remind ourselves that choice is good, if sometimes challenging to legislate for.

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