6 is carbon. 22 is titanium. SLX is our lightest, fastest configuration for any bike. Put it all together and you get a feather-light, vibration-eating road machine. The titanium lugs give it suppleness. The Ti drive train connects you to the road. The carbon tubing manages to dampen vibration and give the structure stiffness without adding any extraneous weight.
Oh, and it looks cool.
The 622 bridges the gap between our Elium SLX and our A6 carbon platform. It sits right in the sweet spot between the neutral comfort of the best carbon frames and the liveliness of their titanium counterparts.
When we designed the 622 we threw a couple of our common design restraints right out the window. First, the cost. It’s normal for a bike maker to start with a price point and design to it, weeding out prohibitively expensive bits and pieces at the outset. We didn’t want to do that. We wanted to see what this bike could be without thinking about what it would cost.
The key is the lugs. The titanium lugs we use for the 622 are at once our thinnest, most supple, shortest and most intricately carved. They let us do things with custom geometries that steel or carbon lugs wouldn’t allow. We wanted to strike a balance between the ultimate utility of these lugs and the artistic possibilities that remained. What we came up with is a light, elegant design with custom ‘7’ cutouts that make our hearts sing every time we see them.
The other thing we wanted to do was push round carbon tubes to their ultimate performance capability. Round tubes give you customization options that shaped tubes don’t. By wedding the round carbon top, seat and down tubes, as well as the seat stays, to titanium lugs we allow the bike to give the fullest expression of Seven’s 5E customization. We can build for any tube angle. We can accommodate a wide range of tube thicknesses. We achieve maximum durability.
This is a light bike that doesn’t demand a light rider.
We have long held that weight isn’t the most important thing about a bicycle frame, that talking about weight short changes the aspects of bike building that are really important. In this case, however, we have built a bike that achieves everything that’s important to us, fit, feel, performance, aesthetic appeal, versatility and durability, while also being feather light.