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Don’s Axiom SL

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

This is Don’s Axiom SL. He got it from our friends at River City Bicycles in Portland, OR. This bike was a “getting over it” project, which Don describes below. Suffice it to say this one is fast, well fit, and comfortable.

Don's Seven Axiom SL 14 Nov 15He says:

I was in a car/bike accident several months ago. Totaled my 16 yr old titanium frame. Fortunately I came out only slightly bruised. Took the insurance money and upgraded to the Seven Axiom SL. Just got it this past weekend in Portland, OR. Took it out for a 25 mile maiden voyage. The custom fit and the current technology in ti frame building exceed my expectations. Fast, smooth, comfortable, responsive. Can’t wait for years of pure joy. Haven’t owned a brand new bike in 30 years.

Thanks Seven, you must have been sent from Heaven. 



Also a shout out to Ryan at River City Bikes who talked me into the Seven experience. (he owns 4 or 5 of your bikes) Also Stuart Elgin who was my professional fitter. What an awesome, once in a lifetime experience. Thank you.  -Don

Ralf’s Axiom SL

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

This is Ralf’s Axiom SL. We built it with the good folks at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA. Now Ralf lives in Japan. He sent us this photo, and the note below:

RalfAnnasetzEnjoying the backyard of my new home, Tokyo/Japan, on the most wonderful bike ever built. – Ralf

100 Centuries

Monday, November 16th, 2015

This is Lenny, one of the more extraordinary cyclists you will meet. He is not the fastest, not the strongest, but he has something that few others have, a preternatural persistence that has produced prodigious results. His story, in his own words, below.


             In May 2003 I took ownership of my Seven Axiom serial # 5103J14. I had ridden 55 lifetime centuries to date and planned to ride my new Seven with the goal of reaching the 100 centuries mark. In July 2003 I rode my 1st on it CRW Climb to the Clouds for the 4th time.

Well fast forward 4 years to July 2007 and I hit 100 century mark with my 45th one on the Seven. It was a tri-tate century route from my house in MA up along the NH coastline into Maine and back for the 10th time. When I hit mile 100 I stopped and sprayed 100 on the road with my water bottle!  So I revised my goal to ride 100 centuries on the Seven and this past July and the mission was accomplished! In fact it was the 24th time I did that century.

Well I’m not a bike racer or world traveler on the bike but a proud owner of my Seven Axiom. In fact all the Seven centuries were done on New England roads. I have 36,750 miles on it to date averaging over 2,800 miles per year. Two were double metrics the 200K Boston Brevet and Seven Hills Wheelmen’s Tour of the Quabbin.

Anyway just a very satisfied customer letting you know!


Changing Lives – The Update on Paul’s Axiom SL

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Paul, on the Front

Paul wrote to us just after he got his Axiom SL. It was a nice note. He liked his bike. We are fortunate to receive messages like this. It means we are doing what we set out to do.

Paul’s follow up note was something special though.

He says:

Hey Seven,

I just wanted to check in and let you know how my Seven has affected my life.  Since taking delivery of my Seven I have ridden more miles than I could ever have anticipated.  I have lost over 70 lbs and I have had experiences I would not have imagined in my wildest dreams.  I recently completed a 500 mile ride from San Jose CA. to Redondo Beach CA in 5 days.  The Seven performed as designed and it was an experience I will never forget.  Thank you for your dedication to creating my bike which has changed my life.



To be clear, Paul did the hard work. He pedaled. We only gave him a bike that fit him, that looked the way he wanted it to look, that rode the way he wanted it to ride. We played a small part, but even that small part is extremely gratifying. More important, in many ways, than building bikes, is just simply helping people love cycling.

Sean at the Cent Cols Challenge

Monday, October 19th, 2015

SeanCodyThis is Sean’s Axiom SL, cooked up with our good friends at Cyclefit in Covent Garden, London. We had a really nice note from him in the spring about his bike, and here is an end-of-summer follow up. This one was too good not to post:

Hi Jimmy, Neil and John.

I hope you’ve all had as good a summer as I have. As per Jimmy’s request below, I just wanted to let you know that my Axiom SL continues to fulfill my every wish – I take back nothing of what I wrote in May.

My main goal this year was the Cent Cols Challenge, Cevennes edition. I’m 1 week back from it, and I can say that the bike performed beautifully – the roads were often harsh and broken, and the days were long, and while I was generally pretty shattered at the end of a day, I’m more than pleased with how the frame rode. Stiff, yes, but that’s what it’s supposed to be. Next time I’ll probably put 25/28c tyres on it, but that’s a learning experience. It really is everything I wanted in a bike, and I have to say that amongst the sea of off the peg carbon bikes, it really stood out – I lost count of the number of times people said “What sort of bike is that? … Man, that’s a really nice frame”

As is customary, I thought I’d attach a photograph – well, 80 photographs, actually. 80 of the 100 cols climbed over the 10 days, with the bike against each col marker sign.

Again, massive thanks to all you guys, and the teams at Seven and Cyclefit… So very happy with my ride.

Quick stats:
10 days of riding
1800km distance (give or take)
36000m of climbing (give or take)