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Seven and Get-a-Grip at the Wassau 24

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Our good friends from Get-a-Grip in Chicago recently raced the Wassau24. See the picture below of Adam Kaplan with Seven Sola SL.

Adam said, “The Wausau24 was a great event. Very well organized. The course was 11 miles of twisty, rooty, and rocky singletrack mixed with some nice gradual fire road climbs and fast descents. I started off first for our team and had laps at approximately 10am, 4pm, 8pm, 2am and 6am. The first two laps were great, no real fatigue. The third lap I flatted 2 minutes in and had to be careful. The fourth lap was amazing in the dead of night. The last lap was in the rising sun and misty conditions. Our team, Get a Grip Cycles, was able to clinch a podium spot for third place. Not bad for a bunch of 40+ year old men.”

The Pride of Ownership

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

 

TerryBSolaSL29ChristopherW_EliumSLWe are gratified to build bikes for everyone. Every bike presents a challenge. Every bike gives us the opportunity to get better at what we do, to think about cycling in a slightly different way. When a shop owner gets him or herself a Seven, given all the choices available to them, we take particular pride in building it. These are our most demanding customers and our most passionate supporters. Above you’ll find Terry B’s (Cascade Bicycle Studio) Sola SL 29er, and here on the right, Christopher W’s (Victoria VeloTech) Elium SL.

Ravi K’s 622 SLX

Monday, May 19th, 2014

RkhalsaThis is Ravi’s 622 SLX. We worked with Faster in Scottsdale, AZ on the design. This photo was taken on a particularly nice day in the Southwest.

Ravi wrote us this morning to say:

Still the best ride I’ve ever had.

Thanks, Ravi. Keep making us look good.

Seven at the Paris-Roubaix Challenge

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

CF3When we walked into Cyclefit in Covent Garden, London last week, we were greeted by this filthy Axiom SL. Closer inspection revealed it had been ridden by resident physiotherapist and fit analyst Morgan Lloyd in April’s Paris-Roubaix Challenge, a ride that takes in all of the cobbled sections of the pro race along the 170km route.

Morgan hadn’t cleaned the bike. He was keeping all that dust and grime as a sort of trophy.

He reported that the bike performed superbly with no mechanicals or punctures. He also said, “I could not wish for a better bike, everything felt solid and it gave me the confidence to ride the sections hard despite it being my first time on pave. The frame absorbed some of the vibration protecting me a little from the punishing terrain and when I got my technique and line right I felt as if I was flying along! Is there a better frame for this event or a better test for a bike?! Brilliant.”

We are, of course, grateful to him for bringing us along.

Seven in Flanders

Monday, April 14th, 2014

phil_cobblesThis is Phil Cavell from Cyclefit in London. Phil is on our 622 SLX on the cobbles in Flanders, and this picture was taken on a trip to Belgium in advance of this year’s Tour of Flanders.

Phil, and his partner Julian Wall, do the fits for all of Trek Factory Racing, the team of this year’s Flanders winner, Fabian Cancellara. So, safe to say Phil knows of what he speaks, when he’s speaking about bikes.

He wrote a review of his experience on this bike for the Cyclefit site.

Here are a couple choice quotes from that review:

“Look closely at the dropouts or welds, or brake-bridge. Rob Vandermark has made Seven his life’s work and project. It is his entry into The Great Ledger. This is not a product or model or something stamped out of a mould in China. It is a mission that he judges himself upon every day.”

and…

“The ride is flawless and so it should be. Taut, responsive, nuanced and brimming with undertones of distinction.”

Find the rest here, and thanks Phil for bringing us along on your Flandrien escapade, for putting us through our paces, and also for making us look so good.

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More as Sculpture – Leon’s Axiom S

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Seven_Mar-18-2014Last month, together with our good friends at Velosmith, we delivered an Axiom S to professional photographer Leon Ikler. And before Tony and Andrew at the shop could work their magic on the final build, Leon took the frame away to photograph in his studio.

Leon said, “My idea was to capture the form and detail of the frame more as sculpture then just a shot of the bike from the “drive side” and I’m pleased to share my vision with you.”

Here is some of Leon’s vision:

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Adam K’s 622 SLX refresh

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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We built this 622 SLX for our friend Adam at Get-a-Grip Cycles in Chicago last season, but he just gave it the fresh bar tape, fresh saddle treatment, so he sent us a picture. We love the Swimming Pool Blue he chose for the carbon tubing, and the Campy EPS build out turns it into something of a show bike. Fortunately, we know the Chicago winter is coming to a close, and we expect this one to leave the showroom and get back on the road shortly.

And Fun Was Had By All

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The 26th edition of the Seattle Bike Expo was a weekend dedicated to bikes and the people who love them. Over 7000 people attended the event to check out bike-related goodness galore. Seven Founder Rob Vandermark was one of the featured speakers at the show. He gave a presentation on the subject of “Customization Beyond Fit” and had the chance to answer a lot of one-on-one questions afterwards.

Listening intently at the Seattle Bike Expo

Attendees were able to check out a number of Sevens on display in Cascade’s Bicycle Studio’s booth.

Cascade Bicycle Studio at the Seattle Bike Expo

All the hard work Cascade Bicycle Studio put into their booth paid off!  A panel from Seattle’s Bicycle Paper singled out their booth as best one in show and awarded the Seven retailer with this year’s Class Act award. Congratulations guys!

Cascade Bicycle Studio is a Class Act at the Seattle Bike Expo

Jim K’s Axiom SL

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Kirsner_LondonThe day we get tired of hearing about the amazing adventures riders get up to on their Sevens is the day we pack up the shop and ride off into the sunset. This is Jim and his Axiom SL, built with our friends at City Cycle in Corte Madera, CA.

Jim says:

For my 70th birthday, I had a Seven Axiom SL made and took it from my home in California to London to do the first ever RideLondon London-Surrey 100 on August 4, 2013.  The century was on the London Olympics road racing course which was closed for the day.  The ride started at the Olympic Park in London and finished at the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.  This is a picture of me taken at the finish in front of the Palace.  Both the bike and the rider did just fine.

Thank you Seven.

Roxanne’s Axiom S

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

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This is Roxanne’s Axiom S. We built it with one of our favorite fitters, Jess at Two Wheel Tango. Roxanne opted for custom blue decals to match her bar tape. We like it a lot. Now we’re just waiting for a warm winter day, so she can show it off to the world.

Roxanne says:

Waiting for a ride! Brutal cold here in MI! Thanks for all your help and excellent work by your staff! She’s a beauty!