Seven Design Philosophy – Understanding Chainstays

Seven Cycles offers a variety of chainstay styles, each with their own unique features and benefits. Our most popular designs include our Inline stays and Chopped stays.

The popular perception is that chainstay length is one of the most important factors in bike design because stay length affects bike handling, acceleration, climbing ability, and descending stability. While it’s true that chainstay length has an important impact on all those aspects of a bike’s character, stay length is only one factor in more than 200 design parameters that go into developing an ideal bike.

Anytime we put too much emphasis on one design element at the sacrifice of others, the result is a sub-optimal riding experience.

Read THIS for a deep dive on Seven’s design philosophy for optimal chain stays.

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    • Jeff, strictly speaking there isn’t a weight limit, but larger riders will find the SLX frame extremely plush. Typically we recommend the SLX to riders under 130lbs, UNLESS the rider’s number one priority is comfort. More performance-oriented riders, even those who also value comfort highly, should choose an SL frame. If the primary motive for looking at the SLX is the lighter weight, then we would recommend the SL frame with our XX frame upgrade, which removes maximum weight from the frame without sacrificing performance-oriented stiffness.

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