Short Term Review

The level of customization here at Seven Cycles as witnessed by our Editions of One, as well as other unique creations we’ve highlighted, can sometimes overshadow the fact that we also spend a lot of time thinking about, designing and building race bikes.

Early on here at Seven, I decided I wanted a new race bike and after much deliberation on model and material, I decided on an Axiom SL, our benchmark model and in my opinion, the ultimate evolution of the titanium road bike.

With the help of Neil Doshi in our Performance Design Team, I worked through our Custom Kit exactly as you would, in order to come up with what you see here. Seven’s Fit Methodology (SFM), a comprehensive, data-driven system resulting from a 18-year study of ergonomics, biomechanics and kinesiology, drove the process that resulted in positionals and frame geometry perfect for me.  The bike is not all that different in terms of fit from the bikes I have been riding and racing for years, but the small tweaks resulting from the process are a noticeable and quantifiable improvement.

The oversized tubing selected for this bike allows it to easily achieve the UCI minimum weight of 6.8kg. In fact it is lighter than both my previous carbon and aluminum bikes. As one would expect from a bike with such massive tubes, it has an amazing amount of drivetrain and torsional rigidity, tracks solidly over mixed terrain and unimproved roads and is abundantly confident during spirited efforts, changes in tempo and hard cornering.

The paint scheme is a peak at one of the many new finishing offerings our team is working on for the coming season. To my eye it appears forceful, yet refined and elegant.  I let our own Jordan Low from our Paint Department choose the colors and could not be happier with the results.

Our oft repeated motto here at Seven is, “One bike, yours.”  I could not be happier that this one is mine.

Bare titanium chain stay: easy to clean, chain slap won't chip paint.
Bare titanium chain stay: easy to clean and chain slap won’t chip the paint.
The over sized tubes make for a stout, race ready ride.
The over sized tubes make for a stout, race ready ride.
Craig Gaulzetti axiom SL side - DSC_0006
Ready to roll.

 

5 thoughts on “Short Term Review”

  • What an amazing looking Seven! (I own a 2006 Axiom and still haven’t committed to a paint scheme.)

    The fork does not appear to be a Seven fork. If not, why and is that an ENVE or which?

    Great job!

    Mick L

    • Mick, thanks for the comments! Choosing a paint scheme can be a daunting task, if you need help, let us know. To answer your question, Craig wanted a really stiff, race ready bike, so he opted for 44mm head tube, and an Enve fork with a tapered steerer tube (Seven doesn’t currently offer a fork with a tapered steerer). Thanks again.

  • Patrick Corry says:

    I own a bare ti 2000 Seven Axiom, and while I always wanted the naked ti look, I have to admire the chosen paint scheme of this frame. A small criticism… I think I would prefer an unpainted ti stem to balance the seat post & chain stays. Other than that- what a fine bike!

  • 3 questions
    1) does the rear triangle of this bike have the standard curved seat stays ? It is hard to tell from the pictures
    2) Is the bike built with a bb30 bottom bracket
    3) with regard to the statement about the bike meeting the 6.8 kg uci statement – are you stating that the bike as show is less than 6.8kg? I have a similarly set up Seven with lighter weight components that exceeds 7.5 kg. ( not that the weight is of serious concern to me because that’s not why I bought the bike)

    • Brian, good questions. Hopefully we can shed a little light on them:
      1. Curved Stays: Yes, though the side shot does not do them justice, Craig’s bike has curved seat stays and chain stays.
      2. Bottom Bracket: Craig went back and forth on what size bottom bracket to go with, and eventually decided to stick with a standard, threaded shell. We do offer both the BB30 and PF30 if you are interested.
      3. I asked Craig for feedback on your third question and he writes, “The bike as pictured weighs 7.7kg. However, it is not built with the parts you’d typically find on a Pro-Tour bike. With carbon stem, bar, post, lighter wheels and Dura-Ace or Super Record, the parts typically found on a Pro-Tour bike, the bike would be at the 6.8kg limit. My point in building the bike was to build it as I would race and ride it. The slight weight penalty allows me to use our superior in function titanium post, stiff HED wheels suitable for sprinting and a complimentary ti stem to perfectly dial my position. I am also using very heavy Deda RH01 aluminum bars as they are stiff, durable and in a shape that works well for my hands. I chose Ultegra based on its value and function. Shaving every last gram wasn’t a driver in this build, but it is light and as I meant to imply in my blog, it could be even lighter were that my priority.”

      I hope this helps, if you have any other questions, let us know.

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