Seven's bikes are known for their comfort, but the Axiom Race shows that the builder can make a pure race machine too. Larger-diameter butted ti tubes produce a bike with more snap than Seven's SG models. The company admits that the Axiom Race is built for discerning racers, who will find the degree of customization almost unparalleled.
Some of today's race frames are so light as to be almost disposable after a crash, but the Axiom Race withstands the rigors of racing better than many flyweights. Unless you are racing pro, says Seven's Mattison Crowe, "you need something you can rely on over time."—J.L.
Argen butted titanium
Seven 5E carbon fiber