We received a brief note from Charles, a guy we built a Sola SL for in 1999. It contained the text: “Seven Sola did a fine job on a seven day Telluride to Moab Hut-to-Hut trip,” and a link.
Click the link and you get a great story about a seven day bikepacking trip through postcard scenery, a grueling ride made by a group of friends.
Some representative prose:
We had wonderful views of the desert formations surrounding Gateway at the Gateway hut. Sean and I cooled off a bit and washed some items in the Dolores River. Mosquitoes were coming out in full force during dusk. It became quite windy during the night, but the night sky full of stars was wonderful without any light pollution.
After the singletrack, we had a long climb to the first hut on Last Dollar Road. Mark was the first one up to the hut. The 9,000 to 11,000 foot climb didn’t seem to affect him that badly, but Sean and I started walking our bikes at two miles per hour toward the end. There was just no energy left in me to keep pedaling. Sean sat down a few times since he was bonking hard due to the altitude. We both made it to the hut right before dark though.
Click over to read the whole story. It’s worth it.
This is Steve’s Sola SL, spec’d and delivered by our buddy Chris at Robinson Wheel Works in San Leandro, CA. Steve has already, evidently, taken it where it’s supposed to go. His kind words below…
I finally picked up my Seven.
Thanks for helping walk me through getting my Sola SL. You guys are awesome. Chris at RWW is truly the King.
I can only summarize in two words. Bad ass.
It fits perfect and the ride is … What can I say. Perfect.
Most bike shops can put a bike together, but a fine few have the vision, knowledge, and discerning eye to build great bikes. Our friends at Cyclefit UK (Covent Garden, London and Manchester’s Northern Quarter) are just such an operation, and here are two recent builds to illustrate our point.
First we have Johannes’ Sola SL 29er, which I’m sure you’ll agree, is beautifully proportioned, well appointed, and aesthetically striking, with bead-blasted “decaling,” a Ti seatpost and wide/short cockpit.
Next we offer Richard’s Evergreen SLX. Richard has gone for the low-profile blasted decal as well, with no wheel decals, a low, clean fender line and an eTap drive train. There’s likely not a more elegant bike in London.
We had this note (and photo) from Team Seven Cycles rider Hart Robinson, who did us proud with a win over the weekend:
Bayou Boiling Point XC race was today on the banks of Arkabutla Lake in Mississippi. The weather couldn’t have been better. My Seven Sola SL SS did not disappoint. The trail was tight, technical, and rooty with very short punch hills. I managed a win among Cat 1 19-39. My Sola SL soaked up all the bumps and left me feeling fresh. The bike really is perfect for me.
This is Brad’s Sola SL, built with our buddy Manuel at Maglia Rosa NYC.
Took it out to Trail View State Park and Stillwell Woods Park on Saturday with my son Josh (12). First time back in the woods after a long time, but the bike made it great; it was super comfortable, and the 29” wheels rolled over everything. The only thing holding me back was me – definitely not the equipment. I’ve put some pictures below; can’t wait for next weekend. Thanks again for an incredible job on the frame – truly beautiful welds – and props to the guys at Maglia Rosa for an awesome build.