American Randonneur – Corinne Warren

Seven rider, and Rocky Mountain Cycling Club member, Corinne Warren had a nice interview in the Winter 2017 issue of American Randonneur, that ran with some nice photos of her Seven Axiom S. We built this bike for her in 2014 with our friends at Wheat Ridge Cyclery.

Corinne based her Seven on one of Mark Lowe’s bikes. Mark is another Colorado-based rider, organizer of their Triple Crown series, and a serious distance rider.

Corinne had us build her rando bike to be as stiff as possible, a personal preference of hers, and a bit unusual for a randonneuring rig. But that is the beauty of our rider-collaborative process. It ensures you get everything you want from a new bike.

Photos: Nat Schub and Corinne Warren

Michael’s Axiom S

This is Michael on the Axiom S we built for him in 2010, riding the UK’s London Surrey 100. Check out his story below.


Hello Seven,

On August 2, 2015 my Seven carried me to the finish in the London Surrey 100. This turned out to be my fastest century and was an inspiring experience I will never forget. From QE Olympic Park, out of London to the challenging Surrey hills, and back to Buckingham Palace 100 miles later, my Seven performed spectacularly.

image1While in London, I had a chance to ride with a local bike club a couple times prior to the big event. My Seven was the talk of the rides with several mates switching their rides with me for a few miles. Thanks for building a great bike for me!

The route was the 2012 Olympic course! 100 miles of closed roads! We climbed Newland’s Corner, Leith Hill, and Box Hill starting around mile 43 and ending around mile 70. Over 4000 feet of climbing. Making the final turn at Trafalgar Square, speeding under Admiralty Arch, and sprinting down The Mall to the finish at Buckingham Palace will be a lifelong remembrance.

The local support in all the small villages we rode through was exhilarating. All along the way people were roadside waving flags, clapping, cheering us on with smiles. When I face day to day challenges, I remind myself that I climbed the 1.25 miles of Leith Hill at 14.5 percent grade. Makes the daily tasks seem less challenging.

Michael T

Holland, MI


Marc’s Axiom S Fixed Gear Road Bike

IMG_6896This is Marc’s Axiom S. He wanted it dead simple. Track dropouts. Campy Pista crank. It’s not a track bike, but it has that seething-with-speed thing that track bikes have, while being set up for round-town road riding. Our friends at Velosmith did the build, and it definitely reflects their refined sense of what a bike should look like.

Vanessa’s Axiom S


This is Vanessa’s Axiom S, built with our friends at DaDa Sports in the Philippines. It’s a small bike, but the proportions came out really well.

Vanessa says:

Took my baby for a short ride out for the first time today. I was smiling for the whole time. Rides like a dream!


Manila, Philippines

Going Fast

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In the last few weeks, we’ve talked about Going Up, the process of designing a climbing bike, and Going Far, the things that go into a long distance bike, which might be a century bike, a touring bike or might be a full-blown randonneuring machine. This week we turn our attention to race bikes.

The bike industry has traditionally worked backwards from race bikes to fill shop floors with race look-alikes for everyday riders who will never turn a crank in anger. What is good for the pros, so the logic goes, must be good for you, too, and for some very small number of non-pro riders, that could be true.

As with all our bikes, we start with the purpose of the bike and work forward. Going fast requires being able to sit in a comfortable, aerodynamic position, to be able to handle your bike in tight spaces, and to get good power transfer through the rear triangle.

As custom builders, getting to that perfect position is a given. We can replicate exact saddle and grip positions from a bike fitting. We can dial in handling by adjusting headtube angle and fork rake to produce the exact characteristics the rider wants. We can adjust the stiffness of the rear triangle by selecting specific diameter chainstays, up to and including the 1″ stays we call “race stays.”

Our 622 SLX rivals all of today’s carbon race machines for weight and stiffness, but it incorporates more road feel and better comfort than those bike through its unique combination of laser-cut titanium lugs and filament-wound carbon tubing. Our all-Ti Axioms make great criterium bikes for their ability to absorb the heavy impacts of racing on imperfect pavement and the way they come through the occasional crash.

The technology of race bikes evolves quickly, and adapting to new component standards can be a challenge, but with a custom bike these things can be considered during the design phase to leave you with as many upgrade options as possible.

The thing is, bikes aren’t fast. Riders are fast. The best way for the rider to Go Fast is to design a bike around them that fits them perfectly, handles the way they want it to and transfers as much of their power as possible.