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    Wow nice bike. Those painted fork are killer and a real change from the normal black carbon. I never would have though of doing that. What color did they use?
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    2011 Axiom SL

    My Seven Axiom SL arrived sometime in June. Initially it just didn't fit like a glove and I was wondering if I'd purchased the right bike. After tweeking of the saddle down and aft a few mm's the balance and the ride came together ... just like I had hoped for. When I ordered the bike I want it to transfer power well for climbing and ride like it was on rails. It does just that! Plus it's amazing that I can feel so much better after a century. My previous bike was an Aluminum frame with carbon seat stays.

    About the look, I didn't want the classic Ti and Black color scheme. Painting the fork really changed the look of the bike. The wheels were assembled by Zen, White Industry hubs, Cxray spokes and Kinlin rims.

    About the bike. According to the Seven build sheet, the bike has a 54.8 cm effective top tube, 48 cm set tube and 13.6 cm head tube. Short legs, long torso.

    On the Seven build form it specified (revised to add this)
    Handling - 5
    Drive Trail Rigidity - 9
    Vertical Compliance - 4
    Weight to Performance - 8

    As pictured it weighs 17.4 lbs. As I tell everyone when they ask how much it weighs ... "It wasn't an exercise in making the lightest bike, it was about assembling a great handling and riding bike."
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    Quote Originally Posted by medimond View Post
    Seven called the color Platinum. I first told them I wanted the fork to look like the Moots RSL fork and they said, sure, we do that fairly regularly.
    Well they done good then!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Wow nice bike. Those painted fork are killer and a real change from the normal black carbon. I never would have though of doing that. What color did they use?
    Seven called the color Platinum. I first told them I wanted the fork to look like the Moots RSL fork and they said, sure, we do that fairly regularly.

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    Here's a few photos Seven provided taken during the manufacturing process. Head tube butting, machining and welding (by L. Trout).
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    Nice! I like the red.

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    that is one of the most balanced rides on this site!


    enjoy a zillion miles on that beauty!

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    You rated the handling a "5". Was that because it is too slow in response, too fast, twitchy....? Looks-wise it looks superb. -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gcrosshairs View Post
    You rated the handling a "5". Was that because it is too slow in response, too fast, twitchy....? Looks-wise it looks superb. -
    That's not his ratings, that's how Seven builds them custom. They ask how you want them to act - from 1 to 10. In the handling, he chose 5 - neither quick nor slow. Kinda neutral.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Well they done good then!
    Mike did you notice that I had them assemble it with grey cable housing?

    I had Zen assemble the wheels with one red spoke hoping that it would help me locate the valve stem quicker ... it didn't seem to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medimond View Post
    Mike did you notice that I had them assemble it with grey cable housing?
    Well yes and no. As I only ever use grey housing, it didn't stand out to me.

    I had Zen assemble the wheels with one red spoke hoping that it would help me locate the valve stem quicker ... it didn't seem to help.
    Yeah I saw the red locator spoke too. Maybe you should have gone for two - one on each side of the valve. BUT - I have to knock you a few points off here as you committed an unforgivable faux-pas - you didn't align the rear tire logo with the valve!! OMG Ya can't fool ol' Eagle Eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike T. View Post
    Well yes and no. As I only ever use grey housing, it didn't stand out to me.


    Yeah I saw the red locator spoke too. Maybe you should have gone for two - one on each side of the valve. BUT - I have to knock you a few points off here as you committed an unforgivable faux-pas - you didn't align the rear tire logo with the valve!! OMG Ya can't fool ol' Eagle Eye.
    Yeah ... the point of the grey cable housing was not to stand out.

    Originally the rear tire was clocked properly, however, during a rushed roadside repair I missed that fine detail. It's one of those details that get lost when I'm rolling along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medimond View Post
    Originally the rear tire was clocked properly, however, during a rushed roadside repair I missed that fine detail. It's one of those details that get lost when I'm rolling along.
    I wouldn't have admitted that. I'd have said that it was all lined up but after doing standing start sprints I noticed that the tire must have slipped on the rim due to my incredible power.
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    I road 60 miles last weekend with a friend .... Every time that I get on the Seven I have a permanent smile on my face, the ride quality is simply amazing.

    I purchased a full carbon Rocky Mountain road bike with Rival to leave at work two months ago. Leaving the Seven overnight at work was something I was not comfortable about. The bikes are set-up nearly identical, less than 5 mm in reach and saddle to bar drop is closer than that. While the Rocky is a nice bike, the Seven's ride quality is amazing.

    After riding SRAM for the last year, my wife's Ultegra lever's seem so complicated.

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    Let's delete or close this threak already! When I log into forums I usually stumble on this, then I drool a little, then my bank account comes dangerously close to shrinking.

    Seriously...awesome ride you've got there. I think I need one.

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    We can't close this thread - my frame has entered machining! I religiously check this forum to see if there are any new pictures of other people's Axioms for me to drool over until mine arrives. I've been patiently waiting, checking the Seven website every day to see when it moves into the next phase and when it's going to come home to papa. It can't come soon enough!

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    Did you ask for the photos of fabrication, or do they send them to you by default?

    I'm almost done with my design process... my bike should enter machining next week... can hardly wait!!!

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    BTW, Medimond, I chose exactly the same color for decals

    Looks like I might do a couple more things like you... including the gray cable housing.

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    You'll have to request that they take photos during the process.

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