February 6, 2018

By Brandon A

Are you the type of rider that scrutinizes every component of your bike down to the last millimeter? Maybe you should consider ditching the boxed approach to bike buying and opt for a fully custom build. Custom bicycle builds are nothing new, in fact, this is the way road bikes were sold and fitted for many years before the “a few sizes fit most” approach that was adopted in the dawn of mass produced and factory outsourced carbon frames. One of the companies still holding true to this traditional model of bicycle fabrication is Watertown, Massachusetts based framebuilder Seven Cycles.

THE DETAILS

 

Seven Argen double-butted 3-2.5 titanium tubes (HT – 71.5 degree, ST – 74 degree, TT – 10 degree slope)
Seven Max 45 carbon fork
Zipp alloy bars, stem, seatpost
Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 speed drivetrain / 11-32 cassette
Front Hub: DT Swiss Spline, 12mm thru axle
Rear Hub: DT Swiss Spline, 142mm x 12mm thru axle
DT Swiss Spline disc wheelset w/ 700/32 Maxxis Re-Fuse Kevlar
Lizard Skins bartape
Sizes (cm): 54 (Tested)
Frame Weight: 3.4 lbs (54cm size)
Additional options available: Pump peg, chain hanger, rack mounts, fender mounts, third bottle mount, multiple cable routing options, 650b wheels, custom graphics/colors

THE BIKE

Here at Wheat Ridge Cyclery we have a long history of amazing custom builds in collaboration with Seven and for our test we opted to take the bike that is helping redefine traditional road riding, the all new Seven Evergreen gravel bike. This particular bike is one of WRC’s factory demos and features Seven’s in-house double-butted Argen 3-2.5 titanium tubes paired with Seven’s Max 45 carbon fork to ensure Cadillac-esque ride quality while keeping things race responsive with regards to handling and acceleration. Our demos have also been graciously outfitted with a full run of components from Zipp mated to Shimano’s workhorse Ultegra 6800 drivetrain featuring hydraulic disc brakes. Off road ready DT Swiss Spline wheels and hubs outfitted with Maxxis Re-fuse tires round out our build but don’t feel constricted by our ideas, the beauty of Seven is the freedom in knowing the sky is the limit. Want disc brakes? done, looking to fit 2.5” tires and 650b wheels? Done, Campagnolo? DONE!  All of this allows Seven and WRC to dial in a fully customized fit that is 100% tailored to your abilities and riding style.

THE RIDE

For our test we threw in an even mix of road, gravel, and punchy climbs to really highlight how capable of a bike the Evergreen is especially when riding in inconsistent or varying terrain. We opted to start things off with some light packed dirt and loose gravel riding which the Evergreen handled without any hesitation whatsoever. To maximize handling and ride comfort the Evergreen features a longer wheelbase and wider tires than that of the average road bike, providing the ideal platform for keeping things under control even when road conditions are less than perfect. This approach to frame geometry also keeps the Evergreen extremely agile when cornering, even when traction diminishes or is limited due to loose dirt and gravel the Evergreen stays upright and firmly planted. When taken out on the open road the ride quality is remarkably smooth with the Evergreen almost begging to be taken back off road and into its natural environment of dirt and gravel. The Evergreen handles flat and rolling terrain with little to no trouble but also is no slouch when the gradient increases. To be honest, the Evergreen is no Tour de France climbers special but when the road goes uphill it makes up for weight and geometric penalties with its compact 50/34 chainrings and ample 11-32 cassette (I think the technical term these days is “Froome gearing”)

CONCLUSION

The Seven Evergreen has definitely won us over, it borrows from the performance and passion behind their storied 622SLX titanium lugged carbon bikes and firmly plants itself at the top of the burgeoning gravel bike segment while looking ahead towards the future. Going after a fully custom build is a big commitment and investment in both time and money but the results are a bike that is built for you and will age gracefully over time as opposed to the more disposable nature of the pre-boxed bike purchase. If you are someone who is looking for a bike that will turn heads, spark conversations and inspire the spirit of adventure you may want to dive a little bit deeper and look at a custom build from Seven Cycles

Shop for your future custom Seven at WRC

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