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Nov 24, 2002 7:50 PM
I'm strongly considering a Seven Alaris. I started noticing a lot of Sevens with relatively long headtubes and short top tubes. This idea really struck me as a nice comfortable design. Just recently I noticed the 2003 Litespeed Veneto and the Merlin Solis were built along the same design. I'm interested in the advice and experience of other Seven owners.
re: SevenSilas_Greenback
Nov 25, 2002 5:37 AM
My Axiom has a 19 cm headtube and a 50 cm seat tube. The top tube has a fair amount of slope to it. I normally ride a 58 cm center to top bike. I love the Seven. It is comfortable, efficient, stiff for acceleration, and flexible for road shock. It enables me to ride harder and further, because the bike fits me and my riding style. I plan to race, and I have a nice flat back in the drops. If there were a larger difference between the saddle height and the handlebar height, I guess I would be more aerodynamic, but the sacrifices would outweigh the benefit. The bikes you mention are copies of the Seven design, which I first thought was nutty. Wrong again. Go for it. You will not regret it.
re: SevenPsyDoc
Nov 25, 2002 10:01 AM
My Axiom Ti has a 16.0-.5cm headtube. My toptube is not short (56.5cm) and is typical of what you find on many 57cm frames. The longer headtube puts me in a much more comfortable position. Seven will build a bike to your specs, but just make sure you know what you want. I would suggest doing a fit on a size cycle as a check.
re: SevenPjkad
Nov 25, 2002 6:21 PM
I also got my Axiom with a comfortable upright position. Actaully has a 28cm headtube, 61.1 top tube (5% slope) and 62 cm seat tube . (I'm 6'6"). I love it and it has changed me into a cycling addict. Seven recommends a design carefully done to match your desire/need. Only recommendation: since I ride much more now than before the Seven I've become much more flexible. Anticipate this in your specs.