Seven launch their lightest ever frame

Bespoke 622 combines carbon fibre and titanium and it's a bit of a looker... but it'll cost you

by Mat Brett   May 30, 2012  

US bespoke brand Seven Cycles are launching a new road bike with a carbon fibre and titanium frame that’s their lightest ever.

The 622 SLX weighs 1kg in a 54cm frame size. It uses rider-specific carbon tubes joined using titanium lugs that are designed to be stiff and durable as well as adding a whole lot of style.

Seven Cycles already make frames that blend carbon fibre and titanium – their Elium SL and Elium SLX road models, for example – but they reckon the 622 sets new standards in that it retains the feel of a metal bike but in a lighter weight.

“We hear a lot of riders who love the road feel of our metal bikes wanting a lighter option, and we hear a lot of the people riding our carbon bikes express an interest in getting more road feel,” said Seven Cycles founder Rob Vandermark. “This bike is really for them. We wanted to maximize the positive characteristics of each material, and we wanted to do something with an almost sculptural aesthetic.”

We have to agree that the 622 is a good looking bike, those beautifully shaped lugs lending a classy air that distinguishes it from the crowd.

The 622 name refers to the materials used, six being the atomic number for carbon and 22 being titanium. It's available as Seven's 'custom kit' option which is a full bespoke service. You visit an approved retailer and order a bike that is sized specifically for you and comes with features of your choice. You get to choose the degree of drivechain stiffness you get, the amount of vertical compliance, the speed of the handling and so on. 

Of course, a bespoke bike like this is never going to be cheap. You're looking at £4,950 for the frameset. Youch! And then you're going to have to factor in a lot more cash for the build - you're not going to want to deck it out in kit from the parts bin.

Cyclefit, Seven’s UK retailer based in Macklin Street, central London, will soon receive the first 622 SLX anywhere in Europe. In the meantime, you can gawp at the goods on Seven's website.

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Lovely ... My kind of bike but not my kind of money ;-(

posted by GrimpeurChris [59 posts]
30th May 2012 - 10:26

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Anyone remember the S-Works Ultimate mountain bike that Ned Overend was winning everything on about 20 years ago? Carbon tubes bonded into Ti lugs. Specialized were well ahead of the game Smile

posted by falls offlots [86 posts]
30th May 2012 - 10:38

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Not especially, but you could certainly buy their carbon tubed/ally-lugged road bikes off-the shelf around the same time - from a brief search they were an Allez Epic, tho' it's possible there might have been others.
(I think mebbe Vitus had something similar around the same time but ISTR something about some coming unglued..ah - a bit more info here : http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=12593881&start=15 )

posted by JonD [190 posts]
30th May 2012 - 13:50

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