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    Where are the Sevens?

    Let's see some Seven hardtails out here. I know you're out there.... =)

    The Verves, the Solas, the IMXs, the Teres', the Sola Steels......

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    i think those folks are on...

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    only ones that can afford em, hehehe. yeaa i dunno, havent seen one on the trail in Nisene yet. good luck!

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    I thought they were in Tiburon... or Brentwood... or the Hamptons...

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    Funny how Sevens are few and far between in mtbr, but they seem to sell well.

    I guess they don't have the cachet of a Potts, Eriksen, or a Jones, but when I was searching for a custom Ti frame about 10 years ago, they seemed to be the only builder who could offer custom without an upcharge. AND they could deliver to Asia. Their business processes were pretty revolutionary, not least in the way that the customisation process was demystified for the customer.

    The difference, I guess, is that you'll not be directly interacting with a legend like Steve Potts when discussing the geometry of your custom rig. It's not a one-man show, but appears to be a well-run and quite successful company that is able to efficiently churn out high-end Ti and steel frames. Perhaps in this respect they are a victim of their own success, being (if not exactly looked down upon) dismissed by the cognoscenti.

    Anyway, a few pictures of my '98 Sola:

    <img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/55/143415419_ebe6d95f78_o.jpg">

    <img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/51/143415421_d9595ecb0b_o.jpg">

    <img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/44/143415418_d23b49a342_o.jpg">

    This is what it looks like in its latest iteration, with a Moots stem, and different saddle.

    <img src="https://farm1.static.flickr.com/107/305524089_2e9c67db34_o.jpg">

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    Nice...I've always wanted a Seven steel bike...

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    Borrowed this Duo a few years back when I visited some old friends in the UK. Lovely riding bike. And a couple of the bikes they had in stock.
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    Sola steel:


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    here's my seven. not a hardtail, but rare none the less- not many duo 29ers out there.

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    Here's my Axiom tow-truck bought in 1999. It's sooooo light I can ride across bodies of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowSSer


    here's my seven. not a hardtail, but rare none the less- not many duo 29ers out there.

    a 29er ti duo?? Holy cow-that's pretty darn cool and way unique. Did they pull off the 29er dually p to expectations (I'll assume the cradftmanship is superb--but the angles, ride feel, handling etc)-???

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperbMan
    a 29er ti duo?? Holy cow-that's pretty darn cool and way unique. Did they pull off the 29er dually p to expectations (I'll assume the cradftmanship is superb--but the angles, ride feel, handling etc)-???
    it's quite the ride. exacly to the expectations i had. being that I've only been a SSer for the past two years, I took some chances with even building it up. first ride, it fit perfectly. I used seven's suggestion on spacers under the stem and they were spot on!

    now if i'd just get the #&%$ing front derraleur figured out, i'd be golden (yes, it's the only simano part on the whole bike)

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    Several Sevens in SoCal

    Within my group of friends - there are several Seven road and mountain bikes. I don't ride my Sola that often, but everytime I do, it makes me smile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yangpei
    Within my group of friends - there are several Seven road and mountain bikes. I don't ride my Sola that often, but everytime I do, it makes me smile.
    no kidding- there's at least 8 that i know of minus yours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by velocipus
    I thought they were in Tiburon... or Brentwood... or the Hamptons...
    haha, my thoughts exactly. not enough of use make seven figures to afford one.
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    Granted, new Sevens are pricey. But, titanium lasts a long time and used frames are pretty reasonable. I picked up my lightly used 05 Sola ti frame last year for $1000. Earlier this year, I picked up a used Alaris road bike frame / fork / CK headset for my wife for $1000. Both are amazing rides and comparable to many mainstream rides in terms of money spent.
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    Thought I'd throw in a pic of my newish Seven. Had it built up for the UK weather and trails, so designed around the 125mm Maverick forks, full outer cables all over, EBB for occasional SS use and potential speedhub usage (when the bank balance has recovered), heavy duty drop outs and loads of standover and big mud clearance:



    Bought it from Alan's bikes in Delaware while I was living in the States last year and have been waiting an age to get my hands on it again after I relocated back to the UK and everything I owned was shipped back in the slowest container ship in the world! Been built up with the best mix of US and UK stuff I could find: Jones bars, Sram XO, NOS old skool cooks cranks, Phil woods BB, Hope wheels and brakes and a beautiful brooks swallow saddle

    The best bike I have ever ridden (possibly except my Fat Chance Ti - but I hate to ride that up and down the stuff that this thing can do with ease)

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    My Sola 29er only upgrades since pictures is a XTR crankset and about 500 miles of amazing single track.








    Oh yeah and about 4 pairs of tires...

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    Very nice Sola, nice build as well

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    Nice decals, love the different colours on different sides, was that factory or something you've done yourself?

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