Strengths: light, lively, without sacrificing stiffness. comfortable on long rides.
Weaknesses: super sensetive handling, can get sketchy, need to get used it.
I bought this bike when I got to the point with where my My Merlin was feeling too noodly. I was looking for something stiffer, lighter. looked at a number of carbon bikes, either too stiff or not stiff enough and felt lifeless + a lot of carbon bikes were fairly heavy. considered steel then hit on the Alta, found a great deal. I loved it right away. Light stiff but lively, climbs beautifuly, great on long 100+ mile rides
Strengths: Achieves the weight goal. Impeccable welds and build quality. The usual level of red carpet treatment from Seven. Rewarding customisation and fit process. Much improved lead time these days.
Weaknesses: Sacrifices ride quality for weight saving. Looks skinny even compared to a 'standard' ti tube set. Maybe I have been spoilt by my other Sevens, but given the price premium, this isn't the step change in performance I was hoping for.
A difficult bike to rate. I own 2 Axioms and a Sola in addition to the Alta. Whilst they are all "cheaper" frames than the Alta, I would have to say I prefer the ride quality. Having specified the same level of stiffness and ride quality as my other frames, the Alta is not nearly as comfortable. Sure it weighs a lot less, but this seems to have been done using smaller diameter tubes rather than the clever extra butting that I was expecting. This seems to have made the ride harsh and not at all ti-like. The bike is still a dream to ride, fits like a glove and is manufactured to the same high standard that all of my other Sevens have been, but the ride quality is unfortunately just not there. If you are reading this and considering a purchase, my advice would be to try the Elium if you want light weight and more comfort, or save a little and go for the Axiom. The fatter tubes and greater scope for ride customisation seem to be worth the slight weight penalty. If you want light weight and are prepared to sacrifice a little comfort, then go for the Alta. I guess this summary sounds a little negative, but it shouldn't. This is still a great frame by any standard, but compared to my Axioms, despite the weight penalty when I go to the garage and decide which bike to ride, generally either Axiom wins over the Alta. Suprisingly given the weight and smaller diameter tubes, the stiffness has never been an issue and I am no light weight rider. Some how this stiffnes translates into quite a harsh ride. I know you can specifiy a Seven to be as stiff as you like, but I stress, I set this one up with the same ride comfort as my others.
This frame is amazing! The feel is incredibly lively. I feel as if every ride takes less effort for better results. I can bomb down the descents and dance up the hills. What is really unbelieveable is that it looks as good as it performs. The finish is beautiful! I don't think I'll ever buy a different frame. The team at Seven Cycles are true artists and perfectionists.