"Our flagship model, the Axiom SL is so versatile, it defies easy categorization. Custom double butted tubing offers thousands of tubeset combinations, giving the Axiom SL the kind of balanced performance that suits nearly everyone. Combined with durability and superior responsiveness, it remains a perennial favorite."
Strengths: Delivers all the promises of an ideal titanium frame. Fully custom process means you get exactly what you want.
Weaknesses: Fully custom process means you need to know exactly what you want, and you need to be confident that that's what you wanted.
Moving from a stock Al frame to a custom Ti frame, I could immediately tell differences in ride quality and fit. Vibration damping, springy, fast and stable are all the attributes of the Seven Axiom SL bike. All these attributes could very well be applied to most other bikes made from titanium. What sets Seven on a different pedestal is its fully custom process. They have at least 15 different questions about your riding style and nearly 10 different body measurements. They actually tweak the Ti tubing diameter and wall thickness to bring about your desired ride quality. I'm assuming they have a formula that calculates each different frame based on the scale 10 ratings that you give them. And here's where the catch is - you need to know your requirements exactly. Most of us have experience of riding stock sized bikes, and we summarize our experiences of likes and dislikes based on that. We then try to apply those likes and dislikes to the custom process. Sometimes we can mislead ourselves and then the frame ends up on ebay. Luckily for me, I spent a lot of time doing research and also thinking a lot about the questions on their form. The resulting bike gets so well-integrated with my body that it disappears. I only feel my muscles interrupting the ride. The key is to balance your current capabilities and requirements with your long-term goals, so the bike can serve you well for a long time. Then communicate all this to the bike fit technician so that you leave some options for changing your bike setup as you, hopefully, improve.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: May 28, 2013
Strengths: Customization- Seven is one of the best money can buy. Get a trusted fit expert to assist you and they will do the rest. Between the design team, and the fabrication team, they are absolutely top-notch. Customer service is exceptional and the whole buying experience is great!
A word on Ti vs. Carbon; sure carbon bikes are typically lighter than most Ti, but the super-alloy is bomber. You will have this frame for life. Carbon? Chuck it after 10 years. Catastrophic failures at 30mph in lycra is no fun!
Weaknesses: Price. They are expensive, not the most expensive mind you, but quite costly. What you get though, is a perfectly fitted, durable and timeless framework from which to enjoy decades of safe riding from. Don't like the look? Get it custom painted! It's worthwhile, while any lesser frame would not be worth the paint used.
I have owned the bike for 3 years now (My 12th bike or something.) It's everything I wanted/expected. One word of caution for ordering; custom is as much as you make it. Keep that in mind and you will be pleased. Ask for it stiff, you'll get stiff. Ask for it soft & comfy.... Ask for a tweak to the geometry they initially suggest.... be prepared to accept the results as your own. (My advice? Trust them entirely, they know exactly what to do.)
Strengths: Seven can turn titanium into whatever you think you want in a bike. My Axiom SL is perfect for going head to head against the carbon fiber bikes and I don't have to worry if it tips over. The dropouts are solid. The bike is just tight. Cornering on a descent is assuringly precise.
Weaknesses: I know one day the decals will peel. Fork is a little soft. It is a lot to justify to the wife...
After I cracked the HT on my former scandium alloyed bike, I felt I was at a point in my riding where I wanted to go custom. I was looking for a titanium frame that could be built up as a solid race bike tuned for stiffness, responsiveness, snap, and some road feel. I also don't like the nulled road feel of so many CF bikes.
After considering the field of custom titanium frames, I chose the Axiom SL by Seven Cycles for a number of reasons. I liked Seven's reputation for mastering custom fit. I also liked Seven's wide array of tubing options, which Seven custom orders from the mill itself. A lot of custom ti fabricators simply buy what the mill is selling, Seven actually works with the mill to provide Seven tubes and then Seven custom butts the tubes in house. I felt this would be best for tuning the feel I was looking for. I tried several cheaper titanium bikes, but they felt too relaxed or the walls felt too thin. Too... boring. One was even spongy. Seven could give me a tuned ride in a titanium race bike. I also liked the short shipping times and reputation to ensure I would not have to chase them around the RBR forums if something went wrong. I live 8000 miles from Watertown, Mass. and the assurance of so many satisfied customers and reviewers meant a lot. This is a bike I am going to use and use hard... and not feel nervous about using hard.
After 6 months I have been able to run this frame in races, TT, centuries, technical descents, steep climbs, club rides, and lazy coffee rides. Seven nailed it and nailed it good. I hoped I had communicated my ideas across to the fit specialist and it appears I did. This thing climbs very well, descends with confidence and outstanding stability, I am positioned perfectly to automatically climb around the cockpit and always be in a good position. With the Campy *katunk!* gruppo and Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels, the bike feels as if it had been forged from a single piece and sculpted into a perfectly balanced instrument.
Furthermore, if you are going to pay $3000-$4000 for a bike frame, at least a custom titanium bike can go a bit further to justify the cost. So many of these CF rigs are just purchased and branded at 60%-70% profit right out of the mold. In Taiwan we see a lot of that and it just ruins your concept of CF value. *sigh!*
I'm really torn between these options and would appreciate your views on the pros and or cons of any of the 3 options above.
Im about 130lbs, and intending on using the bike for long commutes of up to 2 hrs a few times a week so need a comfortable bike which arguably shouldnt be an issue for any o ... Read More »
I asked my LBS about retrofitting my Axiom for Di2, and it's $1000 when done by Seven. There are several mods, including some strengthening procedures that are performed around the drilled holes. Optionally, they can remove the barrel adjusters, but this also requires getting it painted to co ... Read More »
So I have my final fit session for an Axiom SL this Friday and I can not decide on a Top Tube Slope. I am looking to go to a more of a compact geometry since my CAAD9 is pretty much traditional, however I can not decide on the angle. I am leaning somewhere around 6-10 degrees, with 10 degrees bein ... Read More »
I'm getting ready to order a Seven, but having a hard time deciding between the Elium SL or Axiom SL. I'm 6'0", 180lbs and my riding consist of endurance rides and fast group rides. The endurance rides (60%) are typically 50-80 miles with several centuries during the season. The group rides (40%) ... Read More »
I've already ridden more than 200 miles in the 3 weeks since I got the bike, but I can't bring down my excitement about what a great bike it is. Here's what I wrote back to Seven in appreciation:
[QUOTE]I see three different categories that deserve mention:
1. Perfect geometry - your expertise a ... Read More »