We review the Seven 622SLX bike in our latest Four Ride Review.
The toughest part of the Seven’s first ride was stopping ourselves from just standing back admiring the 622SLX frame and its stellar array of components for long enough to fit some pedals and get riding.
From the first pedal strokes it felt like a caged animal waiting to be set loose, and who were we to hold it back. Due to a custom bike fit, set-up was perfect, allowing us to just get out and ride.
The titanium chainstays and bottom bracket shell give the 622SLX a solid core, and when you stand on the pedals they deliver whippet-like acceleration with the merest hint of whip.
The rest of the frame’s carbon tubes maintain lateral rigidity and keep everything taut for neat cornering and predictable handling at every speed. Importantly, unlike many carbon bikes, the 622SLX provides plenty of feedback.
Built up into a complete bike, the Seven weighs just 7.01kg, so hills hold no fear for it – even the steepest, longest climbs are dispatched without any problems.
Once over the top, the wider Firecrest rims maximise the grippy Michelin rubber to give a reassuringly stable descending platform. Although a tapered steerer would be more precise, the Seven’s 3E fork remained unflustered when pushed hard.
The 622SLX is that rarest of bikes that becomes more satisfying as your mileage increases. It was dwindling daylight, rather than dwindling energy, that curtailed our long rides.
The Seven has a cultured and complex feel that manages to provide feedback while still being able to float over the worst surfaces on Britain’s broken roads. Rather than being a dedicated sprint weapon, this is a racy Grand Tourer with an edge.
Price £9,858.85 (£4,810 frame)
Size tested 56cm custom
Sizes available Bespoke
Frame Seven TC carbon fibre and titanium
Seating Fizik Antares
saddle, PMP carbon seatpost
Handlebar Zipp Service Course
Stem Zipp SL145 carbon stem
Transmission SRAM Red 2012 (53/39)
Brakes SRAM Red 2012
Wheels Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon clincher
Tyres Michelin Pro4
This review was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.
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