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I have now switched all of my bikes to disc braking and electronic shifting (cue the controversy!). I love riding the 2 Moots (Vamoots RD for the road and Psyclo X RSL for cyclocross), but for wet weather and rough road rides (pretty much everything here in Hong Kong until October!), I wanted something more versatile. Road geometry and handling, but with greater clearance for wider tires and mudguards.
I really liked the Genesis Equilibrium disc as a first taster of this type of bike. The ride was fantastic, but it was a little on the heavy side, the geometry wasn’t perfect for me and I missed some of the custom touches I wanted. And whilst I know steel will last well if cared for, titanium is perfect for this type of bike. Plus (and here’s the real reason!) I am a self-confessed bike tart! So, here’s the solution.
A Seven Evergreen SL. The Evergreen is marketed as a ‘gravel bike’, but I have had mine built with closer clearances and shorter stays. If I want a CX bike, I always have the Moots Psyclo X RSL. For fast road rides on sunny days, I have the Moots Vamoots RD. I was meant to use most of the parts off the Genesis, but in the end, that didn't really happen (oops!).
The frame has left Seven, and should be here on Wednesday.
The parts bucket is a mix of Record EPS, ENVE, Zipp and Chris King. The wheels are a Tune Kong (Campagnolo) rear hub and Son Delux Dynamo front hub laced with CX Rays to ENVE 29XC rims. I have these rims on my other bikes and they are great road rims. The tires are real fatties! Can’t wait to see how the comfort vs speed equation works out.
Stay tuned. There are some interesting design touches to come! I don't want to jump on the gravel bike band wagon, but so many of the features are perfect for a wet weather road bike without resorting to the compromised geometry of a CX bike. With the dynamo light, it will be perfect for those early mornings and late afternoons, and maybe even some credit card touring. Haven't been this excited about a new bike for a while!
My Mudhoney SL was effectively built to Evergreen specs, and I absolutely love it. As much as my Axiom SL is a joy to ride, if I could only have one bike, it would be this Mudhoney (or Bertha as she is known). It truly is a do everyhing bike. Whether I have the Stan Iron Cross rims on with Clement Xplor Ush at a cushy 45 pounds of pressure or my HED Belgium + rims with 28mm Conti Gatorskins, there's no road or ride that this bike can't handle.
Glad to see that you're coming back to the Seven family!
622 SLX | Axiom SL | Mudhoney SL (retired) | S Works Crux | Fondriest Carbon Magister | Fat CAAD 1
The spares box is indeed a bit extravagent for a wet weather bike, but I need something to get me out there when it is not otherwise appealing. I know that the received wisdom is to have older, lower quality kit on a wet weather bike, but in many ways nicer kit is better suited to getting dirty. The finishes last better. The bearings are sealed better. And above all, it helps to motivate me to step out of the door and life is too short. I have had heavy old duffer winter bikes before. I no longer race, and I am not training for anything in particular other than enjoyment and maintaining fitness, so I don't need the rocket powered boost that you get going from a heavy winter bike to light summer bike. I just want to enjoy every ride as much as I possibly can.
Just checked Fedex and the frame has now arrived in Hong Kong. With a bit of luck, it might get delivered tomorrow, but definitely Wednesday at the latest. Now counting the minutes!
Seat tube - 54.0cm
Top tube - 57.8cm
Head tube - 17.3cm
Head angle - 73.0deg
Seat angle - 73.0deg
BB drop - 6.9cm
Chainstay length - 42.9cm (shortest they could be to achieve the tyre width clearance)
Top tube slope - 5.0deg
It is on the Fedex van for delivery right now, so should have my hands on it today. My wife's plans for dinner out this evening might not happen!
Almost managed to build it in one sitting tonight, but not quite.
So here's some teasers.
Everything is on there now and it tips the scales at 17.9lbs for a fully loaded, dynamo hub'd large framed bike with mudguards and fat comfortable tires. Pretty pleased.
Should post some finished shots tomorrow evening.
Fitting the internal electronic wiring and getting the brake and electronic cables neatly installed took a long time, but will be worth it in the long run. I think it looks pretty neat.
The front mudguard also took some installing, but again, I work on the principle of do it right, do it once.
I love the machining in the head tube. Looks even better on a 44mm tube than it used to on a 1, 1/8 tube.
Seven have done a fantastic job of fitting mudguard eyelets and dynamo wiring guides to the fork.
Should get it finished tonight, but frustratingly I am then away on business for 3 days. Grrrr!
Still need to connect the dynamo, but otherwise, it is finished and set up. Not super light at 17.9lbs, but very light considering the specification (the dynamo setup adds 500gms and the tyres 300gms on their own) but perfect for the usage:
Frame - Seven Evergreen SL
Fork - ENVE Tapered CX (custom mudguard and dynamo fittings)
Aheadset - Chris King Inset 7
Chainset - Fulcrum R-Torque RS with Super Record chainrings (175mm, 50/34)
Bottom Bracket - Campagnolo Record
Pedals - Look Keo Carbon CroMo
Front Derailleur - Campagnolo Record EPS
Rear Derailleur - Campagnolo Record EPS
Shifters - Campagnolo Record EPS
Brakes - Avid BB7 Road (titanium bolts)
Chain - KMC X-11 SL
Cassette - Campagnolo Record (12/25)
Hubs - SON Delux/Tune Kong Disc (32 hole)
Rims - ENVE XC clincher (32 hole)
Spokes - Sapim CX Ray
Quick Release - DT RWS Ti
Tyres - Challenge Strada Bianca (30mm)
Mudguards - SKS Chromoplastic (45mm)
Stem - ENVE Carbon (120mm)
Bars - Zipp Service Course SL-80 (460mm)
Seatpost - ENVE Carbon (27.2mm, 20mm layback)
Saddle - Fizik Arione CX
Bottle Cages - King Titanium
Bar Tape - Deda Tape
It all went together really cleanly. Loving the integration of the cabling and lighting, and even the way in which the rear mudguard fits to the seatstay bridge. Can’t wait to ride it on Sunday when I get back from the work trip.
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