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Seven Cycles optimizes gravel frames for modern features with new upgrade package

Published December 8, 2017

WATERTOWN, Mass. (BRAIN) — Seven Cycles, Inc. Is now offering a $995 upgrade package for its titanium Sl or SLX Disc titanium frames. The XX package consists of 11 changes that colllectively save 15-20 percent (7 to 9 ounces) off the frames' weights, making up for the additions of recent popular features including disc brakes and thru axles.

"Although, the industry has used lightness as a primary selling feature for several decades, what we see is that every year frames get heavier," said Seven founder Rob Vandermark. "Advances in component technology too often weigh more than their predecessors: Disc brakes, thru-axles, tapered steerer forks, PressFit bottom brackets, wider tires, etc. They all add significant weight to a bike. With XX we are leveraging our experience and our materials to their limits to push frame weight back down again."

The XX upgrades include asymmetric dropouts and chainstays, an internatl seatpost binder, a 30.9 millimeter seatpost sleeve and butted 30.9 millimeter seatpost, more bottom bracket machining, enlarged frame breather holes, increased frame tube butting, modified tube profiles, a modified flat mount brake adapter, and a more compact frame design.

Vandermark said, "We are fortunate to have data from thousands of Seven bikes in the real world, so we are able to extrapolate which new features can be integrated without a single failure. On top of that, we've done extensive fatigue testing of new build techniques and applied all of that to the XX frame upgrade. From our perspective, this is the apex of cycling weight reduction. This is what XX delivers."

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