Moving Beyond Fit
Seven Cycles Discuss - Moving Beyond Fit
“Fit is good. Every bike should fit, but in getting to an ideal fit, we can forget that the bike has to be ridden, which is where Seven's design for handling approach shines brightest.”
Moving Beyond Fit - Op-ed by Seven Cycles
Our industry's focus on bike fit, over the last decade, has undoubtedly delivered a better riding experience for customers of every stripe. The next step up the value ladder is one that Seven is uniquely suited to take with you, predictable, confidence-inspiring handling.
Fitting only gets us part of the way there, finding the best location in space for hands and saddle, because the process of adapting a stock bike to the rider's fit almost always compromises handling. It moves them off centre, changes their balance over the wheels, and either slows down handling, or speeds it up.
Top Ride Requests @ Seven Cycles
One of the top requests we get from riders in their design interviews is to build them a bike that helps them feel confident descending, which is where a bike's handling problems are most evident.
Seven solves 'descending' problems by:
1) Optimizing fork rake and headtube angle to produce a consistent trail value for rider's of all proportions.
2) Creating a reach dynamic for every rider that keeps them centered on the saddle and over the front wheel.
3) Modifying geometry to optimize center-of-gravity.
4) Adjusting wheelbase for perfect weight distribution.
Fit is Good
Fit is good. Every bike should fit, but in getting to an ideal fit, we can forget that the bike has to be ridden, which is where Seven's design for handling approach shines brightest.
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