Using the name “Evergreen” on a titanium chassis gravel bike is very fitting. As Seven knows, ti bikes are immortal, and throughout one’s ownership of one, often go through many build iterations. Dan sent in his Seven Evergreen, which has taken him all over and has been built with various build kits. Let’s check it out in detail below!
It’s a Seven Evergreen that I was lucky enough to snag from eBay a few years back. I call it the Owl, based on the PDW Owl bottle cages. It has become a very trusty companion, my best-ever “go anywhere” bike.
This bike has accompanied me on many on-and-off-road trips around the bay area, never shying away from terrain that looks like it might be a little too technical. It’s also taken me on some epic adventures, like completing the San Francisco Randonneurs Adventure Series, a progression of massive (200k – 600k) grueling mixed terrain routes ridden non-stop. This year, I rode the Owl from Kona to Mauna Kea, which goes from sea level to ~13,500ft over ~65mi including a stretch of loose gravel.
I’ve tinkered around with the components a bit. I finally settled on SRAM Eagle AXS, after doing a bit of a hacked-together setup with SRAM 22 mechanical road shifters and mountain cassette that never quite shifted perfectly through the whole range. I do keep a second set of wheels (700c) for when I know I’m going to be on the road all day and don’t need the super plushy ride.
- Frameset: Seven Evergreen, Whisky No.7 fork, King headset
- Wheels/Tires: lightbicycle RM650BC09 rims, DT350 hubs, CXRay spokes, 650b 42 GravelKing slick tires tubeless
- Shifters: Sram Force AXS
- Crankset: Sram Quarq PM crank, 42t standard Dub BSA BB
- Rear: GX Eagle AXS derailleur, e*Thirteen Helix 9-50T cassette (such range!)
- Pedals: Egg Beaters OR iSSi Thump flats (depending on the situation)
- Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
- Bars: Salsa Cowbell
- Brakes: Yokozuna Ultima (mechanical all the way)
- Saddle: Brooks Cambium
- Cages: PDW Owl (love these guys)
- Bags: Most often a Roadrunner Co-Pilot stem bag and Outer Shell handlebar bag. For bigger rides I swap the Outer Shell for an Apidura Expedition Handlebar pack (I like to have stuff up front).
- Lights: PlanetBike Superflash rear (been going a long time) bolted to a fender mount. Exposure Sirius MK4 front (very portable and bright)
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