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Seven Cycles RedSky lets you grind gravel without disc brakes

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seven cycles redsky rim brake gravel road bike

In what can almost be called old school anymore, Seven Cycles has busted out a modern gravel grinder for those not quite ready to give up their rim brake wheels.

The new RedSky combines modern frame building and features with medium reach brake calipers. Run it with a racy 700×23, or push things out to a ‘cross ready 35mm, and the bike will look good either way. It’s based off their Axiom and Evergreen road bike platforms, but made to accommodate a little more rubber and bumpier roads. If the morning red sky’s forecast for bad weather doesn’t deter you from riding, your ship may have come in…

seven cycles redsky rim brake gravel road bike

The frameset includes a more generous version of their 5E fork, which can be had with any of eight different rakes to customize the ride handling and fit (think toe overlap for smaller riders). It’s hiding fender mounts, which’ll still squeeze 32mm slicks in there when mounted.

seven cycles redsky rim brake gravel road bike

The frame is available in steel, titanium or a ti/carbon blend. Bikes start at $4,000 and, according to Seven, can be built up 1.5 to 2 pounds lighter than a comparably equipped disc brake bike. Check their blog for photo comparisons of different tire sizes installed on a SRAM eTap build.

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Andy
Andy
6 years ago

This looks like it would be a hit among the 50+ touring crowd.

Craig
Craig
6 years ago

Wow what a cool bike. I will never have disc brakes on my gravel bikes. Simple calipers all day everyday. Really like the paint scheme!

John
John
6 years ago

Good luck with rim brakes after you find yourself on a Level B service road 3″ or 4″ in mud.

Todd
Todd
6 years ago
Reply to  John

Yeh, because people NEVER race or road in mud before the invention of disc.

John
John
6 years ago
Reply to  Todd

Yes, back in the day we did, but I can’t imagine ever going back to rim brakes in dirt/gravel/mud, and for the same reasons we switched exclusively to disc brakes on MTB: it keeps the lions share of crud away from the braking surface and works the same, wet or dry.

Hey, feel free to enjoy your u-brakes or cantis if that’s what floats yer boat, but I have no clue why anyone would buy a _new_ gravel/adventure bike (esp. at these prices) designed for the old brake technology.

CRAIG
CRAIG
6 years ago
Reply to  John

At the point of 3-4″ of mud frame clearance is going to be what stops the bike. My canti’s have never stopped the wheels turning but mud stuck around the chain stay or seat stay bridges has.

EATRIDEGROW
6 years ago

Y U NO CANTI MOUNTS? But seriously doesn’t this limit the market for this bike to people with dry dusty roads? At least a cx bike can do both

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

I chuckled when I saw the crank. I know it’s a frameset, but the build kit just looks so awful.

Gef
Gef
6 years ago

My gunnar sport is a very similar bike, old school(ish) to say the least. If the Seven is similar, which it seems to be, it’ll be a very capable bike.

Kyle
Kyle
6 years ago

Ah! The practicality is blowing my mind!

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

At least it is expensive.

Flatbiller
Flatbiller
6 years ago

My favorite is when “old school” freds start talking about the good ol’ days, canti brakes, friction shifters, how it’s all too advanced, as they get their ancient bike off the roof rack of their 2017 BMW M4.

Jay V.
Jay V.
6 years ago

Yay, lets grind those expen$ive wheels instead!

BANXX
BANXX
6 years ago

(from Seven’s site) “We know a lot of our riders are hesitant to move to disc brakes, because they have already invested in quality rim brake wheels.”

Bikes start at $4000? I mean if you don’t like disc, that’s fine I guess… but are we acting like we’re trying to save people money or something?

Badbikemechanic
Badbikemechanic
6 years ago

Rad bike. I agree with the others. Discs are not a requirement for riding off road. I get as much stopping power from my trp mini Vs and save 2lbs of weight. It should have an option for canti studs though.

dG
dG
6 years ago

Hmmm… such things already exist, for a fraction of the cost. It’s called “steel bikes from the 80s and 90s”. they had plenty of clearance and rode nice. Snatch a Basso Gap brand new on ebay for $500 and you’ll be all set, including fitting 28-30mm tires without trouble. look, I love the Seven people, know some of them, live in the same town, but this is sort of ridiculous. Still, folks will buy them, being Seven and all.

Mitch
Mitch
6 years ago

That’s a Seven? I almost didn’t recognize it without the signature 4 foot long headtube.

CRAIG
CRAIG
6 years ago
Reply to  Mitch

Your comment made me laugh. It really did. Internet wise crack of the day award right there.

Greg
Greg
6 years ago

What annoys me is the brake choice. Medium reach brakes intended for wider tires need a cable release with a much longer throw. Tektro makes some with that feature. Can’t remember if the Paul Racer Mediums have a straddle disconnect feature, if so it qualifies too.

Frank
Frank
6 years ago

This bike already exists, it’s called the Kona Honky Tonk.

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