Toronto’s VéloColour lay down some of the most spellbinding works of art in the two-wheeled world. When Noah Rosen, the man holding the spray gun at VéloColour, finally got talked into acquiring a titanium Seven ‘crosser, he had to apply his personal touch.
Seven Cycles have been a leader in the high-end ti bicycle industry since 1997, pouring out frames from their Massachusetts facilities, and their team includes luminaries such as Mike Flanigan, Bryan Hollingsworth, Mike Salvatore and Bradford Smith.
Noah is good mates with Justin Bagnati from Signature Cycles in Connecticut, a Seven dealership, and whenever Noah would go riding with Justin — usually over gravel roads — he’d be eyeing off the quality of Justin’s own ti Seven.
Naturally, Justin extolled the virtues of a Seven. Noah was looking for a new ride and was primarily after a ‘cross bike that was capable of multi-mile dirt road riding, so he was finally coerced into becoming the owner of a titanium Seven Mudhoney.
He had fender bosses added to the dropouts and married the frame to Parlee’s carbon gravel/cross fork with integrated fender bosses on the front end. Noah’s thoughts then turned to a personally specific paint job.
For all of the benefits of steel, titanium is a beautiful material in the raw, a quality Noah wanted to highlight by leaving it uncoated, especially the lower sections which is prone to stone chips and derailleur clamping.
A dark blue metallic was chosen for the main colour, contrasted with bright white and a chartreuse to match VéloColour’s race kit for an extra hit of colour. The fine line work is a VéloColour specialty, so that was provided the starting point for the scheme.
Noah is a Campagnolo man from way back, so the mechanical Chorus 11 gruppo was an easy decision, coupled with TRP brakes, a Deda cockpit, and a matching Silca Impero pump. Downstairs are a pair of Altamont Lite rims laced to White Industry hubs.