The new Carver Gnarvester is designed specifically for 29+ (29×3.0 tires) and we got one in-house for a long-term review. We are building up this titanium frame with a selection of new and used components.
This is a pretty sweet chainstay yoke. What kind of word is yoke anyway?
Sliding dropouts with Paragon Machine Works sliders and a Shimano thru-axle.
Whisky No. 9 carbon fork.
15mm thru-axle up front.
First generation RockShox Reverb dropper. It worked last time I used but, but alas, it needs a rebuild to get running again. On the right is the Vee Tire Trax Fatty 29×3.00. Only the second 29+ tire that has made it to market, you can buy this now.
Wide Syntace W35 wheels. Offset rims, tubeless ready, pretty sweet.
We’ve also got a Carver MyTi carbon alt-bar and Hayes Stoker brakes to finish off the build, and a 1×10 drivetrain, as there are no allowances for a front derailleur on the Gnarvester.
Want to see where this project goes? Stay tuned!Tweet Print
Carver Bikes has always been at the forefront of the fat bike movement, never hesitating to introduce new products as the market changes. It had even built one of the first full-suspension fat bikes. Now the brand is doubling down on big tires, with a host of new goods to keep you floating year ’round.Tweet Print
Admittedly, I went into this test a bit skeptical. I can justify titanium for other applications rather easily, but for a progressive trail riding 29er I needed to be convinced. The weight savings is nice, but would it be stiff enough?
Although Ti is usually associated with compliant ride characteristics, Carver Bikes made a point of using larger-diameter tubes that were shaped for stiffness. I was pleased to hear that was a priority. I’m not one to enjoy unwanted and unexpected feedback from a frame.Tweet Print