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Project titanium 29+ from Carver, Whisky, Syntace and Vee Tire


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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.

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!

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Review: Carver Ti 420


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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.

Did it work out? Read the full review.

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