I finally had a day to ride this beast. I've had it setting there, begging to be used for a week and a half, like a $5 bill in an 8 year olds pocket. Coming from riding 06, 07, 08 Specilaized epics I wanted some more simplicty in my ride. Believe it or not, my intentions were to build an "economic" hardtail, but we all know how easily things get out of hand when a catalog full of shiny parts and options is placed before you. So out comes the Carver Ti 99er. Here's a quick build run down
-Frame-Carver Ti 99er...duh
-Fork-Maverick SC32 (does it flex?...yes, Does it matter when riding?...no)
-Hubs- Hope Pro 2
-Rims Velocity Blunt
-Rear D-Sram x9
-Shifter-Sram xo gripshift
-Seatpost-Thomson Masterpiece (did I mention i was going for economical?)
Stem-now a thomson
Fantastic. The only other Ti I've dealt with has been a Litespeed road frame and this is just as nice. For a $1100, 3.4 lb Ti frame it can't be beat. The S-bend seat and chain stays was a big plus for me and offer huge clearence. I did rediculous amounts of research on geometry before deciding which bike to go with. My criteria was simple...Fit like a medium Stumpjumper with 26" wheels, no toe over lap. This bike nailed it. Also, the decals are of the easy-peel variety. I'm sure they would rather me leave them on, but I'm a sucker for naked Ti and when most people ask what kind of frame it is, I can tell them how coooool it is.
Feels Great. The bike built up just at 23 lbs which really feels nice under you. A light bike with big wheels just feels right. In comparing the Ti with Steel, the only way I can describe it is that Ti feels like Steel with butter on it. This is still a hardtail for sure, and I felt no lack of power transfer, but a don't know that I felt any thing that could be called a vibration. Bumps...yes, rocks...yes, vibration...NONE. It's nice to be back on a hardtail after so many years of FSR.
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