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    Carver Bikes Trans-Fat Suspension Fat Fork - READY TO GO!



    Yes, they're in stock and ready to ship TODAY!

    The fork comes with a free 135mm spaced 15mm front hub and thru axle.

    Find 'em at Bikeman or contact Carver bikes directly to snag one while they're still available.

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    Oh man!! do I or wait to see what RS puts out? Still a little nervous about inverted.

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    Rad. My old local shop, Bath Cycle & Ski, which puts out Carver stuff, is really stepping up their game!

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    Nice. Now make a straight steerer version to fit a 4.8" tire
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    506 mm axle to crown (484 mm w/sag)
    I assume that is with travel set to 110mm??

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    Yes, straight steerer option would be nice!!

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    Straight steer IS an option

    Of course, with a straight steerer version available, the Trans-Fat fork will work on almost any fatbike on the market

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Nice. Now make a straight steerer version to fit a 4.8" tire
    Quote Originally Posted by ward View Post
    Yes, straight steerer option would be nice!!
    Bikeman shows a straight 1-1/8" option.........

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    I just ordered every fork they had in stock.

    Anyone wanna buy a Carver fork for $999?

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    Hi All,

    We have both straight and tapered models available! There is ample clearance for 4" tires on 82mm rims. We have set up 4.8" tires on 68mm rims and this fits with very tight clearance.

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    Thanks for the info!!

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    What are the internals like? Oil/air? Not that many people will probably use the suspension in the winter, but I wonder how cold, slow oil will affect the damping. Then again, who cares, I'll never be able to afford one.

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    With all the companies threatening to import this exact same fork it's nice to see someone actually do it. Good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Spleen View Post
    Hi All,

    We have both straight and tapered models available! There is ample clearance for 4" tires on 82mm rims. We have set up 4.8" tires on 68mm rims and this fits with very tight clearance.

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    Nice to know... yeah I didn't see the straight steerer option. So what is your opinion on if I wanted to keep my 100mm clown shoes and throw a Knard or other 3.8" tire on the front? I would assume that would fit. Might be a nice option for summer.
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    We have set up the fork with a Clown Shoe with Big Fat Larry 4.7" tire and there is about 5mm of clearance on either side, but keep in mind that's when the tire is perfectly seated. Clown Shoe and Bud or Lou is a no-go, however.

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    Dang!! Sweet that it comes with the hub!!!

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    will bfls fit with 70mm rim for my on one fatty thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by druidh View Post
    I assume that is with travel set to 110mm??
    * cough *

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    Quote Originally Posted by druidh View Post
    I assume that is with travel set to 110mm??
    Correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I just ordered every fork they had in stock.

    Anyone wanna buy a Carver fork for $999?
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    Quote Originally Posted by smithcreek View Post
    With all the companies threatening to import this exact same fork it's nice to see someone actually do it. Good job!
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    meh, when are we getting a non reversed fork? I don't need the salt etc destroying the stanchions
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    O'Damn. 1.5kg more than my O'Beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanofChaos View Post
    meh, when are we getting a non reversed fork? I don't need the salt etc destroying the stanchions


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    Yup, it's a new (and better) world now.

    Carver Bikes Trans-Fat Suspension Fat Fork - READY TO GO!-image.jpg


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    What's the offset on this fork?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Forks do look beautiful, but the price is equal too or more than some complete fat bikes! But I guess they own the market for now......

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatper86 View Post
    Forks do look beautiful, but the price is equal too or more than some complete fat bikes! But I guess they own the market for now......
    I don't think someone who would buy this fork would be riding a walgoose.
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    Looks tough! How do they ride?

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    Looks mean - I have the exact same fork on order with Muru Cycles ;-)
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    Anxious to hear some ride reports... being a long time Maverick user... on a fatty that was built for it. Someone has to have done some riding on this thing... Mav's hub was stiff as heck (inverted forks rely on the hub for a brace) and still they flex allot. What are The details? Travel, A to C, Air/oil, Spring/oil, Lock-out, Travel-limiter, will it fit 29+...and how "flexy" is it?

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    Save for color and decal-- the Trans Fat looks exactly like the one 11Nine rolled out... Guess all of them are OEM from the same factory... cos it would have been more preferable to go with a 20mm TA rather than the 15mm. Certainly stiffer and would take care of any flex issue better.

    From the looks, doesn't seem too complicated to pull apart to tinker or change the travel but then still too little info floating around now. Think I will wait this one out a bit and also see what they say about having rebuild kits/ seals and all before pulling the trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ward View Post
    Mav's hub was stiff as heck (inverted forks rely on the hub for a brace) and still they flex allot.
    Maverick hubs are stiff; the hub/fork "QR" interface is weak and flexy, however. I've always felt that Maverick really fell on their faces with the QR design, which is not only not very secure, but is also a PITA to use, and not really "QR" at all. A standard thru axle is quicker than fussing with Maverick's silly quick flips.

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    Carver Bikes Trans-Fat Suspension Fat Fork - READY TO GO!

    I can't wait...but I'm gonna!! Winter is almost here anyway, and I'd be going back to rigid for the snow. Anxious to read reports and see RS offerings. People with deep pockets, come hither and buy...ride...report. Thanx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ward View Post
    Anxious to hear some ride reports... being a long time Maverick user... on a fatty that was built for it. Someone has to have done some riding on this thing... Mav's hub was stiff as heck (inverted forks rely on the hub for a brace) and still they flex allot. What are The details? Travel, A to C, Air/oil, Spring/oil, Lock-out, Travel-limiter, will it fit 29+...and how "flexy" is it?
    Pros:
    East coast trail (roots/rocks) performance has now put the fatbike back to where my former fox equipped 26er full squish was. i can now put my weight neutral or forward and just hammer as hard as i can. I've added a few more lbs of air to the tires as well and I'm rolling faster than i could w/o the fork. thought you still have to try to balance the front and the back, so keeping the back at about 9lbs for general trail riding feels good but i'm riding more out of the saddle then previously. the fork allows you to ride faster and the back kicks harder as a result.
    My biggest concern now it that this past weekend the new fork allowed me to out ride my ability. i was going through mottled sunlit trails waaay faster than i could have w a rigid (carver carbon fork previously and usually ran about 8lbs of air).
    i have not noticed any stiffness issues either pro or con, so i'll take that as a pro. albeit heavier than my carver carbon fork i ride it isn't doing anything odd in roots or rocks. On chewed out fireroads its ridiculously nice.

    Cons:
    there is slightly more stiction in comparison to the fox forks i've had but i'm trying some judy butter tonight to see if that helps.
    small bump compliance on slow terrain isn't great. i may have too much air still (60lbs for me, i'm 170lbs, and 45lbs for her and she's 110).
    any less than 40lbs of air and the fork sags under its weight so there's a fine line.
    the QR hurts when you close it by hand. significant mechanical advantage to the lever helps make it really really tight but the physical shape of the lever isn't hand friendly. i'm snugging it w my hand and then pushing it closed w the sole of my shoe...that works fine actually.

    initially i was thinking it'll be perfect for 3 seasons and i'll take it off for winter. now...i have my doubts honestly. the fork has a lockout lever and except for commuting or climbing i dont' like riding the bike now w the fork rigid.
    personally i think this is likely now the 'new normal' for me for fat.
    I've loaned it to 3 friends while out on rides. Each has said that it feels much much better than rigid.

    She will now be selling her full squish mtb and using the 9zero7 + fork for all endurance and UCI styled 2hr racing. its SO much more confidence inspiring for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anvil_den View Post
    Save for color and decal-- the Trans Fat looks exactly like the one 11Nine rolled out... Guess all of them are OEM from the same factory... cos it would have been more preferable to go with a 20mm TA rather than the 15mm. Certainly stiffer and would take care of any flex issue better.
    the 15mm is fine and the 20 not necessary from a flex standpoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    I don't think someone who would buy this fork would be riding a walgoose.
    My mistake, I meant equal too or more than half the price of some fat bikes. For example a Pug which can be bought for $1350

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatper86 View Post
    My mistake, I meant equal too or more than half the price of some fat bikes. For example a Pug which can be bought for $1350
    Where can one buy a Pug for $1350?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Where can one buy a Pug for $1350?
    Barely used... not sure if this is what he was referring to. Sorry, this is off topic. 2013 Surly Pugsley for sale: - PhotoPost Classifieds
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    yeah, that doesn't count.

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    OK, now that we have this out of our system, can somebody make a real 100 mm hub fork for 29+? Please please please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanofChaos View Post
    meh, when are we getting a non reversed fork? I don't need the salt etc destroying the stanchions
    I've owned quite a few inverted forks. Never had that problem. It is a porker though, like the old Marzocchi Shiver SC. Structurally an inverted fork is not very efficient (unless it has two crowns in addition to bulged uppers/stanchions), so you gotta come up with some fancy engineering/add weight to make it work and not just be a noodle. Not easy to do. This would be the first inverted SC fork ever in the history of mountain biking that's not a noodle if it lives up to the claims, but no one has accomplished this feat so far. I'll wait
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    'Bout the same weight as my lefty with clamps, nearly identical as I recall... Not bad. Front squish may not be necessary for winter, but I guarantee it will transform your summer mayhem-according to strava my 907 with lefty is pretty dang fast and according to me it's ear to ear grins... You must pull trigger on squish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easterntide View Post
    the QR hurts when you close it by hand. significant mechanical advantage to the lever helps make it really really tight but the physical shape of the lever isn't hand friendly. i'm snugging it w my hand and then pushing it closed w the sole of my shoe...that works fine actually.
    Thanks for bringing this up! It's definitely an issue that we're working on resolving ASAP. There is a new, more ergonomic 15QR design in the works right now. When it's complete, this will replace the existing QR <b>and we will send one to all existing Trans-Fat owners, no charge</b>

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    Out of curiosity, as someone who just recently began seeing the joy of a Lefty fatbike, I'm curious, how much of a benefit would a fork like this give me over a Lefty? I'm assuming perhaps more travel, but as far as stiffness I'm an ignoramus (I can't for the life of me feel the difference in my Fox 34 over a friend's Fox 32).

    I'm just sitting here thinking that I made the right move by going Lefty at least as far as cost. But I'm sure there's benefits I'm not aware of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Out of curiosity, as someone who just recently began seeing the joy of a Lefty fatbike, I'm curious, how much of a benefit would a fork like this give me over a Lefty? I'm assuming perhaps more travel, but as far as stiffness I'm an ignoramus (I can't for the life of me feel the difference in my Fox 34 over a friend's Fox 32).

    I'm just sitting here thinking that I made the right move by going Lefty at least as far as cost. But I'm sure there's benefits I'm not aware of?
    Lefty's are impressively stiff. Most people seem to be concerned with lateral stiffness, which is more of an issue on 2-legged forks. If it's significant enough, the tire can rub on one leg or the other when taking hits from the side. Also, side or twisting loads can create stiction, which prevents the fork from moving freely. The fork/axle interface is often blamed for a lack of lateral stiffness, hence the use of bigger bolt-on "through" axles. The Lefty does not have these problems because the axle is welded on, and doesn't have 2 legs that can move independently. It also has clamps above and below the head tube, and a longer length of the slider is buried in the stanchion.

    For the record, I don't have any suspension on my fatties, but I've owned Lefty's on my regular bikes and had good experience with them. Also had (have) a few Fox forks, and I like them, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    Lefty's are impressively stiff. Most people seem to be concerned with lateral stiffness, which is more of an issue on 2-legged forks. If it's significant enough, the tire can rub on one leg or the other when taking hits from the side. Also, side or twisting loads can create stiction, which prevents the fork from moving freely. The fork/axle interface is often blamed for a lack of lateral stiffness, hence the use of bigger bolt-on "through" axles. The Lefty does not have these problems because the axle is welded on, and doesn't have 2 legs that can move independently. It also has clamps above and below the head tube, and a longer length of the slider is buried in the stanchion.
    Another reason that a Lefty doesn't have sticking problems in lateral loads is that the lower is running on needle bearings.

    These are needle bearings: http://www.minprom.gov.by/images/products/6725.jpg

    I sometimes wonder if the one-sided design of the Lefty was just a marketing gimmick to say "Look, this is just how well the lower doesn't stick, we only used one leg." In other words I bet a two legged fork using non-ciricular innards running on needle bearings would be similarly perform very well.
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    Also, an analogy I use for people who can't get their head around a one sided bike fork: all four wheels of your car are technically one sided suspension designs. Sure, there is more like arm movement than just a strut, but in terms of weight bearing on one side, yes, totally safe. There is simply more material on the one side to compensate for the asymmetry. And cars weigh on the order of tons, not mere hundreds of pounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deuxdiesel View Post
    OK, now that we have this out of our system, can somebody make a real 100 mm hub fork for 29+? Please please please.
    +1 - I would like to see that happen, but I think the fat fork from RS may be the closest you get to that in a production fork for the short term. I just can't see the numbers of 29+ riders who would pay a premium for this product justifying it at this point.

    You can modify some of the Fox/RS 29er product to work with 29+ as long as you aren't afraid of removing a bit of the brace with a dremel tool. I'm typically pretty conservative when it comes to my forks/front wheel, but I'd be okay doing this given the success other folks have had with this modification.

    And some of the existing 29er forks work fine without mods as long as you aren't riding in a mud-prone area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    ......

    I sometimes wonder if the one-sided design of the Lefty was just a marketing gimmick to say "Look, this is just how well the lower doesn't stick, we only used one leg." In other words I bet a two legged fork using non-ciricular innards running on needle bearings would be similarly perform very well.
    As I recall the Lefty was born from a dual crown fork Cannondale made for the original "Freeride" series of bikes in the 90's which had all the business on the left side and nothing in the right leg which, (supposedly), gave rise to the thought of "Why not get rid of the right leg altogether?" Thus the Lefty was born.

    I may be wrong about that, but I recall something to that effect was how it came about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    As I recall the Lefty was born from a dual crown fork Cannondale made for the original "Freeride" series of bikes in the 90's which had all the business on the left side and nothing in the right leg which, (supposedly), gave rise to the thought of "Why not get rid of the right leg altogether?" Thus the Lefty was born.

    I may be wrong about that, but I recall something to that effect was how it came about.
    Sounds about right to me. They had their "Moto" series forks back then, which were dual-crown upside down forks. I had a 2000 Raven with the original Lefty. I had a mostly good experience with the Lefty, and was one of the few whose Raven frame didn't break. (The guy I sold it to broke it, but it was the aluminum swingarm, not the carbon/magnesium main frame.) First few rides were distracting, watching the front end of the bike instead of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Also, an analogy I use for people who can't get their head around a one sided bike fork: all four wheels of your car are technically one sided suspension designs. Sure, there is more like arm movement than just a strut, but in terms of weight bearing on one side, yes, totally safe. There is simply more material on the one side to compensate for the asymmetry. And cars weigh on the order of tons, not mere hundreds of pounds.
    True, it is a common design that is quite sturdy.

    Note though that bicycles and cars have different engineering tradeoffs. Cars don't really have space available above the wheel so support on both sides would change the overall shape of the vehicle in a manner that most people would not prefer. Also, minimizing weight is a more critical criteria when designing bikes. With cars, simply adding more metal is a viable solution up to a certain point. Etc.

    But yeah, lefties are strong enough for most people and most types of riding.

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    When will there be a fat fork in a reasonable price range? I get supply and demand probably makes them expensive now and these might be higher end forks but I just want a little cheap squish for a reasonable price

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    damn this for + BD fat bike = $1500 hard tail Fattie!!!!!

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    Go on Ebay and grab an old maverick if you want cheap.
    I sold mine on there for $250believe you can get a Risse racing fat fork for 600ISH.....will be heavier then this one probably.

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    When will there be a fat fork in a reasonable price range? I get supply and demand probably makes them expensive now and these might be higher end forks but I just want a little cheap squish for a reasonable price

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    $600, but it appears that you'll need to rebuild your wheel with their hub:

    Trixxxy Fat Air 4" fork, Risse Racing Technology Online Store

    120mm ??

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    Any real feedback in this Carver fork yet ? Seems that many got excited and were ordering them, I have been waiting for lots of pictures and feedback. How are they working? Good purchase? How has itchanged the overall feel of your bike? What tire pressure are you running in front? Thanks
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    I done several rides on my Salsa Beargrease with the Carver TransFat fork on it and can say for sureÖ It wonít be coming off.

    As expected, the fork has transformed technical riding on the fatty; no more bouncing from root to rock on technical sections, constantly making corrections along the way. Much the same way adding a fork to my old full rigid did 15 years ago, I can better pick a line and rail it while the TransFat fork settles the front end and keeps my rig tracking true.

    A noticeable amount of stiction when first installed has subsided and the fork is operating smoothly, taking on trail fodder much better than the stock fork. It has changed the geometry of the bike a bit. Raising the front and making it a bit more slack, and a bit less responsive to steering. Admittedly, the Beargrease steering was a bit twitchy out of the box, which is something I had gotten used to and learned to enjoy over time. With the new fork, it steers more like my Gary Fisher 29er, but biting harder into the track as you lean it over thanks to the fat tire footprint. Later, lowering my handlebar improved handling.

    My buddy bought the TransFat straight tube model for his Mukluk and had his LBS do the installation who also laced his Rolling Darryl rim onto the new hub that came with the fork. I went with the tapered model and installed it easily myself. I have no clearance issues with the downtube and fork crown. I did use a few pieces from the new hub to modify my Hope Fatsno QR front hub to make it compatible with the TrasnFat QR15 setup.

    Iíve left the TransFat fork at the stock travel setting of 110mm. Iíve considered inserting the travel limiter bushings that came with the fork to reduce the travel, but only if it reduces the ride height to dial back in some of the bikes original twitchiness. I havenít sorted that out yet. At 212 lbs, Iíve been running 100psi in the fork which keeps it from bottoming and keeps it tracking true. My buddy is lighter than me and runs 85-90lbs on his Mukluk 2. Iíve been running about 10psi in my tubeless Escalators on Marge Lites front and back. I havenít experimented much with tire pressures with the new fork but suppose I could go a bit lower as the fork will help prevent rim hits from the nastiest roots and rocks.

    Overall, I love what itís done to my fatbike ride. The root and rock induced rear tire pogo-sticking is more noticeable now that the front is so nicely settled but as I mentioned earlier, the front tracks much truer through the awful and this has helped reduce lap times at my local.

    I didnít think there was anything I could do to my fat bike to make it more funÖ until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjdog800 View Post
    I done several rides on my Salsa Beargrease with the Carver TransFat fork on it and can say for sureÖ It wonít be coming off.

    As expected, the fork has transformed technical riding on the fatty; no more bouncing from root to rock on technical sections, constantly making corrections along the way. Much the same way adding a fork to my old full rigid did 15 years ago, I can better pick a line and rail it while the TransFat fork settles the front end and keeps my rig tracking true.

    A noticeable amount of stiction when first installed has subsided and the fork is operating smoothly, taking on trail fodder much better than the stock fork. It has changed the geometry of the bike a bit. Raising the front and making it a bit more slack, and a bit less responsive to steering. Admittedly, the Beargrease steering was a bit twitchy out of the box, which is something I had gotten used to and learned to enjoy over time. With the new fork, it steers more like my Gary Fisher 29er, but biting harder into the track as you lean it over thanks to the fat tire footprint. Later, lowering my handlebar improved handling.

    My buddy bought the TransFat straight tube model for his Mukluk and had his LBS do the installation who also laced his Rolling Darryl rim onto the new hub that came with the fork. I went with the tapered model and installed it easily myself. I have no clearance issues with the downtube and fork crown. I did use a few pieces from the new hub to modify my Hope Fatsno QR front hub to make it compatible with the TrasnFat QR15 setup.

    Iíve left the TransFat fork at the stock travel setting of 110mm. Iíve considered inserting the travel limiter bushings that came with the fork to reduce the travel, but only if it reduces the ride height to dial back in some of the bikes original twitchiness. I havenít sorted that out yet. At 212 lbs, Iíve been running 100psi in the fork which keeps it from bottoming and keeps it tracking true. My buddy is lighter than me and runs 85-90lbs on his Mukluk 2. Iíve been running about 10psi in my tubeless Escalators on Marge Lites front and back. I havenít experimented much with tire pressures with the new fork but suppose I could go a bit lower as the fork will help prevent rim hits from the nastiest roots and rocks.

    Overall, I love what itís done to my fatbike ride. The root and rock induced rear tire pogo-sticking is more noticeable now that the front is so nicely settled but as I mentioned earlier, the front tracks much truer through the awful and this has helped reduce lap times at my local.

    I didnít think there was anything I could do to my fat bike to make it more funÖ until now.
    Is the fork flexy? The old single crown Mavs were noodles. This concern is why I haven't yet ordered one for my beargrease
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjdog800 View Post

    I didnít think there was anything I could do to my fat bike to make it more funÖ until now.
    Thanks for the review! Seems to be the response to most that put suspension on the front of their fatty

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    Great write up and feedback. Thanks for taking the time. Sounds like the fork has been a winner for you!
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    anyone know the max weight/air pressure you can run with these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by emp? View Post
    anyone know the max weight/air pressure you can run with these?
    The manual shows 120psi as the max air pressure in the fork.

    User "rule of thumb" on effective/comfortable pressure on this fork is 1psi per kilo of rider weight. That would put the high end rider weight at about 265lbs for a "comfortable ride" although I'm sure the fork would handle higher weights.

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    I weigh 260 and rode a Muk with the Carver fork on it for about an hour a couple of weeks ago. The guy who the bike belongs to weighs 230.
    I didn't even think about the pressure in the fork, I was so excited to ride it. Fork was smooth as silk and never bottomed out.
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    Any new input from people who own the Carver fork? A little more time has gone by now.

    I've been dreaming of something custom and was hoping the new Lefty SuperMax would fit a Nate on marge lite, but Craig @ Mendon tells me it's a no go. Now I'm thinking of going this route. I would really hope there's no issues with stiffness because this would primarily a trail bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattgVT View Post
    Any new input from people who own the Carver fork? A little more time has gone by now.
    I've had several weeks and rode the Ice Bike class in the Iceman Cometh race on the fork now and can't think of any reason to go back to rigid. A remote lockout would have been nice for the race but it was easy to give the lockout the 1/4 turn it needed to eliminate the bob during the early paved section and a couple of the longer off-the-saddle climbs.

    There was a fair amount of choppy new single track and brake-craters on the course and the TransFat fork smoothed it all out reducing fatigue for the 30mile race. I've left my setup at the stock 110mm of travel and like it there.

    I think the Lefty's are limited to 80mm and a buddy who rides Lefty was feeling like he needed more. He sold his setup.

    As for flex; the fork has no more flex (and probably less) than the Rockshok Reba on my GF 29'er. That's likely helped by the tapered steer tube I used on my setup.

    Waiting for snow here in southern Michigan...

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    What is the maintenance schedule like for these? Wasn't able to find any info online about how often it should be serviced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattgVT View Post
    Any new input from people who own the Carver fork? A little more time has gone by now.

    I've been dreaming of something custom and was hoping the new Lefty SuperMax would fit a Nate on marge lite, but Craig @ Mendon tells me it's a no go. Now I'm thinking of going this route. I would really hope there's no issues with stiffness because this would primarily a trail bike.
    good choice.

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    These look pretty awesome. I'm just weighing my options now, go lefty, get one of these or wait and see what else is coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjdog800 View Post
    I've had several weeks and rode the Ice Bike class in the Iceman Cometh race on the fork now and can't think of any reason to go back to rigid. A remote lockout would have been nice for the race but it was easy to give the lockout the 1/4 turn it needed to eliminate the bob during the early paved section and a couple of the longer off-the-saddle climbs.

    There was a fair amount of choppy new single track and brake-craters on the course and the TransFat fork smoothed it all out reducing fatigue for the 30mile race. I've left my setup at the stock 110mm of travel and like it there.

    I think the Lefty's are limited to 80mm and a buddy who rides Lefty was feeling like he needed more. He sold his setup.

    As for flex; the fork has no more flex (and probably less) than the Rockshok Reba on my GF 29'er. That's likely helped by the tapered steer tube I used on my setup.

    Waiting for snow here in southern Michigan...
    Thanks for giving us feedback on this shock since there very little info on the fork on the Carver Site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjdog800 View Post
    I think the Lefty's are limited to 80mm and a buddy who rides Lefty was feeling like he needed more. He sold his setup.
    Not necessarily true. I run my Lefty at 110mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Not necessarily true. I run my Lefty at 110mm.
    You run your lefty at 110mm mounted to a fat tire setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjdog800 View Post
    You run your lefty at 110mm mounted to a fat tire setup?
    Yeah. My head tube is fairly short, I think 4 inches? Started with a Lefty Max 140 pre-fat.
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    Just picked up a used Tans-Fat fork. Still looking for a tuning guide, at least something with psi settings and the type/volume of oil. It appears the lockout isn't working. Anyone here have experience with that?

    Thanks
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    Contact Carver/Bikeman, they are awesome people and will help you out.
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    I just picked one up on eBay this past week. It looks nice and sturdy! It will be mounted to a 2014 Farley, and the plan is to lace up a set of 27.5 Mulefuts to Hope Fatsno hubs with 3.5 FBN tires. I've converted a steel 29er Jamis Exile to drop bar/gravel bike and have a FS trail bike, so my intent is to use the Farley as the go-to daily rider this season, and switch back to 26x4 tires/wheels for winter riding. I'll provide a report on the fork asap.

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    Would a 85mm rim also fit? I now have 82mm rims in it and I still have enough clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geekrunner View Post
    I just picked one up on eBay this past week. It looks nice and sturdy! It will be mounted to a 2014 Farley, and the plan is to lace up a set of 27.5 Mulefuts to Hope Fatsno hubs with 3.5 FBN tires. I've converted a steel 29er Jamis Exile to drop bar/gravel bike and have a FS trail bike, so my intent is to use the Farley as the go-to daily rider this season, and switch back to 26x4 tires/wheels for winter riding. I'll provide a report on the fork asap.
    Back with a report! 27.5 wheelset built up as previously described, and fork installed. It is a wonderful feeling! I first rode the bike with fork and the 26x4 wheel setup (actually crashed during a race and broke my left collarbone, but that's a whole different story). As mentioned before, the small bump compliance is not so good, but it seems that tire air pressure can adjust for that somewhat. However, on bigger hits it works great! It does make an odd squeaking noise under compression early in the travel. It may be bushing rub, but not sure. I bought the fork on the understanding it was recently serviced. Other than the squeak, I'm happy with it. I'll find out how to disassemble it and butter up the bushings and seals and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geekrunner View Post
    Back with a report! 27.5 wheelset built up as previously described, and fork installed. It is a wonderful feeling! I first rode the bike with fork and the 26x4 wheel setup (actually crashed during a race and broke my left collarbone, but that's a whole different story). As mentioned before, the small bump compliance is not so good, but it seems that tire air pressure can adjust for that somewhat. However, on bigger hits it works great! It does make an odd squeaking noise under compression early in the travel. It may be bushing rub, but not sure. I bought the fork on the understanding it was recently serviced. Other than the squeak, I'm happy with it. I'll find out how to disassemble it and butter up the bushings and seals and see what happens.

    Dave
    I have the squeak with mine. I'll be sending it in for service, as the lockout and compression is not working properly. I'll report on whether that fixes the squeak as well.
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    Progress report: Squeak has subsided, small bump compliance has improved. Overall I'm pretty happy with the fork!

    Anyone know where a service manual can be had, or point me to any info on servicing the fork? Thx!

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