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    Carver O'Beast Fork

    Just swapped out my Pugsley fork for the Carver O'Beast carbon and next to going from Large Marge's to Marge Lite's this is the best upgrade I've made. I was concerned how the longer fork would effect steering and handling. The way the front end handles now is such a great improvement. It just seems to float over everything and the steering is nice and light. The weight of the fork is amazing, the packaging weighed more, and it has more tire clearance than you'd ever need. I got the black fork and it matches my frame perfectly. If you can, order one, you'll be glad you did.

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    Is there a rider weight limit to this fork?

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    Did it change the standover height noticeabley?

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    Don't know about a weight limit. Give BIKEMAN.COM a call, they would know and are great to deal with. I did not notice any change the standover height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkorn View Post
    Just swapped out my Pugsley fork for the Carver O'Beast carbon and next to going from Large Marge's to Marge Lite's this is the best upgrade I've made. I was concerned how the longer fork would effect steering and handling....
    The Carver fork on a Pug changes the HA and BB drop to a figure very similar to the On-One Fatty, and that's reckoned to be a good trail bike.
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    subscribed. This fork looks too good to be true. So, naturally, I crave it.
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    just bought mine for my mukluk. I can not wait for it to arrive.

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    I agree with everything the OP said. Also, I was standing over my bike in a bank drive through behind a minivan and they floored it in reverse and knocked me over. Fork's fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    The Carver fork on a Pug changes the HA and BB drop to a figure very similar to the On-One Fatty, and that's reckoned to be a good trail bike.
    90% of my riding is XC and the change has been a welcome addition.

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    3 of my friends are running them on their 907 bikes... they look awesome and are noticeably light. This is going to be my next fall upgrade for my moonlander... the O-Beast is a full 1 POUND lighter than the stock moonlander fork. It will take a Bud up front no problem.


    Photos... right?


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    The yellow 907 in front now looks like this: (photo & bike - Brady Larson)

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    Can you use hose clamp on this fork to mount additional water bottle cages? Or is that not recommended?

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    Can anyone confirm that a Bud will fit this on a Clown Shoe rim? If you've done it can you verify the clearance from tire to fork?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrstein View Post
    Can anyone confirm that a Bud will fit this on a Clown Shoe rim? If you've done it can you verify the clearance from tire to fork?

    Thanks in advance!
    I think your answer was (mostly) posted by Duggs.

    The black and green 907 appears to be running a Bud on a Clownshoe.

    My LBS confirmed that the carver fork will clear anything on the market at present when I was in the shop yesterday.

    I just wish there was a replacement offset fork option that could run a Bud. I'd love to be able to keep the ability to swap front and rear wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    I think your answer was (mostly) posted by Duggs.

    The black and green 907 appears to be running a Bud on a Clownshoe.

    My LBS confirmed that the carver fork will clear anything on the market at present when I was in the shop yesterday.

    I just wish there was a replacement offset fork option that could run a Bud. I'd love to be able to keep the ability to swap front and rear wheel.
    Thanks - didn't catch that.

    Hit up Walt Works for an offset fork. It may not come in lighter than stock but if you want more a-c on an offset fork that clears big tires he may be a good option.

    I'm having him make me a non-offset 135mm fork with 140mm tire clearance and 168mm a-c for my Moonie. Main reason was for a slacker head angle but his forks reportedly ride nice too.

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    Re: Carver O'Beast Fork

    Whats Walt charging for the fork? He makes good stuffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustybkr View Post
    Whats Walt charging for the fork? He makes good stuffs.
    $315 powder coated black and shipped to my door. 6 week lead time because each one is custom. What I like about the process is that Walt asks what kind of riding will be happening, how much the bike is loaded, etc.

    In contrast, stock orks are pretty much always designed for someone that is either heavier than me or rides harder than me. I'll post plenty of pics in another thread when I get it.

    Sorry to the OP for derailling the conversation a bit.

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    Carver fork was definitely the best money spent for my bike - on XC I feel so much more in control

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    A 340g + $150 difference between the WB snowpack and the Carver so it makes a lot of sense to go with the Carver.. Just wanted to make sure it was up to my Clyde weight!!

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    Beautiful bikes. I can't show my wife, she wanted green or yellow (she is getting blue) Two questions, what are you using for the colored rim strip?

    Second, does the O'Beast fit right on the 907? Does it change the geometry? Any mods needed to get it right?

    The wife and I just ordered 2 907's with the Susitna build. I was thinking about upgrading to the McGrath but am now thinking a better bank for the buck would be the Carver fork, some 120 tpi lighter tires, q-tube super lite tubes and it would still be $100 less than upgrading the build. Any thoughts are appreciated, looking for best bang for the buck weight reduction. We want a reasonably light bike without spending heaps of cash (so does everyone right)?

    PS frames are the 170/135 with 44mm head.

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    great fork

    how bout' another pic or 2...

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    .. If I see this bike on display with those GT bars, I am bringing my hacksaw!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truckeemtb View Post
    Beautiful bikes. I can't show my wife, she wanted green or yellow (she is getting blue) Two questions, what are you using for the colored rim strip?
    Just do a search... there are threads all over. I think those were done with the colored duct tape you can get at hobby stores or wal-mart even.

    Duct tape won't be wide enough though if you are running clown shoes. I used 3m 3" reflective tape for mine.

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    I love my Carver carbon fork. Install is here.

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    Thoughts after riding it for a while...

    After over a thousand miles, it's been great. No complaints.

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    Lawfarm,

    So what is your take on putting the o beast on a stock '13 muk 3 with a 6'1" 220lbs clyde rider? Do you think a full carbon hold up to abuse? I will be mostly riding xc. Will the stock bb7's bolt up to the fork with the rotor spacer? Awesome blog by the way, just signed up to follow it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ECU-Yukon View Post
    Lawfarm,

    So what is your take on putting the o beast on a stock '13 muk 3 with a 6'1" 220lbs clyde rider? Do you think a full carbon hold up to abuse? I will be mostly riding xc. Will the stock bb7's bolt up to the fork with the rotor spacer? Awesome blog by the way, just signed up to follow it.
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    the stock bb7's should bolt up, you just will be post mounting them. I will have all of this confirmed here shortly when mine arrives. I will be xc riding mine but I am 180lbs

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    Will the stock bb7's bolt up to the fork with the rotor spacer?

    YES

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkorn View Post
    Will the stock bb7's bolt up to the fork with the rotor spacer?

    YES
    What other changes did you have to make for the pugsley? given that the front wheel and fork are offset. Did you have your stock wheel rebuilt? Did you build another wheel?

    I'd be tempted to use it as an excuse to upgrade to a nicer front hub and build a new wheel but that's not very cost effective and more than doubles the upgrade cost. But the ability to simply swap front ends if wanted is a plu, then having both an offset and symmetrical wheel ready to go. just curious what you did in your case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mochunk View Post
    What other changes did you have to make for the pugsley? given that the front wheel and fork are offset. Did you have your stock wheel rebuilt? Did you build another wheel?

    I'd be tempted to use it as an excuse to upgrade to a nicer front hub and build a new wheel but that's not very cost effective and more than doubles the upgrade cost. But the ability to simply swap front ends if wanted is a plu, then having both an offset and symmetrical wheel ready to go. just curious what you did in your case.
    This is exactly the point, the carbon fork is great, but nothing compared to being paired with a 900g wheel.
    Bonz rear trials hubs are 135mm and super light , paired with a 47mm wide Neon trials rim and 1.7mm or thinner spokes and you've got yourself a winning combo.
    Need more for snow? then match it up with a Marge or Darryl.

    Yes, it's a non-offset wheel, so you have to rebuild whatever you have anyways.

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    my carver fork is still going strong. Tons of hard trail miles not to mention I beat the crap out of the mukluk at the sea otter on the xc race last month. The fork is doing awesome. In fact, I am think I am taking it racing next weekend for an enduro race.

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    And the fork looks GREAT!
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    Love this fork for it's lightweight and relatively inexpensive pricing for such a fine piece of bike-flesh.

    However...would pay twice as much for a domestically-manufactured fork of comparable performance. By-the-way.......It has survived some superman-oh-my-god-I-am-gonna-crash moments. Still looks new.

    Two issues: I bought two of these forks last summer.

    1. brake caliper mounting issue.........the caliper bolts thread into a barrel nut that is captured in a molded carbon-fiber boss that is part of the lower-fork/dropout area. One of these barrel nut bosses was not bored deep enough and I fiddled longer than I should have trying to get the caliper bolt threaded. It was an easy fix.

    2. The crown-race mounting area at the base of the steer tube was not perfectly flat and had a bit of "flash" on it. I should have cleaned it up with a file before installing the crown race, but didn't. For the first two rides I had to reset my headset preload. It has not been an issue since then.

    I beat this thing...it's still fine! Pics?? ..and yes...those are 80mm carbon rims as well.
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    ooooooh, carbon rims........ohhhhhhh!!!! I'm another highly satisfied user/owner of the O'Beast Fat Fork. My goodness, is it nice. Had an Enabler on my 907 and the difference is night and day. 907 should sell nothing but the O'Beast with their frames. Now where does one steal/find some of those carbon rims????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by builder View Post
    ooooooh, carbon rims........ohhhhhhh!!!! I'm another highly satisfied user/owner of the O'Beast Fat Fork. My goodness, is it nice. Had an Enabler on my 907 and the difference is night and day. 907 should sell nothing but the O'Beast with their frames. Now where does one steal/find some of those carbon rims????????
    Want rims?////Talk to Chain Reaction Cycles in Anchorage, makers of the 907. Also talk to SpeedWay cycles in Anchorage, makers of the FatBack.

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    Moonlander riders with this fork: It looks like this will raise your front end .7 inches because of an increased axle to crown measurement. How has this affected the handling and riding of the bike?

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    Its faster through the woods,,really makes the bike a "carver". I love mine. Have it on a '12 Necromancer with 82mm wheels and it rocks! Drove like a truck before.

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    Sounds like it will slacken HTA and raise bars from ground a tad on a Moonlander. I guess not necessarily a bad thing.

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