So here is a picture of my new ride... *
For the last 2 years I have been riding a Salsa Mukluk year round and it was beginning to show its age. Only the brake levers and calipers remain from the original build. This time I wanted something that would beat me up a bit less on the downhills and in classic New England rock gardens but still be fat since that's what I like to ride. A higher bottom bracket was also on the wish list. Before the mukluk I was riding a Carver Ti 96er which was super comfortable and i had such a great experience with Bikeman I decided to get another Carver. I tried a couple at The Kingdom Trails Winterfest and decided to go with a 2012 O’Beast. I'm a big guy so went with a pretty solid build kit and steel where needed (inner chain ring, Hope free hub body, fork). There is no carbon anywhere on this bike and its still 30 pounds on the nose even with my bell, bottle cage, dropper post, Ergon grips, and beer opener. I'll get it down to below 30 pounds when i cut the steerer. it rides like a dream and is noticeably more comfortable over bumps but seems give up nothing on the climbs vs the mukluk. The lack of pedal strike with a slightly higher bottom bracket makes a big difference in the rough and I don’t feel any less stable. I went with Marge Lite rims / Q tubes / ultralight tires and the wheels feel much lighter than the Holy Rolling Darryl / light toob / ultralight combo on my Salsa. On my Salsa I use the HD rims and BFL’s with 100 Grip Studs each and I’ll probably use that wheel set in the winter on my O’Beast with a custom casette.
I have a friend with a 16” Carver so included a picture of both together - they make a nice couple!
20" carver O'Beast
Cane Creek 110 headset
Carver Ti prybar
Gravity dropper turbo post with 3" drop
WTB pro v saddle Ti rails
XT drivetrain 11-36 rear casette
Race Face turbine 22/36 crank (steel inner ring)
XT brakes with 185 ice rotors
Marge lite rims
Surly ultra new front hub
Hope rear hub with steel free hub body
Nate / Larry ultralight tires
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