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    2013 Carve SL (Singlespeed)

    Has anyone seen one of these yet?

    I'm pretty anxious in hearing more about it....good and/or bad....

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    I've ordered one. The geometry is close to my Niner Air9

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    Thinking about one, spec doesn't have an estimated arrival date yet.

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    I've had the shop order mine and I'm anxious to see what it is all about. The geometry on these is the same as the geared Carves and that is fine with me.

    This will be my first single speed and it'll be fully rigid until I get some $ for a suspension fork. My bike shop has advised me against X-Fusion, but they have forks in stock 2012 that are the configuration that I would need 9mm QR with a tapered steerer tube.

    Hopefully I won't jar my teeth out while trying to ride it around here in a fully rigid fashion. Do any of you feel like you'd be able to get a decent resale value on a Chisel fork? I've heard that they are Specialized's answer to the Niner rigid carbon fork offering.

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    They're brand new, so you can probably sell it easily.

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    So I finally got mine yesterday and I'm in love.

    This is my first full rigid bike and will definitely take some getting acquainted with. It climbs like a goat and descends super quick. Honestly it is a little too quick when dealing with the amount of large hit rocks that we have here in Southern Arizona.

    I think I'll have to tweak the air pressure. Currently I'm running tubeless with the Specialized Ground Controls that came with it at 25psi.

    A quick side note is that even though it is spec'd with dual 2.1 tires, it comes with a 2.3 on the front for extra fatness and compliance for the full rigid.

    I was a little ambitious when I took it out for the first time. I'd never ridden full rigid before and I took it out on a night ride on top of that (not so smart I know)

    I ended up flying all over the trail and ending up in some bushes and laid it down on the trail once due to my inability to keep my line from hitting some babyhead sized rocks.

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    got any photos of it?

    When did you order it? I heard delivery times are way out....

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    +1, jshoe. I was told no delivery dates yet which means it's going to be a while.

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    Is there any provision for a derailleur hanger for 1x10? I'm getting some conflicting info on this and I like to switch it up between geared and SS...

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    I'm assuming no der hanger option.

    Per the Spesh spec page:
    Specialized M4SL Aluminum, 29er singlespeed specific frame w/ XC geometry, fully butted w/ smooth welding, tapered headtube and seat tube, forged post mount 160mm disc dropouts, alloy replaceable der. hanger

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    Yeah, that's what it looks like in the pics I've seen, but one reviewer said there was a spot for a hanger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_shoe99 View Post
    I'm assuming no der hanger option.

    Per the Spesh spec page:
    Specialized M4SL Aluminum, 29er singlespeed specific frame w/ XC geometry, fully butted w/ smooth welding, tapered headtube and seat tube, forged post mount 160mm disc dropouts, alloy replaceable der. hanger
    I'd assume there is since it notes there is a replaceable hanger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    I'd assume there is since it notes there is a replaceable hanger.
    Good eye erichwic, I missed that part.

    I think I want one of these bikes....

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    Looks like the drive side seat stay has "Warts" for a rear derailleur cable, so a 1x10 is possible. Nothing for a front derailleur though.

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    So apparently I can't post pics until I've got 10 posts, so I guess I need to get to it

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    At the bike shop


    After a few rides (much more dirty)


    Changes that were done when the bike was purchased tubeless conversion w/Gorilla tape and Stans, and removal of the wheel decals. No need to mention, but I will anyway that the rear blinky and Garmin are just accessories.

    Weight without cages, Garmin, rear blinky, and including pedals was just at ~22.25 lbs. This is a 19 or Large in Specialized.


    Sorry it took so long posting I didn't want to just randomly spam just to get my post count up.

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    Truly a nice lookin bike!

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    Looking forward to getting mine. How heavy are the wheels? My 2013 Epic Carbon Comp wheelset was 2100 grams! I lost a pound of rotational weight by replacing the stock wheels with Stans Arch EX wheelset. I'm guessing the SL will require a wheel upgrade as well....

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    I didn't weight the wheels individually because that whole thing isn't important to me honestly. Overall weight is, somewhat, but individual components aren't.

    I'll be probably upgrading to a riser bar of some sort due to hand numbness..etc I've been getting on this. I'll also be replacing the grips with something a little less crappy. The wings on the grips are somewhat softer than the Ergons that I have on my other bike (which my wife has taken due to the agreement we had).

    I'll have to have my bike shop show me how to tension the chain when I go there again. This will help with me being able to work with it out on the trail if I encounter skipping..etc.

    I have a race, Epic Rides Tour of the White Mountains, next weekend and I just want to be more prepared
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    I almost ordered one of these, but I chickened out as I wasn't sure about not having gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisisbenji View Post
    I almost ordered one of these, but I chickened out as I wasn't sure about not having gears.
    It is one of those things that until you actually ride one you won't understand.

    I'd ridden one single speed twice before, and I fell in love.

    If you have the chance to test ride one, I recommend that you do it.

    You will not regret it.

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    I mean... I have probably about 2-3 hours of riding singlespeed single track under my belt, but I think it'd have to be a secondary mtb for me.

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    Cool looking bike. Add carbon bars and seatpost and it will be down in the 21# range, mostly stock. I want one! best of all its BLACK.

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    I work at a bike shop in Wyoming, and all I have heard from our reps is how awesome this bike is! The owner just got back from interbike last weekend and he had a bunch of good things to say about this bike too! I want to ride one extremely bad!

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    Antimike, that bike is badass! how was the ride on it? I want to ride one so bad! Thanks for posting those pictures

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    Ouch, I just noticed the standover height on the medium Carve, 796mm (31.3"). That is going to be close with my 32" inseam. I also checked the Stumpy HT and it's standover is 810mm (31.9") on a medium frame. This seems like a tall standover height to me compared to other HT brands. Do I have short legs for my 5'10" height?

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    I run a medium carve with an inseam closer to 30", no problem.

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    I'm closer to a 30" inseam and ride a medium Carve with 0 problems as far as standover is concerned.

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    I'm 5'6" and don't have much stand over clearance on mine, I think it's just due to being a 29er. It also might have to do with from where on the top tube they measure, I mean it's sloped so much the stand over varies greatly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamXC View Post
    Antimike, that bike is badass! how was the ride on it? I want to ride one so bad! Thanks for posting those pictures
    Honestly, the ride on the bike is quite awesome surprisingly. When I did my first ride on it, it was at night and I biffed it pretty good but no scratches on the bike (best part) then the second time I rode it was during the daytime.

    It was truly, not to sound cheesy, a night and day difference. It was much easier to choose lines instead of hammering on big rocks.

    I have another front suspension bike and this one climbs better and descends just as well as that one does maybe even better at that too.

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    BOOM! I ordered up my (large) Carve SL last night from the LBS.....let the waiting game begin...

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    Quote Originally Posted by antimike View Post
    At the bike shop


    After a few rides (much more dirty)


    Changes that were done when the bike was purchased tubeless conversion w/Gorilla tape and Stans, and removal of the wheel decals. No need to mention, but I will anyway that the rear blinky and Garmin are just accessories.

    Weight without cages, Garmin, rear blinky, and including pedals was just at ~22.25 lbs. This is a 19 or Large in Specialized.


    Sorry it took so long posting I didn't want to just randomly spam just to get my post count up.
    of the LBS's by me that is a chain got 4 or 5 for the 4 shops.. I dont see them moving that fast but i myself am getting a 19.. glad you posted up a pic of yours and it happened to be a 19. It doesnt look bad at all. I just wish i wouldnt have to have so much post showing.

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    Yeah the next size up would have had me super stretched out.

    It comes with a substantial seat post length (maybe 400mm but I'm not exactly sure didn't measure) and as long as you've got enough in the frame, seat post showing is just aesthetics.

    I'm glad I made the decision to pull the trigger on this bike. This is actually my first quality bike, and I am well pleased.

    The stock saddle isn't bad, but the ERGON SM3 is the bees knees!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thisisbenji View Post
    I almost ordered one of these, but I chickened out as I wasn't sure about not having gears.
    It comes with a rear der hanger, so you can run it as a 1x10 if you want.

    That was one feature that I liked, for the few times i'd want gears, I can use the same bike. Very versatile.

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    im wondering if the chisel fork itself will only be avalible in the matte black finish? hopefully spech. will give us some color options, im thinkin on buying the carve comp. and would like a gloss red/black chisel fork to match. still i do think specialized hit this out of the park with this bike.

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    Damn, 31" standover on a medium? I'm 6' with 32" inseam, I was expecting I'd need a large, I guess I should test ride a medium/large before pulling the trigger.

    Sounds silly but I think this is one of the more exciting bikes Spec has put out over the last couple years. My shop has one coming in, if I'd have known about this before jumping into a high end 650 build with both feet I would have spent less money so I could order one of these, I've heard they retail around $1,200.

    Buying one of these and then spending about $500 on closeout wheelset, carbon bar, and lighter little pieces around Christmas time and you should have a ~20-21# bike for under $1,500.
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    My pant inseam is 32-33ish I'd say because sometimes 32s are high waters. I have some 34s that drag the ground so I'd say I'm inbetween.

    I'm riding a 19" and no issues with stand over clearance. If they don't have the Carve SL in stock, have them put you on one of the other models because the geometry is the same between the geared and single speed carves.

    Best of luck to you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antimike View Post
    My pant inseam is 32-33ish I'd say because sometimes 32s are high waters. I have some 34s that drag the ground so I'd say I'm inbetween.

    I'm riding a 19" and no issues with stand over clearance. If they don't have the Carve SL in stock, have them put you on one of the other models because the geometry is the same between the geared and single speed carves.

    Best of luck to you all.
    pant inseam and inseam for the purpose of fitting bicycles aren't equivalent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantone View Post
    pant inseam and inseam for the purpose of fitting bicycles aren't equivalent...
    I'm well aware that cycling inseam and pant inseam are different and may vary some inches.

    Most people don't have a reference for true cycling inseam. I was in a shop once that had a spring loaded stick that shot up into your junk region that had hash marks for measurement on them.

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    My local shop said that my medium SL should be in this week. I guess my first ride will be a 55 mile monster cross on gravel roads this weekend. I may change the tires to something with fewer knobs for the gravel roads but I will post my thoughts afterwards...

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    Arrival!

    I rec'd my Large Carve SL from the best bike shop in NE WI(the bike hub) today! I'm told it was 23.5# with the heavy, flat metal(not plastic) pedals.

    This bike is pretty sweet! It looks awesome, and I can't wait to ride it tomorrow night!

    It did come with the rear der hanger, for a 1x10 option in the future. The rear hub is a standard hub, but with SS spacers installed. Again, you can use the same rear wheel, with a cassette for the 1x10. Sweet!

    Gearing was 32x20, which is a tad easy for WI terrain.

    I noticed the rear seat stay also had braze-ons for racks and/or fenders.

    The front tire is a Ground Control 2.3", and the rear is a 2.1". I have yet to look under the rubber to see how easy it'll be to convert to tubeless setup!?





    This thing is WAY BETTER than my 5-6 year old Gary Fisher Rig SS it's replacing!

    I'll get some more photos later.....of some close up details, and once i get my BLACK specialized cages mounted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_shoe99 View Post
    The front tire is a Ground Control 2.3", and the rear is a 2.1". I have yet to look under the rubber to see how easy it'll be to convert to tubeless setup!?
    Ground Control's and those stock Carve rims were really easy to convert. Couple of rounds of Roval rim tape, add tubeless valves.. tried without sealant first, leaked air only from the valve hole. Cut a small piece of old inner tube around the valve's exit from the rim, solved. Added Stan's sealant and spun the wheel around for a while, done! And no leaks or burps while riding.

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    I want one of these bad!!!
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    I've been riding mine now for a week, it's the best $1300 you will ever spend! The frame is shockingly stiff and the entire setup feels rock solid, and the geometry fits perfectly. All of my other bikes are size large and I got the Carve SL in large. The steering is perfectly accurate and it's just overall a BLAST!!! I'm addicted to riding full rigid now lol!

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    Would love to be able to get the frame/fork set for about $700, otherwise I'd be upgrading crap on it immediately. I'd be all like
    "this perfect out of the box, but what if I sold the elixirs and got some used Formula RX's, and then if I'm doing that I might as well swap the bar/stem/grips and seatpost, and certainly that would be ridiculous to do without even considering a new wheelset..."
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    $1300 for this bike is money well spent! It's a great ride for the money!

    But, I also immediately upgraded to a carbon handlebar(lighter/stiffer), ergon grips(personal pref), tubeless setup. Future upgrades are wheels and seatpost.

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    2013 Carve SL (Singlespeed)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350277333.209607.jpg2013 Carve SL (Singlespeed)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350277353.545980.jpg2013 Carve SL (Singlespeed)-imageuploadedbytapatalk1350277370.121783.jpg
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    Xt crank and brakes, whiskey fork . Frustrating on the flat and downs as it geared 32 18 and murder on the long steep climbs but Great on the trails. It's my first SS I've brought to strengthen my legs up with. Can't say why but its disturbingly good fun!!!!!!

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    does this run an ebb? and can some one take a pic of the drive side drop out area?
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    Dang thought it might split to run a belt but no suck luck... after zooming in on there web page.
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    It runs an EBB, yes.

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    split shell goodness

    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Side note about those of you who are wanting to upgrade to a non-rigid fork. I recently got an X-Fusion Slide 29, and the stock crown race on the chisel is glued/epoxied/something onto the carbon steerer itself so you will need to get another crown race.

    Just a thought, I'll post pictures up when I get them off of my camera. The X-Fusion Slide 29 RL is a good fork IMO and definitely takes some of the thud/thunk out of riding full rigid. I just wish I would've had it for when I did the Tour of the White Mountains 60 miler full rigid.

    Ah...hindsight is 20/20

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    That's disappointing about the crown race. My 2012 SS frame came with a headset and crown race, and the crown race itself was a split design, making it super easy to remove and swap between forks. Very little effort is required to take it off.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Just bought one home. This is a sweet ride for the money although the Avid 1 brakes are terrible.

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    Edit: Just set up the stock rims tubeless. Use 25mm wide Stans yellow tape and wrap it twice. Use Stans standard valve and you are good to go. Wheels set up tubeless real easy. Bike is touch over 22lbs with a carbon bar and XT pedals. Size medium.
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    Is anybody having trouble with vibration from their rear brake on there SL. Mine is killing me, just brought it to the shop tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99 View Post
    Is anybody having trouble with vibration from their rear brake on there SL. Mine is killing me, just brought it to the shop tonight.

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    My brakes work fine. The first couple rides, I got a lot of brake shudder in the front, but then I went through the Avid Bed-in procedure and they've been working pretty good since then. It seems that the rear end flexes enough that if I'm railing a corner, I occasionally hear the rear brake rub a bit, but not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99 View Post
    Is anybody having trouble with vibration from their rear brake on there SL. Mine is killing me, just brought it to the shop tonight.

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    YES, my rear brake SQUEELS pretty badly!

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    We've had a few Ned Overland's go through the shop the past two weeks. Very, very cool bike.

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    Never ridden a single speed before so looking for an opinion. Live in South Texas, pretty flat, do some trail riding, and pavement trails with the kids. Really interested in this bike, but would it work well for my location and type of riding? How fast (mph) can this bike go, geared the way it is, on a flat area? Also considering the Overland Limited Edition if I could find one. Thanks for any advice.

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    At an 85 rpm cadence it is around 13-14 mph. I personally think a geared bike would serve you better.

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    Yeah, I would think your top speed w/the 32/20 would be 15-16mph.

    For the flats, it'd need a tougher gear.

    And I HATE riding a SS MTB on flat pavement for anything more than a short distance. SPIN SPIN SPIN coast SPIN SPIN SPIN coast....

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    Thanks for the advice. Maybe I should go for the 2013 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29, 1x10, for more versatility.

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    I'm thinking about getting this bike. I have a 11' Specialized Enduro that I use for my do it all bike. It's a bit heavy and overkill for most of the riding I do. I would like to keep the Enduro but get something light for the climbing I do. This would be my first SS and not sure what to expect. Where I ride, it's mostly long steep climbs..not much flats. I'm just worried with a SS I would not be able to clear most of the hills where I ride. I can climb everything on my Enduro which is 33+lbs...6in travel bike. So I figure if I can haul that thing up the hills, I'm sure I can pedal the SS up. If I can't, then I guess it will make me stronger! How are you guys liking this bike as far as climbing goes? No problems? Thanks!

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    I bit the bullet today and picked up a Carve SL29, size 21in (XL). I heard Specialized has a delivery date of February for the next shipment. So, I'm glad I was able top snag one now. There was only one shop local who had it!
    Holy smokes is this bike cool and it sure is sexy! Coming from an Enduro, this bike will be a good trainer and should bomb up those hills. I have not ridden it on the trail yet, but from just zipping around the hood, I love it! So light and nimble! I'm really looking forward to putting some mileage on this bike in the future. My first 29er and SS...and I'm diggin' it! Here's some lousy pics..












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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirttrackin280h View Post
    How are you guys liking this bike as far as climbing goes? No problems? Thanks!
    I'm more of an XC racer/rider, coming off of an Epic Carbon, and Stumpjumper S-Works HT.

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    The Carve SL climbs probably as well as my S-works HT did, but I think it's mainly from the Chisel carbon (rigid) fork! Fully rigid = no suspension bob anywhere!

    Con:
    It doesn't descend high speed like my Epic did, obviously. (due to no suspension)

    That said, if you find yourself shifting and spinning up hills on your Enduro, you simply do not have that option when you're on a SS. Either you hammer/grind/pound/mash the pedal to get up the hill, or you're walking up! It'll go skyward as fast as your little legs can rotate the pedals.

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    you have NO IDEA how jealous I am! I've been stalking this bike since they unveiled it and the ship date was jan and is now late feb for 17.5. Looking at other options

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katie785 View Post
    you have NO IDEA how jealous I am! I've been stalking this bike since they unveiled it and the ship date was jan and is now late feb for 17.5. Looking at other options
    Where are you located? Here in Cali, Mike's Bikes has 17.5 in stock.

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    What?! I was in Virginia, but just moved to Ohio

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    have ordered my SL. Should hit the trails late January 2013.

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    I just cancelled my Trek Rig and went to order this from another lbs and its not available until Jan. Anyone know of a lbs in San Diego that might have one in stock? xl

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    I just brought one home. It is my first SS and my first 29er. I am super excited. It is fun just zipping around my neighborhood.

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    I love this bike! I've put 40mi on it since I purchased it over a week ago and I can't get enough! My main ride is a Spec Enduro...but frankly I think this bike has taken over. My Enduro feels like a slug when I take it out now... The Carve SL29 is freakin fast! Being rigid, I was scared that I would hate it. But really, it's not even a big deal. I don't know what it is...the carbon front fork or the 29" wheels..but my arms are still in their sockets Being a single speed I've noticed I had to change my riding style...pretty much have to keep the momentum going to get to the top! I love the challenge of a SS which is one of the main reasons why I'm so in love with this bike. Bottom line..this bike rocks!

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    How is everyone liking their bike? The lbs has a note to let me know when a 17.5" shows up.

    They have a large. Nice looking ride.

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    I ended up cancelling bc i found a new Rig for $1045.. cant beat that with the nice fox fork!!

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    Stopped at the LBS today, an exclusive Specialized dealer. He had this bad boy sitting on the rack. Number 125 of 150, weighs about 21 lbs. I didn't even dare sit on it. For that price I didn't want to accidently scratch it somehow.

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    The Specialized bike rep called my LBS to let them know they have a medium in stock and shipping! No need to have to wait till Feburary!

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    I just got this bike and absolutely love it. Great looking bike, climbs amazing and actually very plush on the descents even with the rigid fork. I had it converted to tubeless at the shop and it rides like a dream. Very stoked on this purchase. Can't go wrong for the money, and at 22lbs out of the box you get a great bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshh View Post
    Stopped at the LBS today, an exclusive Specialized dealer. He had this bad boy sitting on the rack. Number 125 of 150, weighs about 21 lbs. I didn't even dare sit on it. For that price I didn't want to accidently scratch it somehow.

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    And the first one goes to...
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    Any thoughts on the crankset? I needed a SS crankset to put on my 1x1 and ordered an SLX. I have one of these bikes on order as well. I was thinking of putting the slx on the Carve and the stock one on the 1x1 (mostly gets ridden by my 10 yr old).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedell99 View Post
    Is anybody having trouble with vibration from their rear brake on there SL. Mine is killing me, just brought it to the shop tonight.

    Erik
    Ditch the current rotor and put on a alligator serrated rotor, windcutter and that should do the trick. I had to do that with my Juicy Ultimates two years ago. No squeal or vibrations since.

    They are super cheap, and lighter than the stock avid rotors.

    Or get some non avid brakes.
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    So how did you get a hold of #1? Are you Mr. Overend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshh View Post
    So how did you get a hold of #1? Are you Mr. Overend?
    Unfortunately, it's not mine. Spotted it while out and about, and couldn't resides taking a pic.

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    Don't blame you. lol Not very often you get to see limited edition whatever coming out of a box or still brand new in a store. Especially #1 of the series.

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    New Carve

    I picked up my new Carve SS yesterday from LBS and went for my first ride this am. I loved it! Completely different riding a SS vs. full suspension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Covi101 View Post
    I picked up my new Carve SS yesterday from LBS and went for my first ride this am. I loved it! Completely different riding a SS vs. full suspension.
    Me too what a cool bike I have to ask ,why is your seat set so low You don`t ride it that way do you ?

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    Ordered mine today. Already ordered some XT brakes to replace the Elixir 1s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seatown7 View Post
    Ordered mine today. Already ordered some XT brakes to get rid of the Elixir 1s.
    Congrats, good call on the XT brakes!
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    I am looking for a new bike and have it narrowed down to the carve sl and the rockhopper pro. The use will be for single track and dirt roads. I like the weight and simplicity of the sl, but am concerned about the rigid fork. How does that rigid handle?

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    Carve Wheels Tubeless Conversion

    Has anyone converted these wheels to tubeless? Is it even possible with these rims?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrangler13 View Post
    I am looking for a new bike and have it narrowed down to the carve sl and the rockhopper pro. The use will be for single track and dirt roads. I like the weight and simplicity of the sl, but am concerned about the rigid fork. How does that rigid handle?
    It handles not that bad! I was curious about the same thing before I purchased mine. Even thru a rock garden I was expecting more vibration and shock, but not as bad as you would think. Going off a crub you feel it, but not on singletrack or dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonmouthRider View Post
    Has anyone converted these wheels to tubeless? Is it even possible with these rims?
    My LBS forgot to convert mine to tubeless, I'm thanking it back next week to convert, I will let you know.
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    I'd like to know about the tubeless too

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    My brother in law went tubeless on his Carve SL in about 30 minutes with 3 or 4 layers of Stan's tape. They sealed up and bead set with a floor pump. Super easy.
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    Anyone switch the 20t cog out yet?

    Has anyone used different cogs and what brands are you putting on? Do the stock spacers do the trick for chainline and these new cogs?

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    Just converted to tubeless the other night using the "ghetto gorilla tape tubless conversion". I followed it just like they did in the link HERE: Tech How-To: Ghetto Tubeless for Mountain Bikes | Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

    My LBS actually told me to do it this way. They gave me a couple valve stems to use. Just a layer of gorilla tape around the rim, pop the valve stems in, add Stan's fluid, do the shake procedure and you're ready to go. These wheels sealed up super easy. Stock Carve rims and the stock Specialized 2Bliss tires that come with the bike. The bead set right away and held air immediately. Super easy process. I thought it would be more difficult but this rim and tire combination really worked together great.
    Quote Originally Posted by MonmouthRider View Post
    Has anyone converted these wheels to tubeless? Is it even possible with these rims?

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    Converting to Tubeless

    Yes, I had mine converted to tubeless right when I bought it.. works great. going on week 7 with no leaks... The tire and wheel combination work great together.

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    just curious, anyone out there convert one of these to 1X10 yet?
    That stock gear ratio is pretty mild, even for 29. Anyone notice how that limited Ned Overend edition SS, comes with a slightly steeper gear ratio than this Carve?


    How about any photos of a Small size SL?
    I'd probably be sized to a Medium, but might like a small so I can throw it around with some body english like a MTBMX hybrid, full rigid...

    too bad it doesn't come with the Magura's like most of the other new Specialized line-up. Seems recently a lot of companies are abandoning Avid brakes like a plague.
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    Saw one in person at my LBS today. Really nice looking bike.

    Just goes to show you that taking a light(ish) aluminum frame and tossing a carbon fork on there gets you a fairly light bike (despite the heavy/cheap parts spec).

    I think it's a steal for $1300. Only a couple hundred more than a surly K-monkey for crying out loud.

    Throw a set of Stan's Crest on there for $500 and you'd have a really capable bike out of the box. Keep the junk wheels for winter duty.

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    Whats the weight and strength of the OE wheelset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedster View Post
    Whats the weight and strength of the OE wheelset?
    I picked up mine last week and I'm in the process of swapping out some parts. First thing I did was convert to tubeless so I weighed the wheels without tires. The OE Carve wheels are heavy coming it at 2579.8 grams. Worth noting is that the cassette body is steel so that adds weight but also necessary for a non SS specific rear hub. I have new wheels coming for my S-Works Stumpy so I'll take the old Crest wheel set from that bike and move them over to the Carve SL. The OE wheels will be used as back up or training.

    Tubeless conversion was easy. I removed the OE rim strip and used just one layer of Stan's 21mm tape, valve stem, and sealant. I did have to use a compressor to air and mount the tires properly though. As a side note, a Specialized rep answered someone's question on their tech support site and said the wheels were tubeless ready with the OE rim strip. I read this after the fact but I don't trust that they're are.

    In one of my previous posts I was curious about the cog and spacers so for the record, the spacers included are only two pieces so you may need a spacer conversion kit like Surly's to adjust chainline properly when changing cogs or cranks/chainring. Another note is that the OE chain is 10 speed measuring 11/128. I don't trust this for SS and because the chainring and Surly cogs I'm using are 3/32, I replaced the chain with a proper SRAM PC890 8 speed chain.

    Other changes are Hope Race X2 Evo brakes, Hope 160mm floating rotors, S-Works carbon post, and Specialized Phenom Expert saddle. The handle bar was cut down to 680mm from 700mm. I'll keep the bar and stem for now. Most of these parts are being moved over from the S-Works Stumpy which I'm getting new parts for since that is my geared race bike.

    I know posts are worthless without pics so I'll post some as soon as I'm done with the changes this weekend.
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