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Carver Carbon 29'er Tapered Fork

Product Reviews - New Product Introductions

After careful product testing and development Carver Bikes has released their new Carbon 29'er fork. Featuring a full carbon / tapered steerer tube, post mount disc tabs and clean, sweeping lines the Carver fork looks the part of a $400 rigid fork. The fork is nude carbon through the legs with a matte black fade at the crown and dropouts. After the clean lines and carbon finish the most prominent quality of the fork is the weight. At 560grams, uncut, the fork comes in lighter than the Niner Carbon Disc 29" as well as the DT Swiss (Pace) 29'er forks. The big question though is how will this flash translate to the trail.

Carver Bikes New Carbon 29'er Fork

Designed to be laterally stiff with a small amount of vertical compliance, the Carver fork promises to deliver a stable, comfortable ride.   In our initial test the fork performance delivers and then some, firmly holding a line on fast single-track while not buckling under hard braking.   The comfort in the ride comes for the shape of the arching legs as well as the ample clearance for the largest 29'er tires on the market.   We measured the inside clearance of the fork at the tire to be 3.5".

Carver Bikes 29'er Carbon Fork Tire ClearanceCarver Bikes Carbon 29er Fork Sweeping Legs

With a full carbon / tapered steerer tube the fork compatibility will initially be limited but shows Carvers commitment to innovation.   In the next few years we expect to see most high-end 29'er frames adopt the tapered fork standard.   Carver Bikes Carbon 29er Fork Race SeatThe machining on the Carbon / Aluminum headset race seat is precise and very clean.   As is the tapering in the carbon on the steerer tube with the transition from 1.5" to 1-1/8" being very clean and smooth, a testament to the quality of the fork.

At the dropouts the fork features a full carbon, post mount, disc brake mount.  To save weight and add durability to the fork, Carver Bikes opted to use two small stainless steel threaded plungers in the mounts to secure the brakes to the fork.   By using a plunger system the fork addresses the issue of having an aluminum skeleton in the disc brake mount, thus adding weight, and eliminates the possibility of damaging the threads inside the post mount, thus making the fork unusable.   A genius design feature for sure.  The stainless plungers are readily available from Carver Bikes and add very little to the weight of the fork.

Carver Bikes Carbon 29'er fork Disc mount

Overall Bikeman rates the new Carver Bikes 29'er Carbon fork a 4 out of 5 Bikeman's. First impressions are important and we are very impressed with this offering.   At this price, $269.95, you will not find a better performing or lighter weight 29'er Carbon Fork.   We might like to see a clear coat over the Carver decals but that is being really picky.   We are looking forward to putting in some more trail miles on the fork this summer and will provide a comprehensive product test at that time.

To Purchase the new fork or for product specs please visit the Carver Bikes Carbon 29'er Tapered fork page in our shopping cart.

For those folks who still don't have a tapered 1.5" to 1-1/8" frame you should checkout the standard edition Carver 29er Carving Fork.   If you have questions on your frames compatibility give us a call: 1-800-BIKEMAN.

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Cross Disk Fork?
written by DAveOh , January 08, 2012
This may be a dumb question but would this fork work on a Cross bike with a tapered head tube? Say the Kona Jake the Snake?
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Cross Disc Fork
written by Wally Wallace , January 29, 2012
Hi DAveOh, Yes this would work well on a cross bike with a tapered head tube. The Jake the Snake would be a perfect application. The fork is light and strong enough to handle anything a cross bike could throw at it. You will have a little more clearance than you really need but that other than that it will be perfect! Thanks and let us know if you have any other questions.
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cannondale trail sl 2. 29er
written by bernardo hernandez , March 03, 2012
Hola

Do you think, thats this forks, is a good election, for the bike, Cannodale trail sl 2, 29er..?

http://www.cannondale.com/esp/2012/bikes/mountain/hardtail-29er/trail-sl-29er/trail-sl-29-er-2-25394

thanks you very much
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