Written by Alex Roskin Tuesday, 10 April 2012 14:13
I really love the Fatbike format since I got my Mukluk2 around Thanksgiving. Even though here in the Northeast we haven’t seen much snow, I have been trail ridding on her every Sunday. Our 3 hour “A-train” suffer fests have my friends with their 20 lb 29er race bikes struggling to keep up. The half frozen mud and frost heaves of leaves have been a non-issue for the float of the 4” rubber. Not surprising the front end was a little heavy at first to post over the log roll-overs and technical rock section. However I did get used to it, and was just having FUN! (Sometimes us “racers” forget to have fun out there). I was thinking of a little suspension might be fun. Think of converting a Maverick fork; just seem like over kill, also adding 4lbs to the front end. I saw somewhere on the interwebs a Carver titanium fatbike fork. That sounded like fun! A little lighter, with a little give is all I was looking for. I emailed Davis Carver (one of the nicest guys out there) And he said sure I can get that, but how about waiting a week for His new full carbon O’Beast fat fork. SAAAAWEET!
I got the Carver O’Beast February 1. SOOOOO light at 550 grams! Took 400 grams off the front end. Since I am running the sweet Formula made Salsa hubs, Carver supplied a 5mm off set kit for the rotor. Everything mounted up quick even though it was after a 14-hour workday. I was so excited. It looks between the Niner carbon fork (which I have for my singlespeed) and a bladed TT carbon road fork.
I noticed a difference with the first corner I railed. WOW this fork is a seriously huge upgrade! It really felt like it was soaking up so much more. Felt like I had a 80mm fork set stiff on my race bike. Really felt a difference in the technical and the downhills. It was a little scary how fat I was hitting the downhills! I also running a 45Nrth Husker Du and really like that rubber as well. The Fork will run up to a 4.7 tire.
I have 12 hours on the setup and can’t recommend the upgrade enough! I just want to keep ridding. Hopefully it holds up.
Now dreaming of a titanium singlespeed fatbike to build around this fork!
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