Carver Bikes has always been at the forefront of the fat bike movement, never hesitating to introduce new products as the market changes. It had even built one of the first full-suspension fat bikes. Now the brand is doubling down on big tires, with a host of new goods to keep you floating year ’round.
First up is the aluminum Gnarvestar, a 29+ trail hardtail with room for those big 3.0 tires on 50mm rims. The sliding dropouts house a 142×12 thru axle and the head tube is at a conservative 70.5 degrees with a 483mm fork. Add a longer fork and things will slacken out. There is no front derailleur provisions, so your singlespeed or single-chainring setup will mount through a standard 73mm threaded bottom bracket shell. Look for it to be available at the end of the year for $499.
To match up with the Gnarvestar are two new 29+ compatible fork options, both full carbon with tapered steerers and thru-axles. They are available in 465mm and 490mm axle-to-crown for $249.
If you’re going full-fat, you can try the new full carbon fat bike fork, the same piece that ships with the Carb’obeast carbon fat bike. All the same details are present: full carbon, tapered steerer, and room for any rim/tire combo. $429.
To build those wheels there are some new rim options: an affordable aluminum rim for your basic needs at just $49, and a full carbon rim that is tubeless compatible for $349. You can also choose from Carver’s own hubs, which are available now in every width and axle standard: 135mm, 150mm, 170mm, and 190mm, all compatible with QR or thru axles.
Finally the finishing touches are some new titanium bottle cages and a Ti seatpost, $49 and $169 respectively.
We’ve already put in an order for a Gnarvestar frame, so keep your eyes peeled for a blog post when it arrives.