For riders who love to tear up flowy singletrack but don’t have the cash flow to upgrade to a Stumpjumper HT, the brand-new Carve is an ideal, high-value substitute. These riders mostly ride for fun and adventure, but will occasionally jump into an XC race, so they seek efficiency, comfort, and high durability more than ultralight weight or maximum stiffness.
WHAT Fully manipulated M4 alloy frame with XC 29er-specific geo, plus tapered head and seat tubes, and shaped seatstays.
WHY Keeps the bike stiff and efficient, with super-quick handling and acceleration, while allowing for a smooth, compliant ride.
HOW Like all our 29er geos, this one features short chainstays and a longer top tube to optimize performance with the larger wheels. Head tube tapers from 1-1/8” to 1-1/2” at the crown, providing max torsional rigidity for snappy handling. Seat tube utilizes a 27.2mm post at the top, but widens at the bottom bracket for a compliant ride and stiff crank interface. Our Vertical Flex Stay System means the bridge-less seatstays are oval shaped to increase vertical compliance, while torsionally stiffening the rear triangle.
AIR SPRUNG FORK W/TAPERED STEERER
WHAT Lightweight, air-sprung fork with magnesium lowers and a tapered alloy steerer, plus hydraulic lockout and damping.
WHY Reduces weight and improves bump absorption, steering precision, and tunability.
HOW Air-sprung forks are lighter than coil-sprung versions, and allow the rider to tune the spring rate to their specific weight and riding style. Damping provides more controlled suspension movement.
LIGHTWEIGHT 29" WHEELSETS
WHAT Race-capable, lightweight alloy wheelsets on every model
WHY To provide quicker handling and improved durability and efficiency.
HOW By using a narrower rim we’re able to use less material which reduces rotational weight, requiring less effort from the rider to turn the wheels.