Carver was one of the earliest options in the 29+ market with their Ti Gnarvester. I have a couple of friends that ride the Ti version and they both give the Carver high praise. Now the folks at Carver have produced an aluminum version of the 29+ Gnarvester for those looking for a more economical option. Forrest Carver sent us a frame for us to take a look at and share with you all. The price for the frame is $599.95 excluding shipping, which runs about $40-$60 to the lower 48 US States with UPS or $70-$100 international. The price includes the sliding dropouts of your choice from Paragon Machine Works. Rear spacing on the frame is standard 135mm/142mm, and the bottom bracket is 73mm threaded. The weight on a naked medium frame is about 4.3 pounds (1900g) or 4.75 pounds (2150g) with dropouts, hardware, tensioners, etc.
Carver offers the Aluminum Gnarvester in four sizes only, which are measured from center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube: 15″, 17″, 19″, and 21″. Effective top tube measurements are 22″, 23″, 24″, and 25″ respectively. Carver offers all three of their titanium Gnarvester models in 1″ increments from 14″ to 24″, so if you’re looking for a more specific fit, the Titanium Gnarvester is the way to go. Carver also can make a custom titanium frame for you (upcharges apply) but the new aluminum frames are production sizes only. The titanium and aluminum geometry are basically identical. You can check the exact numbers on the link at the bottom of the page.
For more information visit – http://carverbikes.com/frames/aluminum-gnarvester/