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Old 12-14-21, 05:48 AM
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Carver Titanium Bikes

I picked up a used Carver titanium road bike that was built up with a weird enough assortment of parts that I can't figure out how old the bike is. I was hoping to get in touch with the manufacturer to see if I can get some sort of background information, but I haven't heard back from them.

Anyone know what the current status of the company is? The post infrequently enough on social media that it's hard to get a read on them.
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Old 12-14-21, 06:09 AM
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Still active and healthy AFAIK. One or two people in the recumbent community have recently had Carver build them custom bikes.
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Oh, I didn’t know Carver, but they seem like nicely designed, keenly priced bikes! I mean, a Ti allroad frame with Paragon sliding dropouts for $1.5k?! That seems too good to be true!
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They've been running monthly ads in Adventure Cyclist magazine*.


*I sure some of the older folks on Bike Forums will remember 'magazines'.
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Ive read Carver frames are made by XACD, but that doesnt match up with what Carver claims since they say the frames come from a small 6 person shop in Guangdong.
Ive also read that Lynskey has made some Carver bikes(all road model, maybe?).


Anyways, Carver is also 'Bikeman' with regard to internet retail- you could try emailing or calling them.
I bought a steel fork for an older MTB last spring from them and it was good communication as they updated me when the fork was back in stock.
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I've dealt with Bikeman several times (but not for Ti) and have had positive experiences. Their owner, Davis, (AFAIK) was the first to tout the "mullet" bikes now the rage in some areas (although most of these ideas have come and gone for the history of bicycling).
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I have bought a variety of parts from bikeman over the years but never a bike or frame. Their site currently has a section of carver ti fat frames.
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Just by way of an update, I was able to get through to the owner. Their custom bikes lack serial numbers, so the only real way to date the bike would be for it to have been weird enough that he'd remember it.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Ive read Carver frames are made by XACD, but that doesnt match up with what Carver claims since they say the frames come from a small 6 person shop in Guangdong.
Yeah, there's an inconsistency there. I can say for sure that over the last year and a half, at the very least, that Carver has used XACD (aka Yongwei Metalwork) for frame builds. They are supposedly about 30 people total (according to he XACD site) and are located in the city of Xi'an, which is nowhere near Guangdong province.

I had a pretty good experience with my custom Ti bike from Carver.
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