Specialized Carve Pro 29er-Review Initiated

Just the other day my buddy Juan Diaz of Specialized Bicycles called me and said that he had a Carve Pro 29er for MtnBikeRiders.com to review. He made arrangements for me to pick it up at one of the local shops. Please forgive the quality of the photos since it was taken with my Andriod phone. An official photo shoot will take place in the near future.

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If you haven’t already seen it, check out this well done video by Specialized featuring the Carve Pro 29.

Specs:

FRAME Specialized M4SL fully manipulated alloy frame, 29″ XC geometry, fully butted w/ smooth welding, tapered head/seat tube, forged post mount 160mm dropouts w/ replaceable derailleur hanger, disc only
FORK RockShox Recon Gold 29 SL, magnesium lower, 32mm alloy stanchions, 1-1/8″ to 1.5″ tapered alloy steerer, Solo Air spring, TurnKey damping w/ Pop-Loc remote LO, external rebound adj., 80mm travel
HEADSET Integrated 1-1/8″ upper and 1-1/2″ lower threadless, Campy-style, full cartridge bearings
STEM Specialized 3D forged 6061 alloy, 4 bolt clamp, 7º rise, 31.8mm
HANDLEBARS XC flat bar, double butted alloy, 10º backsweep, 4º upsweep, 31.8mm
GRIPS Specialized Body Geometry XCT Men’s lock-on, dual compound, Kraton rubber, closed end, 131.5mm
FRONT BRAKE Shimano Deore Servo Wave hydraulic disc brake, metallic pad, post mount, 180mm 6-bolt rotor
REAR BRAKE Shimano Deore Servo Wave hydraulic disc brake, metallic pad, post mount, 160mm 6-bolt rotor
BRAKE LEVERS Shimano BR-M596, hydraulic lever
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Deore, 10-speed, 34.9mm clamp, bottom-swing, dual-pull
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano XT Shadow, 10-speed, SGS cage
SHIFT LEVERS Shimano SLX, 10-speed Rapidfire plus, SL type w/ optical display
CASSETTE Shimano 10-speed, 11-36t
CHAIN KMC X-10L, 10-speed, hollow outer links, reusable Missing Link
CRANKSET Shimano Deore, 2pc., 10-speed, outboard bearing style
CHAINRINGS 42/32/24, replaceable
BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano, outboard cartridge bearing, 73mm, included w/ crankset
PEDALS Alloy 1pc. body and cage, reflector kit, 9/16″
RIMS Carve Disc 29″, alloy double-wall, sleeve joint, 32h
FRONT HUB Formula disc hub, alloy 7075 axle, high-low flange, double-sealed cartidge bearings, machined disc mount and flange, QR, 32h
REAR HUB Formula rear disc hub, cassette, high-low flange, double-sealed cartidge bearings, machined disc mount and flange, 19mm contact, QR, 32h
SPOKES Stainless, 2.0mm (14g)
FRONT TIRE Specialized The Captain Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, aramid bead, dual compound, 29×2.0″
REAR TIRE Specialized The Captain Control, 60 TPI, 2Bliss Ready, aramid bead, dual compound, 29×2.0″
INNER TUBES Presta valve
SADDLE Specialized Body Geometry Carve SL, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm width
SEATPOST Forged 6061 alloy, 2 bolt head, 27.2mm, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust
SEAT BINDER 31.8mm, forged alloy, extruded QR lever

Stick around because in a few short weeks we’ll have a full review for you.

Dress Ride Report

As you all know last Saturday was our official dress ride. This is basically the ride in which Vince Rodarte of KHS Bicycles paid his bet by wearing a dress during a ride at the Fullerton Loop.

On Saturday morning we had gathered a group of riders that were there to get a ride in as well as a gander at Vince wearing a dress. Vince showed up like a real diva, fashionably late. Right away we gathered everyone and I was able to present Vince his attire for the day.

Here’s Vince sporting his authentic Hawaiian moomoo by Guadalupe. I loved how the flowers matched his helmet, of course he rode in style since he was adorned by a pair of aviator glasses.

Not only was Vince a brave man for wearing the dress, but the dude was tough enough to haul his two boys in the trailer while riding a single speed!

Here’s the two Rodarte Mom’s with their kids.

Mandatory group shot by Joe Solancho.

We ended the day with a BBQ that MtnBikeRiders.com provided for those that could make it. Burgers and Dogs were flowing like Evian out of my grill.

In true MtnBikeRiders.com style, a video captured our festivities! Enjoy!

We’d like to thank everyone that made it to the ride as well as the great sponsors of the weight loss challenge. Apparently, Juan Diaz of Specialized Bicycles donated $200 to the City of Hope!