2012 Carver Ti Pro XL
Custom Ti 20" XL Race
About six months ago after seeing Legendofjd3’s crazy ti cruiser build I got the urge to do my own ti bike. My goal from the outset was to create a relatively light top-of-the-line 20 in. race bike that could withstand the rigors of my sloppy old-guy riding style.
I began the process by approaching Davis Carver at Carver Bikes to see if he could help me out. He welcomed the challenge and worked with me over the course of about two weeks to solidify the design. The specs are consistent with many of today’s top race bikes, with a top tube length (21.25 in.) that’s consistent with an XL race bike.
It’s not the lightest frame out there at 3.48 lbs, but I suspect it’s one of the strongest (and highest quality) among others in this range. Features include an ovalized seat tube and gussets above/below the top tube/down tube for added strength, a double butted down tube to cut down on weight, and an integrated headset.
Selecting the parts was tough. Again, my goal was to select decent quality and durable parts that would hold up on the track. I also looked for light(er) parts where appropriate. So many choices.
Forks: Answer Dagger Pro Carbon
Handlebars: Bombshell Pro Carbon
Brakes: Bombshell 686 Pro V
Lever: Bombshell Ridea
Cranks: Shimano DXR (180mm)
Bottom bracket: Chris King (ceramic)
Chainring: Rennen (36T)
Chainring Bolts: Ti
Pedals: Loaded AMX Signature Ti
Brake pads / cable: Kool Stop / Odyssey Race
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
Seatpost clamp: Phil
Seat: Cruip Ti
Wheels: Sun Envy rims / Chris King hubs (ti bolts)/ Stainless spokes / alloy nipples
Tires: Maxxis DTH Folding (1.75 / 1.95)
Headset: Cane Creek
Chain: Crupi Ryhthm Titanium
Total weight: 17.22 lbs
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- Company: Carver
- Material: Other
- Headtube angle: 74.5
- Seattube angle: 71
- Toptube length: 21.25
- Headtube size: 1-1/8"