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#1 2012-11-24 8:45pm

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Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

After seeing Legend’s (Legendofjd3) sweet – and super light – Carver titanium cruiser build ( http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=287255 ), I was inspired to do a ti build of my own. However, rather than going for the lightest, my primary objective was to create a high quality and durable 20 in.  race bike, with weight as a secondary goal.

Going with a Caver was a no-brainer for me as well. Like Legend, I too grew up visiting Bath Cycle & Ski (Bath, ME) fairly regularly and even worked for Davis Carver at the shop for a stretch during high school. Cool guy for sure, and probably one of the most knowledgeable bike guys I know. I knew Davis would do a quality job, and was happy to give him my business, again. This latest build makes bike #13 I’ve purchased from Davis since picking up my first BMX, a Diamondback Viper, back in ’82.

Okay, to the build…

For geometry, we took a look at the new S&M Speedwagon.  Frame specs include:

Top tube length: 21.25 in.
Seat tube angle: 71 degrees
Head tube angle: 74.5 degrees
Chainstay length: 14-15 in.
Bottom bracket height: 11.5 in.
Seat post size: 27.2mm
Weight: 3.48 lbs

It’s not the lightest frame out there, 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.

The parts I ended up going with include:

Forks: Answer Dagger Pro Carbon
Handlebars: Bombshell Pro Carbon
Brakes: Bombshell 686 Pro V (waiting on Speedline’s)
Lever: Bombshell Ridea (waiting on a LDC)
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
Stem: Thomson
Grips: Tangent
Chain: Crupi Rhythm Titanium
Tensioners: Answer
Total weight: 17.22 lbs (not even close to Legend’s 15.875 lbs)

I’m super happy with the bike and would highly recommend a Carver to anyone.

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#2 2012-11-24 8:53pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

that is what you have been hiding!!

look at those welds!

Primo part selection too.

How does it ride?


Been buying BMX parts at 25 cents on the dollar since 2010....

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#3 2012-11-24 8:54pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Wow!  Amazing cool


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#4 2012-11-24 8:57pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Wow thats beautiful, frame looks awesome

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#5 2012-11-24 8:59pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

tacoman wrote:

that is what you have been hiding!!

look at those welds!

Primo part selection too.

How does it ride?

Wanted to get some decent pics before getting it dirty tongue Will let you know.

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#6 2012-11-24 9:04pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Just plain SICK!!!! Awesome!!!!!
I have seen/ felt legendofjd3 Carver and its Quality for sure!


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#7 2012-11-24 9:04pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

That is spectacular!yikes Jesus, how are the rest of us humps supposed to continue with our builds now.roll Perfect.

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#8 2012-11-24 9:05pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Bastard.big_smile

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#9 2012-11-24 9:12pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Thanks guys.

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#10 2012-11-24 9:15pm

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steveaim389 wrote:

Bastard.big_smile

smile

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#11 2012-11-24 9:17pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Amazing ride cool

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#12 2012-11-24 9:18pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

tmac wrote:

tacoman wrote:

that is what you have been hiding!!

look at those welds!

Primo part selection too.

How does it ride?

Wanted to get some decent pics before getting it dirty tongue Will let you know.

wink

looks bad ass for sure.

keep us posted


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#13 2012-11-24 10:00pm

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OMG! Sweet bike dude!


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#14 2012-11-24 10:13pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

tmac wrote:

tacoman wrote:

that is what you have been hiding!!

look at those welds!

Primo part selection too.

How does it ride?

Wanted to get some decent pics before getting it dirty tongue Will let you know.

big_smile

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#15 2012-11-24 10:20pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

IMO, the sickest race bike on this site....new, mid, old, whatever....absolutely superb build.


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#16 2012-11-24 10:23pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

That's a true work of art!


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#17 2012-11-24 11:41pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

tmac wrote:

tacoman wrote:

that is what you have been hiding!!

look at those welds!

Primo part selection too.

How does it ride?

Wanted to get some decent pics before getting it dirty tongue Will let you know.

bring it out to the ride tomorrow so i can check it out


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#18 2012-11-24 11:41pm

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Awesome bike! cool


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#19 2012-11-24 11:47pm

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want.
I love it!
WoW! cool

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#20 2012-11-25 12:05am

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

It was said before and I'll say it again. The QUALITY of those WELDS=WOW.

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#21 2012-11-25 3:30am

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Holy SHIZZA!!!! Very nice setup!!!tongue


Cheeeeoooooooowwwww!!!!

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#22 2012-11-25 4:15am

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

I am embarrassed to say that I did not know some of these parts even existed!  Very sweet looking!


Wanted- White Industries Freewheel 19T and 20T, and Big Gulp bars- because I think they look goofy enough to cruise with!

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#23 2012-11-25 4:29am

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

That is an insane bike!  Thanks for sharing.  Advan...I too wasn't aware of some of these parts.

On the pedals...are the little screw in pegs in backwards, or is that a choice kind of thing?

Also, with the weight, since it's close to the weight of a chromo frame, it's got to be about 50% stronger.  You really went the right way with frame design IMO.


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#24 2012-11-25 5:13am

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

Holy crap!!! A titanium chain? Awesome, awesome bike!!!! Completely over the top in every way. Love it!!! cool


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#25 2012-11-25 5:45am

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Re: Legend-inspired Carver Ti 20" just finished

very cool


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