Rocky Mountain Carve 2002 Full Suspension

4.62/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $1565.00


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by CrozCountry a Cross Country Rider from California

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2011

Strengths:    Weight, geometry, steering, no bob, reliability

Weaknesses:    Shock tuning requires some knowledge and that info is not easy to find.

Bottom Line:   
I don't have enough good words to say about this bike. Plain awesome XC machine. Light, paddles efficiently, the suspension is great stock. The shock takes some tweaking to set up correctly, but once set, works like a charm. It can be set for less pedal bob (stiffer initial stroke) or more progressive for larger impacts. In either setting it does not bob on climbs, so set it to whatever feels right to you and gets more shock travel on your local trail. A good starting point for the shock is your body weight in PSI in the positive and body weight + 10 in the negative. Fork works better for me with 10wt suspension oil.

The bike handles so well it makes me wonder why my other bikes do not handle so nicely. Great steering on climbs, stable down the hill, when riding fast or taking turns it is on rails. It handles great on high speed and walking speed, like taking a switchback up the hill.

Another great thing is that after years of zero maintenance on the rear linkage it is still tight. Compare that to the noisy Blurs that need constant maintenance.

The brakes are great, with proper pads (KoolStop orange) they stop better than many 160mm hydraulic discs, and unlike hydraulics they are zero maintenance and absolutely no issues of brake fade, ever.

I have two fancier and more high-tech bikes (Marin and Santa Cruz) but I love my Carve and still use it a lot. This bike makes you wonder if all the heavy machinery we use today is actually necessary.
Granted this is not a bike for 6 feet drops, but it is not intended too.

The only design mistake Rocky Mountain did is that they made a bike so good I don't want to upgrade. I was thinking many times about replacing it with the next great Rocky Mountain XC bike, but I just can't let myself do it.

I don't believe I give a product 5 chillies, but I just did.

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Favorite Trail:   Marin

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   Completely stock with KoolStop brake pads and bar ends.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sarvis a Cross Country Rider from sparks, NV, USA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2004

Strengths:    light and fast and it rails

Weaknesses:    stock rear shock is the weakest link. no real complaints, but i'll be upgrading when i can and expect a better shock to make a big difference in the ride

Bottom Line:   
i'm totally stoked with my ride. i got the frame and built it up after busting my ti hardtail. at 195 lbs, i'm pushing clysedale class, and i ride hard. the terrain out here is brutal to boot. since building this bike, i've ridden harder, farther and faster without any disappointments. it handles hits well, is stable at speed and on rocky loose stuff, and does not rob power on the climbs. a joy all the way around!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   frame-only on eBay

Bike Setup:   full-custom: SRAM drivetrain, LP riser, Spinergy Xyclones, Truvativ cranks, Precision Billet Vs, Tech Light levers about 26.5 lbs and nearly bullet proof

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sal a Racer from ny

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2003

Strengths:    Awesome semi-active design, little to no bobbing on the trail. stock Raceface components are great, like usual.

Weaknesses:    the brakes, wheels, seatpost/saddle, and bars are trash, but i'm a veteran, and to a newbie, it won't make much of a difference. i knew i was going to upgrade, so nothing bad here really.

Bottom Line:   
It's too bad this bike doesn't get more publicity, because it is right up on par with the great fs bikes as of late. kind of the strong, quiet type if you could say that about a bike. anyway, with the upgrades, its should be a fine racer next season. peace.

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Favorite Trail:   stone valley trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Arcadian Shop

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale hardtail, Cannondale Jekyll, Fisher Sugar, Specialized FSR,

Bike Setup:   XT/XTR drivetrain, thomson stpst/stem, selle italia SLR, Mavic CrossRoc discs, Hayes brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by François a Weekend Warrior from far east of france

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent all rounder enduro bike.
Basic but quality shocks, simple to adjust, very stiff.
Coherent componentry for price.




Weaknesses:    BB and Headset are crap.


Bottom Line:   
Mine is 18size, i needed to shorten stem for more control in low speed technical

the transfer of braking power with disc make the bike feel
more under control than with the stock Deore Vbrake.
Curious feeling.
Handling is improved in severe conditions. And that's cool.

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Favorite Trail:   Dabo

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   Fuel, Bear, Essence, kinesis4bardesign

Bike Setup:   All stock except FormulaB4Pro/Mavic223-DT-Deore

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary from Connecticut

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2003

Strengths:    Efficiency, comfort

Weaknesses:    Will need upgrades in the future. especially the Deore crankset.

Bottom Line:   
For the price an incredible full suspension bike. Better than my stumpjumper hardtail on a climb!

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Favorite Trail:   Penwood St. Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 90

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Avid ti brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin a Cross Country Rider from Dilllsburg, PA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2003

Strengths:    This bike has AWESOME suspension!!! Rocky Mountain quality! VERY nicely spec'd.

Weaknesses:    NONE!

Bottom Line:   
If at all possible, GET THIS BIKE!!! This bike is a super value for the money and it's a Rocky Mountain!!! What more incentive do you need?

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel 90


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul dilella` a Weekend Warrior from branford ct usa

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2003

Strengths:    real nice flow to the whole bike extremely easy on the ass on the down hill and no problems on the uphill for a dualie. the air shox make the bike really fun to cusr\tomize to your own strengths and weakness's

Weaknesses:    to many canadian decals and seatpost is a maple leaf. arghh!!!! nah nah just playin canada

Bottom Line:   
this bike is definately a great bike for the normal person it mixes a little of everything you could want on a nice starter bike or even an upgrade. it was very affordable for what you get and there's no bike like it for the price. not to mention you cant go wrong with a homemade rocky mouuntain frame set!! i recomend this bike to anyone because it is a really awesome deal and no one beats it on the trail. nice smooth on the downhill and easy to ride on the uphill. this bike would be a sweet ride for either the casual weekend rider or a decent deal for the person who doesnt mind going a little extreme sometimes.

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Favorite Trail:   supply pond

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   pedal power

Similar Products Used:   last bike was a giant iguana from like 1996 or 1997 but i just kept adding stuff was still a great frame just to small

Bike Setup:   marzochi bomber in the front/ fox float in back/ xt back lx front deore brakes/ easton frame (the best!)/

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Colin Osborn a Cross Country Rider from Carbondale,Colorado,USA

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2002

Strengths:    Climbing,Descending,ALL

Weaknesses:    Tire wideness

Bottom Line:   
This bike was my first Dual Suspension and it rocks. It climbs just as good, even better. I didn't like the XT rear derailluer because of the constant knocking on the chain stay's. Then the brakes worked really well but the Avid disc where to cheap to pass up on. Then i wanted some wider tires for DHing so i put some Continentals on. This bike is awesome, it can be a week end ride or your race only rig.

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Favorite Trail:   Mushroom Rock

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Ajax Bike & sport, Carbondale

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana

Bike Setup:   Stock except Continental Vertical Pro 2.3 tires, and SRAM shifting and Avid Mechanical Disc's

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from Houghton, MI

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2002

Strengths:    Reasonably priced, good suspension design, well built

Weaknesses:    lower pivot bushing seized, but it's not too painful to fix

Bottom Line:   
A great all around bike for the price. Almost as efficient with the slayer rear link, but more plush. (you can order the link form Rocky for about $60 and it takes 5 minutes to change) More of a trail bike than a cross country bike now, but still climbs great and goes downhill really well. The only complaint I have is the bushings, but they're easily fixed.

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Favorite Trail:   Your Mom

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   Chalet Sports

Similar Products Used:   fisher sugar

Bike Setup:   Slayer rear link (4 or 4.5 inches of rear travel, I'm not sure), 100mm springs in stock Z3 fork, truvativ sl cranks, Sun singletrack rims, specialized enduro pro tires, and Hayes hydraulics

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pablo a Cross Country Rider from Scotland

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2002

Strengths:    Great frame design. Feels strong with no lateral movement or bobbing coming from the rear. Hand made frame c/w a good standard package of components. My carve came with a free uprated wheel and disc package.

Weaknesses:    Crappy tires which were replaced quickly. Slightly heavier than some of the competition I tried.

Bottom Line:   
Cracking bike which climbs well for a full suspension and looks the business. Can't really find anything as good for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Diamond back x-link. Trek fuel 90.

Bike Setup:   quite Stiffly sprung for my 190 lb weight so looking to soften it up bit for the next ride.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ernie a Cross Country Rider from Bend, Oregon, America

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002

Strengths:    Rock solid bike at a great price.

Weaknesses:    Entry level shocks and components but nothing that can't be upgraded later.

Bottom Line:   
Smooth ride, Shifts good. Suspension irons out the ruff stuff.
I looked around for a good deal and found the Carve.
I've had the bike for a week now and am very, very pleased.
3 rides over 50 miles total. Hitting some really fun DH's. The bike's suspension handles great. NO PEDAL BOB!!
I felt less fatigued after a long ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Phil's and Kent's

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Pine Mt. Sports

Similar Products Used:   Fuel 80,Giant AC3

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joel a Cross Country Rider from Sacramento, California, USA

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent overall suspension design. Good stock equipment choices. Handmade frame with attention to detail. Bike is rock solid and feels like it will last. I can't find any flaws in the way in handles on the trail. For the money, an excellent value since the price is right there with the Trek, Specialized, and Gary Fisher (especially since Rocky Mountain isn't even close to their company size.)

Weaknesses:    Disc Brakes should be standard equipment. Limited number of bike shops in my area that carry this brand (only 1 I know of). Could be a little lighter on the weight side. Maybe a little less house brand components and more brand name products.

Bottom Line:   
I highly recommend this bike for overall mountain biking, especially for cross country rides. The suspension works great for me, I don't notice any bobbing. Bike looks great as well.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   RiverRat Mountain Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, Gary Fisher, and Trek.

Bike Setup:   Stock but looking to add disc brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by José Ángel Fernández Freire a Cross Country Rider from Moralzarzal, Madrid, Spain

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2002

Strengths:    A great stiffness. No bob when we´re out of the saddle. Easton Elite. Great weldings.

Weaknesses:    Not a MXC, but a Z3 '01. :-((
Not Race Face ISIS in the craks. I've got to pay a XT crakset (90$ more). :-((((
Rocky Mountain components (seat post, headset) are only regular...


Bottom Line:   
A rocket bike. No contemplations. The frame is really cool. The components can be replaced with time and money. It's my dream bike. I'm not objective...

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Favorite Trail:   Lousame (A Coruña)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1520.00

Purchased At:   Adrenaline PR (Puerto Rico)


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