Product DescriptionSpecialized Camber Comp Carbon 29: The carbon fiber Camber Comp Carbon 29 has 110mm of front-and-rear travel; features a Fox Float Evolution RL 29, open-bath damper, tapered steerer fork; and custom Avid Elixir 7 SL, hydraulic...
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Date Reviewed: May 14, 2014
Strengths: Handles down hill runs and up hills climbs very well - Light, and nimble - Very versatile
Weaknesses: Could use better breaks
Similar Products Used: 2012 Camber 29er, Tested Trek Fuel.
Bike Setup: Stock aside from grips
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2014
Strengths: See below.
Weaknesses: See below.
1) 110mm R/S Reba: Bomb-proof fork that's reliable and plush. The 110mm is a nice sweet spot between race and full trail geometry. Unfortunately, this fork has open dropouts which clamp to 28mm hub endcaps. Specialized claims this config is stiffer and more lightweight than a 15mm thru axle, but I would rather have the t/a.
2) Rims are Roval Control Trail 29 tubeless-ready with the rimstrip already in place. Throw in valves and sealant and you're ready to roll (tubeless). The hubs are asia-generic which make them heavier, although the 2013 rear hub is a "new" HiLo design with supposedly more bearing contact. This is a redo of the 2011-2012 rear hubs which had a higher failure rate. Wheelset weight 2130g. Note: After riding these wheels for almost 5 months they're still true and hold up really well.
3) Shimano XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur. Quiet as a mouse. Awesome. The paired SLX shifters are not-so-awesome. One fell apart on my first ride but Shimano c/s is sending me the replacement parts f.o.c. Note: I might move to XT here because the SLX stuff feels draggy but that probably wont happen until they break.
4) The Little Things: Stuff Spec does that sets them apart from their competition like:
- Full 'helicopter tape' downtube protection and cable-rub area attention.
- AL bashguard which also serves as chain retention.
- Full-length braided shifter cables for reduced contamination.
- 7050 AL handlebar, where many other companies would use 6061. 720mm wide. 225g. Respectable weight.
- A decent Specialized retail saddle (Henge Comp), instead of some oem unit that would be discarded immediately.
- A decent 2x10 crank (SRAM S-1250) which is 832g (sans BB). A respectable component weight for this class of bike.
- Full wrap polymer chainstay guard.
- DT Swiss ratcheting skewers ("RWS" they call it). Once you understand how they work, they're nice to have.
The big things:
- Awesome carbon front triangle geometry. This is the first 29er (I'm on #4) where I feel like I'm in the bike, not on top of it. Makes for great handling confidence. Also like that the rear swingarm is aluminum. Less concern if chainsuck happens.
- Fox CTD rear shock w/ autosag. I like the CTD concept.
- FSR: I do find myself riding in more Climb mode than I did on a previous bike, but I like having the shock right underneath me for quick adjustments. The shock feels better than other FOX Evos I've run on other bikes, which means it's tuned to this geometry and the FSR really well,
- 142/12 T/A rear end for stiffness.
Lastly...This bike looks SINISTER (all-black model). The all-black/charcoal color scheme is really awesome when reflected against a glossy carbon natural frame. You justr gotta see this bike in the sunlight.
Date Reviewed: April 23, 2013
Strengths: Rolls well over terrain, don't have to use as much suspension as I did on my old 26er. Climbs quickly, Agile - carbon frame noticable.
Weaknesses: Brakes - Avid 3R, 2 x 10 SRAM 36/22, Maybe the HTA...
First the pluses: 29ers really do iron out the terrain. I can run this bike in Climb mode lots of the time, Terrain for tougher stuff and Descend when its knarly. On my 26er I would have been in Terrain or fully open more of the time even with 10mm more travel. It shoots up hills and you can feel the effect of the carbon, it makes the bike very responsive, not to be confused with twitchy, but it rewards if you know how to handle it. It rolls quickly but you don't notice it but your Endomondo or Strava will prove it. I bought my girlfriend a Cube 29 hardtail a few months back and she was instantly much, much quicker; now I have a 29er the playing field is levelled. It's that much of difference versus a 26!
I added a dropper post when I bought it and thats a great addition and I got one in a red and black paint scheme which I'm very pleased about.
Weaknesses/personal preferences. I spin out using the 36T. I do fast smooth tracks as well as rough trails, so I need a bike that 'does it all', so Im going to probably put a 38T chainring on it as a minimum to see how it goes. I think that will make it just 5% lower geared than a 26 running 44T. Upgrading to a triple I'm told means new derailleur and shifter as well as whole new crankset. Not cheap.
The Avid 3R brakes - not sure if they need more bedding in but i've done 100+ miles on them and they don't feel as strong as my previous Juicy 4's....yet. Front brake was squeaking last weekend and tonight its making some weird grinding noise with lack of power. I will ask the bikeshop to look at it when it goes back for its 6 week checkup.
So I haven't yet ridden this bike in full max attack mode yet and I'm still getting used to the geometry of the 29er but I wondering if the HTA at 70 degrees should have been a little slacker at say 69. XC's and Stumpjumpers both used to be 68.5. 29 SJ now 69 but Camber now 70, so the Camber seems to have been made closer to an Epic at 70.5. I guess you have to trust the brains at Specialized, as its more than just about HTA, I suppose..its trail, seat tube angle, chain staylengths,etc,etc
Reviews I've read said that Camber still decends great, so time will tell.
Would be great to hear of other peoples impressions too.
Date Reviewed: November 21, 2012
Strengths: I love everything about this bike. I am coming from off a 1991 Rocky Mountain Hammer needless to say that this bike is better in every way. I really works well in flowing trails and find that it climbs really well. It doesn't matter if the rear is locked out or not I have not found that it makes much of a difference. The parts spec on the bike is strong as well.
Weaknesses: It's a pretty big bike with a long wheelbase so it doesn't work really well in tight twisty stuff. It works ok but definitely not where it shines.
Date Reviewed: November 10, 2012
Strengths: I am coming off of a 26er so the strengths are many of those associated with 29 in wheels. Apart from that, what I liked is the geometry. I feel the handling is better than my 26 in Stumpjumper. The feel of the carbon frame is nice also. Bike feels forgiving going over gnarly stuff. Part of that is the high bottom bracket and 2x10 front chain rings. I measured and I have almost an inch more clearance on my Camber than I do my 2008 Stumpy FSR Comp 26er. Very confidence inspiring. I was able to clear rock obstacles I never could before on my Stumpy. Handlebars feel suited well for bike. Overall nice components.
Weaknesses: I think brakes are a little weak. I feel the rotors might be a little too small. 110 mm travel might be too little for some, but seems good for me, especially on a 29er. I am not a big fan of the 22/36 gearing up front. Might drop to 34 or 32. I seem to be missing the sweet spot I had on my Stumpy on the climbs in the middle ring. Not much room for a large bottle down below. Geometry makes putting bike on frame mounted car rack difficult w/o an adapter.
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2012
Strengths: One of the best designed full suspension trail bikes I have been on. Plenty of pedal clearance for pedaling through the gnar, and a slack enough head angle to take on what the trail throws at you. With the carbon frame the bike feels snappy and has been perfect for me and southern Colorado trails.
Weaknesses: I had trouble with the rear bearings in the rear wheels hub, maybe a month after really riding the bike. Now that was almost 600 miles of riding, but the rear hub got loose and the bearings were shot. Specialized and my shop replaced them within days, which is great service. The frame is designed to run full housing on the cables and uses cable housing clamps down the bottom of the down tube, if you don't get those little clamps tight enough the housing will slide around and mess with your shifting. The shop, which I am sure torqued to the appropriate spec, didn't get them tight enough so I had some time before I figured out the housing was sliding around. As with any carbon frame, probably best to get a torque wrench.
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