Specialized Camber Expert All Mountain Full Suspension

4.5/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $2400.00

Product Description

The Camber Expert hits a sweet spot with its outstanding suspension components, drivetrain, and sticky rubber.

  • 120mm-travel M4 alloy FSR frame with new suspension design and sealed cartridge bearing pivots for confident handling and smooth trail performance
  • Custom Fox Triad II rear shock tackles all trail conditions with its 3-position, on-the-fly adjuster that includes lockout, fully open, and efficient ProPedal settings
  • Trusted RockShox Reba TK 120mm-travel fork with alloy steerer, Turn Key damper, adjustable rebound and lockout for consistent, lightweight performance
  • Shimano hollow-forged 10-speed triple crankset with Octalink-splined BB interface makes for a lightweight and stiff power transfer
  • Custom Avid Elixir 5 SL hydraulic disc brakes/levers with G3 Clean Sweep rotors and alloy-backed organic pads for maximum stopping power and tool-free reach adjust
  • Shimano Deore XT Shadow rear derailleur delivers top-of-the-line shifting performance in a low-profile design for maximum clearance

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    Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Sean82

    Date Reviewed: September 8, 2013

    Strengths:    Handling, ride comfort, gears, geometry, suspension

    Weaknesses:    Brakes

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought a 2012 run out model about 6 months ago as a means of getting back into MTBing. I was unsure exactly what to get, all mountain or XC, but I was pointed in the direction of the Camber as a mid-point between the two. I'm so glad I did!
    It climbs well (even though the engine is a little worse for wear), descends fast and true. There's minimal clatter and crash from components as you navigate rubble, etc.
    The handle-bars could possible do with being 20-30 mm narrower to navigate more enclosed trails (came with 720mm wide), but this would make the bike slightly twitchier.
    The cockpit is really comfortable for me. I can spend hours on the bike without a sore back, neck, hands, etc.

    My biggest upset with this bike is the Avid Elixcer 5.5 brakes. They started off well, but travel in the rear lever has always been too much for good modulation and power; despite sending back to the shop for draining and fluid refill/bleeding twice. On a 4.5 hr ride recently (3 ascents, 4 descents), I completely "lost" the rear brake. Lever had no "restriction" in it indicating it wasn't working well at all. And it didn't. I had my new LBS check it out and they said I could try for another bleed/refill, but it's likely the piston and/or master cylinder is/are shot. So I've ordered some 2013 Shimano Deore XTs to go on. This upgrade should have my Camber back to full operability ;-)

    I have ridden with people with 150mm travel and it's only ever been my ability that stops me keeping up on descents. I've also ridden with people on XC bikes on XC tracks and never been left wanting.
    This bike is so much fun to ride on almost any terrain

    The Rock Shox Reba fork and Fox RP23 shock work well in tandem; rarely do I use the fork lockout, but often will switch to Pro-Pedal or 'Lockout' settings on the shock to make climbing easier. The three shock settings (Open, Pro-pedla and 'Lockout') work very well, although I wish the 'Lock-out' position was a positive click like the other two, not just having the lever/switch in the general area to lockout. Other than this, works really well!

    This bike provides the perfect middle ground in Specialized's line up between the XC Epic and the "tougher" Stumpjumper FSR, and the Camber should definitely be considered if you're looking at either of these two

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Rmpriley a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: July 24, 2012

    Strengths:    This bike rocks for the value. The Shimano gear set XT, braking and smooth suspension with the rear Fox shock

    Weaknesses:    Cannot find one yet....brakes may be too good

    Bottom Line:   
    I picked this bike up after looking at Stumpjumper and couldn't refuse how much bike you get for a lot less than a Stumpjumper. I have been riding this bike through hard trails all mountain and don't think I will reach its limits...great for all around and if you want to fly on the flats the pro-pedal Fox setting is awesome and if you really want versatility, lock front and back out and motor. I ride in pro-pedal almost full time and effortlessly fly over rocks roots and small drops while all the while maintaining pedalling efficiency. I like to ride as fast as possible and this bike serves it up. The shifters are awesome and the brakes can launch you as they are incredible. I am a good size guy at 6' and 200lbs and now the fastest guy in my gang against Norcos and Devincis and everybody is getting out of my way, uphill climbs, downhill, whatever and trying to figure out how to keep up. Highly recommend this bike....I grabbed a 2011 on a deal and couldn't be happier.

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    Favorite Trail:   Brant Tract, Canada

    Duration Product Used:   2hr rides 4x per week

    Price Paid:    $1995.00

    Purchased At:   Specialized local de

    Similar Products Used:   Giant

    Bike Setup:   Pro-pedal suspension setting

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by 365Rider a Cross Country Rider from Alicante, Spain

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2012

    Strengths:    Great new-generation full suspension bike with good value.
    Specialized guarantee (wich is quite good here in Spain). you are not restricted to anything with this bike. I do sunday XC races on it and I even do some (light) downhill routes with it. Good quality wheels aswell, not the lightest, but they stay true through a LOT of abuse (by abuse I mean hard riding, not bad maintenance). For me the perfect bike for the price. Off course there are better bikes, but this one has been giving me problemless, great FUN this year. Good rear shock (Fox), important to get the air pressure/rebound right.

    Weaknesses:    non-tapered headtube.
    Needed to change cranck bearings after a year, but my mechanic said it was not exceptional for the abuse it 's been trough :-))

    Bottom Line:   
    Great bike, would recommand it to anyone.

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    Favorite Trail:   El Matet

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   Chrono Bike Altea

    Similar Products Used:   Orbea Sate

    Bike Setup:   Tires: F= Spesh Ground Control 2.1, R= Maxxis Larssen TT 2.0
    Command Post seat dropper (BEST upgrade)
    I will be upgrading the wheels this year for (probably) some mavic's tubeless. But only to be able to mount tubeless ...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by eerieclown a Cross Country Rider from winchester, california, usa

    Date Reviewed: December 24, 2011

    Strengths:    the drivetrain, the suspension, the brakes, the wheels (still true like the day I bought it).

    Weaknesses:    ground clearance from the bottom bracket, i've scraped up my cranks alot and I bash my large cog often (but who uses the large cog anyways).

    Both tires are 2.0". The tires grip and corner great, but I believe at least with a 2.1 in the front, it could be even better.

    Bottom Line:   
    After entering into the lovely world of mtb early this summer with my $600 full suspension diamondback, I decided that I loved mtb so much that I'm willing to drop some serious cash. The price I paid is beyond fair considering the msrp was 2200.

    This specialized camber expert takes me up much faster, I go downhill with confidence. The suspension is butter. Braking is easily managed with 1 finger (after they break in). The shimano drivetrain is my favorite park of the bike, the 10 speed really makes a difference, and I love how you can thumb push or index pull to shift.

    I ride 3-4 times a week consisting of mostly single track and technical fire roads/double track. I prefer a softer suspension and went about 20 psi lower than the recommended pressure. I weigh 145 and am 5'11'. I do small 1-2 ft. jumps.

    I was looking for the best "bang for your buck" bike that I could find in the $1500 range and I couldn't find anything that came close to the specs of this camber expert.

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    Favorite Trail:   local "secret" trails

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   cyclery usa in river

    Similar Products Used:   diamondback recoil

    Bike Setup:   stock size medium with spd clipless pedals

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Cueball a Weekend Warrior from Birmingham, AL

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2011

    Strengths:    Rolls ride, fluid movement, XT precise shifts

    Weaknesses:    Can the Brakes be too good?

    Bottom Line:   
    Wow! I loved riding that HR Pro Disc for 6 months, but usher in the full suspension. I was surprised that my Camber weighs about 30 pounds with my clipless pedals, but I haven't started racing, and I believe that heft helps me FLY down the hills. The bike is quick through the tight spots, and makes me laugh every time I go fast. The first time I rode the technical stuff, I went over the bars 3 times; man, those brakes take their work seriously. The bike needs to review me, as I haven't caught up with its features yet. Oh yes, the guy that I used to chase? He's moving over to let me go now!

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    Favorite Trail:   Rattlesnake Ridge, Oak Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $2400.00

    Purchased At:   Bob's Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Super V, Specialized Hard Rock Pro Disc

    Bike Setup:   Stock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by madsedan a Weekend Warrior from Rockwall, TX

    Date Reviewed: June 21, 2011

    Strengths:    Weight, components, suspension, value

    Weaknesses:    none yet

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike rips, in my year since starting I have only ridden 29er hardtails, my brother made me ride our 15 mile loop on the Camber Expert and flew. It was the fastest I've ever been through that trail and I had a blast on the bike, most fun I've had on a bike yet.
    Very nimble, tossable around the trail, does everything well, etc. I love, love, love this bike. Its worth the full MSRP price but I got a hook-up as I really wanted the test bike paint scheme so the shop finally conceded to sell it to me.

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    Favorite Trail:   Many

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Niner EMD9, Specialized Hardrock 29er

    Bike Setup:   Put on my Phenom Expert saddle in place of the Henge Comp, I'll install Mavic Crosstrails in place of the dt swiss wheels, tubeless set-up and ride.

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