The Camber is a hardpack tire designed to run in specific directions for the front and rear. In front, the Camber rolls fast, confidently grabbing corners in even the loose stuff. Reversed on the rear, the Camber gives you the same confidence in the corners, plus additional acceleration and climbing traction. The Pro level tire provides lightweight EPS puncture protection layer, making the Camber's dependability as good as its performance.
Strengths: Really fast front wheel floats over sandy stuff. Gives good stability during turns. Rear tire gives tons of traction in the soft stuff. Also performs great on rock, gravel, and damp sand. Low noise when riding on pavement to the trail. Compound is hard and will last a long time.
Weaknesses: Picks up small pebbles and throw them at your face. I was hoping for a little higher pressure, like 80psi for commuting.
A good tire for a great value. Got the 26"x2.25" ones for $15 a piece when the Specialized Resolution tires on my '08 Specialized Hardrock finally rode their last ride. The CST Cambers perform really well in hardpack and surprisingly well in soft sand. I have ridden a little in damp sand and they do fine. I have not ridden in any mud. They corner well too, probably due to the tread far up the sidewall. The 65psi max pressure hurts my speed on pavement -- I like to ride fast to the trail, and I ride this rig to work too.
Overall, this is a great tire for those who live in the Southwestern US, where its normally dry, sandy, and rocky.
MO XC Rider
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2012
Strengths: cheap, fast, corners well
Weaknesses: even a little mud can make then feel sloppy
The description on the manufacture's web site is pretty much spot on. Only issue is even a little mud can effect the cornering, the outer edge held the mud more than I thought it should and takes a little longer to shed the mud than I would like.
Weaknesses: Sluggish in mud, grabs rocks from the ground and throws them at the bike/rider.
When in a random bike shop in Litchfield, CT, I found these tires which were demo'd by the owner of the store. In a pinch, I needed a tire (ended up with 2), and all their new MTN tires were 1.9 or lower. He sold me the pair, with tubes for $10. I usually go with a more aggressive tread pattern, but since this is what I had to choose from, I went with it. Plus, for $10, what have I got to lose? They are not what I would take out on a trail with mud, but other than that, they roll fast and handle well. My daily ride consists of a long trip on pavement (10 miles) to get to dirt and this tire does a good job at rolling quickly enough on the pavement not to piss you off and then grab the earth efficiently enough to keep you riding fast. They handled roots well and the overall ride was very smooth on the 2.3's. I see them selling on Amazon.com for under $12 each and I'd say that's a good bet for someone on a budget that does a combination of pavement and dirt. When mud is in the mix, or if you put your bike on a car to ride, I would choose a better tire.
Hey guys, I'm new to the forum.
Just bought a 2014 Camber 29 Comp, xl frame. 3 days ago
I'm 6'4 200lbs.
handlebars are to low for me, feels like I'm leaning to far downward.
My Hard Rock has a 22 degree stem with 1/2 riser bar. perfect fit.
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I am new to the forum and wanted to say hello to everyone. I have been riding mtb for about 2 years strong now.
I am looking for some guidance and assistance on the size bike I should get. I am looking at the Specialized Camber Comp 29. I am between a M and L on size and can't mak ... Read More »
I have a 2012 Specialized Camber 29er. I love the bike, love the ride, but I am looking to upgrade components on the bike but I don't know where to start. I think the shifters, derailleur's front and rear, breaks front and rear, seat post, and maybe wheels to lighten things up. I am new to MB's s ... Read More »
Got my 2012 Specialized Camber 29er new in April. Love the bike, but twice now the rear skewer has come completely loose from the frame, resulting in the rear wheel locking up and injury. Lucky it wasn't serious last night. There is no nut on the axle, just the quick release lever and threads ... Read More »