With 110mm of travel, big wheels and a playful geometry, the Camber 29 is an XC trail master. Specialized equipped it with a lightweight M5-aluminum frame that features their proven FSR suspension driven by a custom X-Fusion O2 air can. A RockShox XC32 air fork gives you the travel you need to clean obstacles that you once thought were above your skill level. To keep you flying up steep hills, the Camber comes with big, 29-inch wheels, a quick-shifting Shimano/SRAM 27-speed drivetrain, and aggressive Specialized knobbies for dirt-grabbing traction. You'll also dig the powerful Tektro discs and the full spread of Specialized's quality aluminum components.
|Frame||M5 aluminum, 110mm travel w/142x12mm thru-axle, Taco Blade|
|Fork||RockShox Recon Silver 29, 110mm travel w/15mm Maxle Lite thru-axle|
|Rear Shock||X-Fusion O2 RL|
|Rims/Wheels||Alex XD, aluminum|
|Hubs||Specialized Hi Lo disc|
|Tires||Front: Specialized Purgatory Control, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3; Rear: Specialized Ground Control, 2Bliss Ready, 29x2.3|
|Front Derailleur||SRAM X7|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore Shadow|
|Rear Cogs||SRAM, 9-speed: 11-34|
|Handlebars||Specialized XC mini-riser|
|Tape/Grips||Specialized Sip Grip|
|Stem||Specialized Trail, aluminum|
|Brake Levers||Tektro Gemini Comp, hydraulic|
|Brakes||Tektro Gemini Comp hydraulic disc|
* Subject to change without notice.
|Option||Barcode||Manufacturer's Part Number||Store SKU|
|Gloss Black/White/Clean / Small||00888818050994||93216-7002||12904602+0101|
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I've been riding and racing MTB for over 20 years, worked in the industry for most of that. Now that I'm older and the kids are old enough to let me go for rides I decided to get a new FS Rig and landed on this model. I've always been a hard tail rider (or short travel FS) and still ride a SS 29er so was a little unsure how I would like this squishy bike... IT Rocked my world! when I bought this "entry" level (I use entry level loosely) Camber I thought I would get a few rides out of it before I start replacing everything (like Brakes, fork, post and wheels) but after about 2 months on the local trails here is Socal it shined like a diamond! Everything works perfectly, the fork has great feel, travel and the minimal adjustments I prefer (like a lock out, rebound and pre load) I prefer sprung forks over air and its going to be hard to want to waste money on a fork just to take weight off over this one! The brakes... come on really? these big rotors feel good, stop on a dime, and minimal pump out on long descents! Again the only reason to change is if I want to save weight. Drive train runs like a champ. shifts great and geared perfectly for socal trails, not gonna touch it till it starts to fail from abuse and miles. The rest of the squishy design is amazing, climbs like a goat, super comfortable cockpit and of course the 29ers roll over everything... I'm even doing drops I typically wouldn't do to save my wheels and frame! the lock out on both shocks is so easy to use and quick, so no need for any more gadgets. the bike is overall not to heavy and realistically shaving anymore weight would just be to try and keep up with the racer types... its very agile and when you lower the post (I recommend getting a dropper post!) the suspension gets real active and responsive... just what I expect from the best most reliable suspension design on the planet! Don't believe me? let me put it in perspective for you, after two months I took it as my only rig to Moab about two weeks ago for a 4 day adventure and right out of the gate we shuttled the "whole Enchilada" which is 33 mile ride 27 of which are hardcore rocky DH starting at 11000 feet (in the the La Sal mtns) to 4000 feet with tons of step up/step downs, rock gardens and high speed rollers and tons of trail that wants to break your bike... and after almost 5 hours of riding I came off the trail tired and smiling like a camel on Wednesday (hump daayyy!) not only did I out descend my buddy on his 6" travel Giant Trance 29er! he had fork issues, dropper post issues, dropped his chain and got some scratches! I came out with only getting a flat tire which almost every rider did as well...btw there were about 50 other riders that shuttled up at the same time we did... it was like an Enduro race for the first 2 miles! 2 more days of heavy riding and being strapped to the back of a Toyota landcruiser four wheeling on gemini Bridges during a rain day... and all that happened was some rub marks from the racks Bottom line this is an awesome FS Design and I am a specialized fan and have been for a while (although my last employer wouldn't allow us to own Specialized) with having a 10' Epic Comp 29er before this... its a real trail bike! Good Job guys and keep it up, I might even fork out the cash for the Carbon Roval Wheels to make up for my fat slowness! But it will be hard to talk me out of Chris King LW built so we'll see.
Got a great deal at Center Cycle. Great staff and I will always buy from their from now on! Thanks guys for such a great Specialized Camber 29er!
I ride about 3-4 days per week. I love the suspention in that its adjustable and there is plenty. Going from 26 to 29 and the way its geared makes this bike faster from the start. It is very rideable on rough terrain and handles really well in turns and climbs. I believe this bike should come with bar ends for climbing and better pedals that would at least accept Power Grip Straps. Its hard to find a bike made in America so with that being said it should easily be affordable for Specialized to upgrade a few more desireable items for around $2000.
I've got the 2012 Camber 29er. I haven't owned a real mountain bike for almost 20 years, but I've been itching to get one forever. When I started my search, I hadn't even heard of a 29er, but it became apparent that at my price range, this was about as good as I was going to get, and I'm pretty pleased. I ride rocky, rooty trails with lots of ups and downs, and so far this bike is perfect for what I wanted. I'd considered a 29er hardtail, but looking at my age, and the gnarliness of local trails, I decided to go with a full suspension, and I don't regret it at all. I do wish it was a little more all mountain capable, but that's not really what the bike is designed for, so I can't complain. It's handled everything I've thrown at it, and I can see my skills increasing. At first, the geometry and the 29 inch wheels gave me a little bit of a hard time in corners, but it's getting better as I'm getting better. I've had to learn this whole thing from scratch again. Each ride, I feel a little more confident, and as a result the bike performs better as well. It's a great all around trail bike, and looks great too. As far as weaknesses, as the price dictates, there are certainly components that could be lighter. The XT rear derailleur is nice, but it's mated to much cheaper shifters and cranks, with the other parts falling somewhere in the middle. The Recon front shock has a loud sort of whooshy sound that takes a little while to get used to. The stock grips were shredded within weeks, and I'm not that hardcore. The biggest problem I've had is with the Avid brakes. They were silent and effective for about a month. Before long, they were making the turkey gobble noise, and vibrating both front and rear, which is apparently common with these brakes on Specialized bikes. I took it back to the shop, and they improved the problem, but they're not silent again. I'm hoping some bedding in and a couple more weeks help. If not, I'm going to replace the rotors to start. The thing is, I shouldn't have to. The weight for my medium, with XT pedals is 31 lbs. First thing I'm going to do when I get a chance is upgrade the wheels and go tubeless. Then I'm gonna look at that rear cassette as well, and shifters. End of the day, I'm very happy with the bike. When I look at it in the garage, I just want to get back on it and go ride. None of the upgrades (except the brake rotors) feel urgent, and right now I can just enjoy the thing.
I have tried and bought bikes such as Specialized and Trek over the years. I was looking for a full suspension 29er under $2,000 and gave the Camber 29er Comp a try. It is a good bike and rode comfortably. However, Specialized increased the price of the Camber for 2012 which jacked up the price $200 or $2,200. Considering the current economic crisis, people do not much have disposable income. Specialized doesn't seem to be willing to help reach those under the $2,000 bracket plus the fact that they tend to manufacture less FSR bikes than the demand. So there is a wait time on orders for both the Camber and the Stumpjumper. Luckily, after a very thorough research, I found the 2012 Scott Spark 29er Comp which rides similar to the Camber but weighs about the same if not less. At [$] OTD, the Scott Spark is a much better alternative to the more expensive Specialized bikes. For Las Vegas trails, the Scott Spark is more than sufficient.