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    2011 Camber Pro vs 201 Trek HiFi

    Hi,

    I am ready to pull the trigger on a sub-$3000 FS 29er and have the pleasant frustration of choosing what to buy.

    I have the following available.

    2011 Camber Pro 2x10 XT $2499
    2011 Trek HiFi 3X10 $2699
    2012 Camber Comp Test Bike 2X10 $2599

    All will fit the bill for my New England riding. I am not a highly technical rider, like trail, steep, and diverse terrain.

    I am 54yo, 5'10" 195lbs and been riding 3 years Mtn Bike on a used KHS 640XC 26er.
    Road rider for 30+ years

    Though not a deal breaker, I really want a 2X10 rather than 3X10.

    Anyone have definitive ideas about which way to go?

    I appreciate the help.

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    When I bought my specialized I went ahead with a 2012 because of the 142 rear, tapered headtube and believe it or not, I love the dangler. I'm amazed at how well that's working. I really don't hear any chain slap.

    That said none of those prices look like good deals to me.

    I bought my 2012 Stumpjumper FSR Comp for $2599 new. So if I can get that at $400 off new, you should be able to get more than that off a 12 demo bike or a left over 2011.
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    Hey TT,
    Thanks for replying.
    I understand the taper HT but do not know what a dangler is or what you refer to with the 142 rear.
    Can you explain? Any thoughts on the Trek HiFi?
    Thanks.

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    The dangler is the silly little plastic chain guide hanging off the chain stay. I've never needed a full blown chain guide on my bikes, but I like the dangler, it's really kept the chain slap under control. I'm sure the hardcore on here will make fun of me for it. Nevermind just notice you don't get it on the Camber.

    142x12 is the rear hub. Its a 12mm through axle. Basically like a 15mm QR on a front fork, so helps stiffen the rear up.

    Not a reflection on Trek, but you said you prefer 2x10, so why is the Trek a consideration?
    It's more expensive, not what you want.

    I could have saved more money on the 2011 version of my bike, but I keep my bikes for years, so saving $200 vs getting the little things I wanted weren't worth it IMHO.


    Have you considered a Stumpjumper FSR Comp. Little more travel. I love mine
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    I demo'd a Camber Comp and I too would suggest you hop aboard a Stumpjumper for a demo. It's a bit more of a relaxed posture. I was slumped too far forward for the Camber, I prefer the slacker Stumpjumper geometry for mixed casual riding.

    And also, the Trek Rumblefish- a similar move from the Hifi as is the Camber to the Stumpjumper. My friend has one and it has performed flawlessly and puts up with quite a lot of abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by covrc View Post
    Hi,

    I am ready to pull the trigger on a sub-$3000 FS 29er and have the pleasant frustration of choosing what to buy.

    I have the following available.

    2011 Camber Pro 2x10 XT $2499
    2011 Trek HiFi 3X10 $2699
    2012 Camber Comp Test Bike 2X10 $2599

    All will fit the bill for my New England riding. I am not a highly technical rider, like trail, steep, and diverse terrain.

    I am 54yo, 5'10" 195lbs and been riding 3 years Mtn Bike on a used KHS 640XC 26er.
    Road rider for 30+ years

    Though not a deal breaker, I really want a 2X10 rather than 3X10.

    Anyone have definitive ideas about which way to go?

    I appreciate the help.
    Speshy makes a solid bike but IMO are WAY overpriced in just about every area. For that budget you could get a new Anthem X, thats the way Id go with your budget

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    New Option

    Thanks for the feedback.

    >>2011 Camber Pro vs 201 Trek HiFi
    Hi,
    I am ready to pull the trigger on a sub-$3000 FS 29er and have the pleasant frustration of choosing what to buy.<<

    I have the following available. The Trek HiFi Pro 'Sold' and is no longer available.
    But I did find a couple more Specialized options at fair prices.

    2011 Camber Pro 2x10 $2499
    2011 Epic Comp 29er 2x10 $2500
    2012 Camber Comp 2X10 $2599
    2012 Epic Comp 29er 2x10 $2900
    2011 Epic Carbon 29er 2X10 $3000

    I am wondering if the 2011 Camberr Pro not having the Tapered Headset and Through-Axel rear should rule out when comparing to the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by covrc View Post
    Thanks for the feedback.

    >>2011 Camber Pro vs 201 Trek HiFi
    Hi,
    I am ready to pull the trigger on a sub-$3000 FS 29er and have the pleasant frustration of choosing what to buy.<<

    I have the following available. The Trek HiFi Pro 'Sold' and is no longer available.
    But I did find a couple more Specialized options at fair prices.

    2011 Camber Pro 2x10 $2499
    2011 Epic Comp 29er 2x10 $2500
    2012 Camber Comp 2X10 $2599
    2012 Epic Comp 29er 2x10 $2900
    2011 Epic Carbon 29er 2X10 $3000

    I am wondering if the 2011 Camberr Pro not having the Tapered Headset and Through-Axel rear should rule out when comparing to the others.
    You need to decide you're riding style first. They are different bikes for a reason.

    It wouldn't have helped me to get a good deal on an Epic when my riding is more suited to a Stumpjumper.
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    You should add the 2012 Trek Rumblefish to the list, the base model is reasonably priced at $2500 and is a better bike than the others mentioned. IMO. Rumblefish - Gary Fisher collection - Trek Bicycle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Cobb View Post
    You should add the 2012 Trek Rumblefish to the list, the base model is reasonably priced at $2500 and is a better bike than the others mentioned. IMO. Rumblefish - Gary Fisher collection - Trek Bicycle
    It's not necessarily a better bike, it's just a different style of bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoTone View Post
    You need to decide you're riding style first. They are different bikes for a reason.

    It wouldn't have helped me to get a good deal on an Epic when my riding is more suited to a Stumpjumper.
    This man speaks the truth! I have a 2011 Camber and spend more time riding an Airborne Goblin 29er HT because it has a "racey" geometery that better suits my riding. However, the Camber is an awesome bike and it's awesome fun to just "point and shoot" through the rough stuff.

    I'm pretty much the same size as you. 5'10" - 190lbs

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