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    Carve Comp 2013 or Camber 2013

    Hey guys, would love y'alls input here. Debating between the Camber or Carve Comp, the Camber is full suspension while the Carve is a HT. I'll pretty much be riding single track, might be interested to get back into racing, but I'm also probably making a move to Montana and a trip to Moab so I would probably want something that can handle mountainous terrain. Let me here your thoughts!

    Carve Comp 2013 $1600
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    Camber 2013 $1900
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    Since I recently purchased a 2013 Carve Comp, I'll put my vote into the Carve's basket. I was coming from a 26" hardtail, and I've been surprised how much easier it is to go over small to medium bumps with the 29" Carve. Additionally, it climbs and handles really well for a bike its size. Do you ride a lot of trails where you really need a full suspension?

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    Right now I probably don't need full suspension, however 2 years from now when I'm planning to make the move up north it'd be more likely. And i'd like to have a bike I can keep with me at least 5+ years without any unforeseeable accidents. So I dont want to buy something that I'll regret 2 years from now when I'm in the Rockies.

    I am going to look a bit more into the Carve and probably hit up my lbs.

    Appreciate the response!

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    It depends on your riding style.
    You may want to consider some bikes with slacker head tube angles in the AM section.

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    You won't like the fork on the base Camber, so Camber Comp at least to get a Reba. If that gets to be too much money I'd stick with the Carve. This all is of course opinion, hard to pick a bike for someone else.

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    I just purchased a carve comp 2013, i agree that if you are getting a camber, get at least the camber comp or you will most likely not be happy. I am yet to hear of anyone regretting buying a carve. The carve will certainly hold up on the trails, do not worry.

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    Appreciate y'alls opinions! I think I'm going to go with the Carve, maybe the Carve expert, after hearing yalls input and talking with some friends I think the HT is the best route and a few years down the line I can just transfer components if I so choose.

    I'm a little over halfway there but I'm looking forward to this summer when I'll have enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktann44 View Post
    Appreciate y'alls opinions! I think I'm going to go with the Carve, maybe the Carve expert, after hearing yalls input and talking with some friends I think the HT is the best route and a few years down the line I can just transfer components if I so choose.

    I'm a little over halfway there but I'm looking forward to this summer when I'll have enough!
    If you're halfway there, which I assume you mean you have $800-900 then why wait? Get a Sette Razzo now for $750 after $250 coupon code.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktann44 View Post
    Appreciate y'alls opinions! I think I'm going to go with the Carve, maybe the Carve expert, after hearing yalls input and talking with some friends
    Good choice, I am glad I got mine. The Expert is a nice bike.

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    The 2013 Specialized Carve is an amazing value and an awesome performer. My previous bike was a full suspension Trek Top Fuel 26er, and I can easily say that the Carve is a far better climber and sprinter. I would recommend changing the brakes to either SLX or XT brakes.
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    Things went faster than I thought! Went with the Carve Expert, should be in within the next 2 weeks!! Thanks for yalls input!

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    im a little late but i got to go with the carve too. ht is just way more reliable and efficient in the long run. Usually come with a way better component group too for the dollar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ktann44 View Post
    Things went faster than I thought! Went with the Carve Expert, should be in within the next 2 weeks!! Thanks for yalls input!
    Would've been my recommendation. Congrats!

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