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    2012 Camber 29er vs. 2013 Camber 29er vs. 2013 Scalpel 4

    I currently ride a HT Giant Revel 29er 0. I like the bike a lot, however I really want a full squish bike.

    I enjoy riding trails, downhill, climbs, and technical stuff like small obstacles, jumps, and drops.

    At my LBS they have a 2012 Camber for $1650 and a 2013 Camber for $1450. It looks like the 2012 has slightly better components, but I was interested in hearing an opinion from someone who is more knowledgeable with this. Thought it was weird that the newer version is cheaper. However, I just found a deal on a 2013 Cannondale Scalpel 3 for $1699.

    Do either of these bikes sound like they are what I'm looking for? Are they priced affordably? Is there another bike they may suit me better. I'm looking to stay under $2000. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    Below are the specs of each bike.

    2012 Specialized Camber 29er $1650
    2013 Specialized Camber 29er $1450
    2013 Cannondale Scalpel 4 29er $1699
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    Personally for what you are riding I would think you would want something with more travel instead of having 2 XC oriented bikes.

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    Re: 2012 Camber 29er vs. 2013 Camber 29er vs. 2013 Scalpel 4

    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    Personally for what you are riding I would think you would want something with more travel instead of having 2 XC oriented bikes.
    According to Specialized, the Camber is a trail bike.
    What works for me may not work for you. What's best for you depends on many factors. We are different from each other.

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    I guess I'm looking for a bike that will be able to handle small drops and jumps.

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    You can do jumps and drops on a Camber, it'll definitely handle more than your Revel. Does your LBS have a Stumpjumper FSR in the same price range? That would be a more long-term buy (in my opinion). It'll pedal almost as well as the Camber and go down anything that doesn't require a full-face helmet (and probably some things that do).

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    The SJ was slightly out of my price range. I ended up going with the 2013 Cannondale Scalpel. I walked out of the door with it for $1800. That's including the $100 in tax.

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