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    I added clear tape everywhere where I expect rubbing...congrats on the new bike, I am having a blast on mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeletor23 View Post
    Hi there.

    I want to buy a camber 29 comp (2012 or 2013) but I'm not sure with the frame size.
    So far I found no shop with an M in stock. I tried L and it could work, but normally I prefer shorter bikes.And it's an hard decission without testing the other size.

    I'm 5'11 (181cm) with an inseam of 34.
    What do you think? What do you ride?

    Thanks!
    You are on the large end of a M frame. However, if you feel comfrotable on it than go for it. You might be a little big for it but I have seen way taller people ride smaller frame. The Large will be more comfortable for long rides but that M will be better flicking the bike around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post

    One question, on a UK site I saw some owners mention that the Camber can have issues with the rear brake hose rubbing on the chainstay and damaging the frame. Anyone had this?

    Mine did come with a small, clear tape - a bit like some bikes have a chainstay protector on the drivetrain side. Should that be enough to look after the frame?

    I was hoping to add a link to a really tricked out Camber from the UK too but that'll have to wait till my post count is higher evidently!
    I have a 2011 camber comp 26er. I have had it for 6 months and ride it about 50 miles a week. A month ago I discovered that the rear brake hose rubbed through the protective film and through the paint on the rear suspension arm. Now I have a nice shiny bare metal spot about an inch long. However, the brake hose appears to be completely undamaged. I tried loosening the zip ties and moving the hose around to prevent contact in that area. So far it seems to have helped.

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    I am thinking of getting a neoprene chainstay protector, like the Lizard Skins one I run on my HT, then cut it to shape for protecting the frame on the brake hose then.

    @ kdh - did you fit the command post? If so, how are you getting on with it?

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    I fitted the command post. I have one on my Santa Cruz too and love it, zero issues in 2,5 years...I like the bulkier look of the older model better, but the Blacklite seems to work as well.

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    Thanks.
    I am aiming for the blacklite and then replace qr seat clamp with bolted version.

    Normally I am not a lock on grip fan but kept them as the lever integrates so well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    You are on the large end of a M frame. However, if you feel comfrotable on it than go for it. You might be a little big for it but I have seen way taller people ride smaller frame. The Large will be more comfortable for long rides but that M will be better flicking the bike around.
    I am 5-11 and I ride a lg with a 70mm stem, perfect fit.
    If the path ahead looks dangerous ------- it probably is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    Thanks.
    I am aiming for the blacklite and then replace qr seat clamp with bolted version.

    Normally I am not a lock on grip fan but kept them as the lever integrates so well.
    Oury grips are the best! On all my bikes!

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    I am usually a fan of Odi grips. Have attacks on my old rigid singlespeed and subliminals on the steel ht.

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    As I now have enough posts here is that link to one tricked out Camber:

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    Good looking bike. Did it say what the final cost was of the build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR1822 View Post
    Good looking bike. Did it say what the final cost was of the build?
    Unfortunately not. The owner did say that the paintjob was a custom one off by Spesh for him but sadly no follow article in either the mag or online.

    Although the mag did have the Camber Expert in the 'Bike of the Year' test so I can't complain there lol!

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    Super Dee,
    I replaced the clamp with a bolted one too- I bought a 34,9mm clamp due to the manual and fact sheet on the hp just to find out that the bike is actually fitted with a 35,0mm clamp...fixed it with a Salsa clamp with bolt.
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    Thanks Klaus, that is useful.

    It reminds me when I thought of buying a qr seat clamp for my ht. I ordered the size according to a spec pdf I found online. It was only when I went to fit it did I spot the original clamp had a size stamped underneath it. Sure enough it was a different size to the one I ordered too.

    Btw, are you in the UK?

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    I have basically decided on a Specialized Camber 29 for my first FS bike.
    The shop in my town has no X-large or XX-large on stock. I am 202 cm, 6 feet 7 and lean stature.
    I am thinking of getting the X-large frame. However, I have no way of test riding the bike first. So maybe some of you people can guide me, should I get X-large (I think) or XX-large?

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    What are you on the Spesh size guide?

    I have found that to be very accurate. Although there is no substitute for actually sitting on the bike of course.

    Any riders on here local enough to you that could let you sit on their bike to try it for size?

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    Further to the point about rear brake cable rub.

    I am thinking of giving this kit a try:

    Lizard Skins Leather Chain Stay Protector & 2 Patches | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com


    Might have to cut down the chainstay protector or use the 2 patches next to each other but I think it should work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    What are you on the Spesh size guide?

    I have found that to be very accurate. Although there is no substitute for actually sitting on the bike of course.

    Any riders on here local enough to you that could let you sit on their bike to try it for size?
    Hi Super Dee,

    According to the sizing chart, I should get an XX-Large frame. But the website (official) itself only states sizes up to X-Large. I guess they don't produce XX-Large frames for the normal Camber (cheapest version).
    Also, living in Hong Kong, bike supply especially in oversized frames is rare.

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    Well... Rear shock is officially blown now. Didn't last long. Ordering fox van rc coil next week

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    Sitting on an M Camber felt immediately right, so I got myself a 2012 Camber Comp 29.

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    I love my Camber, but I wonder that maybe one day I might want a bit more travel than the 110 mm I have now. Are there any good upgrade options available for the carbon model that will give me more travel, maintain it's handling characteristics without voiding the frame warranty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    I love my Camber, but I wonder that maybe one day I might want a bit more travel than the 110 mm I have now. Are there any good upgrade options available for the carbon model that will give me more travel, maintain it's handling characteristics without voiding the frame warranty?
    You'll want more travel. I do. I'm going to throw a 120mm fork up front at some point, but you can't change it all that much from what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    You'll want more travel. I do. I'm going to throw a 120mm fork up front at some point, but you can't change it all that much from what it is.
    Yeah, I am guessing 120 might be only option. Might be expensive as heck and might void my lifetime frame warranty so maybe it is not possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    You'll want more travel. I do. I'm going to throw a 120mm fork up front at some point, but you can't change it all that much from what it is.
    I'm pretty sure you can gat a longer shock for the base model camber 29er.
    The more expensive ones have longer rear travel, I would imagine it's the same frame.

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    Yeah I got the Carbon model though. Swapping the fork might be more complicated. Would that also raise the overall height of the bike? I might just keep as is. I love the way it handles and I am not rider who goes off of a lot of steep drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Yeah I got the Carbon model though. Swapping the fork might be more complicated. Would that also raise the overall height of the bike? I might just keep as is. I love the way it handles and I am not rider who goes off of a lot of steep drops.
    It's more like, you'll want more travel, and therefore eventually, you'll be interested in a different kind of bike. The Camber is really great on some days and trails, and I'll feel like it's perfect. Other days, other trails, a different bike, with a more plush, deeper suspension would be great to have. It depends on what you like. Sometimes you don't know what that is, and it takes a long time riding a bike to figure it out. You've got a carbon bike capable of all sorts of things. Ride it for what it is, make it yours, and love the heck out of it.

    Then eventually, get a different sort of bike for other kinds of things. But don't try to make the bike into what it isn't.

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    Rode my Camber Comp on a certain trail and then was provided the opportunity (test ride) on a Cannondale JEKYLL CARBON 1 on the same trail. Difference in ride, you bet. Worth three times the price, not for that trail. Great bike but I will stick with my Camber since I already own it.
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    Blew out my rear shock last week. Did it on a downhill/uphill dip, not a drop off. Blew out the fluid and lost about 20 lbs of air. The shock became "bouncy". Waiting to hear from LBS/Fox on whether it's covered or not.

    Specialized told the LBS to call Fox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    It's more like, you'll want more travel, and therefore eventually, you'll be interested in a different kind of bike. The Camber is really great on some days and trails, and I'll feel like it's perfect. Other days, other trails, a different bike, with a more plush, deeper suspension would be great to have. It depends on what you like. Sometimes you don't know what that is, and it takes a long time riding a bike to figure it out. You've got a carbon bike capable of all sorts of things. Ride it for what it is, make it yours, and love the heck out of it.

    Then eventually, get a different sort of bike for other kinds of things. But don't try to make the bike into what it isn't.
    I have made mods to all of my bikes to improve performance beyong their intended application. The only thing holding me back is cost. I was going to get a Stumpjumper but I felt slower overall on it. I would rather have a snappier bike than extra travel. I think the 10 mm less of travel probably isnt a big deal after all. You are right, though, it is a capable bike. It is an XC bike with a bit more grit than normal XC bike to handle more technical stuff. My riding buddies are amazing on what I can do on this bike only 6 rides in with it.
    I have already taken a spill on it and just happened to have a camera rolling while I did! haha. I love this bike so far. It's just in a man's DNA to tinker.
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    Do you think that $1400 is a good price for a slightly used 2012 Camber 29er? My only concern with these bikes is that they are somewhat heavy (like 31 pounds I believe) but still, $1400 seems like a good price.

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    That is a pretty good price. Is it a Comp model, or just base-model Camber with the 3 ring cassette up front? You could put a nice wheelset on there, go tubeless and make some other upgrades to save weight. 31 is pretty normal for an entry full suspension. My Camber Comp Carbon weights about 28.5 with a dropper post but I love the bike and feel faster than my old one.

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    The add doesn't say what type of camber it is. Can you tell from the picture? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    The add doesn't say what type of camber it is. Can you tell from the picture? Thanks.
    That is the base model Camber. Not a bad rig. I would think $1400 is a fair price. Specialized Bicycle Components
    Are you looking at any other bikes that are comparable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    The add doesn't say what type of camber it is. Can you tell from the picture? Thanks.
    Specialized Bicycle Components

    2012 Camber 29. I rented one a couple of Fridays ago just to try out. Nice bike. A bit heavy maybe, but the 2012 is much better as a base model than the 2013... the 2012 had a RS Recon fork (air suspension; better tuning the spring rate) while the 2013 base model has a coil spring fork.
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    Yeah, the heaviness was the main drawback for me but maybe with tubeless I could shave a pound or so. Other bikes i was looking at were the Scott Spark and the Giant Anthem 29er X4.

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    Yeah,I cannot speak for the aluminum frame or the 2012 model. I think under 30 lbs for a full suspension bike is a decent weight. Price goes up dramatically with every pound you lose. My Buddy's Trek Mamba 29er Hard Tail weights almost 32 lbs so I guess that Camber isn't too bad.

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    I don't think it is heavy considering that it is a trail 29'er that reaches an affordable pricepoint. Key upgrades like getting a good fit and upgrading the wheels go a long way.

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    But the low price Camber 29 from 2012 has a sligthly different frame (same as 2011)
    It's only 100mm of travel and it is build from M4 Alluminium.
    The higher priced models are build from better M5 Alluminum and so are a bit lighter.

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    I think for 1400$ it's still a good deal...but you should now that you get a different frame.

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    I will add that my everyday bike is a carbon softtail 26" that weighs less than 26#s. When I rented the Camber 29, my average speed on my trail was the same for both bikes. Despite the Camber being fairly heavy by comparison (the one I rode was 33#s), it was a very capable ride and could loose some weight fairly easily (new wheels, tubeless and even a lighter fork when the 2013 forks get cleared out at online retailers).

    "Only" having 100mm of travel isn't a big deal. You won't miss 10mm and you will have an easier time replacing the fork in the future since 100mm is a standard travel... 110 is not standard on any fork.

    If I only had $1400 to spend and I could swing a deal on the bike, I would pick it up in a heart beat. It was a real blast to ride.
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    It is a decent bike for the $. If you are on the fence, then don't get it. This is a good time of year to hold out for a better bike oppurtunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    Do you think that $1400 is a good price for a slightly used 2012 Camber 29er? My only concern with these bikes is that they are somewhat heavy (like 31 pounds I believe) but still, $1400 seems like a good price.
    That's what I paid for the 2012 camber 29er I bought a few weeks ago that was practically brand new. Lots of fun on T100, would like to get up to the BCT.
    I think they are better equipped than the 2013 model

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastplace29er View Post
    Blew out my rear shock last week. Did it on a downhill/uphill dip, not a drop off. Blew out the fluid and lost about 20 lbs of air. The shock became "bouncy". Waiting to hear from LBS/Fox on whether it's covered or not.

    Specialized told the LBS to call Fox.
    on it's way to fox for a rebuild. no charge
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    What does a 2013 camber comp 29er weigh? How is the new Rock Shox rear shock working for you all? I read of a few having issues with the older Rock Shox. How is the Reba for stiffness? Currently I have a Fox float fork and shock and was wondering how the two compare. Giving the camber some thought for a 29er.
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    Camber Comp Alloy will weigh in around 28.5 for a Large frame. Check this site out for acual weights of the new models. 2013 Specialized Mountain Bikes – Complete Overview & Actual Weights - Bike Rumor

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    Thanks for the link. I would be needing a size medium. So by the time I put pedals, computer, water cage, then subtract tubeless I should be about 29lbs....about the same as my Fuel EX8. Thanks for the link!!

    So anyone on the Rock Shox?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    Further to the point about rear brake cable rub.

    I am thinking of giving this kit a try:

    Lizard Skins Leather Chain Stay Protector & 2 Patches | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com


    Might have to cut down the chainstay protector or use the 2 patches next to each other but I think it should work.
    Further to this I fitted it at the weekend. Seems like it will do the job. I used the full chainstay protector. I heated it first (hairdryer does the trick) so I could get it to shape to the curve of stay nicely.

    That left me the 2 patches so one under the down tube on the drivetrain side and the other on my ht.

    Job done.

    Pics will follow when the rain stops here in the UK!

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    does anybody know the weight of the 2012 Camber Comp 29 Wheelset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeletor23 View Post
    does anybody know the weight of the 2012 Camber Comp 29 Wheelset?
    I'd also like to know. Getting data on wheels and potential wheels/weight/material/prices/differences can be challenging. Would like to shed some weight from my Comp Carbon 29er eventually.

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    Also, who out there has swapped their 36t chainring for a 34t or a 32t on their 29er?

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    For those of you with a triad II rear shock. How often do you need to get it serviced? I don't mean just by fox guidelines. Rather in reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    For those of you with a triad II rear shock. How often do you need to get it serviced? I don't mean just by fox guidelines. Rather in reality.
    On my 2008 Stumpy (which had a triad), I had the shocks torn down every two seasons. Your LBS and Fox will claim to get it done much more frequently, but I was in college and on a tight budget. I average about 50 rides a season 1 to 5 hours per ride. Always seemed to run fine, but that's just me. This is what Fox says. Service Intervals

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    Thanks. That was the very sort of info I was after.

    My Camber is my first FS, although I have been mtbing since mid 80's and ridden a fair few. I was a bit shocked (did you see what I did there?! ) by the service intervals on some kit. I do still have my steel ht with coil fork for those grab and go rides, etc.

    I am impressed that the Camber is the most 'right at home' bike I have had since a Fisher I bought in 1990 so can't complain too much!
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    Anyone know if you can eventually upgrade the fork on a carbon model to get a tad more travel on it without voiding the warrantly?

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    Please help blown triad ii upgrade,

    I'm now going to be on my second Triad II...dealer replaced the first one...

    Specs are 7.875x1.9

    Can the FOX Float CTD 7.875 x 2.0 bolt up?

    I don't want to have to customize the shock and have it sent out.... I found a deal one one and want to know if I should grab it.

    Bike is a 2011 Camber Pro 29er, small frame.

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    I just weighed an XL Camber 29er yesterday - 33 pounds!!! And I thought they said the newer models were going to be lighter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    I just weighed an XL Camber 29er yesterday - 33 pounds!!! And I thought they said the newer models were going to be lighter!
    Which model Camber? The lower-end Cambers will weight a lot more than the carbon models which have a lighter frame and lighter components. The fact that it is an XL means it will be a bit heftier as well.

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    I have 29er expert carbon evo, 26 #'s tubeless. It should be less when I go 1 x 10.
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    [QUOTE=GnarBrahWyo;9928253]Which model Camber? The lower-end Cambers will weight a lot more than the carbon models which have a lighter frame and lighter components. The fact that it is an XL means it will be a bit heftier as well.[/QUOT

    It was the lowest end model....M5 aluminium or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanyonTrailJunkie View Post
    It was the lowest end model....M5 aluminium or something like that.
    What year? The lowest model 2012 29er frame is actually the 2011 frame. I have one of those, and it was 31 lbs for a medium stock with pedals.

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    Just a bit of weight info. Maybe useful for people looking at last years model on clearout or second hand even.

    My lbs weighed a 26 Camber Comp in large for me when I was looking to go for either that or the Elite model. The Comp was 32lb without pedals and the Elite as near as possible to 2lb lighter.

    I ended up with a stonking deal on the Exert though. We didn't weight this one till it had pedals and a bottle cage on it but it came in at 28lb.

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    Evening all, just thought i'd share my (almost finished) 29er build.

    The concept started a few months back, looking for a bike with around £2500 budget for mostly trail with some XC and rougher rocky/rooty action.

    At 6'4'' I'm definitely in the XL size frame however was struggling to find bikes in my size with a 29er option.

    I looked initially at a Stumpy Comp EVO 29er but Specialized don't stock it in the UK and it was a little on the extreme side of my riding. I also looked at a Cannondale Scalpel 3 Alloy but couldn't get one in a XL size. I did however really like the Lefty concept so set out to build a mix and match of what i liked in the bikes i was looking at.

    My basic requirements were FS Alloy MTB with 29'' wheels, around 110mm travel with a Lefty set up if possible and decent brakes to slow my not inconsiderable bulk down. Oh yeah, my £2500 budget also stood.

    Looking around, the 2012 Specialized Camber Comp 29er really started to stand out. Heavily discounted from £2400 to £1700 it had most of what i wanted except forks and brakes. Purchased online, i immediately sold the fox forks (£375), Avid Exilir 7 Brakes (£100) and the standard SLX shifters (£50) bringing my outlay down to £1175.

    A brand new XLR140 Carbon from Qwerty cycles (top customer service!) was ordered coming in at £820 delivered! teamed to a tapered Project321 Stem (circa £100). I had my LBS re-lace the still new Specialized wheel to a standard Cannondale lefty Hub and chucked some brand new XT shifters on since they were a good price (£10 more than i got for my brand new SLX items).

    Perusing Chain-Reactions clearance pages, i spotted some Formula the ONE10 Ltd edition brakes reduced to £320 for both front and rear delivered so they were swiftly ordered!

    Chucking the lot together over the last few weeks as the parts have turned up, they is how its looking:






    Total price is a touch over my budget but i'm happy with the spec i've ended up with.

    I just need to re-shim the fork to 29er spec and am awaiting delivery of a remotely adjustable seat-post to finish the build off. The brakes are spaced correctly with stainless washers at the moment but will be replaced with turned aluminum spacers.

    Now, a good day out to set it up properly and start having some fun on it!
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    hmm..a Specialized with a Lefty, equipped with a mix of Sram, Shimano and Formula components...interesting

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    Killer bike, thats sweeter than a S-WORKS! Hows that lefty ride? Are those formulas squeal free, unlike the Avids?

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    I haven't had the chance to try it yet, Just waiting on the dropper post and some time off work to get out on it. I'm not 100% sure they wont squeal as the avid disks are still on there but if it does squeal i'll upgrade them to something more suited to the caliper.

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    Looks great. Nice to see another UK owner.

    What dropper post are you going for?

    Also, not sure if the 29ers suffer the same but I can't see why they wouldn't, which is rear brake cable rub on the inside of the chainstay. You can read on the previous page or so about what I did as prevention.

    Enjoy the new bike.

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    My 2012 Specialized Camber
    This is a pic from my latest conquer this past weekend. Me and my buddies were the first ever to conquer this mountain on bikes. Under that metal sign is the surveying pin. Pretty awesome feeling when we reached the summit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    My 2012 Specialized Camber
    This is a pic from my latest conquer this past weekend. Me and my buddies were the first ever to conquer this mountain on bikes. Under that metal sign is the surveying pin. Pretty awesome feeling when we reached the summit.


    Was that single track going up? How do you like your Camber for AM riding, compard to a Stumpy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    What year? The lowest model 2012 29er frame is actually the 2011 frame. I have one of those, and it was 31 lbs for a medium stock with pedals.
    This was the new 2013 model....it was an XL but still 33 pounds seems like alot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    Looks great. Nice to see another UK owner.

    What dropper post are you going for?

    Also, not sure if the 29ers suffer the same but I can't see why they wouldn't, which is rear brake cable rub on the inside of the chainstay. You can read on the previous page or so about what I did as prevention.

    Enjoy the new bike.
    I wasn't aware of the chain stay rubbing issues but i did have concerns about the control cables rubbing around the headstock of the bike. My plan is to apply a layer of blade tape in this area (and on the chain stay now you've given me the heads up). A clear abrasive resistant strip i use it in work to protect the leading edge of helicopter rotor blades from erosion so this should do the job perfectly and is periodically replaceable.

    I've ordered a chinese copy of the ICE Lift V8. MBR magazine gave it a 9/10 review score. The chinese copy appears identical in every way (indeed its probably made on the same production line). I'll swap out any fasteners for Ti/ Stainless as my experience of chinese products (mainly motorcycle parts) is of decent manufacture marred by poor fasteners.

    This design also features some features i prefer over more expensive models. The traveling surfaces are protected by a rubber boot similar to that found on the lefty which should help protect the moving surfaces and prevent seizing due to dirt ingress. Similarly the cable entry/activation mechanism is all internal and not exposed like many designs again increasing reliability, indeed the entry point looks like it cab be positioned fore of the seat-stay so reduce the level of dirt thrown onto the entrance from the rear wheel. The entry point for the control cable is also at the bottom of the post which will allow for a more permanent cable routing with no cable movement when the seat is raised and lowered. This should prevent frame finish wear caused by a movement. Oh yeh, its also £65 not £300, worth a try i think!

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    New Brakes on Camber

    Question for those of you ditched your Avid brakes (yes, I've tried everything. Seriously). I'm going to put some SLX or XT brakes on the bike, depending on specials and sales in the coming months, and I wanted to know what else I need besides the brakes in terms of mounting up the Shimanos. For example, do I need a new adapter for the 180mm front brake, or can I use the one that's on it? What about the 160 rear? Do I need the IS mount for Shimano, or will the current hardware do the job?

    I know I can get the Ice Tech rotors, and probably will, and that I don't want centerlock.

    Thanks!

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    Thanks for the reply Yamirider.

    Let me know how you get on with the dropper post - I recall seeing the ICE one in MBR as I have bought the last couple of issues as they had my Camber Expert in them. In my previous posts on this thread you might have seen Danny's Camber from MBR too.

    I got the info on the brake rub from a couple of UK based forums and thought prevention is better than cure.

    Let us know how you get on with the dropper. It is something I want to add. I am pretty sold on the Spesh Command version but its good to compare / keep the options open.

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    @ Mazukea - great pics - my son will love them btw as he is Hawaii crazy atm. (big Hawaii five-0 fan)

    What pedals do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    @ Mazukea - great pics - my son will love them btw as he is Hawaii crazy atm. (big Hawaii five-0 fan)

    What pedals do you have?

    I currently have the Spike Spank pedals. I really wish I had clipless pedals for this ride cause some of the climbing was intense. Not very technical, but steep. I just can't decide which pedals to get.


    Here's another pic of that ride. In the background is Hualalai. That haze is the picture is vog. It was pretty bad on Sunday cause the south winds were kicking it straight up the coastline
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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Was that single track going up? How do you like your Camber for AM riding, compard to a Stumpy?
    It was double track going up. It changed from broken asphalt, to rocks, to dirt, to grass, then powdery dirt, to loose rocks, then it got really steep. I was in granny gear wishing that I had a couple of more granny gears. lol. The last mile up was killer.


    I never had a Stumpy, this is actually my first bike. The Camber is doing great for the riding that I do. I noticed that on the downhills my 29er is fast compared to my friends 26ers. I really don't have to pedal to catch up to them. In fact, I usually have to apply my brakes if I'm behind them or else I will be right on top of them. I don't know if that is just a 29er thing though.
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    Great pic and thanks for the info on the pedals.

    What were your riding buddies riding?

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    Rock Shox Monarch RL w/ autosag comes on the comp 29 model. Ive been jumping around on here trying to find some reviews. What do people think and say about it?

    My Plan was to grab a 2013 camber comp 29 and a set of mavic crossmax 29 ST
    price tag is going to be about $3150.00
    Still cheaper than the Comp Carbon that my LBS is selling for $3500
    but the carbon has the FOX Float CTD Evolution. Im new to the full suspenion game and want to make sure that the rock shox monarch RL has what it takes to keep me riding .
    5'10" 240lbs
    I ride XC and real Techy XC nothing more than 2 foot drop( and not every often either)

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    I considered that option, but preferred the frame feel of the carbon.

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    I was going to add a picture I found on my phone of my Camber but it didn't look good when I viewed on the laptop compared to my phone!

    Tried to delete the post but couldn't. Sorry.

    But rather than waste a post - just thought - what made you choose the Camber?

    For me, I knew I wouldn't need more than 120mm, I liked the styling and knew Spesh have a great rep and build good bikes. The real clincher though was the fact that it felt 'right' as soon as I rode it.
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    like you the camber felt right right away.
    So I tested a Tallboy LT AL ,and a Specialized EPIC comp, and then a Stumpjumper.
    None felt as good as the Camber carbon, all the other bikes I tested were AL.

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    So I could post a pic of my Camber my son sent me this one. It's his '12 Hardrock Disc in the background.


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    Well... I bought a '12 specialized stumpjumper comp fsr 26.
    About the Camber Comp I didn't care for the rear ARIO shock that blew out so easily, the cheap front hub and cheap crankset & BB. I understand they are/were going after a price point and its a lot of bike for the money. Also had I known that all the bike manufacturers were going to stop producing 120-130mm suspension forks eliminating the possibility for future upgrades I wouldn't have bought the Camber in the first place. Keep in mind I'm not griping. I ride very aggressively and outgrew the capabilities of the Camber much faster than I expected. It got me back into mountain biking at a pretty low price. I love Specialized bikes and the SJ FSR is my 4th specialized. My 3rd Specialized full suspension bikes.

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    Helped my buddy do some trail maintenance yesterday. Then we ripped through that trail like we were on fire! lol.

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    Monarch rl on comp 2013 can be upgraded to rt3?

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    Riding my Camber through some sweepers

    Here is a video I made of the way back from a long climb we did last Saturday with our group. Its a twisty downhill through what you guys would call fire roads. Its nothing technical nor am I going way fast but it was somewhat muddy and slippery and very fun. I almost lost it at 3:48, yay!.


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    Cool vid.

    Hammer that Camber!

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    I got my rear shock back from Fox last night, they did a rebuild, no charge.

    While my Camber was out of commission we went back to our 26ers....never again!
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    Tweaks done to my Camber so far

    -Converted to tubeless
    -Trimmed bars 2.5"
    -Added GP2 grips

    -Hope to upgrade wheels at some point.
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    Official Specialized Camber Thread-dsc007001.jpg

    My 2011 Camber comp 26" size small with a few changes.

    Answer pro-taper carbon 720mm 1/2" rise Handlebars (stock 680mm)
    Shimano SLX cranks and BB 175MM from 170mm
    Shimano M-520 pedals
    Tubeless Conv.
    Ground Control 2.1 rear 2.3 front ( Had Captain 2.2's)
    Specialized stem non adjustable 75mm (saved 24.6 grams over adjustable angle)
    Lizard Skins Peaty Lock on cheers grips
    Blackurn Dirt merchant front fender ( No straps! )
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    Replaced rear derailleur today. Really do not know what happened, never dropped the bike, hit anything, or any of the normal reasons a rear derailleur would get damaged, bent cage. Purchased the exact same model however it was not available in black so I got the crome. Looks good, shifts good, due to rain no ride yet so we shall see.
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    @ Whiskytango Rider - that pic / your username brought back memories of the old Whiskytown racer!

    BTW, were the 680mm bars stock on all US Cambers? I only seem to have seen 720mm on UK Cambers.

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    My bike came with 680mm.
    Not sure about other bikes. 2011 Camber models in US had 680mm handlebars according to website. and 2012 as well .

    Whiskeytown Rocks! Oh and 720mm was best swap yet.

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    Thanks! I guess it depends on the Country then for the overall spec.

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    Yes, Country does matter. Also sometimes Specialized will make small changes and do not edit website specs. For instance my bike came with Captain 2.2 tires front &back ,but website says Captain .2.0's front &back?

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    @whiskeytango_Rider, nice bike,nice place to ride. I love that country up there.Next time I get back to Redding, I'm going to ride Whiskeytown. Rode FB trail when I was there in Sept.

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    Thanks! If you come to Redding and have no one to ride with PM me. FB trail is a great trail, Whiskeytown is alot more difficult to navigate and ride,But well worth it!

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    Hi

    I'm considering a camber that can be a XC race machine during the summer and more of a trail oriented bike during the off season between sept - may.

    My budget is around the comp carbon model so I would like to buy the camber and switch parts (seatpost, steam, handlebar, tyres, tubeless?, add barends) so Its more race oriented “out of the box”.

    Is that a good idea? What should i do for get the camber to be more of a race bike? Im not looking for upgrades price-wise, more geometry-wise and maby weight-wise if I change the tyres.

    Thank you

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    I would definitely try both the Carbon and the Aluminum models. The aluminum weighs a tiny bit more now that they switched to the M5 aluminum and a new swing arm. According to Bike Rumor, the difference is 7 ounces. 2013 Specialized Mountain Bikes – Complete Overview & Actual Weights - Bike Rumor

    The price difference is $1000 between the two. While you may be "stuck" with the Monarch on the aluminum rear end, you can spend the $$$ to upgrade the bike as you see fit. I replaced the shifters with XO GripShift and would still have enough money left to replace the front fork with a Fox before touching the price of a carbon Camber.

    Just my $0.02... and I am going crazy waiting for the bike to get to my LBS from the Specialized warehouse.....
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    Anyone use a reverb on their Camber?

    Torn between that and my original first choice of the Command post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    Anyone use a reverb on their Camber?

    Torn between that and my original first choice of the Command post.
    I have a KS Dropzone with remote on mine and LOVE IT!!! I've had a KS i950r (same post only no setback) on my Giant Reign for a few years and its been trouble free. Kindshock is the best on the market IMO. If you don't need/want the setback post the supernatural has 6" of travel vs the dropzone's 5".
    The cheapest I found them was through cycle club sports out of Texas for those of you in the US. Either way a dropper post is the best upgrade to a bike

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    FWIW, I picked my new Camber Comp up yesterday.... sadly, I won't get to ride it for a few days...



    Just got to ride it around my street, yard and a field for a bit..... I am going to be a very happy biker.
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