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    Official Specialized Camber Thread

    What size comp carbon did you get? Do you know the actual weight before the dropper seat.

    Plan on ordering one in the next few weeks.... Bike rumor says 27lbs 14oz
    Just curious how close they are.

    How's it ride? I can't wait to get mine!!

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    I got a Large frame. I'm 6'3" 205lb. I like my frames on the smaller size, especially 29er's. The weight of my camber was close to 29lb with test ride pedals, I actually weighed it in the shop. I have a particular componet list I want to build and I'm almost done.
    Coming from a all Aluminum Titus Racer X the camber is Awesome climbs so much better, really responsive and really fast. The auto Sag is really cool. I'm playing around trying to get the right PSI in the Reba. No Complaints. I'm keeping an eye on the seat tube becasue I just noticed from a thread some frames are craking there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tPIC View Post
    Just picked up a 2012 Camber Expert last night in the January sales. I'd been saving for this one for a while so was glad to be able to bag one with £650 off original list.

    It's currently sat upside-down in my lounge looking very shiny and new whilst I await a new shock-pump from Wiggle.

    Quick question - can anybody tell me what manuals came with their Camber? I only got the basic 'Specialized Bicycle Owner's Manual' but that can't be all there should ahve been? I'd expect shock setup guides at least?

    Thanks.
    I got the Spec, Rock Shock for the Reba, Fox for the rear shock and Avid brake manuals with mine. There was a setup cheat sheet on my Reba fork leg rider weight to PSI.

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    The more I ride my 2013 Comp aluminum, the more I fall in love. I think the Cambers are an under appreciated bike on the whole. Made a personal goal today on "my" trail.... no stops, no breaks, no walking... just rode it all. Good day for a big and tall guy on the trail.
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    Official Specialized Camber Thread

    Thanks... Ill post a pic of mine once I get it....... Tax return money!!

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    Official Specialized Camber Thread

    Knight, I'm glad to hear a big guy enjoying the camber I'm 5'10" and 245lbs my soon to come bike will be carrying a big fella also!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dokhan View Post
    Does anyone know if the 110 mm Fox Float on the 2012 Camber Comp can be changed to 120 mm?

    Fox doesn't offer any 110 mm forks, which makes me think that this is a 120 mm fork with a spacer in it. Is this true?
    I removed the 10mm spacer from the air spring assy some time last year. Been running my 2012 Camber Comp at 120mm with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holymoly View Post
    I removed the 10mm spacer from the air spring assy some time last year. Been running my 2012 Camber Comp at 120mm with no problems.
    Great! I knew somebody had to have done it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksousa81 View Post
    Knight, I'm glad to hear a big guy enjoying the camber I'm 5'10" and 245lbs my soon to come bike will be carrying a big fella also!
    I am a bigger guy than you by ~60#s. I test rode every FS bike I good get my hands on and there was just no comparison for the $$$. You will be in love with the bike FOR SURE!!!
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    Need help deciding between a 2012 Camber Comp 29 and a 2013. It looks like the components on the 2012 are better but the 2013 has some design improvements. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewadley View Post
    Need help deciding between a 2012 Camber Comp 29 and a 2013. It looks like the components on the 2012 are better but the 2013 has some design improvements. Any suggestions?
    I have a 2012 and my brother has a 2013. Overall I prefer the fox fork. And avid 7 brakes. The subdued colour scheme for 2012 carbon was preferable.

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    Thanks, I was leaning toward the 2012 so this definitely helps.

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    The slx shifters and xt shadow plus rear derailleur were the only pluses in 2013 for me. I figured I would get used to sram push push and worry about sram type 2 after some back to back runs this spring when the snow is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flucod View Post
    Be real careful with that. That spacer does more then limit travel. Also acts as a top out for the fork. You can do some internal damage to it without it. They are not the same as RS. Have had many conversations with FOX and the big S on it.
    But it's relatively safe with the Rock Shox forks?

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    Sorry if i missed it, but does anyone have a 2013 camber in a small? Want to see how it looks. I'm 5'6.5" with a 31.7" inseam, and taking that into consideration and comparing p my rockhopper small geo it seems small is the way to go. Though I hear the medium may be better? Any insight?

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    New 2012 Camber Comp 26

    I had a chance to pick up a new 2012 Camber Comp 26' for $1200. My LBS had ordered 70+ units on close out. I got the yellow, red and black. I got the L size. I am 60 years old and been riding Mtn Bikes since the early 80s. I have had an FSR XC, but lately I had been riding my Salsa Fargo 29er. I decided to get an all rounder XC bike with full squish. I recently lost my left lower leg and I am a bit tentative about getting too adventurous offroad, but I am going to try an XC race in April.
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    Sorry to hear about your leg bro.

    I love the colour of your bike. I have a '12 Expert in the UK and the one thing I don't like really is the colourway.

    Enjoy the bike. Any future plans for it?

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    For now, I am just going to ride it and enjoy. Some things I may upgrade are the crankset and possibly the shifters. With my prosthetic, i can no longer stand and crank up the hill, so I will leave the triple for a lower bailout gear. The problem with going up that slow is being able to clip out fast enough. I have to use an "M" multi release SPD pedal at least on the left side. The prosthetic foot will not stay on a grippy studded flat pedal. So I am using some version of a Shimano SPD with mountainm shoes on all my bikes. I have to mount and dismount with my right foot. After I get stopped with the right foot down, I am able to clip the left side out. That's part of my hesitance about technical riding, I may not always be able to plant R foot first....
    I bought the 26 because I got the better price and I liked the color. Since the 26s are history, I thought I would snag one while I could. I have the Salsa Fargo for long rides that don't require suspension and I have a CDale CAADX cyclocross bike with two sets of wheels. I mostly ride it with the lower gears and 700x35 tires at least until winter is over. Then I will put the racier wheels with 700x25s and use it for my solo road bike. I hope to spend most the time on our tandem.
    I'm going down to Death Valley this weekend and it will be my first ride on the Camber.
    I hope to post up pics afterwards!
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    my 2011 Camber Expert
    Fox Float RL Fit fork
    Fox RP23 lager volume can with adaptive logic and BV
    XT 785 disc brakes
    XT785 shift pods
    XTR 10spd rear derailleur mid cage
    XT 10X2spd front derailleur
    SLX 10spd cranks 2X10 set up
    XT ice tech rotors 180mm in front and 160mm in the rear with ti bolts
    Sram PG-1070 cassette 12/36
    Sram 1090 hollow pin chain
    S Works 720mm carbon handlebars
    Crank Brothers Joplin seat post
    Crank Brothers candy 3 pedals
    Specialized phantom saddle gel with ti rails
    E13 bash guard
    Sun Ringle charger expert wheel set 15mm front and 10mm thru rear
    Easton Haven Stem 70mm
    In the front a specialized purgatory s-works tubeless 2.2
    In the rear a specialized the caption control tubeless 2.2
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    Quote Originally Posted by motoknight View Post
    my 2011 Camber Expert
    Sun Ringle charger expert wheel set 15mm front and 10mm thru rear
    How do you get a thru axle in the rear? What product is that, and does it feel like it makes a difference?

    Really nice Camber you've got there.

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    Hey bwfox, there's a story in the newest Dirt Rag magazine about a rider with one prosthetic leg. It's fiction, but I read it last night, and thought it might be interesting for you.

    Take care and have fun!

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    If you have a convertible rear hub you can get 10mm caps and a through bolt. DT Swiss and hope make them as well as others. Standard rear drop outs are 10x135mm

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    Quick question. I have a chance to buy a 2012 Camber Comp 26" (new) for a great price. Under $1k dollars. 5'8" and old. worth it? Or should I just get the 29er.
    I live in Virginia where the trails for the most part are rocks and roots.

    Thanks

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    yes you can feel the difference much stiffer. You have to have a wheel set that will take 10mm end caps to run a thru axle

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegan_warrior View Post
    If you have a convertible rear hub you can get 10mm caps and a through bolt. DT Swiss and hope make them as well as others. Standard rear drop outs are 10x135mm
    Yeah, I've got Charger Pros. I need some extra parts, but I could do it. I wonder if it's worth it.

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    "I have a chance to buy a 2012 Camber Comp 26" (new) for a great price. Under $1k dollars. 5'8" and old. worth it? Or should I just get the 29er.
    I live in Virginia where the trails for the most part are rocks and roots."

    After watching the trails fill up with 29ers and listening to riders talk about how much they love the ride of a 29er I test rode then purchased a 2012 Camber Carbon Comp 29. My vote would be the 29er as you will see immediate improvement riding in rocks and roots. Under $1K is a great price but 29er is the way to go.
    "We have got so much ground to walk over, and if we fail to travel today, we shall have so much more to travel tomorrow"

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    What is the first upgrade you would recommend for a 2013 Camber Comp and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    Yeah, I've got Charger Pros. I need some extra parts, but I could do it. I wonder if it's worth it.
    On a full suspension the general consensus is yeah. Stiffens up the two sides of the swing arm. Is it worth it for you depends on one question... Do you have flex and feel it?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikewadley View Post
    What is the first upgrade you would recommend for a 2013 Camber Comp and why?
    On mine I would..

    1. Tubeless
    2. 1x10 conversion
    3. Ergon Grips

    Right off the bat. Besides that only thing id want out would be the Avid brakes gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegan_warrior View Post
    On a full suspension the general consensus is yeah. Stiffens up the two sides of the swing arm. Is it worth it for you depends on one question... Do you have flex and feel it?

    On mine I would..

    1. Tubeless
    2. 1x10 conversion
    3. Ergon Grips

    Right off the bat. Besides that only thing id want out would be the Avid brakes gone.
    Planning on Tubless
    Have Ergon Grips and love them

    What's the advantage of going 1X10 except weight?

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    Eh weight is negligible. The e13 guide weighs simarly to a deraiuller. Only weight you lose is from the granny gear and left shifter which isn't much. For me it's more a matter of simplicity and needs. I don't need or ever use a granny gear on my trails so I don't need it. And it's a $50 investment to ditch it so i could live with that. You'll also never drop a chain. If your trails call for a granny gear having a 1x10 can also force you to become stronger, you have no choice but to use your main ring lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegan_warrior View Post
    Eh weight is negligible. The e13 guide weighs simarly to a deraiuller. Only weight you lose is from the granny gear and left shifter which isn't much. For me it's more a matter of simplicity and needs. I don't need or ever use a granny gear on my trails so I don't need it. And it's a $50 investment to ditch it so i could live with that. You'll also never drop a chain. If your trails call for a granny gear having a 1x10 can also force you to become stronger, you have no choice but to use your main ring lol
    I'm getting old and that granny gear comes in handy ~ LOL

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    I don't have the 2013 but have 2012. camber comp and i'm actually thinking about selling it. I want to upgrade to cf frame and 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewadley View Post
    What is the first upgrade you would recommend for a 2013 Camber Comp and why?
    For me the first port of call is always contact points so pedals, grips, saddle.

    After that tyres or bar/stem combo so fine tune what feel right for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoBo View Post
    "I have a chance to buy a 2012 Camber Comp 26" (new) for a great price. Under $1k dollars. 5'8" and old. worth it? Or should I just get the 29er.
    I live in Virginia where the trails for the most part are rocks and roots."
    Any news on the this?
    Personally i would go with what suits you, your riding style and your local terrain. I did and went for one of the last 26er Camber's.
    Can you try and get a test ride to see what works for you?

    ps. sorry I know I quoted wrong author for this one - but the question remains the same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Dee View Post
    For me the first port of call is always contact points so pedals, grips, saddle.

    After that tyres or bar/stem combo so fine tune what feel right for you.
    Makes sense, thank you.

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    Official Specialized Camber Thread

    Ordered my bike yesterday.
    2013 camber comp carbon.
    Size medium
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    Richey wcs carbon flat bar

    Ill post a pic once I take delivery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksousa81 View Post
    Ordered my bike yesterday.
    2013 camber comp carbon.
    Size medium
    Mavic crossmax st 29 wheels
    Richey wcs carbon flat bar

    Ill post a pic once I take delivery
    Did they take the standard wheels in on trade? I would love to upgrade my wheels when I purchase but not up for the $1000+ upgrade unless I can get something for the stock wheels.

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    Keeping the stock wheels for my GFs 29er.(and as a spare set for me) Did get 20% off the wheelset though. Msrp on wheels $830.00.
    Shop offered me $140 for the stock wheelset.

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    Here's mine that I picked up about a month ago. Love this CAMBER! I got it for $1600. It was marked down from $2100.00 It's a 2012 Camber Comp and tips the scales at 31.5 lbs. I do plan on putting it on a DIET! Next go around will be a StumpyCarbon!

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    Can anyone tell me how much the 2013 camber comp weighs in the XL size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mport78 View Post
    Can anyone tell me how much the 2013 camber comp weighs in the XL size.
    The large weighs 28 lbs 5 ounces. I can imagine the XL only weighs a couple ounces more

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljones View Post
    Here's mine that I picked up about a month ago. Love this CAMBER! I got it for $1600. It was marked down from $2100.00 It's a 2012 Camber Comp and tips the scales at 31.5 lbs. I do plan on putting it on a DIET! Next go around will be a StumpyCarbon!

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    I love that colour scheme - I know I have said it before but it just rocks!

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    I wanted the white gold and black but no dice! This scheme is cool too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mport78 View Post
    Can anyone tell me how much the 2013 camber comp weighs in the XL size.
    mine is a 2012 26er Comp and its 31.5 pounds. Id think the 29er would be heavier......?

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    The 2013 aluminum models weigh a good bit less than the 2012. Different swing arm design and M5 alloy.

    I don't have a real bike scale, but my bathroom scale says the 2013 XL Comp weighs in right at 31. So give or take some due to bathroom scale fail.

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    My 2012 Alloy framed Camber Comp is making a very loud creaking noise from the cranks/bottom bracket. I can't locate it as yet. Any ideas or others who have had this issue? Thanks in advance.

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    My 2012 Alloy framed Camber Comp is making a very loud creaking noise from the cranks/bottom bracket. I can't locate it as yet. Any ideas or others who have had this issue? Thanks in advance.
    I may be off base here but have u tried pedaling with you butt up and out of the saddle.... I had the same issue on a HT and thought it was my crank or BB. It was my saddle and seat post.. Just an idea to check out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksousa81 View Post
    I may be off base here but have u tried pedaling with you butt up and out of the saddle.... I had the same issue on a HT and thought it was my crank or BB. It was my saddle and seat post.. Just an idea to check out.
    Yes it Still makes the noise when pedalling off the saddle. Looks like its going back to the LBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozbernie View Post
    Yes it Still makes the noise when pedalling off the saddle. Looks like its going back to the LBS
    I have a 2012 Camber Comp that i bought used last summer and it too had a pretty good creaking sound when I first started riding it. I ended up greasing up the seat post Clamp Collar mating surfaces and that got rid of my creaks. It creaked whether I was sitting or standing just not as bad when standing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozbernie View Post
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    My 2012 Alloy framed Camber Comp is making a very loud creaking noise from the cranks/bottom bracket. I can't locate it as yet. Any ideas or others who have had this issue? Thanks in advance.
    Love that color, was that factory or custom?

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    Cheers folks thanks for the advice. Yes factory color option for Australia only. Cool isn't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozbernie View Post
    Cheers folks thanks for the advice. Yes factory color option for Australia only. Cool isn't it
    Unfortunately I only have a choice of black/Lime or Red/White. I'm leaning toward the Red/White but would love a few more options.

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    When I first got my Expert the PF30 BB did squeak for maybe 10 mins on my first ride - it stopped after that though. I put it down to 'bedding in.'

    On the subject of colourways. You guys get a choice? In the UK each model got one colourway. For eg. in 2012 we had three Camber 26er's. The 'comp' which was mainly white with black and then a small amount of red trim. The 'elite' which was black with light green trim (the best combo imho) and then the 'expert' which is white with red and then small amounts of black trim.

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    Great looking bikes guys, I'm looking at getting a 2013 Camber 29. I have always rode hardtails and looking to go FS, How is the climbing on this model? do you get alot of bobbing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Great looking bikes guys, I'm looking at getting a 2013 Camber 29. I have always rode hardtails and looking to go FS, How is the climbing on this model? do you get alot of bobbing?
    Not sure which model you are looking at or what shock it has. But mine has a Fox with pro pedal and lockout so no bobbing issues there.

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    I've got the low end Ario shock and haven't noticed a bobbing problem either.

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    Thx. for the info guys, I'm looking at the low end model.

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    I would advise going with the comp at least. The XC fork is a pile of ****. Super heavy and it's a coil fork, doesn't take air, flexes like crazy and with aggressive use it locks up

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    I agree. You're going to save a lot of money in the long run and have a much better bike to start I you go with the Comp. I wish I had.

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    Thx. Guys, i will have to see if i can find a good deal on a comp in my budget range.

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    Patience goes a long way. I'm itching to get a new bike. So I'm browsing around for something in my budget and I realized that If I get something with my current budget it would mean I'm settling for something subpar. So in the meantime I'm saving some more and browsing for deals. It's worth it in the long run. I've thought about upgrading my current bike instead and it's very costly that route.

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    Just picked up my 2013 camber comp carbon medium from my LBS.
    I love it!
    cant wait to ride it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksousa81 View Post
    Just picked up my 2013 camber comp carbon medium from my LBS.
    I love it!
    cant wait to ride it.
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    Is it worth $1200 to upgrade from the Comp to the Comp Carbon? If so, why?

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    Well I just felt like having the fox rear shock with the ctd was going to be better for me than the monarch rl.
    Is it worth 1200? No. I like to tinker with bikes regardless of what I have for a bike. So might as well trick out a carbon bike instead of aluminum. 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksousa81 View Post
    Well I just felt like having the fox rear shock with the ctd was going to be better for me than the monarch rl.
    Is it worth 1200? No. I like to tinker with bikes regardless of what I have for a bike. So might as well trick out a carbon bike instead of aluminum. 😀
    Thanks for the reply. I think I'll use the $1200 for a good set of wheels and a dropper post.

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    Nothing wrong with the aluminum comp I was going that route but after some hardcore penny saving I was able to get up some extra cash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksousa81 View Post
    Nothing wrong with the aluminum comp I was going that route but after some hardcore penny saving I was able to get up some extra cash.
    The decision would be easier if money was no object :-)

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    Haha for sure!!

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    I had to wade through the $1200 question. For 2013, it was an easy answer to me, I saved the $1200. Had the bike shop had an XL 2012 with the Fox fork, X9 rdr and the conventional rear shock mount, I would have gone for the carbon model. With the 2013 Carbon Comp coming with a Shimano drive train while I knew I would want/need Gripshift to keep my hands from hurting, my decision was VERY easy. Hindsight being what it is and having at least a dozen rides on my aluminum, I am pretty happy having saved the $1200.

    With any luck, the carbon models will switch swing arm styles in the next year or so and I will have the option to "snipe" a Fox CTD to replace my Monarch if I so desire. I don't have any problems with my Monarch though (at least not yet).

    FWIW, I washed (using terry cloth towels and McQuire's Quick Detailer) and waxed (using an aerosol wax sprayed on a rag) yesterday. The Camber is CLEAN and is smooth to the touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I had to wade through the $1200 question. For 2013, it was an easy answer to me, I saved the $1200. Had the bike shop had an XL 2012 with the Fox fork, X9 rdr and the conventional rear shock mount, I would have gone for the carbon model. With the 2013 Carbon Comp coming with a Shimano drive train while I knew I would want/need Gripshift to keep my hands from hurting, my decision was VERY easy. Hindsight being what it is and having at least a dozen rides on my aluminum, I am pretty happy having saved the $1200.

    With any luck, the carbon models will switch swing arm styles in the next year or so and I will have the option to "snipe" a Fox CTD to replace my Monarch if I so desire. I don't have any problems with my Monarch though (at least not yet).

    FWIW, I washed (using terry cloth towels and McQuire's Quick Detailer) and waxed (using an aerosol wax sprayed on a rag) yesterday. The Camber is CLEAN and is smooth to the touch.
    Does waxing help with cleaning up after a good muddy ride or just for looks when you start?

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    Just like in a car, it helps keep stuff from sticking, so it should help make crud easier to come off after a ride. It, honestly, doesn't look any different waxed vs just cleaned, but the finish is SMOOTH to the touch compared to not waxed that feels like it has a bit of tooth to it.
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    Anyone have the White/Red Camber Comp? What do you think about the white? Any issues?

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    I have the white. I love the white and red. And what kind of issues would you expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I have the white. I love the white and red. And what kind of issues would you expect?

    I love the white but heard it was hard to clean. A few posts about black shoe marks that could not be removed too. I have the demo out for a ride tomorrow and then I'm ordering the white/red next week. Any advice on must have upgrades?

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    Love the white!

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    Like I posted above, I just washed the bike Friday. There is a sticker protecting the seat stay on the drive side that has picked up some dirt just under its lip that may suck some in the future. I will just buy some clear protective vinyl and wrap the stay after pulling off the smaller sticker. Your shoes will leave some marks on the rear end, but anyone that complains about them not coming off has never REALLY washed or detailed a car.

    To remove the marks, I use just a small touch of Goof Off on a rag and the marks come RIGHT off. Be warned, the hard plastic chainstay protector MUST be removed to use Gofo Off (or similar product) because the product will attack the plastic and it leaves black streaks that have to be removed. Any time you use a harsher solvent like Goof Off (on any painted surface, car bike or otherwise), you absolutely MUST rewax the area you cleaned with it.

    For gentle washing (not TONS of mud) I use an automotive quick detailer spray (McQuire's Quick Detailer) because it is spray on, soak for a second and wipe off, no rinsing needed (less water used cleaning a bike is better IMHO). I follow that up with a spray wax (McQuire's Quick Wax or NXT spray wax are my preferences). If the bike were muddier, I would use a mild automotive car wash soap (NEVER use dish soap on cars or bikes, it strips any protective wax off and will dry the clear coat and paint out). I think I have Turtle Wax car wash in the garage currently.


    This is the chain stay with the protector removed. The black mark you can see is actually from the plastic protector and will clean off with Goof Off too. I removed the protector for the photo so you could see how clean it is.


    This is the seat stay up close. You can kind of see the edge of the sticker I mentioned above.

    I assure you, both of these had shoe marks on them prior to being cleaned.... both cleaned up perfectly. I love my white bike. I only bought it after I got the white car (which I NEVER buy white cars, but the crystal white pearl is gorgeous in person). The white rack was an accident (I was driving a black car when I ordered it and just forgot to tell them I wanted the black rack). I am a color coordinating whore though when it comes to parts on my bike... you know... red parts as things get replaced.
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    And I know the chain needs to be cleaned.... that is on today's list of work.

    And for the record, I think black bikes are WAY over played now and are boring as crap. I often complain about the lack of colors from the big 3... my first bike was teal to purple fade (Trek 930), after that was a NEON red Klein (they called it "race red") and then a blue over carbon soft tail. All these muted, sad colors like flat black and brown made me sad when I started shopping, I was VERY happy to see the white/red option on the new frames. It isn't necessarily a cool color, but it is FAR better than just another black bike IMHO. I would have LOVED a mango orange or Kermit green bike from Niner, but it was a little more than I wanted to spend.
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    I had two white cars which I liked the color of. If the carbon was in white it would be better than the silver and natural.

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    The white car is great until I have to clean it. White doesn't hide anything, so there is a lot more work. It doesn't help that Speed3s run rich and have plenty of soot to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    Like I posted above, I just washed the bike Friday. There is a sticker protecting the seat stay on the drive side that has picked up some dirt just under its lip that may suck some in the future. I will just buy some clear protective vinyl and wrap the stay after pulling off the smaller sticker. Your shoes will leave some marks on the rear end, but anyone that complains about them not coming off has never REALLY washed or detailed a car.

    To remove the marks, I use just a small touch of Goof Off on a rag and the marks come RIGHT off. Be warned, the hard plastic chainstay protector MUST be removed to use Gofo Off (or similar product) because the product will attack the plastic and it leaves black streaks that have to be removed. Any time you use a harsher solvent like Goof Off (on any painted surface, car bike or otherwise), you absolutely MUST rewax the area you cleaned with it.

    For gentle washing (not TONS of mud) I use an automotive quick detailer spray (McQuire's Quick Detailer) because it is spray on, soak for a second and wipe off, no rinsing needed (less water used cleaning a bike is better IMHO). I follow that up with a spray wax (McQuire's Quick Wax or NXT spray wax are my preferences). If the bike were muddier, I would use a mild automotive car wash soap (NEVER use dish soap on cars or bikes, it strips any protective wax off and will dry the clear coat and paint out). I think I have Turtle Wax car wash in the garage currently.


    This is the chain stay with the protector removed. The black mark you can see is actually from the plastic protector and will clean off with Goof Off too. I removed the protector for the photo so you could see how clean it is.


    This is the seat stay up close. You can kind of see the edge of the sticker I mentioned above.

    I assure you, both of these had shoe marks on them prior to being cleaned.... both cleaned up perfectly. I love my white bike. I only bought it after I got the white car (which I NEVER buy white cars, but the crystal white pearl is gorgeous in person). The white rack was an accident (I was driving a black car when I ordered it and just forgot to tell them I wanted the black rack). I am a color coordinating whore though when it comes to parts on my bike... you know... red parts as things get replaced.
    Thank you for taking the time to write this up and attach pictures. Good advice on cleaning and washing the bike. I have to admit, I haven't been that careful on my current bike but the Camber is a big step up.

    I have a Bright White Jeep with red/black seat covers so I was actually joking about buying a bike that matched. After seeing your pictures, it will look good on the back of the Jeep on the way to the trails.

    I'm about to head out for a test ride on the demo but after a short ride yesterday I'm all but sold on the Camber Comp and I will be ordering the White/Red. I agree with you on color options. Specialized does offer a few more colors in other countries but not in the US.

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    I will give you just 1 piece of advice... as soon as you bring the bike home and before you ride it... get a rag out and wax the bike, it makes clean up much easier.

    Also, you asked about "must have upgrades," and the only thing I would recommend is a set of pedals that you like. If you have old pedals you like, put them on and ride. I had the shop replace the shifters to grip shift because that is how I roll.... and grip shift is MUCH easier on my hands. The bike makes me really happy and the only planned upgrade for the beginning of this year is to switch to tubeless. Wheels to be built later in the year (I am a super Clydesdale and the stock wheels may or may not be strong enough to handle my fat ass). The bike is great out of the box.... just be sure to break the brakes in properly, they aren't too bad (I do have to clean my rotors and pads with rubbing alcohol every other ride as dust makes them a bit unhappy).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knight511 View Post
    I will give you just 1 piece of advice... as soon as you bring the bike home and before you ride it... get a rag out and wax the bike, it makes clean up much easier.

    Also, you asked about "must have upgrades," and the only thing I would recommend is a set of pedals that you like. If you have old pedals you like, put them on and ride. I had the shop replace the shifters to grip shift because that is how I roll.... and grip shift is MUCH easier on my hands. The bike makes me really happy and the only planned upgrade for the beginning of this year is to switch to tubeless. Wheels to be built later in the year (I am a super Clydesdale and the stock wheels may or may not be strong enough to handle my fat ass). The bike is great out of the box.... just be sure to break the brakes in properly, they aren't too bad (I do have to clean my rotors and pads with rubbing alcohol every other ride as dust makes them a bit unhappy).
    Just got back from a 12 mile ride on the demo and I'm sold! Now I understand what everyone is talking about on the Camber, it took my riding to the next level. The guys I ride with had a hard time keeping up and usually they are waiting on me on my old hardtail. I'll be ordering the white/red tomorrow for sure. The LBS said they would set it up as tubeless so I thought I would try that since it's easy enough to change back if I have issues. I already have new grips(ergon), pedals(VP Comp), and a WTB saddle. The only other option I'm considering is a new set of wheels. The shop will build a custom set and take the stock ones in on trade. They are telling me it will save about 1 pound of spin weight in addition to another ~1/2 pound for going tubeless. I keep hearing this is one of those must have upgrades and makes a big difference in climbing and acceleration. I'm in the clydesdale class as well, so my only concern is can they handle the weight. Now comes the hard part ~ waiting until it is delivered. The good news is Specialized has plenty of white in stock so they are telling me it shouldn't take more than 5 days. Thanks for all the help and advice.

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    Personally I really don't like the camber I own the 2012 camber comp and so far the head set bearings have warn out somehow and the rear hub bears are screwed got it all replaced all good now.....
    Maybe I just had a bad rin with it but I now have a 2013 trek remedy 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie_Remedy View Post
    Personally I really don't like the camber I own the 2012 camber comp and so far the head set bearings have warn out somehow and the rear hub bears are screwed got it all replaced all good now.....
    Maybe I just had a bad rin with it but I now have a 2013 trek remedy 8
    Putting aside the fact that you've had mechanical difficulties, did you like it otherwise? Did it ride well? And shouldn't those things have been fixed under warranty? I haven't had a single mechanical problem with my 2012 Camber.

    Other than the Elixir brakes, which were Satan's own beasts of Hell, and have now been replaced by SLX brakes.

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    I'm looking at the Archive for the 2012 Camber comp 29, I shows it with Fox shocks. Just want to confirm that's what the 2012 came with. bike shop says they can get me a good deal on a 2012.

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    I have a 12, it has Fox front and rear.
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    I emailed local bike shop, they said they could do the 2012 camber comp 29 for $1350 on sale, Does that sound about right price wise? I emailed him again to make sure we are both talking about the 29. price sounds to good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    I emailed local bike shop, they said they could do the 2012 camber comp 29 for $1350 on sale, Does that sound about right price wise? I emailed him again to make sure we are both talking about the 29. price sounds to good to me.
    It's a great price. The frame isn't as advanced as this years, but the component spec is much better. It's basically half off for a one year old model.

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    That's what I was going to say
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    Figured it was to good to be true, Turn's out that price was for the 26" wheel version, he miss read, what a bummer.

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    That's disappointing
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    Let me ask you guys this, Is the clearance there on the fork and rear triangle on the 2012 model with the 26" wheels to fit 29" wheels?, Maybe i could get the 26" model for now then over the winter upgrade it to 29" wheels. Then sell the 26" wheels for some extra cash.

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    I think no. Larger wheels require more clearance so they would not fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtjim57 View Post
    I think no. Larger wheels require more clearance so they would not fit.
    Ok, Wasn't sure if they used the same triangle on the rear and same fork. thx.

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    Not to mention that the 26" Camber Comp was not as well equipped as the 29er. Also be aware that if you are going to look to reduce weight in the future, the M5 framed 2013s are something like 1.5 pounds (total bike) lighter than the 2012 with the M4. The carbon bikes use to be ~2 pounds lighter but they are now only ~0.5 pounds or so.
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    A 2013 just isn't in the budget, I put out emails to 6 more shops with in a 50 mile radius, so will see what happens.

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    My camber is M5 on the mainframe. Not sure about the triangle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammin View Post
    Let me ask you guys this, Is the clearance there on the fork and rear triangle on the 2012 model with the 26" wheels to fit 29" wheels?, Maybe i could get the 26" model for now then over the winter upgrade it to 29" wheels. Then sell the 26" wheels for some extra cash.
    Do not do this. The difference between wheel sizes is way way more than just the wheels fitting. Not that they would, but it wouldn't be a bike you'd want to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Quint View Post
    Do not do this. The difference between wheel sizes is way way more than just the wheels fitting. Not that they would, but it wouldn't be a bike you'd want to ride.

    that's why i was asking. thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgtjim57 View Post
    My camber is M5 on the mainframe. Not sure about the triangle.
    There was a LOT of variety in 2012.. I just checked to see if I was crazy about the M4 only to see that the 26" models and the plain 29er had M4 while the Comp 29 had M5? That is interesting to me. So the 1.5 pounds saved is purely from the redesign? Makes me even happier to have selected a 2013. Now, I need new, lighter wheels... LoL
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