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    Here's the photo before her virgin ride.






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    So how'd it go Samuel?

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    Hey bro,

    I took her to the trail yesterday and she responded, both climbing and descending, best bike I ever ride so far (sorry bro, someone might disagree cause I am newbie still).

    Camber is very good climbing bike for me, I dare not go full swing during downhill, coz new to the bike and the trail.. will try again tomorrow ^^

    *** damn excited... ***




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    sorry, attached with the wrong date workout summary, but is the same trail...only faster by a lot during climbing and descending.. ^ ^ thanks to Camber!

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    Hi folks,
    this is a question for Expert model owners. I usually let the bike "rest" in 24t/chainring 11t/cog. In this combination, the chain is too long, with no tension, touching the chainstay (similar when using 34t cassete/triple rings and medium/small cage rear der). Removing the removable link, I had noted about 4 links plus than recomended by Shimano techdocs (2 links). Are yours Experts in the same condition?
    Thanks and a happy 2011 for everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikebr
    Hi folks,
    this is a question for Expert model owners. I usually let the bike "rest" in 24t/chainring 11t/cog. In this combination, the chain is too long, with no tension, touching the chainstay (similar when using 34t cassete/triple rings and medium/small cage rear der). Removing the removable link, I had noted about 4 links plus than recomended by Shimano techdocs (2 links). Are yours Experts in the same condition?
    Thanks and a happy 2011 for everybody!
    Nothing wrong with your bike. This is common on all bikes. WHen you cross chain like that (smallest ring in the front and smallest in the back there will not be much chain tension). Don't remove the links cause it will throw out everything when you go back into the larger ring and rear gears.

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    I do take out a few links on most new chains. I find they are too long when new. It will improve shifting if you remove a few links. Just don't take to many out.
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    rims on the camber elite 29er?

    the specialized website says

    "Custom for SBC, alloy disc, double wall, pin joint, eyelets, 27mm, 32h"

    my dealer said he thought they were made by Alex, but he wasn't sure...anyone know who makes these? Are these really heavy or are they light and weak? I'm 220 lbs. so just curious. I'm not a weight wennie, but just curious if they will hold up?

    has anyone converted their elite 29er to tubeless? just curious how easy/well it went?

    also, what is the main difference between the RS Recon Gold 29er and the RS Reba 29er? It looks like they are both air but I think the Reba is 'dual-air' while the Recon is solo-air.....what does this mean?

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    I have a 2011 camber elite and was wondering about going tubeless. Any suggestions? I saw that it came with the extra presta valves so I am assuming the rims are sealed?
    How much weight will this help and any more suggestions on other weight to cut (besides laying off of the BIG MACS

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    Rims on my pro 29 have rim strips and come with the tubeless valves. All you have to do is remove tubes, install valves, and add your preference of sealant.

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    Hi TJM0031 and larlev,

    I ride my camber for the fifth time today, when I shift to largest rear gear during climbing, it went dis-engaged where I have to spend 20 minutes (first time I am in this situation) to pull out the chain and try to fix it back to the position.

    I do notice that the last 2 time during downhill the chain give me some "clicking" sound, any idea/ suggestion if I should take out say one link from my chain to try out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuel1996
    Hi TJM0031 and larlev,

    I ride my camber for the fifth time today, when I shift to largest rear gear during climbing, it went dis-engaged where I have to spend 20 minutes (first time I am in this situation) to pull out the chain and try to fix it back to the position.

    I do notice that the last 2 time during downhill the chain give me some "clicking" sound, any idea/ suggestion if I should take out say one link from my chain to try out?
    Sounds like your lower limit screw needs to be adjusted on whichever derailleur the chain slipped off . It's not uncommon for this to happen with new bikes/cables as they wear in and stretch slightly. It's a very simple and quick adjustment.... probably a half-turn of a screwdriver. Plenty of videos online, though it is easier if you are able to mount the bike so that the rear wheel spins freely... so you might just pop by your LBS if it's close and have them show you.

    The limit screws will stop the chain from falling off, but you'll also need to learn how to adjust the cable tension. If you're skipping/missing when you shift, or ghost-shifting, it's probably the cable tension is trying to pull the chain off the current cog. Tension is usually adjusted by the knobs that go over the cable tubing on the shifters. This is easy to play around with while riding (just get it dialed in before hitting technical stuff ).

    The "clicking" sound on the downhill sounds like chain slap. This is just the chain smacking against the chainstay, inevitable on non-SS bikes. You should already have a chainguard (the plastic thing on your right chainstay) to protect the paint. My camber came with one at least.

    BTW....Since your bike is new, keep an eye out for cable rub... I was surprised how far the grit cut through the enamel and paint after only 3 months. I had quite a bit under the BB... I wonder if this is common since spesh routes cables under the gritty BB. My shop put some protective tape on and gave me the rest of the sheet... After bathing it, I found several other places that were already showing wear.

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    hi, im looking to buying a camber frame, right now i have a specialized pitch pro whit 160mm fork and is a great bike climbs very good and go downhills and jumps incredible, but i want like a second bike a little more cross county thing, my question is can i put a 140mm fork in this frame? ( i have rock shox pike from my pitch so i want to use it) and can it do like 3feet drops and jumps? and any advice on the frame is welcome im thinking of buying one.thanks.

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    Hi GotoDengo,

    Thank you very much for your tips!

    Well, I guess I will send my bike to LBS to learn how to adjust the limit screw and cable tension for the first time cause I don't want to screw up the setting ^^; will try to do it myself the next time.

    You must be went around the open fire road very frequent? Wash the frame with "wash and wax" mild detergent will help to protect the bike enamel/ paint? I bought a bottle of car wash/ wax detergent and thinking of to clean her up after rough ride..

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuel1996
    Hi GotoDengo,

    Thank you very much for your tips!

    Well, I guess I will send my bike to LBS to learn how to adjust the limit screw and cable tension for the first time cause I don't want to screw up the setting ^^; will try to do it myself the next time.

    You must be went around the open fire road very frequent? Wash the frame with "wash and wax" mild detergent will help to protect the bike enamel/ paint? I bought a bottle of car wash/ wax detergent and thinking of to clean her up after rough ride..
    Hi Samuel,
    What size stem did you small come with? Was it a 60mm or a 75mm?
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by TJM0031
    Hi Samuel,
    What size stem did you small come with? Was it a 60mm or a 75mm?
    Thanks,
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    I think mine with 70mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuel1996
    I think mine with 70mm.
    Thanks Sam. Trying to decide b/w S and M for a Camber. Shops only stock M or larger bikes but my local shop still has an FSR-XC bike in small and I noticed it shares the exact same effective and actual top tube w/ the new camber. It also has the exact same seat tube length etc. The only difference is the FSR-XC's had more standover height. Probably going to ride it today so I can finally choose a size to order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJM0031
    Thanks Sam. Trying to decide b/w S and M for a Camber. Shops only stock M or larger bikes but my local shop still has an FSR-XC bike in small and I noticed it shares the exact same effective and actual top tube w/ the new camber. It also has the exact same seat tube length etc. The only difference is the FSR-XC's had more standover height. Probably going to ride it today so I can finally choose a size to order.
    Initially I thought I stand at 171cm, for pass few years I did not go and re-measure my height, so my LBS guy ask me to confirm when I sizing the bike, and I am left with 169cm now.. Gosh! I guess I shrank down as I grow "maturer" (may be my bone density or my spine position went off... yet to find out form the chiropractor), you might want to confirm you height again? Just my 2 cents..

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    Quote Originally Posted by arctic slalom
    also, what is the main difference between the RS Recon Gold 29er and the RS Reba 29er? It looks like they are both air but I think the Reba is 'dual-air' while the Recon is solo-air.....what does this mean?
    Solo air means that there is only 1 schrader valve for putting air into the fork. Both the negative and positive pressure chambers will have the same air pressure. On a dual air fork, there are two schrader valves so you can adjust the pressure in each chamber independently. With a dual air for you can adjust the compression and rebound separately by putting different pressures in each chamber. With a solo air you can't do that since both chambers share the same pressure.
    '08 Specialized Rockhopper 29er (modified)

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    Ok so provide any help with the other folks stuck b/w sizes. I finally rode the 2010 FSR-XC in small yesterday. It sharges the exact same eff and actual top tube as the camber and the same exact seat tube length. I felt like I was riding a clown bike. I was way to close to the bars and the bike just felt teeny tiny. The med. camber I rode a few days back felt nice and relaxed and really comfy. The stems are listed wrong for sure as others have mentioned. With a small you "will get" a 60mm and Med. a 75mm. We even measured them at the shop to confirm.

    I do highly recommend experiencing both sizes if you can and keep in mind that that last year's FSR-XC's do share the same geometry except standover height w/ the Camber. So if you don't have access to multiple frame sizes in the Camber you can substitute an FSR-XC for a test ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuel1996
    Hi GotoDengo,

    You must be went around the open fire road very frequent? Wash the frame with "wash and wax" mild detergent will help to protect the bike enamel/ paint? I bought a bottle of car wash/ wax detergent and thinking of to clean her up after rough ride..
    Fire roads? Not completely sure what you mean by that first sentence. I've ridden bikes all my life, including dirt and fire roads, but consider the first time I rode groomed singletrack as my initiation into "mountain biking". Now I think fire roads are fairly boring, when technical trails abound here.

    Mild detergent soap is fine to wash the bike with, but not really necessary to protect the enamel. And unless you're super-anal about washing the bike every ride --- including the tight spots like under the BB where you'd have to dig the crud out with a narrow brush --- cable rub can kick in just a few rides. Easier to just put decals on the spots where the cables are in frequent contact with the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GotoDengo
    Fire roads? Not completely sure what you mean by that first sentence. I've ridden bikes all my life, including dirt and fire roads, but consider the first time I rode groomed singletrack as my initiation into "mountain biking". Now I think fire roads are fairly boring, when technical trails abound here.

    Mild detergent soap is fine to wash the bike with, but not really necessary to protect the enamel. And unless you're super-anal about washing the bike every ride --- including the tight spots like under the BB where you'd have to dig the crud out with a narrow brush --- cable rub can kick in just a few rides. Easier to just put decals on the spots where the cables are in frequent contact with the frame.
    Thanks bro, I will take your advice and put some decals between cable and the frame before it is too late..^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJM0031
    With a small you "will get" a 60mm and Med. a 75mm. We even measured them at the shop to confirm.

    Sorry bro if I gave you the wrong information, the point to point I measured the stem as below illustrated, may be I took the wrong point..



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    Sam,
    Thanks man. Looks like its around a 65mm or so. No small frames at all around here so thanks for the help

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    Camber pro 26 owners

    For those of u with the camber pro 26". Is the frame anodized or is that painted? All pics I've seen look like anodized.
    Thanks

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    BB creaking even after tightening!

    I have a Camber Expert and love it. The BB creaked some on the first few rides and I figured it was loose. Took it back to my LBS who said it was indeed loose and took care of it. Then I got it home and it creaks as much or worse than before I took it in! What would cause a brand new bike with a freshly tightened bottom bracket to creak like that? I even rode out of the saddle to make sure it wasn't my seat creaking. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper
    I have a Camber Expert and love it. The BB creaked some on the first few rides and I figured it was loose. Took it back to my LBS who said it was indeed loose and took care of it. Then I got it home and it creaks as much or worse than before I took it in! What would cause a brand new bike with a freshly tightened bottom bracket to creak like that? I even rode out of the saddle to make sure it wasn't my seat creaking. Any thoughts?
    Might have come loose again which could mean a faulty part. They should be able to replace it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJM0031
    For those of u with the camber pro 26". Is the frame anodized or is that painted? All pics I've seen look like anodized.
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    I'm sure it will be painted with a protective clear coat. An anodised finish would probably wear off and wouldn't be able to be different colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asta
    I'm sure it will be painted with a protective clear coat. An anodised finish would probably wear off and wouldn't be able to be different colours.
    Actually, the finish is pretty darn fragile. If there is a clear coat, it is matte and very very thin.

    While I like the color scheme of the bike, I'm a bit bummed on the durability of the finish. I had rub marks three places on my Camber Pro after my first night ride from the velcro I used to strap down the battery and cable for my bar light.

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    yip, the specialized website says it has a clearcoat.

    Its probably just as good as most other bikes. I'm sure yours is no worse than mine and all my friends bikes have plenty scuffs and marks too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asta
    yip, the specialized website says it has a clearcoat.

    Its probably just as good as most other bikes. I'm sure yours is no worse than mine and all my friends bikes have plenty scuffs and marks too.
    I expect some rub marks, scuffs, and even chips over time, but these showed up after one 1.5 hour ride in exactly the points of contact of the velcro straps. Just for comparison's sake, it is a good deal less durable than my '09 Rockhopper's for sure. The Rockhopper has yet to exhibit any rub marks from the same kind of mounting after many more hours of use.

    Not a huge deal to me, just wanted to contribute that my experience w/ the finish on the 26" Pro has shown it to be a good bit less durable than I would have hoped. This is pretty much my only complaint w/ the bike though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid Nitzerglobin
    I expect some rub marks, scuffs, and even chips over time, but these showed up after one 1.5 hour ride in exactly the points of contact of the velcro straps. Just for comparison's sake, it is a good deal less durable than my '09 Rockhopper's for sure. The Rockhopper has yet to exhibit any rub marks from the same kind of mounting after many more hours of use.

    Not a huge deal to me, just wanted to contribute that my experience w/ the finish on the 26" Pro has shown it to be a good bit less durable than I would have hoped. This is pretty much my only complaint w/ the bike though.
    Hmmm thats interesting Sid. I have an 09 Stumpy HT and the paint is rock solid on that thing. The only time I've nicked it down to the metal was a fall which my toe spikes ever so slightly grazed the down tube and on the seat tube where I had a stupid day and a pedal wrench slipped out of my hand and nicked the paint. Thanks for the heads up.

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    A couple of pics of my elite 29er. The lighting made it look more orange than it really is.


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    2011 Specialized Camber Pro

    Here are a few pictures of my Camber Pro.These are the upgrades:
    Thompson seatpost
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    Monkey Lite carbon bars
    Terry Fly saddle w/ ti rails
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    Thats one long stem. How does the handling compare?

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    It rides great, the stem is a 130mm/ 5 degree rise from my 2007 Stumpy. I am going to switch it out with a 120mm/15 degree rise to shorten it up a bit.

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    Last ride with my Camber before I go on Chinese New Year Holiday.. Gonna miss my bike!!!






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    i just ordered a camber pro this morning and was super stoked......until i did my taxes tonight and found out i owe $4000 between federal and state. not good, i have learned a value lesson, not to buy a bike before doing your taxes

    at least of will have a nice bike to ride to work because i wont be able to afford the gas to drive there........

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    New question here. Tall guys / XL frame?

    I'm 6'5 and the Camber is on my shortlist of bikes I'm looking at to make a switch from HT to full suss bike (it will be the first full suss bike for me).

    There's an LBS that has a demo bike in a Large frame, but I've got zero chance of getting a ride on an XL. So I'll probably demo the Large because that's my only option but I'm wondering if anyone of a similar height has bought a Camber and if so which size frame did you go for?

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    Has anyone seen the latest issue of MBA? I saw they did a review on a specialized camber!


    I definitely love my Camber, it's awesome! I've had the opportunity to take it to del cerro, santa rosa plateau, and the fullerton loop so far. The camber means buisness.


    Anyways, I got my green hydraulic lines to add some spice, also more comfy grips and handlebar!


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    Quote Originally Posted by rodwell
    I'm 6'5 and the Camber is on my shortlist of bikes I'm looking at to make a switch from HT to full suss bike (it will be the first full suss bike for me).

    There's an LBS that has a demo bike in a Large frame, but I've got zero chance of getting a ride on an XL. So I'll probably demo the Large because that's my only option but I'm wondering if anyone of a similar height has bought a Camber and if so which size frame did you go for?
    I'm 6ft and ride a L, so I'm guessing it will be way too small for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodwell
    I'm 6'5 and the Camber is on my shortlist of bikes I'm looking at to make a switch from HT to full suss bike (it will be the first full suss bike for me).

    There's an LBS that has a demo bike in a Large frame, but I've got zero chance of getting a ride on an XL. So I'll probably demo the Large because that's my only option but I'm wondering if anyone of a similar height has bought a Camber and if so which size frame did you go for?
    At 6'5" a XL would prob be right. I'm 6'2" and ride a large stumpy fsr. It will depend on your inseam and what type of trails you ride.
    Coming from a HT to a Camber will be like driving a pinto vs. a caddy. You will love riding all over again. If I could only see your face when you bomb down that first hill or climb that first rocky ledge. You will be in heaven...buy it and enjoy. The camber is a great bike if a stumpy is a little to expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samuel1996
    Hi TJM0031 and larlev,

    I ride my camber for the fifth time today, when I shift to largest rear gear during climbing, it went dis-engaged where I have to spend 20 minutes (first time I am in this situation) to pull out the chain and try to fix it back to the position.

    I do notice that the last 2 time during downhill the chain give me some "clicking" sound, any idea/ suggestion if I should take out say one link from my chain to try out?
    Sorry for the late response...I agree your limit screw is more than likely not adjusted right causing the der. to shift to far throwing chain. I always, always take a few links out...your issue has to do with adjustment more than chain length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larlev
    Sorry for the late response...I agree your limit screw is more than likely not adjusted right causing the der. to shift to far throwing chain. I always, always take a few links out...your issue has to do with adjustment more than chain length.
    Thanx bro, my Camber is now perfect to roll..

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    I am seriously considering a Camber 29er as we speak. Can't decide between the Camber and a HiFi. I'll probably go with the Camber though. The medium weighed in at 30.5 lbs for the cheaper model. Cost is $2200.

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    I think we talked in your other post...gota try them both out and make a decision, I would check and see what kind of deal you can get on the pro 29er. They have an elite at my lbs now for $1750 plus tax. Looks like they are quoting you full msrp. Shud be able to pull at least 10% off msrp

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    Yes, I think we did and I appreciate the input. I stopped at the Fisher dealer and rode the Rumblefish some and now that bike is at the top of the list (for now anyway). It looks like the Rumblefish I and the Camber Pro would cost close to the same and they weigh about the same. I really wish I could ride the camber pro but all they have is the elite. They are indeed charging full retail where the GF dealer is knocking a little off the price. It's a hard decision and I'm really doing a lot of reading about both bikes. I like the component spec on the Camber Pro slightly better with the exception of the Triad shock. The extra travel on the RF is nice and the rear shock is sweet. Just hard for me given that $3000 +\- doesn't grow on trees. I've got to make this a good decision given that this bike will have to last for a while.

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    I liked the Rumblefish I checked out when shopping for my FS a lot.

    The deal breaker on that one for me was that they had no ability to test the bike on the trails and I didn't feel a couple of parking lot ride was enough to give me a good picture of how it would behave on singletrack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TX-BoneDigger
    I like the component spec on the Camber Pro slightly better with the exception of the triad shock.

    Todd
    Remember the triad 2 on the pro has the pro pedal, so it is a step up from the triad 1 thatdoes not have pro pedal. Granted it's still not an rp23 with 3 stages of pp, I'm sure it will dothe job for me just fine.

    From what I have heard from others the triads are improved from the less than stellar performance of a couple years back.

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    My custom Camber

    I finally purchased the Camber frame and finished assembling it. I purchased it replace my 2001 Giant NRS 3 frame that broke back in November. Several of the parts came from the NRS but I made some upgrades and replaced some parts:

    Frame: Specialized Camber small
    Wheels: Mavic CrossRide
    Front tire: Tioga TerraFirma 2.1
    Rear tire: Panaracer Cinder 2.1
    Brakes: Formula Oro Bianco with 6 inch rotors
    Shifters: Shimano Deore
    Cranks: XT 175 mm Hollowtech II
    Front derailleur: XT
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    Ordering my Camber Comp tomorrow! Can't wait to get it. I will be upgrading, putting my Talas,XO.Thomson and Crossmax Enduro tubeless on it.Not sure how much it will weigh stock or upgraded. Might even try my Fox RP2 to caompare ride with the Ario. I am ordering a medium. I'm 6' tall and the large just felt a bit big for me. I wish the medium had the 90mm stem rather than the 75mm so I could judge fit a bit better.Any reviews on the Tektro brakes? Hope to post pics soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    Ordering my Camber Comp tomorrow! Can't wait to get it. I will be upgrading, putting my Talas,XO.Thomson and Crossmax Enduro tubeless on it.Not sure how much it will weigh stock or upgraded. Might even try my Fox RP2 to caompare ride with the Ario. I am ordering a medium. I'm 6' tall and the large just felt a bit big for me. I wish the medium had the 90mm stem rather than the 75mm so I could judge fit a bit better.Any reviews on the Tektro brakes? Hope to post pics soon.
    Dont ever be ashamed to ask the shop to slap a 90 stem on there for u to test ride the bike with. Most shops will not hesitate to do this.

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    Wow Flash, you're changing everything but the frame! I'm 6' tall too and I'm riding a medium Expert, with a 100mm stem. It's perfect for me. IMO, RP2 is a better shock with pedal platform instead of Arios's LO, and will match Tala's level.
    We're waiting for the pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikebr
    Wow Flash, you're changing everything but the frame! I'm 6' tall too and I'm riding a medium Expert, with a 100mm stem. It's perfect for me. IMO, RP2 is a better shock with pedal platform instead of Arios's LO, and will match Tala's level.
    We're waiting for the pics!
    If you had to put a 100mm stem on the Med to get it to fit then you should have gotten a Large with a 75mm stem tbh... What is it with you lot all buying the smallest frame possible then running a huge stem and post to get it to fit? Spesh slackened the angles on the Camber to make it more stable, hence the short stems to keep the steering sweet, then you go and ruin it with a hugely long stem? Buy the right size in the first place...

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    100mm of stem doesn't seem all that hugely long to me (and apparently not to Specialized either). Reach is just about perfect on my large and steering seems plenty quick and precise. The rest of the geometry fits me really well also.

    If you're going much past 110mm then I'd say try the next size up or a frame w/ different geometry. Seems like a lot of it comes down to priorities and personal preference though.

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    That is one theory. Specialized spec sheet calls for a 90mm stem on the med. Early runs somehow all went out with 75's. The Camber models have the biggest jump in top tube length, 590mm on the med and 625 on the large, 35mm difference. Add that to the short stem on the med and the 105 on the large you have a 70mm difference overall. So in my opinion a 100mm stem is not out of line. I'm going to run the 90 for a while. Alot of 6 ft riders on here are riding the med. Might be a reason for that. I have been riding large's for alot of years. The large Camber didn't feel right to me. Inbetweeners really should try a slightly longer stem on the med and a slightly shorter stem on the large and then make the call.
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    rear shock issue

    Hi all and hello from the UK
    I purchased a Camber Expert at christmass after seeing it in my local shop window, I was totaly blown by its looks, I had been searching for a new ride for a couple of months and had a short list of requirements ie weight, travel and componentry the expert ticked all the boxes and then some of course a couple of components would need upgrading when they ware out but at this price point they are very good (front shifter and cranks). I've already changed the pedals for flatties and have got a set of Easton Haven carbon bars on order.
    Have now had a few great rides on it and it has surpassed my hopes, on one ride I had the afternoon off work so thought I would have an hour out on local single tracks and maybe do about ten miles I ended up doing nearly thirty and only came home because of a pinch flat I got bumping up a curb lol, this bike just encourages you to have fun.
    Now for the bad bit and how I found this forum looking for an answer to a problem with the rear shock, I had noticed that the rear shock didnt seem to be working as it should, there seemed to be to much movement when in locked out mode, it went back to shop and was sent for inspection and came back saying it was working properly, a week later and it has gone back again this time too Specialized own work shop, this time the lock out has packed up completely and the selector switch just spins I am sure it will be sorted no problem but my question is has any one else had or heard of a similar problem with the rear shock.
    I will post some picks of bike and mods when I get it back, I have got three other bikes in garage so I am not rideless while repairs being done but cant be bothered with them after having ridden my gorgeous expert so they will be going on Ebay as soon as possible lol
    Great forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satanist666
    Hi all and hello from the UK
    my question is has any one else had or heard of a similar problem with the rear shock.
    Hi Aaron, my rear shock work perfectly.. Sorry that can't help much..

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    Rear shock update

    Hi all
    Got my Camber back from Specialized on Wednesday, with new shock fitted and it was also dicovered that my bottom bracket had allowed water to get in wrecking that too, Specialized have been brilliant and said that I can replace it and they will pay so I have ordered a Hope stainless bearing model

    Thanks for reply Samuel it is a help the same as the lack of replies to post is as it means mine is hopefully a one off and just a bit of bad luck on my part, great pics Samuel glad to see some one else doesn't let a bit of wet and mud put them off ridding and having fun.

    Took mine out yesterday and did 31 miles, (I use guide maps produced by Rough Ride Guides and they produce maps for all areas in the Uk) the ride I did was from the Chilterns book (#9 epansion pack) and it is a big loop around Reading starting in Theale, up into Pangbourne, then a great single track descent to the Thames which you follow till Caversham and into Reading then take a turn off on to the Kennet and Avon cannal which you then follow all the way back to Theale.
    Thanks from a very Happy Aaron

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    my hot ride

    Here are some pics of my bike and things I have added. Planned upgradees are Hope bottom bracket and a set of Easton Haven carbon handle bars both on order will let you know how they suit the bike
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    The frame size is large and at 5 10" suits me perfect although all my previous bikes have been a lot smaller as I like bmx type feel of a small frame, this bike much more suits my changing ridding style as I now preffer to do all day rides and lots of miles
    Roll on the next ride
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    Glad to hear they got you taken care of.

    What's that fender kit? Is it relatively easy to get on and off?

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    Hi Sid
    The guard on frame is held on by elasticated bands and the rear is bolted so not quick release, these are from Crud, the front wheel one is a Topeak Defender M1 and I fitted this one because it has thumb buttons on the front and rear sections so they can be taken off leaving just the mounting under the fork head, they also do a rear called the M2 which is also quick release, personaly I thought the rear was a little narrow, hope this is helpfull
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    I had put on a silver carbon fiber sticker in between the cable and the frame; also some stickers on seat/ chain stay to prevent scratches..



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    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    That is one theory. Specialized spec sheet calls for a 90mm stem on the med. Early runs somehow all went out with 75's. The Camber models have the biggest jump in top tube length, 590mm on the med and 625 on the large, 35mm difference. Add that to the short stem on the med and the 105 on the large you have a 70mm difference overall. So in my opinion a 100mm stem is not out of line. I'm going to run the 90 for a while. Alot of 6 ft riders on here are riding the med. Might be a reason for that. I have been riding large's for alot of years. The large Camber didn't feel right to me. Inbetweeners really should try a slightly longer stem on the med and a slightly shorter stem on the large and then make he call.
    Another 6 ft'er here. I went large bike with shorter stem. It all depends on how you get to 6 ft. For me, it's long torso, short arms. I agree with Flash...try both sizes.

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    Are any of you all jumping your Camber? If so what will it handle. There is a new creek jump with about a 3-4 ft. gap that just got put in on one of our trails. Will it handle some larger jumps?

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    I need to know....could the CAMBER 29er be a race bike ???

    Maybe a 1 X10 setup, with some lighter wheels and tires.....what would a medium or large get down to if you built it as as race bike.

    Epic 29er is nice, but what about a EVO CAMBER - 23-25lbs would be okay for racing.

    cheers...thx

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    My Camber Elite 29er was 30 lbs out-of-the-box. With a race wheel set (like Stans ZTRs) and an upgraded XT/XTR drive train (Cranks, BB, cassette & chain), I could see getting the weight down to 26 or 27 lbs or so. But if you wanted to put $1,800 worth of parts on a $1,900 bike, why wouldn’t you just buy an Epic 29er to start with and save $500?

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    My large Camber Pro 26er was an oz under 28lbs almost 100% stock w/ XT SPD pedals and MK SS 2.4 F, 2.2 R tires w/ tubes.

    29er would probably be more of a stretch to get to 25lbs w/o spending an obscene amount of money on, but 26er seems totally reasonable.

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    I am 5.10 and run a 90mm stem on my med Camber. It came with a 75 and I felt pushed back on the bike. Also, out of the saddle, my knees almost hit my hands and I kept wanting to be over the front more. I tried a 105 and it was too much. I put the 90 on, moved the seat slightly forward and it feels perfect now. Sitting over the back wheel felt strange to me but I rode a HT for 11 years with a 110 so I guess it is just what suits you best. My "perfect" setup is when my handlebar is blocking the view of the front hub when I look down from a seated position. Not scientific, but it works for me.

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    Camber as a RACE BIKE - for an older guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRuckus
    My Camber Elite 29er was 30 lbs out-of-the-box. With a race wheel set (like Stans ZTRs) and an upgraded XT/XTR drive train (Cranks, BB, cassette & chain), I could see getting the weight down to 26 or 27 lbs or so. But if you wanted to put $1,800 worth of parts on a $1,900 bike, why wouldn’t you just buy an Epic 29er to start with and save $500?
    The EPIC 29er has all those upgrades that cause parts to become redundant: the rear axle 12x142, Headset and BB issues.

    I want a frame that I can build with std wheels - if the CAMBER doesnt get low enough in wieght I can take those wheels over to a carbon 29er HT frame.

    So the Camber Pro 29er has been ordered and it will be built with lite parts - XX trans, haven wheels, Renegade tire....might do 1X10 if it needs to be lighter. Full on cockpit for racing.

    Pictures will be about 3 weeks......later...LC

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    The pro 29er weighs 28.5 out of the box, I'm sure you can get it under 27 with stans rims and xx cassette. Close to 26 with a set of race tires. Then close to 25 with carbon bars, post, and a few xx parts here and there but by then your dollar per loss in gram starts to sky rocket. I'm planning to do the rims/cassette, then upgraded as parts wear out. Inthink I'm going to upgrade to 9mm/10mm thru axles in the standard dropouts when I go with the stans, anyone see any downside to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satanist666
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    The frame size is large and at 5 10" suits me perfect although all my previous bikes have been a lot smaller as I like bmx type feel of a small frame, this bike much more suits my changing ridding style as I now preffer to do all day rides and lots of miles
    Roll on the next ride
    Aaron

    moto style fenders? it's not an '02 enduro. terrible. and a hipster cyst to boot. i know i'm not the only one to think this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 582fresh
    moto style fenders? it's not an '02 enduro. terrible. and a hipster cyst to boot. i know i'm not the only one to think this.
    I prefer the less is more so with you on that

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    good looking or not

    Hi Guys both your commemnts are correct not the best look maybe, but I ride here in the Uk all year round and that means mud, grit and more mud durring the winter. They can be removed come the better weather and my paint work will be undamaged

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    any comments or experience with anyone jumping/drop offs etc. up to 3-4 feet occasionally with 2011 camber pro 29er???

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    3-4 feet? To flat? Unless there's a very smooth tranny, you'll be sevicing the bike a lot.

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    gotodengo - are you saying because the wheels won't hold up or the bike as a whole? If I kept it to 3 ft max (very rarely to flat) would I be OK or do I really need to rethink 29er vs. 26.

    Thanks again _ i'd like to order this weekend if possible

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    It's not a wheel size issue. If you're doing a lot of 3-4ft drops you should be looking for a different bike. Coil fork and shock maybe, longer travel for sure. Maybe if you set your air pressures very high, but then the suspension wouldn't be very active for the rest of the ride.

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    My riding is 75% fun XC rides in twisty NE woods with short steep ups and downs and sections of babyheads and roots. 10% racing 6-20 miles and 15% hitting flowing drops, off rock etc. I keep to basically 2-3 footers 95% of the time when on those rides. I feel caught between getting epic for XC (to racey) or stumpy (to AM) I have been thinking camber would be enough of both but now ........

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    I think you'd be fine, I just wouldn't go too much over the 3' area, which it doesn't seem like you do...

    I love my pro29, I cleared two sections today that I was never able to do completely on my 26" hardtail. I've tried them at least 20 times, and got them both first try today, first ride of thr season at this trail. I hit a couple maybe 2' drops today and it was super smooth. The bike inspired alot of confidence in me today, I just have to get used to the clipless pedals, still on the fence about them....

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    Trying to decide between the two. I know this will be a little Camber biased but I'll ask it anyway. Getting back into riding after a good 5yrs or so. Goal is to have fun and to get back into shape. I am a shape just not a good one. "O"

    Looking for All Mountain style bike with the 4-5" travel. I tested some hardtail 29er's and really liked them. They are much closer to my actual budget but then I teased myself and road a 26 FS. I liked them both and went back in forth test riding them. Then I found the Camber Elite which was even more out of my price range. But that is what I am looking for 29er and FS. I still have a couple toys I need to sell before I can scrap together enough funds.

    So I am pretty set on the Camber Elite in Large but I just found another testride that I did like the Trek Fuel EX5. I found a used barely ridden 2010 EX8 for $1600 private party.

    Save the $350 sense I am already over budget? Or wait? I am currently a little heavier then usual 230lb 6,1 and plan to drop 30lbs asap. I will ride mainly XC and some pretty rooty trails here around Seattle. Do you think the Fuel EX 26 setup will be more All mountain geared compared to Camber Elite 29? Is the $1600 enough of a deal to pick a 2010 Fuel EX8 up or just wait (maybe even till mid summer once funds are together)and get Camber Elite 29.

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    Tough choice. The EX8 is a nice bike with a better shock/fork combo than the Camber Elite. You need to ask yourself what is more important to you: a nice deal on a nice bike you can ride now, or waiting to get the 29er, if that is what you ultimately want. I'd give strong consideration to the Trek, assuming its major components (wheelset, shock and fork) are in good shape. $1600 wouldn't be such a good deal if you had to spring for a new fork or wheelset.

    Me? I wanted the Camber 29er and waited all summer for the 2011 release in the fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRuckus
    Tough choice. The EX8 is a nice bike with a better shock/fork combo than the Camber Elite. You need to ask yourself what is more important to you: a nice deal on a nice bike you can ride now, or waiting to get the 29er, if that is what you ultimately want. I'd give strong consideration to the Trek, assuming its major components (wheelset, shock and fork) are in good shape. $1600 wouldn't be such a good deal if you had to spring for a new fork or wheelset.

    Me? I wanted the Camber 29er and waited all summer for the 2011 release in the fall.

    Haven't seen it in person but the guy stated it is like new with zero issues. I asked his opinion of the condition with the 100% scale and he rated it a 96%. Says there are no scratches and he road it maybe 50-70miles. Everything I read really leans me towards a 29er. How much more important for a recreational rider like me will the higher end components make a difference compared to the 29 wheels on the Camber? Tough choice is right. It is nicely spec'd. I like the idea of rolling over stuff better with the 29er but like the chance for lighter weight on the EX 8. In the look department as if it really matters I think they both are awesome looking color wise.

    Easy way to tell if the forks were bad? Wheelset just look for warped / bent wheels? I doubt there is anything wrong with it, fella lost his job and just trying to recoup cost of living. Could be lying but I would check it out for sure before coughing up the funds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny the boy
    well, the first thread seemed to have a lot of speculation and questions...
    now that the camber is beginning to trickle into shops and hit the trails, i figure we'd get a new thread going with some real life experiences and pics...from us who are really riding them (not just getting them for free to test ride).
    here's my 2011 camber elite..size medium..






    here's what i've changed:
    -sram x.7 drivetrain
    -truvativ stylo crankset
    -pg990 cassette
    -pc991 chain
    -phenom saddle
    -sunline v1 am wheelset
    -maxxis advantage front / maxxis larsen tt rear tires (set up tubeless)
    -esi chunky grips
    -crank bros egg beater sl pedals
    -truvativ stylo race 100mm stem
    -truvativ stylo race seatpost

    weighs in at 27lb 10oz...which for a 5" travel trail bike is pretty good imo.
    johnny the boy ......did you get that white stem cap in the third photo, with the truvativ stem?

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    i test drove one earlier.. kinda like it

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    Heres a couple more on location shots of my Camber at Mohican State Park:



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    just got my CAMBER Pro medium, 28lbs 5oz without pedals - its down to 26lbs 10oz with egg beaters (4ti).

    bars, stem, tubeless, xx cassette, post, saddle, some Ti bolts.

    PS: stock tubes are 171g !!! yikes

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    1350.00 for a 2011 camber comp a good deal? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by superunknown222
    1350.00 for a 2011 camber comp a good deal? thanks
    I'd be happy w/ that deal personally.

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    coz i can get it on that price...

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    Yes, I think that's a good deal.

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    really pleased!

    Quote Originally Posted by twenty6black
    The EPIC 29er has all those upgrades that cause parts to become redundant: the rear axle 12x142, Headset and BB issues.

    I want a frame that I can build with std wheels - if the CAMBER doesnt get low enough in wieght I can take those wheels over to a carbon 29er HT frame.

    So the Camber Pro 29er has been ordered and it will be built with lite parts - XX trans, haven wheels, Renegade tire....might do 1X10 if it needs to be lighter. Full on cockpit for racing.

    Pictures will be about 3 weeks......later...LC

    28lbs 5oz medium without pedals, now 26lbs 10oz with pedals. Wheels and tires ordered...the race bike is happening! Cant bring myself to go 1X10, the Sram Carbon crank with the carbon bash guard is too sweet.
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    just ordered mine today! im so excited!

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    9 speed to 10 speed

    Can any kind help advise whether it is easy to upgrade a Camber Comp 9 speeder to a 10 speed setup ?

    I am aware that the casette, r/derail, chain, crank and shifters have to be replaced.

    My concern is the front derail as it is a fixed mount type on a camber.

    Am looking at setting up the entire chainset to XT and wonder whether XT got front derail that can be fitted onto a Camber comp frame ?

    Help !!!

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    Ok guys, I have been doing a ton of reading about Cambers, SJ, etc.

    I'm 5'9"-10"ish and 215 for now. Down 10 lbs so far but hopefully more. All of my riding is in the north Texas area. Some rocks, roots, sand, quick ups and downs, etc. No jumping or large drops.

    My LBS has an 09 SJ Comp (with fox front and rear) and X9 drivetrain for the same price as a new Camber Elite. Not sure if the Camber Elite's suspension and wheels can handle my weight. The SJ has much better components, but it's used. Also, I really like the color of the Camber Elite but hate the SJ silver.

    Clearly the SJ Comp is a better bike but I don't like the way it looks.

    What would you do for the same price bike?

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    Camber Elite is fine for your weight and described riding. Wheels may not stand the test of time, but then again, the SJ's stock hoops might not either.

    Ride both and see which one suits you best. I took a Camber Pro over an '11 SJ Elite personally (even though I liked the look of the SJ more), so I wouldn't necessarily assume that the Stumpy is the "better" bike for you. YMMV of course. The '09 Stumpy does have a significant advantage in the component department.
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    Congrats Mr. Bond. Nice haul too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loonatic
    Ok guys, I have been doing a ton of reading about Cambers, SJ, etc.

    I'm 5'9"-10"ish and 215 for now. Down 10 lbs so far but hopefully more. All of my riding is in the north Texas area. Some rocks, roots, sand, quick ups and downs, etc. No jumping or large drops.

    My LBS has an 09 SJ Comp (with fox front and rear) and X9 drivetrain for the same price as a new Camber Elite. Not sure if the Camber Elite's suspension and wheels can handle my weight. The SJ has much better components, but it's used. Also, I really like the color of the Camber Elite but hate the SJ silver.

    Clearly the SJ Comp is a better bike but I don't like the way it looks.

    What would you do for the same price bike?
    I had no probs at 210 on the Camber Comp wheels. Probably wouldn't last more than a year or two, but they were fine, and although somewhat flexy, they stayed true.

    I don't know that I agree that 2year old components are better, but yes, brand new, the 09 spec is much better than the Camber Elite.

    Good luck!

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