• 09-03-2010
    johnny the boy
    Official Specialized Camber Thread
    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.
  • 09-06-2010
    johnny the boy
    new thread fail.
  • 09-06-2010
    fjtort2X
    i'll try to get it going... i want a camber pro 29er!
  • 09-06-2010
    TRY2KPUP
    Man. The Camber seems so legit. I enjoyed my FSRxc, but it always seemed like it was the cheap bastard child of specialized's FS line up. The Camber on the other hand, looks to have fixed that.
    Anyone else ever think the same thing?
  • 09-06-2010
    johnny the boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TRY2KPUP
    Man. The Camber seems so legit. I enjoyed my FSRxc, but it always seemed like it was the cheap bastard child of specialized's FS line up. The Camber on the other hand, looks to have fixed that.
    Anyone else ever think the same thing?

    just wait til you get on a camber and pedal it...the fsr xc is a pogo stick compared to the new suspension layout by specialized.
  • 09-06-2010
    Oz
    That is a nice looking bike! Why did you change out the parts you did? What crank was on the original bike? Just curious. Looks great, I hope more people join in and post their Cambers as more of them hit the shops.
  • 09-06-2010
    Enduroblood
    Im looking forward to seeing and reading more about them too. My fiancee and I are looking for an FSR bike for her, and have been eye balling a few Mykas, as well as a SWEET 2010 Safire Expert (for the brain) over the past few months. Im wondering if there will be a D4W model of this here Camber?

    Either way, sweet bike!
  • 09-07-2010
    larlev
    Why all the upgrades so soon?
  • 09-07-2010
    johnny the boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Oz
    That is a nice looking bike! Why did you change out the parts you did? What crank was on the original bike? Just curious. Looks great, I hope more people join in and post their Cambers as more of them hit the shops.

    stock crank is in the first pic- deore octalink..
    swapped parts cause i needed a longer stem (shipped with a 75mm) and seapost (shipped with a 350mm)...
    had a line on the sunline wheelset, so i took advantage and i prefer sram over shimano.
    absolutely no reason to swap any parts other than wanting to, not needing to..
    outta the box, this thing was ready to rock!!
    i'm kind of a funny guy i guess....the elite only comes in one color combo, and i wanted to make sure mine was set apart...
  • 09-07-2010
    bspate
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    2011 Specialized Camber Comp...
    Here is a pic of my Camber from a couple of weeks ago. I have changed a couple of things since then.

    I love this bike......
  • 09-07-2010
    madsedan
    I'm like 89% on the Camber being my next bike, its the heat.
  • 09-07-2010
    johnny the boy
    that's pretty damn close to 100%...
  • 09-07-2010
    johnny the boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bspate
    Here is a pic of my Camber from a couple of weeks ago. I have changed a couple of things since then.

    I love this bike......

    aren't you 6' and your bike's a medium?
  • 09-07-2010
    madsedan
    89% of the time it works all the time...
  • 09-07-2010
    dstdub
    bspate, is that a storm sl rotor on your camber?

    if so, where did you get it?
  • 09-07-2010
    kroe
    I don't get it... Why replace mid grade parts with a different flavor of mid grade parts?
  • 09-07-2010
    johnny the boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kroe
    I don't get it... Why replace mid grade parts with a different flavor of mid grade parts?

    i prefer my mid grade parts to be lighter and have 1:1 actuation ratio.:thumbsup:
  • 09-08-2010
    pgFA
    Hoping to own one soon :D
  • 09-09-2010
    pgFA
    Cell pic of mine. Got it today and took it for a 20 min ride :D

  • 09-09-2010
    larlev
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnny the boy
    i prefer my mid grade parts to be lighter and have 1:1 actuation ratio.:thumbsup:

    Was that weight you posted before or after?
  • 09-09-2010
    johnny the boy
    28lbs 10oz outta the box
    27lbs 10oz currently
  • 09-10-2010
    tgonzo182
    I'm going to be getting a Camber Elite very soon. I will be swapping in my SLX cranks and shifters soon after.
  • 09-10-2010
    bspate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnny the boy
    aren't you 6' and your bike's a medium?

    I am 5ft. 11in. and about 202lbs......and yes, it is a medium. I have a rockhopper also that is a 17" bike and it feels small, but I love it feeling that way......like a BMX bike.

    The medium Camber felt a little cramped in its stock form for me, but after a few changes, I love it. It still feels small enough in the technical stuff to throw it around, but also feels tall and comfy when I'm just pedaling in the saddle. I think it's a perfect balance of a bike.

    It came home at 31.6 lbs.......it's at just under 30lbs right now.
  • 09-10-2010
    bspate
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dstdub
    bspate, is that a storm sl rotor on your camber?

    if so, where did you get it?

    If you mean brake rotors......then no, they are the stock ones that came with the piece of crap brakes. I hate them and they have way too much play in the levers and are very weak. It's a good thing I don't brake a lot where I ride.

    I don't have a lot of experience with hydraulic brakes......but I know they have to be better than what I'm dealing with right now. My BB5's on my cheaper bikes are better.......so something is not right. I may need to look up bleeding and adjusting hydraulic brakes....hhmm.

    What's the best rear hydraulic brake setup for under $150??
  • 09-11-2010
    larlev
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bspate
    If you mean brake rotors......then no, they are the stock ones that came with the piece of crap brakes. I hate them and they have way too much play in the levers and are very weak. It's a good thing I don't brake a lot where I ride.

    I don't have a lot of experience with hydraulic brakes......but I know they have to be better than what I'm dealing with right now. My BB5's on my cheaper bikes are better.......so something is not right. I may need to look up bleeding and adjusting hydraulic brakes....hhmm.

    What's the best rear hydraulic brake setup for under $150??

    Ya man....I can't believe they would put those brakes on that bike. Sometimes specialized really disappoints. The camber looks good at $1650, reality is..it's really closer to $1900 due to immediate need for brakes..etc.
    You might be able to adjust the pads in closer. Look up the "business card" adjustment and see if it will work for those. The thickness of a bus. card is what you want to see between rotor and pads.
  • 09-12-2010
    Crash4
    I got my Camber pro frame in small, and planned to swap the components of 2009 XC FSR... will post soon.
  • 09-12-2010
    johnny the boy
    added some new pics up top.
  • 09-13-2010
    runningwild
    I just ordered a Camber Pro. Should be here in a month or so... I will continue to ride my 2007 FSR Stumpy. Its going to be a long wait
  • 09-14-2010
    Crash4
    Just finished changing frames from the old 09 FSR XC to this new 2011 Camber..

  • 09-14-2010
    johnny the boy
    best camber so far!
  • 09-14-2010
    skleins
    Crash4 - :thumbsup:

    Very nice...whats weight?
  • 09-14-2010
    pd406
    Damn, sweet ride!!! I'm really luvin the camber, bike looks hot.
  • 09-14-2010
    johnny the boy
    be careful crash4, with all that seatpost and the 100mm stem that's on there the people around here will be telling you that your bike doesn't fit you! :rolleyes:
  • 09-15-2010
    larlev
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnny the boy
    be careful crash4, with all that seatpost and the 100mm stem that's on there the people around here will be telling you that your bike doesn't fit you! :rolleyes:

    Sure is a sign that a bigger frame prob. would have been best though.
  • 09-15-2010
    johnny the boy
    is mine setup like it's too small for me?
    (first pics up top)
  • 09-15-2010
    PVR
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnny the boy
    is mine setup like it's too small for me?
    (first pics up top)

    A smaller size helmet would probably be in order.

    :p
  • 09-16-2010
    rjg5
    My new (1 month) friend...
    I have upgraded to X7 rear derailleur, X7 shifters, SRAM 980 cassette and SRAM PC991 chain.




  • 09-16-2010
    gmtbiker
    I test rode a Camber Elite 29er a few days ago and really liked it, and am really thinking about getting one. The brakes seemed fine to me -- they're "pieces of crap"? Here's what Spec's site says they are:

    Quote:

    BRAKES: Custom Avid Elixir 3 R SL, hydraulic disc, tool-less reach adjust, alloy backed organic pads, G3 Clean Sweep rotor

    BRAKE LEVERS: Custom Avid Elixir 3 SL hydraulic, tool-less reach adj.
  • 09-16-2010
    larlev
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by johnny the boy
    is mine setup like it's too small for me?
    (first pics up top)

    Would have to see you on it. How much post is in the seat tube? It may just be a fine, but looks like its barely in there...350mm posts aren't very long.
    It could just be a visual thing looking at it on here though.
  • 09-16-2010
    gabe23
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gmtbiker
    I test rode a Camber Elite 29er a few days ago and really liked it, and am really thinking about getting one. The brakes seemed fine to me -- they're "pieces of crap"? Here's what Spec's site says they are:

    I thought they were talking about the Camber Comp which has Tektro Draco brakes.
  • 09-16-2010
    johnny the boy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by larlev
    Would have to see you on it. How much post is in the seat tube? It may just be a fine, but looks like its barely in there...350mm posts aren't very long.
    It could just be a visual thing looking at it on here though.

    it's a 400mm post...the min insertion line is 1" in the frame.
  • 09-16-2010
    pgFA
    Where do you find out min insertion for seat post? I have the stock 350 for the camber and just wondering what the min insertion for those are.
  • 09-17-2010
    gmtbiker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gabe23
    I thought they were talking about the Camber Comp which has Tektro Draco brakes.

    Aaaahhh. I'd never heard of those. All the rest have Elixir: 3 SL, R SL, 5 SL or whatever. I don't know the diffs between those.
  • 09-17-2010
    rjg5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pgFA
    Where do you find out min insertion for seat post? I have the stock 350 for the camber and just wondering what the min insertion for those are.


    Usually there is a line on the seatpost that says minimum insertion.
  • 09-17-2010
    rjg5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gmtbiker
    Aaaahhh. I'd never heard of those. All the rest have Elixir: 3 SL, R SL, 5 SL or whatever. I don't know the diffs between those.


    The Dracos are ok - they do stop you pretty well. They are better than the Shimanos sets I have had on my previous bikes. I don't care for the levers myself.
  • 09-17-2010
    pgFA
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rjg5
    Usually there is a line on the seatpost that says minimum insertion.

    Oh ok. Thanks for the info. Never new that. You can tell Im a n00b. :D
  • 09-17-2010
    larlev
    Or a hole in back of seat tube. Looks like right under the "A" in camber

    Johnny....I read a 350mm comes with medium. How are you fitting...leg length wise? Did you check with your heel/knee bend like I mentioned before
  • 09-17-2010
    larlev
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pgFA
    Oh ok. Thanks for the info. Never new that. You can tell Im a n00b. :D


    See this is exactly why some of us question the fit sometimes. By you not knowing this...which is not your fault really. Some crappy lbs employee could have jacked it way out to make a bike fit you, not that they would...but we all know the type I'm referring to.

    It's very dangerous and bad for frame if it's not in past the minimum...actually more is better. I always have mine in 1"-2" past minimum(hole in seat tube)
  • 09-17-2010
    PVR
    I would make sure that the post is below the minimum insertion line on the seat tube. Protecting the frame is more important than the post.
  • 09-17-2010
    johnny the boy
    it is...you can see the post through the hole in the seat tube...and i was just being facetious about my bike fitting me...my bike fits me like a glove.