Specialized Camber Comp - 2012

Not too big, not too small, juuuust right. Yep, we just used a Goldilocks reference for Specialized's Camber Comp. This FSR-equipped XC trail bike takes a light, tough M4-aluminum chassis and dresses it up with 120mm of RockShox suspension ...(Read More)

Specialized Camber Comp

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Not too big, not too small, juuuust right. Yep, we just used a Goldilocks reference for Specialized's Camber Comp. This FSR-equipped XC trail bike takes a light, tough M4-aluminum chassis and dresses it up with 120mm of RockShox suspension front and rear with the sole purpose of making you a better rider. To that end, you've got some real firepower with DT Swiss wheels and a Shimano SLX 27-speed drivetrain. The Tektro discs bite hard rain or shine, mud or dry to keep you in your comfort zone, and maybe let you get a little past it. Then a whole host of Specialized's own components including their comfy BG saddle finish off the build. Mountain biking isn't an activity, it's a lifestyle. With the Camber underneath you, you quickly learn that. Welcome to the club.

Specialized FSR Rear Suspension

Specialized's FSR suspension offers plush travel, incredible control, unbeatable traction and an overall awesome ride because it's completely unaffected by pedaling and braking forces. This design also eliminates "bobbing" for optimum climbing and acceleration. You'll be amazed.

Specs

Frame Specialized FSR M4-aluminum
Fork RockShox Recon Silver TK, 120mm-travel
Rear Shock RockShox Ario RL, 120mm-travel
Rims/Wheels DT Swiss 445D
Hubs Specialized Hi Lo disc
Spokes 15g stainless-steel
Tires Specialized The Captain Sport, 26 x 2.0
Crankset Shimano Alivio
Chainrings 44/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX Shadow
Rear Cogs Shimano, 9-speed: 11-34
Shifters Shimano Alivio
Handlebars Specialized All-Mountain, low rise
Tape/Grips Specialized lock-on (Small/Medium: Grappler; Large/X-Large: Grappler XL)
Stem Specialized XC adjustable rise
Brake Levers Tektro Draco
Brakes Tektro Draco hydraulic disc
Pedals Aluminum platform
Saddle Specialized BG Riva
Seatpost Aluminum

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Pros

  • Versatile  (3)
  • Durable  (2)
  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Balanced Suspension  (2)
  • Great Components  (2)

Cons

  • Fork issues 
  • Hard shifting under load 
  • Heavy 

Best Uses

  • Mountain biking  (5)
  • Extreme sports 
  • Tight trails 
  • Winding single track 
  • Free Riding 
  • Urban Biking 
  • Casual Riding 

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5

Lightning Quick Handling

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from Buffalo Creek, Colorado

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Suspension Components
  • Really Fun
  • Versatile
  • Geometry
  • Good looks
  • Rips
  • Great value

Cons

  • Hard Shifting Under Load

Best Uses

  • Winding Single Track
  • Mountain Biking

Comments:

This is the best handling bike I have ever ridden! This Camber takes on sharp switchbacks with ease. I could not believe how responsive this bike was. This bike is a real confidence builder. I found the stock components to be adequate. However, I upgrading the Alivio and SLX components with a complete Shimano XT group, including XT IceTech brakes. I replaced the DT Swiss wheels with stronger Mavic EN 321 wheels. I change the tires to Kenda Nevegals 26 x 2.35. The stock suspension works great so I left that alone. There are no words to describe how sweet the 26" Camber is. This bike rules!

 
5

AWESOME VALUE!

By 

from Cincinnati, Ohio

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Versatile
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking
    • Extreme Sports

    Comments:

    My first NEW bike in 15 years. Former Gary Fisher B4 TREK bought him out. Outstanding technology upgrade, smoothe,agile,fun as heck! I rode again after a very long lay off(years)and the trail was MUDDY. I never fell and powered through 4 miles like I used to. I WOULD BUY THIS AGAIN!

     
    4

    I LOVE THIS BIKE!

    By 

    from Indianapolis, IN

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Versatile
    • Looks Amazing
    • Awesome geometry
    • Plenty Of Travel

    Cons

    • Fork Issues

    Best Uses

    • Tight Trails
    • Mountain Biking

    Comments:

    Would have been 5 out of 5 but I'm having fork issues and have to keep returning to the store. Tomorrow will be the 3rd trip. Other than a few bugs, great bike. I would consider a Specialized again.

     
    5

    Awesome Bike

    By 

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Balanced Suspension
    • Plush Feel
    • Great Components
    • Handles Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Urban Biking
      • Mountain Biking
      • Casual Riding
      • Free Riding

      Comments:

      Got this bike about 7 months ago and have taken this thing off stair cases, big drops and through the woods. Bent the back rim shortly after buying it and realized that i need to keep the tire preasure a little lower than i am used to but no problems since. ([...] took care of the rim, rides just fine now). To say the least, I have pushed this bike harder than most. After riding several bikes from cheap hard tails to multi thousand dollar carbon bikes, I think that unless you are planning on competing on a national level and need every possible advantage you can get, then this bike will more than likely out perform you. Would I enter a race with this bike. ABSOLUTELY! Would i take this on a wild down hill run? Absolutely! I ride this bike mainly through the woods of [...] in [...] as fast as i possibly can and it soaks up the roots and drops like you wouldn't believe. My brother and I jokingly call it the cadillac because it is just so smooth. If you buy this, get yourself a shock pump and get the suspension dialed in. You will love it in the end.

       
      4

      Worth every dime.

      By 

      from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Balanced Suspension
      • Durable
      • Handles Well
      • Great Components

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      I trail ride and the suspension is great. The only thing i would like changed is the lock outs, they need to be setup on the handlebars not reaching under the frame.

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