The Sweet Spot. The Camber was developed as the sweet spot between Specialized’s World Cup-winning Epic and all-day trail-slaying Stumpjumper FSR (which stands for ‘Future Shock Rear’, but we like to say ‘Fully Sick Rad’). Both these bikes are icons, in their respective categories: World Cup XC/marathon, and long-travel trail riding.
The thing is though, neither the Epic nor the ‘Stumpy’ truly suit the average South African mountain biker, who’s looking for a fast, efficient, capable dual suspension that can tackle open road like a bullet, while (critically) comfortably and confidently navigating the ever-increasing kays of singletrack spread throughout SA. Crucially, Specialized engineers tuned the Camber’s geometry to be trail-friendly, but still aggressive enough for riders to feel like they’re on a 29er ‘race bike’ – the sweet spot!
While the S-Works version offers the pinnacle in Specialized’s carbon manufacture and Brain suspension technology, the more economical Comp Carbon 29 gives you a similar blend of performance and trail capability with a lightweight FACT carbon main frame mated to an alloy rear end with a trail-specific build, which includes a dropper post on all carbon models. The Comp Carbon is specced with SRAM’s new 1×11 GX drivetrain, and features the innovative SWAT door at the down-tube of the frame for hassle-free storage.
For 2016, front and rear travel has been upped to 120mm, chainstays are shortened from 450mm to 437mm (the same as Trek’s Fuel EX 29), and the head angle has been slackened by two degrees, to 68°. These are welcome tweaks that cement the Camber in short-travel trail-slayer territory. This is the ultimate pony for stage-racers.
PRICE: R54 000
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