Specialized Camber Comp Carbon
Thanks to the longstanding success of the Specialized Epic and Stumpjumper, the younger Camber model is a bike that often flies under the radar. But it really shouldn’t. With carbon and alloy frame options, 27.5in or 29in wheels, the Camber is the people’s trail bike. It’s for the riders who aren’t so turned on by the overtly hardline intentions of the Epic FSR race bike, and for those who consider the 150mm travel Stumpjumper to be too much bike. Because despite what the marketers tell you, there is indeed such a thing.
The FSR rear end is alloy, with a 142x12mm thru-axle locking down the rear wheel. A familiar FSR linkage is in place, and a compact rocker link helps to stiffen the rear end whilst also guiding the shock yoke. As with most Specialized full suspension bikes, the Camber features a proprietary rear shock with a unique captured lower eyelet. Travel sits at 120mm front and rear. In comparison, the 27.5in version of the Camber bumps up the travel to 130mm.
The Camber frame is bristling with fine details. There’s integrated bolt-on armour for the downtube and the driveside chainstay, discreet ISCG 05 tabs, and the ability to fit a front derailleur via Specialized’s clever ‘Taco Blade’. All of the pivots roll on sealed cartridge bearings, and feature flush anodized alloy hardware.
For riders new to full suspension territory who want a comfortable and confident riding bike for XC trails though, the Camber represents the sensible choice over sharper and harder riding race bikes like the Epic. It’s competent and confidence-inspiring, and it’s a terrific marathon hauler for those who want a loyal all-day companion.